This Month's Clambake-to-Travel Winner

  • Posted on: 29 October 2013
  • By: Brian and Mick

Congratulations to Diane from Worcester, MA.

She is the winner of this month's Clambake to Travel give-away.

clambake to go

Diane and her friends will enjoy a clambake in a reusable pot which will include lobster, steamers, mussels, chourico, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes & onions.  All she has to do is add water and put it on the stove top.  In about 20 minutes, Diane and her guests will be ready to dive in to their Traditional Old Fashioned Clambake.

Enjoy, Diane!

You could become next month's winner.  Simply visit the "Win a Clambake" page to register.
Please, feel free to enter every month.  The more the merrier.    

                                                Good Luck!

Event Venue - Mystic Arts Center

  • Posted on: 27 October 2013
  • By: Brian and Mick

We would like to share a really great location for your next event; the Mystic Arts Center. This unique venue is ideal for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate meetings, fundraisers, and truly, any sort of get-together.

A part of the Connecticut art scene for the last century, the Mystic Arts Center is a source of culture, tradition, and innovation for the town of Mystic.  Located on the Mystic River’s west bank, it is one block from downtown Mystic.

Mystic Arts Center - Cater Event

Weddings at Mystic Art Center are often held outside.  There is a lovely patio with plenty of room for dancing, and a panoramic view of the river. The terrace is also conveniently equipped with electronic capabilities so that your music providers and caterers will be all set to do their job.

Cater event at Mystic Arts Center

Imagine hosting your wedding or special event in over 3,000 square feet of gallery space, featuring 16-foot ceilings, adorned with skylights. There are five galleries in varying sizes and accommodations.  The Davis Gallery is perfect for events that involve dancing and a sit down dinner. One hundred and twenty guests can be seated at 5’ round tables. If you are looking for a smaller space, the Liebig Gallery, which has 12’ ceilings and is a bit more intimate may be of interest.  Whichever option you choose will surely be unique, as each gallery is embellished with exceptional works of art.

The Mystic Arts Center has on-site parking, is air conditioned, handicap accessible and equipped with a full kitchen and other amenities.  This venue offers special rates to nonprofit, educational and community groups.

Contact us for more information on catering your wedding, corporate function or other event at the Mystic Arts Center or anywhere in New England.

Congratulations to October's Beach Blanket winner

  • Posted on: 22 October 2013
  • By: Brian and Mick

Congratulations to Melissa F. of Cumberland, RI.

She is this month's winner of the Facebook Fan-of-the-Month Beach Blanket.

yellow Beach Blanket

From Worcester to Cape Cod, our Fresh Lobster beach blankets are showing up at all the best events: family reunions, neighborhood block parties and even at New England Patriot games! Their bright color and unusually large size make them just the right accessory to bring to any outdoor party. 

Every month we choose a new Facebook Fan to enjoy a "The Fresh Lobster" Beach Blanket.

 Feel free to Like us on Facebook  us!

Best Baked Beans Ever

  • Posted on: 18 October 2013
  • By: Brian and Mick

This is a guest post by our friend, Susan Finn, social media consultant with Susan Finn Online.

This is an amazing time of the year in New England.  Here, in Easton, MA, with fall, comes football tailgate parties, neighborhood pig roasts, family reunions, student banquets and team 'pasta dinners'. I wanted to share my fail-safe crowd-pleasing (and affordable) Best Baked Beans EVER recipe.

The recipe I am sharing was based on I found on Friends, Food, Family and subsequently adapted, with my own spin.  I added more cider vinegar to give a  little more tanginess.  I added molasses to give it a deeper flavor.  I don't use the bacon, as in the original recipe, so that all my vegetarian friends and family can enjoy!

The wrestling team at Oliver Ames High School has designated these baked beans as their "Must-Have" for Home Tournaments. (Holy Cow! Those boys can EAT!)

I hope you will try these, and let us know what changes you make to the recipe.

Best Baked Beans Ever

Ingredients: 

1 large sweet onion, diced 

3 Tablespoons olive oil

4 assorted cans (15-20 oz) of beans

 - your choice of black beans, cannellini, kidney, chickpeas, lima beans, navy beans, etc.

The chickpeas give an interesting variety to the texture of the bean dish.

Lima beans are surprisingly welcome in this sweet, tangy dish.

The other beans give the dish a variety of color.

I have also used the overnight soak/boil method for dried beans.

1 cup of ketchup 

1/2 cup molasses

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of cider vinegar

 1/2 cup of water 

 

Preparation:

Sautè onions in the olive oil until tender and transparent.

Rinse and drain all of the beans.

Crockpot method:  Combine all ingredients in a crockpot.  Stir well.  Cook on high for at least two hours.  Cook longer for deeper flavors or to soften the beans.   

Oven Bake MethodCombine all ingredients in a 13X9 baking dish. Bake, covered, at 350° for 1 hour; uncover and bake 30 more minutes.

The original recipe calls for cooking all of the ingredients  in a baking dish in the oven.  I have been making mine in a nice, big crockpot.  (One less dish to wash.)

These are even better on the second day, after sitting overnight in the refrigerator and then being reheated.  This gives a chance for all the liquids to infuse in to the beans.

So it's delicious.  Is it nutritious?

Well, the U.S. Dry Bean Council reports: Unlike meat-based proteins, beans are naturally low in fat, are free of saturated fat and trans-fat, and are a cholesterol-free source of protein. Research shows that a diet including beans may reduce your risk of heart disease.  They also claim that beans are nutrient rich with protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and important vitamins and minerals, such as folate, manganese, potassium, iron, phosphorous, copper and magnesium. The lean protein in beans helps maintain and promote muscle while beans’ complex carbohydrates provide a sustained energy source.

Ok,  I'll go with that.

- Susan

 

recipe- oven baked beans

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This recipe hs been posted as a part of our Thanksgiving Celebration.  

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