Blog :: 02-2019

Salmon with Wild Blueberries

This recipe may sound a bit strange at first, but trust us, it’s melt in your mouth delicious, and totally perfect for any season. We suggest serving it alongside some golden roasted potatoes. 


Ingredients: 

Serves 6

6 (8-ounce) fillets wild king salmon
 Sea salt, as needed
 Vegetable oil for baking sheet
2 shallots, peeled and very thinly sliced
1 and a half cups white wine
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 and a third cups blueberries
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
 Black pepper

Directions: 

1. Run your fingers over the salmon flesh and pull out any pinbones. Season fish generously with salt and let rest at room temperature while you prepare the sauce.

2. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil a large baking sheet.

3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, simmer together shallots, wine, vinegar, thyme, cinnamon and a pinch of salt until most of the liquid has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes.
 
4. Toss in blueberries, butter and honey; cook until berries soften and turn the sauce pink, 2 to 4 minutes.

5. Place salmon on baking sheet. Spoon berry mixture over salmon and season with pepper. Bake until salmon is cooked to desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare. Enjoy!

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    It's Cold Outside!

    Winter can be tough on everyone, including pets. Spring may be around the corner, but here are some tips offered by the ASPCA:

    -- Wipe paws, legs, and stomach when your dog comes in to protect him from ingesting salt, antifreeze and other chemicals. Pads may bleed from snow or encrusted ice; vaseline works well to soothe and protect.

    --Animals are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. Noses, ears, and pads can quickly freeze, causing damage.

    --Never leave a pet alone in a locked vehicle. A car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold, just as it acts as an oven in summer.

    --Be wary of frozen bodies of water especially in March when there may be a partial thaw.

    -- Cats sometimes look for warmth under hoods of parked cars. Bang loudly on the hood before starting your engine to alert an unsuspecting feline.

    Animals get cabin fever, too, and maybe a little more quality time with your pet inside will make you both happier!

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      Curb Appeal Matters

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      In selling your home, an attractive exterior – the house entry exterior, yard, driveway and walkway – matter. As agents, we have all had potential buyers who wouldn’t venture from the car because they found a property so lacking in curb appeal. Make the most of your home and property:

      • Clean up the front and back yards. Remove toys, rake leaves and do away with any dead shrubs and trees. Change a rusty mailbox or broken garden ornament.

      • Touch up the exterior. A fresh coat of paint or a power wash make an enormous difference in how a potential buyer views your home.

      • Fix fencing. A shabby fence gives the impression that the house has been neglected.

      • Landscape the front yard. Make sure leaves are raked, the grass is mowed, and gardens weeded. When the weather improves, plant flowers; adding a container garden to the front stoop or steps is a great way to greet potential owners.  A well-kept and pretty garden can be a real selling feature.

      • Replace burnt-out bulbs. Check outside lights to make sure that they work. And, while you’re replacing the bulbs, clean the lighting fixtures as well.

      • Wash the windows. Clean windows make for an inviting home (don’t forget windows in the garage or shed).

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        Bear Respect

        This story was told to me. Whether or not it’s true, it is certainly plausible. It’s about a bear that was roaming Salisbury village last summer.

        Some people heard the bear had been seen around the rear of LaBonne’s Market. They slowly drove their vehicle around the building—a man, a woman in the front, with a child and a dog in the rear. All windows were open.

        Bears are wild—synonym: unpredictable. They’re also fast and agile. They can outrun and out-climb any human easily. Their sense of smell is 100 times better than most dogs. From 20 feet away, the bear can be reaching inside your vehicle before you get one window rolled up. If the bear took a growling dog as a threat or smelled food, the consequences could’ve been grave. Fortunately, in this case,  nothing happened.

        But this serves as a good reminder to please observe wild animals from a distance.  They deserve our respect. One split-second encounter may mean severe harm to you and death for the animal.  It’s about protection—yours and theirs.

         

          

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          Salisbury CT Ski Jumps This Weekend!

          Sartre Hill in Salisbury, CT is home to the oldest ski jumping program in the U.S.A.  This weekend, Feb. 8-10, 2019, literally in our own backyard, you can enjoy jumping under the lights, target jumps, human dogsled races, a chili cook-off, meter jumps, the Salisbury Invitational Championships, the annual Snow Ball, and the United States Eastern Ski Jumping Championships.

          There are bonfires burning all three days, and food and beverages are available.

          The 93rd Annual  Salisbury Ski Jumps are a beloved Salisbury tradition. Jumpfest is hosted by SWSA (Salisbury Winter Sports Association), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has fostered the sport of ski jumping among all ages and generations.

          For more information and schedule details, please visit jumpfest.org.

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