Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rockport and a New Recipe

Motif Number 1, located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, Massachusetts, is a fishing shack well-known to students of art and art history as "the most often-painted building in America".

We love Rockport. We always try to stay here on our annual trip. It is close to Salem and convenient to all the other places we enjoy visiting. There is the cutest section called Bear Skin Neck. This is the sign you see when you enter the area.

It is just the quaintest place.

For any of you that are fans of the movie "The Proposal", this is the area some of it was shot in. This is the exact place where you saw Betty White walking with Sandra Bullock before the wedding dress scene.

Rockport has a good Halloween sense of humor!

And the cutest little shops.

As you can see by the water dish, it is a very pet friendly place.

The main street leads to the ocean and a dead end.

Teddy likes to stop by the Strudel Shop for a drink. They give her biscuits too.

The buoys show where the lobster traps are set.

Click to enlarge. This place was for sale last year. This year the sign was down so it must have sold. The location is very cool but the crowds would drive me crazy.

The tide was out and you could see the seaweed on the rocks.

We ate dinner in this adorable little restaurant. The tables look right out over the ocean.

Teddy loves walking in Rockport.

There is a scrimshaw shop.

This is a typical Rockport house.

Sage advice from the penny candy store.

People in Rockport love Teddy though she does not necessarily love them back.

Looking back towards the town.

You can see that they have built a sea wall to protect the lobster boats when there is a storm.

The center of town.

Our favorite lobster shack. They pull the lobsters right out of the water behind the the shack.

Did somebody say lobstah???

Ocean side humor.

On the way home from the trip we stopped in Skaneateles and had dinner at the wonderful Sherwood Inn. I had a salad that almost made me cry. It was that good. I tweaked the recipe a bit because as good as it was, I thought it could be a wee bit better. This is an organic greens salad with maple balsamic dressing. So for those of you who have missed me posting recipes, here is one you should really try.

The Salad:

Organic mixed greens

Several slices of cooked bacon crumbled

Sliced red onion

Crumbled blue cheese

Sliced celery

Pomegranate seeds

Toasted pecans and hazelnuts

Cubes of fresh pear

The Dressing:

6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

6 tablespoons of maple syrup

10 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 tsp. dijon mustard

S & P

In a blender or food processor, blend everything except the oil. Once it is all blended, slowly pour in the oil and blend for another minute. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If you like it sweeter, add more maple syrup.

Place all of the ingredients in a salad dish and drizzle with the dressing. Use just a little dressing at first because it is very flavorful and goes a long way.

*Toast the nuts by placing them in a dry frying pan and saute' them stirring constantly until they brown. Be careful not to burn them.

This is a wonderful Fall salad!

***There is still time to enter the current giveaway by clicking on the Teddy's Treats button on the sidebar. The drawing will be on Saturday morning and a new Halloween giveaway will be posted then!