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Sugar & Spice Bake Shoppe

This place is the BOMB! If your looking for a totally unusual cake…this IS the place!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake, Raspberry Mousse Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Boston Cream, Tiramisu, Banana Cream Cake, wow…I could go on and on! They don’t just ice with the usual confectioners frosting…they use mousse filling on the inside which is super delicious.

A super variety of cupcakes, pastries, cake slices, cookies, you name it!

This place makes any cake you can imagine!

Sugar & Spice Bake Shoppe
4 South Broadway    Rt 28
Salem NH 03079
603-890-5451

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David’s Fish Market & Lobster

David's Fish Market & Lobster

If you are in the Salisbury, MA area,and in the mood for super fresh seafood, you’ve gotta stop by David’s Fish Market & Lobster, for a huge selection of seafood.

They’ve got everything here…..lobsters, haddock, cod, clams, mussels, shrimp, swordfish, salmon, striped bass, crabs, halibut and much more. The white fish is huge, giving you those super thick filets, that are desired when baking or sauteing/frying fish.

It is extremely hard to find markets that specialize in fresh seafood these days for some reason. This market is a great find as it has everything you need, and is the freshest possible.

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Maple Cream Sauce


Not to be misleading, but the recipe is for the Maple Cream Sauce I created to go with the Butternut Squash I just purchased from one of my favorite markets, Russo’s in Watertown, MA.

Russos Watertown MA | afoodieaffair.com

Russo’s is a really neat market that has loads of produce, and an especially great amount of Asian produce, imported Cold Cuts (I can’t even count the number of Prosciutto varieties they have), their own baked cold cuts (their Roast Beef is incredible), cheeses, home-made pasta, flowers, breads, meats, chicken and dairy, bakery, pies,plants and most importantly, the Vantia canned tomatoes I swear are the only ones I can use.

Russos Watertown MA | afoodieaffair.com

On todays trip, I purchased the Butternut Ravioli, some Bok Choy and fresh bean sprouts (hence the stir fry on this weeks menu), an Apple Crumb Pie, 2 lbs. of their own Roast Beef sliced super thin, some Plum Tomatoes and Imported Asiago cheese (for today’s Tomato Soup), some Bell & Evans Chicken, Coconut Macaroons, and more cans of my favorite Vantia canned tomatoes (the real reason for the trip), to name a few.

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I had posted this recipe quite some time ago, but never put a picture because I have trouble with white on white on white pictures (white ravioli, white sauce, white plate)! However, this sauce is so delicious, it deserves another try with the pictures. I don’t think they’re much better, but hopefully you get the idea. This sauce is so “Fall”, it’s not funny. The flavors of Maple and Cinnamon and a touch of Nutmeg scream Autumn, falling leaves and sweaters. I used my Alligator Dicer to finely dice the onions. This is one recipe you don’t want big chunks of onions.

Butternur Ravioli | afoodieaffair.com
My cousin Denise makes this sauce and swears she licks the plate every time she makes this sauce! Its is delicious and EASY! I even dipped my grilled chicken in it, it’s that good!

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Maple Cream Sauce
Recipe Type: Sauce
Author: A Foodie Affair
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • Half a small onion, very finely diced
  • 1 c. Heavy Cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a 10″ saute pan on medium heat.
  2. Add onion and saute until soft.
  3. Add cream, maple syrup, cinnamon & nutmeg and boil on medium high heat until reduced and thickened.

 

 

Farm Stands & Specialty Markets/ Holiday/ My Travels/ Poultry/ Thanksgiving

Raymond’s Turkey Farm

Raymonds Turkey Farm

Raymond's Turkey Farm

Well, I’ve got my turkey on order, and will pick up in time to brine the night before, and get ready to cook for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. When making your prized Thanksgiving turkey, there’s no short cuts on quality. There’s nothing worse than going through hours of preparation to come up with dry, stringy turkey. I’ve been making the trip to Raymond’s Turkey Farm for years, and can attest to the fact that their turkeys are the freshest and tastiest that I’ve had!

Raymonds Turkey Farm

Raymond’s Turkey Farm is a place you can go to assure you are getting the freshest. They offer fresh Broad Breasted White Holland turkey’s, that are raised in an open environment, and fed a high quality grain diet.  All of their products contain no preservatives. Other items they carry are turkey pies, cooked turkeys, prepared stuffing, squash, gravy, turkey dinners and soups. They also roast and stuff half turkeys.

During the year, when I do get a chance to go there, I pick up a few turkey pies. Especially during the fall and winter months, its quite convenient to be able to put a turkey pie in the oven, for a delicious comforting meal. Unlike, most chicken or turkey pies you buy, these pies are “packed” with meat!

The quality of these farm raised of turkeys far surpasses the quality you will get from any frozen turkey that’s shot full of preservatives (look on the label of any frozen turkey!). The meat is more tender, moist and tastier. Of course the price reflects that quality, but in my opinion, is well worth it. Especially for your Thanksgiving turkey!

At Thanksgiving time you must call your turkey request in ahead of time. There are people that come from all around to pick up their turkeys, and anyone lucky enough to be in the immediate area, or driving through, can stop in during their business hours for their products any time of year.

After I pick up my turkey at Raymond’s, I go right down the street to Mann’s Apple Orchards to get 2 gallons of cider (the best), and maybe one of their wonderful pies or pastries.

Farm Stands & Specialty Markets/ My Travels

Trip to my favorite Farm Stand…Wilson Farms

Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA is my favorite farm stand. I’ve been to others, but Wilson Farms is tops in my book.

If I’m looking for something not in season in my area, Wilson’s is THE place to go. You can get vine ripe tomatoes in the middle of winter, strawberries, the biggest blackberries you’ve ever seen, watermelon, fresh pineapple and any fruit or vegetable you can think of. They also have the best eggs, cheese, and bread, baked fresh from the oven (needless to say the loaf never gets home whole). And I know I have not even touched the surface.

Next to variety is the quality. The produce may cost a little more than in the supermarket, but it also lasts a lot longer. Tomatoes bought at the grocery store are mushy and mealy after a week. The tomatoes at Wilson’s I was still using the following week.

In the middle of winter, its great to buy a fresh bouquet of flowers to remind you Spring is just around the corner. They also have a great greenhouse to get some great potted plants in. Last year, I bought the biggest Poinsettia I’ve ever seen.

Another great feature, is they have all kinds of activities throughout the year. They have food tastings all the time. At Thanksgiving time its home made stuffing, turkey and gravy, home made cranberry sauce, all of which you can buy there. At Easter time they sell top quality hams, have Easter egg hunts for the kids, Easter egg coloring, and every bulb plant you can imagine. Every day is a holiday at Wilson’s!

Today we went there to pick up a few items. I bought two huge daisy plants that bloom in the fall, my favorite Vermont Cheddar cheese, cut fresh off the wheel to name a few. They had apple cider donut’s cooking outside and freshly dipped caramel apples. Not to mention every size mum you can imagine. They also had every kind of pumpkin you can imagine. And they make a display of it on their the side of their store. Here are some pictures I took.

Wilson Farm Pumpkin Display

Wilson Farm Pumpkin Display

Wilson Farm Display

Wilson Farm Display

Wilson Farm Pumpkin Display

Wilson Farm Pumpkin Display

Wilson Farm Pumpkins

Wilson Farm Pumpkins

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

 

Inside Wilsons Farm

Inside Wilsons Farm

 

All kinds of peppers!

All kinds of peppers!

 

Fall Flowers

Beautiful Fall Flowers!

 

Pumpkins

More pumpkins!

 

Pumpkins

Even more pumpkins!

Gourds

Gooseneck Gourds

Pumpkins

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

No matter what the season, its always fun to go to Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA. I’m so glad its in my area. It makes cooking even more fun!