How to Celebrate when you’re cranky

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

Happy Cantankerous Day! Just sayin’. I don’t know anyone who is having a good time today. Are you?

But I know what the problem is: Not enough sugar. We all need more sugar in our lives – 100% Cane Sugar. Not corn syrup, but cane sugar. Sugar makes you happy and it makes you comforted when you’re cantankerous. So get yourself some sugar in the form of a hot chocolate or a cookie or something like that and you will feel much, much better!

Here’s some other good advice I heard the other day:
Don’t get a tattoo where the judge can see it.

And here’s something only Yankees know (that I now know)

Snow means it’s going to warm up.

Here’s our dinner tonight night:
SHRIMP ETOUFFEE! My FAVORITE!
You know, the weird thing is that I’m going to New Orleans soon to work on the Jazz Fest, but some of the best-tasting New Orleans food in the world is right here in Ashfield. One might think that I am sucking up to Chef Son, but I ain’t. It is true.

I’ll put Son’s cooking up against Susan Spicer’s and John Besh’s any day!

Even Miss Chase! (Ooooohhh! I can’t believe I said that!)

Anna Baguette

Fresh baked baguette served with rich and creamy Goat Rising Chevre and Kalamata olives.

Bread Plate

Fresh baked baguette served with a selection of Goat Rising Chevre, cheddar, and Gouda cheeses and Kalamata olives.

with salami

Baby Kale & Spicy Anchovy

Organic micro greens tossed in a seasoned anchovy vinaigrette with toasted hazelnuts and smoked gouda.

Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp smothered in a roux and Creole tomato base with bell peppers and Spanish onions.

Veggie Dumpling

Ground vegetarian sausage stuffed inside handmade dumplings in veggie broth with roasted carrot and parsnips topped with mozzarella cheese.

Chicken Roulade

Local free-range chicken breast cutlets rolled with local black forest ham and house pimento cheese served with saffron brown rice and seasoned broccoli.

Spinach Bourré

Coconut creamed spinach stuffed in a homemade choux pastry with sauteed artichoke hearts and button mushrooms.

Local Burger

Steady Lane grass-fed burger on a Gretchen-made bun served with salad and chips.

Cheeseburger: choice of Cheddar, Swiss or Gouda

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Yoga at Elmer’s

Finally,an excuse to roll around on the floors of Elmer’s Store! (Don’t worry, we’llgive it a thorough sweeping before you show up.) Join your friends andneighbors in a class designed specifically for the hard-working, well-manneredAshfield resident. A focus on coordinating breath with movement andinvestigating physical sensation makes this class a fine opportunity forrediscovering yoga practice as a portal into self. Plus you might get tosee what your neighbor looks like upside-down! All levels are welcome,Ashfieldians and out-of-towners alike. $5 AND you get to roll around on the floor! (Well, on your mat, not directly on the floor.) EVERY MONDAY EVENING at 5pm! (I forgot to say that part last week.)

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If you think that a trip south to New Orleans in April would do you better than sugar, read this post from Jessica Waters, who used to be a waitress here at Elmer’s, a while ago:

We are looking for a fun couple (or single) to share the 2 BR apartment that we rented in New Orleans for the French Quarter Music Festival April 8-14.

(http://www.fqfi.org/frenchquarterfest/)

Your share of the gorgeous apartment for 6 nights, including taxes, etc. is $390.00, which is $65/night.

It’s in the coolest part of town (Bywater), which has great restaurants, cafes, music venues and it’s just a 20 minute walk to the French Quarter, where over 800 musicians will be performing at the festival– which is totally FREE.

Please email me if you are seriously interested. Thanks!

foodiegrrl@gmail.com.

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Thanks for answering all the questions last week! Here’s what I know:

Yes

No

Mac/PC (about evenly split)

PC People are not fond of Windows 8

Yes

See, I keep trying to convince Microsoft that there is a WHOLE generation of people out here who buy computers who like PCs but don’t like playing Hide-The-App. They like XP and Windows 7, but their computers are old and they need new ones, but are reluctant to buy them because they don’t want to learn a new system that is made for younger young people who like searching all over to learn a whole new system. Everyone in my age group that I know who has a PC has one that’s all wrapped up in duct tape and stuff because they’re trying so hard not to buy a new computer and have to put all the time into learning Windows 8. I know that all you Mac people think that if everyone bought a Mac life would be better, but there are people in this world like me who used to live in Mac world, bought a PC because it was cheaper and liked it much better! And the operating system I liked best was XP, which I still have on my computer (held together with duct tape and stuff.) So that was the reason for my survey and it turned out that more people have PCs than I thought did – and they’re all holding out for XP to come back around again before the upgrade or buy a new computer! I’m sending my survey results to Microsoft.

And thanks for coming to Elmer’s for breakfast! That made us very happy last weekend to see all a y’all.

Napkins and the downfall of humanity

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

Happy Cantankerous Day! Just sayin’. I don’t know anyone who is having a good time today. Are you?

But I know what the problem is: Not enough sugar. We all need more sugar in our lives – 100% Cane Sugar. Not corn syrup, but cane sugar. Sugar makes you happy and it makes you comforted when you’re cantankerous. So get yourself some sugar in the form of a hot chocolate or a cookie or something like that and you will feel much, much better!

Here’s some other good advice I heard the other day:
Don’t get a tattoo where the judge can see it.

And here’s something only Yankees know (that I now know)

Snow means it’s going to warm up.

Parallel Universe Living

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

Happy Christmas everyone! 

No wait – Happy Fall Festival everyone!

Depends on who you are.  Me, I’m in Christmas now – Rob and I successfully terrorized volumes of Greenfield-ites off on Monday by installing a prototype of this year’s holiday decorations on Hope Street – just one, just to look at, refining the Research and Development of the new lights (New lights!) and to make sure it was as beautiful and holiday-like on the pole as it was in our heads.  And it was!  (One thing I like is that the garland will now reach to the bottom of the pole and it looks very graceful.  And that is a good thing in December.) 

 

But we’ll take it back down and won’t put the real ones up until the appropriate time.  We know it’s only Fall  Festival time, but guess what,

 

It’s Fall Festival Time!

Okay – here’s the plan:

Friday night we are serving dinner just like every Friday night and our menu will be

 

Local Apple & Walnut Chevre- Sliced sautéed apple with mix green tossed in a maple Dijon dressing with candied walnuts


 

Harvest Corn Chowder-  cream style roasted corn with mix vegetables with garden thyme, roasted garlic and chili peppers


 

Sausage Minestrone- Grilled beef brats in a savory tomato based with red beans, blanched spinach, rotini pasta, and parmesan  


 

Shepherd Pie- Ground vegetable sausage baked into a pastry crust with button mushrooms and roasted corn topped with garlic mash potato and sautéed greens


 

Boeuf Bourguignon-Grass fed beef sirloin braised to medium temperature in a red wine Beaujolais with mixed herbs, pearl onion, button mushroom, sliced carrot on a bed of fettuccini pasta with sautéed greens

 

 And then, the next morning when you wake up it’ll be Fall Festival!  Just LIKE Christmas!

And here’s what we have:

7am – 11am:  Fall Festival Breakfast:  
Pancakes

Burritos

Egg Sandwiches (with and without bacon)

 

Then we go to lunch/dinner food outside at our booth where we will be selling


Crawfish Pasta

Pulled Pork Sandwiches on AnnaBread baguettes

And new this year:
Ribs!  They were such a big hit at the Cummington Fair that we’re serving them here for Fall Festival.

 

And inside we’ll continue with coffee, tea, lattes, cappuccinos, chai, and more.

 

At Noon, we’ll open our

 

Fall Festival Beer Garden!

Come and have a glass of beer or wine and and relax.  Then go back out and watch the Pumpkin Games!

 

This is the place to be!  And the weather looks to be grand!

 

And then there’s Monday!  We will be open for breakfast just like usual, 7:30 – noon. And Anna says:

 

On MONDAY COLUMBUS DAY: AnnaBread will be delivered hot-outa-the-oven! Baguettes, Baby ones too, Daily Bread, Ciabatta and more!

 

Now as you can, imagine, there is much to do.  So you get back to it right now.

The esteemed of the esteemed

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

Boy do we get a wide range of interesting and celebrated-for-what-they-do people at Elmer’s!  I’m not saying who’s in here right now (because I’m afraid that, like little woodland animals they’ll run out and not return if I name them,) but it shocks the heck out of me sometimes that these guys come into my little restaurant.  One day a few years ago I was reading a New Yorker magazine, a Shouts and Murmurs column by Bruce McCall.  He’s one of my favorite New Yorker cover artists and New Yorker cartoonists, so there I was reading his very funny column thinking, “Who is Bruce McCall and how does one get to be so esteemed at the New Yorker, of all esteemed publications?”

So the very next morning I was sitting with Bob Nylen at Elmer’s when the door opened and a guy walked in and Bob (who was in publishing) looked up and said, “Oh look!  There’s Bruce McCall.”  And it was the very same one, in Ashfield, eating at Elmer’s, the direct morning after I’d been wondering about him.

 

Isn’t that a weird story? 

 

I’ve had to do lots of ciphering today for a number of projects and the number 64 keeps turning up.  If you happen to go to the racetrack today, play the 6 and the 4 in an exacta and see what happens.  I think you’ll win. 

 

Here’s our menu for tomorrow night. 

I’m thinking Son’s kinda homesick for Louisiana:

Blackened Shrimp & Spinach Salad- Spiced jumbo shrimp grilled and served on a bed of fresh spinach tossed in balsamic dressing


 

Herb Gumbo- smoky tomato, fresh okra and mixed herbs stewed in a roux and vegetable stock served with rice


 

Red Beans & Rice- New Orleans style stewed red beans with smoked pork and Andouille sausage served with white rice and scallions


 

Bayou Surf and Turf- Sliced roasted pork and seafood cornbread dressing with brown sugar glazed acorn squash, seasoned broccoli and pan gravy

 


 

Mushroom Risotto Cakes & Andouille Cream Sauce – Sautéed mushroom risotto cakes smothered in soy Andouille cream sauce and seasoned broccoli

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 I was listening to the public radio station out of New Orleans this morning and our weather here is way better than theirs is right now.  Ours is GLORIOUS!  THIS is my season in New England!

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AnnaBread on Columbus Day

On MONDAY COLUMBUS DAY: AnnaBread will be delivered hot-outa-da-oven! Baguettes, Baby ones too, Daily Bread, Ciabatta and more!

 

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Janice Sorensen is our October artist at Elmer’s; here’s what she’s doing:

 

JANICE SORENSEN, New Work Old Work:

We Are Determined to Be Starved Before We Are Hungry;

 a further study of hunger, desire and deprivation

 

During the month of October (Artist’s Reception October 6, 3-6pm), at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, Janice Sorensen will be showing a collection of new work and the older work that inspired their creation.  The materials for her new work, which Ms. Sorensen calls Palimpsests, include previously painted canvasses (which she buys at tag sales and thrift shops), spray paint and masking materials.  Palimpsests are defined as: 1. A manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writ­ing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. 2. Something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface.

 

Her previous works, watercolors, are from a body entitled, We Are Determined to Be Starved Before We Are Hungry, making this show “a further study of hunger, desire and deprivation.” There will be an Artist’s Reception on October 6, 3-6pm with music by Della Green.

 

“Janice Sorensen is able to make colors speak in a highly expressive and dynamic manner that adds another layer of meaning to her already personal narrative.”  -Richard Yarde

 

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Here’s all the Don’t Forgets at Elmer’s:

Tuesday nights are Craft Nights at Elmer’s where people sit around and work on anything they’re working on.  (Maybe if you were building a treehouse it might not fit) but if you were doing something like knitting, crocheting, sewing, felting, cross-stitching and things of that nature (or anything else I haven’t thought of that fits in sitting around in a group of interesting people talking while you work) then come on Tuesday nights at 6:00 or so and hang out. 

 

Thursday nights have have the Magic Portal.  And tonight is Game Night!  Bring a game or play what’s already there!  Just come on and hang out.  We’ll see you there.  (6:00.)

 

Saturday Night, October 26 is The Rare Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst on the Same Bill Concert at Elmer’s and it’s filling up.  Tickets are $10, dinner beforehand is not yet announced (I’m going for local, fall-type food) and it will probably be in the $10 – $20 range.  I’ll post that menu as soon as I get it.

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                          And here are some words and information from some of our friends:

 

From Dan Frank:

Finest Kind

will perform this

Sunday, October 6th

at the Ashfield Community Hall.

The show starts at 7:30 and the hall is located at 521 Main St in Ashfield. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at World Eye in Greenfield, Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, Elmer’s in Ashfield and Broadside Books in Northampton.  Tickets are also available online at Brattleborotix.com. A harmony workshop will be held in Montague earlier in the day.  For more information call Dan Frank at (413) 230-7109 or email maudesmusic@gmail.com.

 

 

Finest Kind is a folk trio from Ottawa, Canada whose exquisite harmony singing and brilliant vocal arrangements are bringing a fresh sense of excitement and discovery to the performance of old songs. The trio’s sound, served up with easy-going humor, has won a devoted following across North America. Finest Kind’s vocal arrangements are a creative tour de force. Tradition-based yet curiously modern, the trio’s harmonies are an enchanting feast of opulent chords and changing textures. The trio’s amazing vocal blend has been called “molecular bonding” by one reviewer: “Any closer,” he says, “and they wouldn’t be allowed to do it in public.” 

 

Finest Kind was formed in Ottawa, Canada, in 1991 by Ian Robb, Ann Downey, and Shelley Posen. Ian, originally from London, England, is renowned as one of North America’s most gifted performers of British folksong, a concertina player extraordinaire, charter member of Toronto’s Friends of Fiddler’s Green, and composer of folk standards such as “The Old Rose and Crown.” Ann, who hails from the southwestern U.S., plays guitar, banjo, and bass, and has performed in bands playing old-time and cowboy music, bluegrass, klezmer, jazz, and swing in North America and Europe. Shelley, a professional folklorist from Toronto, is a versatile singer and multi instrumentalist who has spent a lifetime researching, teaching, writing about, performing, and sometimes composing songs. Shelley and Ian were both Columnists for Sing Out! magazine for many years.  

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From Christina Gabriel: 

By popular demand: Swing Dance classes coming to Ashfield!

Saturdays 1:00-2:30, starting October 26th, with Anin Derouin of Dance Northampton fame. Check out her website:  dancingwithanin.com.  And check out the Dance Northampton website: dancenorthampton.com.

Coming along in the dead of winter: Starting January 18th, the third Saturday of every month:  Saturday Night Dance with a lesson beforehand by Ray Warren and Lucinda Dee of Brattleboro, VT.  Check out THEIR website: shallwedance.biz

You should go to those classes in those places as often as you can, but if you can’t, and you don’t, because it’s just too far away, then come to our new classes at:

Ashfield Community Hall, 521 Main Street

One class 1:00-2:30 on Saturday October 26th with Anin - to try it

A three-class session, Saturdays November 9th, 16th, and 23rd with Anin – to really learn something

Weekly classes starting Saturdays in January with Anin – to get good at it

Monthly dances every third Saturday with Ray and Lucinda, starting January 18th - to have a whole lot of fun!

We will start with East Coast Swing, then learn West Coast Swing, and Salsa!  and Rhumba!  and Waltz and Foxtrot and all that cool stuff we never learned because it skipped a few generations!

Okay, let’s start with the one class on October ….. Here’s what you have to do.  SIGN UP!  Email or call Christina at ringsing@gmail.com, 628-0204.  We need six couples/twelve people to make it go at $10 per person for the class – that’s me and whichever of my men I grab that day plus five more couples.  Singles welcome, beginners welcome, gay, straight, tall, short, sense of humor or no, …. All welcome!  Just let me know by a week before, onOctober 19th, and I will email on October 20th if it is a GO or not.  That means, if you want this to happen, recruit, recruit!  You are only signing up for the ONE class in October to start with.  Then we will have a sign-up for the THREE classes in November, and then we will go from there ….


Cost of the Saturday afternoon classes: $10

Cost of the once-a-month dances with a lesson beforehand: Donation at the door

Let’s take a moment to think about what this MEANS.  Social dance classes right here in Ashfield.  You save many miles and minutes of driving time.  You get mild physical and mental exercise.  You get belly laughs.  You get to embrace your neighbors.  Jaunty tunes will stick in your head.  Next time you are at a wedding or a party, you can try your moves.  Woo-hoo!

But I’m thinking big.  I’m thinking Big Band.  I’m thinking, we have a Town Band, and they are learning all this Great Music, and we could have dances in Town Hall  with our Town Band and all the Town People dancing!!!!!  Okay, but slowly slowly – one step at a time.  We got to learn this.  So email me and say, “I’m in!”  And then call a friend.  Hey!  If we get more than 12 people, we will have a little stash of cash, so that when we get less than twelve people, we can still have the class!

If you are of the generation that actually learned this stuff, please come and show off, or dust off, and show us how it’s done.  If you are a teenager, please come and show us there is Hope For The Future.  If you are in the middle, like I am, just come.

 So I think you may not complain if you are bored in this little town of 1700 people.  Kind of hard to imagine all the stuff that goes on, isn’t it?  There’s a Polka Festival, too at Town Hall on October 27th.  I think I still have to get more information on that so I can put it here.

 

Magic Portal with Food as Medicine again tonight

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

If anything should happen to me and you guys come in, please don’t think I’m a hoarder, think, “Wow!  She must have been really busy to never have time to put all of that stuff away!”  While it is true that I was raised by parents who grew up in the Depression era and who frequently said, “There may be a use for that!”  It’s not exactly hoarding, I don’t think.  I think it’s being practical and then, really, really busy.  What ever it is, don’t  think bad things.  Say, “Oh . . . bless her heart!  I’ll bet she was just real busy!”  (And try to use a Southern accent when you say it.)

 

Tonight is the next installment of

Food as Medicine

at the Magic Portal

with Dr. Jane Willis, Dan Post and Lynn Benander.

6 – 8 pm

Second in the series of Food As Medicine from Chinese medicine’s point of view. This month’s topic is digestion. Are you getting the most out of what you eat? We will look at how your food is transformed into you, what can enhance good digestion and what can help when it’s not optimal.”

Promote a healthier you through your food choices. Led by Jane Willis, MD and Dan Post, Lic. Ac. and based on Chinese Dietary theory, you will take home an overview of all the food groups and how they affect the workings of your body in health and in sickness. We’ll get specific about health needs at different ages and seasons. As a group we can support each other in optimizing our health through the goodness of our diets.

This is an on-going series;  stay tuned for the next event on October 24.

 

 

Here’s our dinner tomorrow night:

Crispy Tomatillos and Apple Salad- Ripe tomatillo and apple on a bed of frisee lettuce tossed in jalapeno and cilantro dressing with crispy bacon


 

Sweet Potato Puree- Organic sweet potato cooked in vegetable stock and pureed with lime and cilantro sour cream


 

Smoky Ground Beef Chili- Sautéed ground beef with mixed beans, bell pepper, sweet onion, tomato and garlic with tortilla chips and sour cream.


 

Seafood Bouillabaisse- Savory lobster, tender scallop, and shrimp simmered in a rich tomato base stock with fennel and orange and a side of AnnaBread and red pepper rouille


Herb Chevre and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash- Local squash stuffed with rice and goat cheese, roasted with a side of seasoned spinach.

 

 

You know what I like about dreams?  They give you twice as much life and experience.  Last night I dreamed I was back working on film sets as a scenic (painter.)  I really liked the crew, we got a lot done, we all had a good time and I got to do something I really miss!  (Except that the big, fat paycheck that goes along with that did not translate into my daytime reality.)

 

Y’all have already started calling us about the Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst concert  On October 26th, so you know it’s going to sell out.  It’s one of our Big Name in a Small Room series with Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst, together in concert at Elmer’s where you get to see them up close and personal!!  We’ll be serving dinner that night, but I don’t know the menu yet.  I’ll post it as soon as I know, but come and make a whole night of it!  Tickets for the concert at $10 each. 

We are taking reservations now at 628-4003 so call us soon!

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Last Week’s This Week

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA  01330

(413) 628-4003  Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires!  Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast!  Need a fancy wedding cake?  Call us.  Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event?  Call us. 

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.com

 

I sent this e-mail out last week but the monkeys at Mail Chimp never passed it on.  I went back and sent it again (when I realized it hadn’t gone out) and they sat on it again.  And to this day they have never sent it out.  So I’m going to update it and send it again.  Those Mail Chimps don’t know how I get.

But they might find out. 

 

The State of the Cheerwine:

As you know, most of you are now addicted to Cheerwine.  And you may also know that this is one of the only places (except, I think, Restoration Hardware who sells it as a novelty) in the country outside of North Carolina where you can actually just walk in a place and buy a bottle of Cheerwine.  Well friends, we are getting low;  we only have about 10 cases left and the only way we can actually get it is to have people drive it up to us.  (Having it shipped is too expensive.)  There was the Golden Age of Cheerwine a few years ago when a student at the Conway School of Landscape Design was from NC and her husband would load his van up every time he came to visit her.  Sadly for us, she graduated and moved back to NC.  We tried to get her to stay in this long-distance marriage with us, but she would not. Apparently her desire to be with her husband was stronger than her desire to keep us in Cheerwine.  We only sell the glass bottles because that is made with sugar.  The cans and the plastic bottles are made with corn syrup and We Are Purists in our soft drinks!  SO!  I am looking for new Cheerwine-runners.  If you are going to North or South Carolina anytime soon and have a place in your heart and car for a few cases of Cheerwine (even one!) let me know and I’ll tell you where to get it and I’ll buy it from you.  (No I’m not kidding!  I’m serious!)

 

This Friday Night’s Dinner

(This is for this week – I deleted last week’s for this week’s)

Grilled Salmon & Roasted Fennel Salad- Grilled salmon filet topped with caramelized fennel on a bed of  mixed greens tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette

 


Creamy Corn Chowder- Spicy cream of corn topped with mixed roasted vegetables, parmesan cheese and sour cream

 


Corn Beef & Cabbage Soup- House brined, braised corn beef brisket with sweet carrots, russet potato and savory cabbage

 


BBQ Brisket-Sliced seasoned beef brisket with roasted rosemary potato, steamed broccoli and fresh tomatillo salsa 17

 


Vegetable Gallette - Hand made crispy pastry filled with mixed vegetables and Jarlsberg cheese, side spinach and smoky tomato and cilantro sauce 15

 

We got a review on Yelp that said that our Friday night dinners were always the same.  Hmmmm.  Since we’ve never had two that were the same in all seven years we’ve done dinner I’m thinking that something is up.  Another one said that the coffee had been on the burner so long it was undrinkable.  Since we make coffee directly into the pitcher, have no burners, and this was in the summer when we could barely keep coffee made fast enough, again I thought it was suspect.  Most of our reviews are glowing.  All of the negative ones we’ve gotten have made me think that something was up.

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Hey—anyone have a house for rent in Ashfield?  (I’m always asking, I hook people up, the seasons change, we have new requesters.  Would like to be in-or-near town, would like 2 – 3 bedrooms for a whole family, for Fall, Winter, Spring and most of next summer.  (So, about a year.)  I can vouch for the family – extremely nice – the dad used to work at Elmer’s and I’ve implored him ever since to come back.  And I don’t just implore everyone!  Let me know if you know of something.

 

Hey you know, Fall Festival is coming up!  This year we’re adding Son’s BBQ Ribs to our line-up of Pulled Pork (with the horseradish sauce) and Crawfish Pasta.  And we’ll have our 50th annual Beer Garden, too!  (Really it’s only the 5th annual, but 50th sounds so much better.)

 

Hey look!  On October 26th we have a concert!  It’s one of our Big Name in a Small Room series with 

Jeffrey Foucault 

and 

Kris Delmhorst

, together in concert at Elmer’s where you get to see them up close and personal!!  We are taking reservations now at 628-4003 and you KNOW that is going to sell out quick!  Here’s the poster.  

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Reggae Show and Food as Medicine! All in One Week!

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires! Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast! Need a fancy wedding cake? Call us. Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event? Call us.

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

We are at the Cummington Fair with our pulled pork with horseradish sauce . . .

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires!  Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast!  Need a fancy wedding cake?  Call us.  Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event?  Call us. 

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

Quick!  Run to Elmer’s right now!  We’re playing hackneyed 60s and 70s music on Pandora!  Franco Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet!  Paul Anka!  Herb Alpert!  Every song brings back memories of some awkward moment when I was an adolescent or young teenager!

 

We are at the Cummington Fair this weekend!  We’ll be making our

Pulled Pork Sammiches

(with the horseradish sauce!)

Spare Ribs

Baked Beans

Cole Slaw

Big Ole Cookies

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

 

We are kind of in the center of the fair—

Wait!  I drew a map!
Here it is!

…..And Stupid G-mail (of which I am the only person in the world not a fan) won’t put it in here.  Tried 4 times – and yes, I know how to do it.)  But we’re in about the center of the fair where most of the booth are (for food, politics and all the other booths that aren’t rides.  We have a big-ass sign.)

 

Come and see us!

 

Friday Night Dinner this week!

NO Saturday dinner this week!

 

So my plan for your life is that you will come to dinner at Elmer’s on Friday night, then go to the fair and have a pulled pork sandwich or spare ribs on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday!


That’s my plan for your life.  God may have a different one, but you’ll have to ask.

 

Our Friday Night Dinner:

Ginger Marinated Salmon Salad- Fresh Atlantic salmon filet marinade in ginger and soy sauce, grill to temperature on top a bed of mixed greens and sweet and sour dressing.

 

Chili & Eggplant Rice Noodle Soup- Roasted chili and eggplant seasoning with kimchi cabbage, homemade vegetable broth, pan seared tofu and rice noodle’s

 

Grilled Pork Loin Rice Noodle Soup- Grilled pork loin roasted chili and eggplant seasoning with kimchi cabbage, homemade pork stock, grilled pork loin and rice noodle’s

 

Mala Pork Stir fry- Mala garlic, soy and ginger marinated pork loin cubes with assorted vegetable stir fried with kimchi, scallion pancakes

 

Galangal Ginger Vegetable Stir Fry- Roasted garlic, Asian ginger and soy marinated tofu cubes with eggplant, red onion , and bell pepper stir fried with kimchi, scallion pancakes

 

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On Saturday, August 31st we are having a Reggae Concert at Elmer’s!
I’m thinking that if its nice out we’ll have it across the street at the inn.  (If it’s too cool or bad weather we’ll do it at Elmer’s.)
The concert itself is Free!
We will do dinner starting at 5 (for money) and the free concert starts at 7!

 


Soul Prophet & the Faithless Few

Acoustic reggae vibrations to ease you into Autumn. Bryan E. House on bass & vocals, Duane Scott on percussion, and (Noel) Soul Prophet on acoustic guitar & vocals. 3 former members of Dredi, Berkshire County’s premier reggae band of the 90s, playing a selection of their material, infused with interesting takes on standards. The show starts with a short set of Soul Prophet’s solo work, which includes Americana, acoustic pop, and blue folk. For more, go to http://www.soulamonglions.com  and http://www.facebook.com/soulprophet.  More on this later!  Right now we have the fair to think about!

 

And I have got to go make signs for the booth and Lord knows what all before 2:00 today.  See you at the Fair and at Elmer’s tomorrow night for dinner!

Chef Carlos is back this week!

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires!  Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast!  Need a fancy wedding cake?  Call us.  Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event?  Call us. 

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

 

Now Y’all, it has done got cold again.  And you know, I have no issues whatsoever with temperatures being what they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be it, but August is ‘posed to be hot, as was June, which was cold.  Now, July was hot like it was ‘posed to be.  So July was the only month that acted right in the last three.  You call that fair?  I’m just asking.

 

 

Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday night we have the return of

Chef Carlos Neville

And his

Fried Chicken

With Potato Salad and Collard Greens

And his

 Shrimp Creole!

And for vegetarians,

his

Marinated Vegetables in Creole Sauce!

 

People keep telling me he has the best Fried Chicken and best Shrimp Creole in the world, and so this is the time to come and eat it!

 

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I don’t usually write reviews of our concerts after they’re done (onward and upward) but boy was Dayna great!  You know how you can tell?  Well, another trait of y’all’s is that if it’s a two-set concert, at the end of the first set you’ll look at your watch and say, “Oh look!  It’s 8:30 already!  Time to go home and go to bed!”  And about 6 people generally stay for the second half of the concert. I don’t care how good or famous the entertainer is.   Butlast Saturday everybody stayed!  All the way through!  She had such a strong and talented voice that just carried the whole crowd with her all the way home.  It was intimate at times, like when she practiced in front of us singing the song Woodstock because she’s singing it at Max Yasgur’s farm this weekend for Ritchie Havens’ memorial.  Sometimes she had everyone singing with her, as on “Those Were the Days.”  (Remember that?) But most of it was just her singing.  She opened with a prayer song she’d written that was raw and personal and then went through some down-home Blues with her raunchy mouth and funny stories.  She says she’s coming back next year.  I don’t always ask people back just because I don’t trust y’all to be able to make it through a second show if you can’t stay for the second set, but I think we’ll be double-sold-out next year for her. 

 

Double Edge Tickets

Does anyone have any tickets for Double Edge Theatre’s Shahrazad that they would like to sell?  Someone asked me if I knew of any tickets anywhere, and I’m thinking you would know best.

And we still need workers for the Cummington Fair next weekend, Thursday - Sunday.  Write to me atNanParati@aol.com if you’re interested!

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Okay!  We will see you this Friday and Saturday for dinner with Chef Carlos’ fine food!

Dayna Kurtz, Your Summer Concert at Elmer’s this Saturday night!

 

Elmer’s Store

396 Main Street – Ashfield, MA 01330

(413) 628-4003 Elmersstore.com

Breakfast seven days a week, Dinner on Fridays

AnnaBread Delivered fresh Thursdays through Sundays—

Breakfast Sandwiches available instantly to go every weekday morning!

The Inn at Norton Hill is perfect for family reunions . . . .!

And we cater to your catering desires!  Full catering by Elmer’s for anything you got going on!

Baked goods made right here by Gretchen, everyday, including all of the toast we serve at Breakfast!  Need a fancy wedding cake?  Call us.  Need muffins, scones, cookies or a pie for your next event?  Call us. 

Send e-mail to Nan@Elmersstore.

 

I just came back from working the Newport Jazz Festival, and I’m not particularly a modern-jazz-type of fan, but lord, have you ever heard Jon Batiste??  He’s only 26 and I wandered into his set by accident but was hooked for life!  So great!!  His whole band is young but really, really outstanding.  He’s a member of the great Batiste family of New Orleans, but his music is of a much larger world of jazz than just New Orleans.  Check him out if you ever can!

I’m sending this out early this week so that people can get their reservations in for

 this Saturday’s concert:

Dayna Kurtz

At Elmer’s

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dinner starts at 5:00 
Dayna’s concert starts at 7pm and is $10.

(You can come to the concert without coming for dinner.)

Dinner:

Salade Irene- Crispy frisee lettuce tossed in homemade creamy ranch dressing topped with one sunny fried egg, smoked bacon and fresh slice garden tomato

$10

Hefeweizen & Smoked Cheddar Soup- Bavarian style smoked cheddar cheese and beer soup with crispy potato, fresh chives and sour cream  $6 cup and  $8 bowl

Ham & Sauerkraut Soup – Local apple cider braised cabbage with toasted caraway and cubed ham steak

$6 cup and  $8 bowl

 “Shabadoo” Spare Ribs - Black and tan ale braised spare ribs and bratwurst, with German potato salad, sauerkraut and spicy mustard 

$16

 Caraway Tofu Schnitzel- Toasted caraway seed & sea salt encrusted soy pate with mushroom spaetzle, sauerkraut and horseradish sauce

$14

 

Great food, great music and reservations are going fast!   (We aren’t sold out yet, but I know how y’all wait to the last minute to make them and you aren’t waiting this time.) 

 

This just in from Ken Irwin of WMUA:  Dayna is going to be joining me in the studio Wednesday Morning for an interview on “JAVA JAZZ” at WMUA 91.1 FM and on the web at wmua.org.  We will be playing some of her tunes and chatting about her upcoming appearance at Elmer’s.

 

See?  And I didn’t even know about that. 

I was reading the reviews of Dayna after I wrote about her in last week’s e-mail and one of them says,

 

Rich as the darkest Godiva chocolate, the voice gets into your bones until you can barely sleep at night and can’t get through the day without it….Kurtz sounds at times like her musical DNA contains traces of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, not to mention the world’s great cabaret singers.Paste Magazine

 

While I was writing the e-mail last week I was listening to Dayna on YouTube and on her website and I found that it was true!  At the end of every song I wanted to hear more!  Her voice is addictive like that!  If you like blues, if you like rich, older sounds of folk, if you like music, you are going to love hearing Dayna Kurtz!   And go to www.DaynaKurtz.com to hear her so that you will KNOW that this girl can sing!!!  Here’s a clip of her singing one of my favorite songs by her, “I Look Good in Bad” http://youtu.be/NTrVS_h1Beg

 Call us at (413) 628-4003 for reservations!

 

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Okay – so remember when you were a little kid:   Fizzies?  You put them in water and they fizzed up and they were SO good in summer?  Guess what!  We have them – only they’re not called Fizzies AND they’re full of electrolytes so that they’re good for you!  They’re called Nuun and we have them on the shelf in the grocery.  A friend of mine’s son reps for them, I tried one and said, “Fizzies!”  And I love them.  So I ordered them for you.  They’re actually sold to athletes and people because that’s what they’re for – replacing electrolytes (so that they are really, really good on hot days!)  And they’re WAY cheaper than Vitamin Water and things like that – and they’re Fizzies!!  So very good!

 

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Dinner on Friday night is the same menu as what we’re serving on Saturday night:

 

Salade Irene- Crispy frisee lettuce tossed in homemade creamy ranch dressing topped with one sunny fried egg, smoked bacon and fresh slice garden tomato

$10

Hefeweizen & Smoked Cheddar Soup- Bavarian style smoked cheddar cheese and beer soup with crispy potato, fresh chives and sour cream

 $6 cup and  $8 bowl

Ham & Sauerkraut Soup – Local apple cider braised cabbage with toasted caraway and cubed ham steak

$6 cup and  $8 bowl

 “Shabadoo” Spare Ribs - Black and tan ale braised spare ribs and bratwurst, with German potato salad, sauerkraut and spicy mustard 

$16

 Caraway Tofu Schnitzel- Toasted caraway seed & sea salt encrusted soy pate with mushroom spaetzle, sauerkraut and horseradish sauce

$14

 

You know that Anna’s ovens are back and to celebrate she’s going crazy with round-the-clock baguettes! She’ll have them at Elmer’s every single day this week, getting those ovens broke back in!

Okay!  Come to hear Dayna and drink some Fizzies!  (Or, Nuun – a MUCH hipper name!)