The Blackstone Valley Tourism Polar Express

  • Posted on: 15 November 2011
  • By: Brian and Mick


Join us, Santa and Mrs. Claus to relive the adventure of Chris Van Allsburg's classic, The Polar Express, on a rollicking 90 minute holiday excursion through the Blacktone River Valley.  It's a thrill for children of any age, with  chefs serving hot cocoa and cookies, a uniformed conductor and engineer, holiday sing-a-longs and gifts for all of the kids.  They'll feel as though the've stepped into the pages a strory book.

This journey takes place on a variety of dates between now and December 18th.  For more info., go to

Pasta e Fagioli

  • Posted on: 11 November 2011
  • By: Brian and Mick

With the cooler weather moving in, we wanted to share a belly-filling, heart warming recipe for Pasta e Fagioli, that we borrowed from our friend Trish at the FriendsFoodFamily blog. . It really hit the spot. We thought it was so good, that we prepared and served it to the children in the Head Start Programs we work with, and they agreed. 
                                                                        Trish.......Grazie, Grazie!

Summertime Grilling Tips

  • Posted on: 21 June 2011
  • By: Brian and Mick

   Summer is finally here and we would like to share a tip  that you may find useful while grilling in the backyard. 
    Often, when preparing Babyback Ribs and Bone-in Chicken on the grill, it is difficult to keep the flame low enough, so that the meats cook slowly, evenly and most importantly, thoroughly.  In fact, what people often find is a slab of meat that is a blackened on the outside, raw on the inside and a bunch of hungry kids who just want to eat.
      To eliminate this problem, try arranging your Ribs (Beef or Pork) or Chicken in a roasting pan.  Season the with whatever suits you; salt & pepper, garlic or perhaps Montreal seasoning.  Cover the bottom of pan with water, tightly foil the pan and bake in your oven for 2 1/2 hours at 275 degrees.  This will give you beautiful, ready to grill items.

      Since the meats are already cooked, when it comes time to get the meal on the table, all you have to do is paint with BBQ Sauce,  Thai Peanut Sauce, Ah-So sauce or anything you like, and pop them on the grill for a little charring.

     A nice way to save work all summer long, or in to the winter for that matter,  is to bake enough for several meals, then wrap and freeze for use at a later date.