Photo by Caleb Kenna for The Boston Globe

Friday, December 31, 2010

January 2

Sunday, like all Sundays, will feature French Bread, along with blueberry scones and cherry muffins. There will be corn chowder for soup. Be sure to check the freezer for discounted prices on Christmas specials like panettone and pound cake. And by the way, my French Bread recipe contains no dairy products. I use the simplest bread recipe of all time: flour, water, yeast and salt. For this reason, French Bread gets stale rather quickly, so it's best to freeze it if you're not going to eat it the same day. If you freeze it, the best way to use it later is to run it quickly under a cold water faucet and pop it in the oven at 350 for five minutes. This will crisp up the crust without drying out the crumb, and here's an interesting note: the reason bread gets stale is not because it dries out. Rather, it is because the water molecules in the bread become bonded to the gluten molecules. Briefly heating the bread shakes the water molecules loose of the gluten and restores a moist crumb. It only works once, though. After that, it's bread crumbs.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thursday and Friday

Tomorrow (Thursday) there will be blueberry scones, cranberry walnut muffins and, of course, Anadama bread. Soup will be potato leek. On Friday there will be cherry scones and sesame seed bread and the soup will be split-pea. There won't be a take-out meal this Friday because of it being New Year's Eve, but we will be open until the usual 7:00 pm.


Apricot scones and Moroccan Chick Pea Soup are on the menu today. Plus loads of cookies, and some delightful sausages and cheeses for New Year's Eve hors d'oeuvres trays.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tuesday, December 28

Blueberry scones, sunflower seed bread, and West African Peanut Soup will be on the menu for Tuesday. There are still some left-over goodies from Christmas to be had at reduced prices including panettone and pound cake. Stop by and take advantage.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Eve

Christmas eve Friday will feature French Bread, lots of Russian Tea Cakes, Blueberry Scones, Cranberry Walnut Muffins, Chocolate Coconut Pecan Cookies, and Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup. We close at three o'clock, so get your shopping done early.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A more exciting blog!

If you hadn't already noticed, Rob has taken over as Pierce's blogger! Lucky for everyone, that means way more detailed information about fresh bakery items, as well as soup, pizza and other delicious creations made by Rob.

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Scott and Lindsay, Managers

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Coming up this week

Here's what's coming up this week at Pierce's Store.

Tuesday I'll be baking both panettone (Italian Christmas bread) and pumpkin seed bread. There will be blueberry scones and peach muffins, potato leek soup, and lots of cookies including my new chocolate coconut pecan cookies. There should still be some coconut macaroons and Russian tea cakes. Also, there is mushroom-leek pizza in the freezer. Cranberry sauce is in the cooler, along with black bean/rice burritos.

Wednesday I'll be baking apricot scones, and gingerbread (in little perfect-for-two pans). Soup will be split pea with ham.

Thursday I'll make the usual Anadama bread, as well as French bread, along with pound cake which will be available as either little perfect-for-two cakes or as larger loaf-sized party cakes. It's a great cake to top with fruit and whipped cream for a party. Soup will be corn chowder.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Week

Some specials for Christmas week: Pound cake, gingerbread, panettone, and cranberry nut bread will be available in little loaves appropriate for 2 to 4 people. Larger loaves of panettone will also be available. My own cranberry sauce will be available in half-pint containers. Also, while I usually only make French bread on the weekend, I will be baking a bunch of baguettes (plain, as well as seeded) on Thursday and Friday. (Of course, we usually have a stash of baguettes in the freezer if they run out.) I won't be making any Christmas cookies, per se, but there will be more cookies than usual, including coconut macaroons, chocolate macaroons, and chocolate tea cakes, as well as the usual varieties. If you want quantities of more than a dozen, please order the day before.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This weekend at Pierce's (December 17-19)

On Friday there will be fresh peach scones, applesauce raisin muffins, sesame seed bread, and lentil soup with ham, along with the usual cookies which is to say, chocolate chip, ginger, peanut butter, and of course, Russian tea cakes. Scroll down to Wednesday's post to see a description of the Friday take-out meal. It's Guest Chef Carol Calotta's Baccala.

On Saturday there will be fresh blueberry scones, French bread batardes and baguettes (including seeded baguettes), West African peanut soup (it's vegetarian), all the usual cookies plus coconut macaroons. Pizza will be mushroom-leek ragout with mozzarella and parmesan (look for it in the freezer. It's take-and-bake.).

On Sunday, fresh-baked walnut sticky buns, another batch of fresh blueberry scones, more French bread, and Mexican black bean soup with corn.

Martha Sirjane's wreaths

These beautiful wreaths were made by Martha Sirjane and are available at the store (click the pics to enlarge).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12/17- Baccala Italian dinner

Friday Take Out

Baccala: A Traditional Italian Christmas meal consisting of Salt Cod with potatoes & tomatoes, plus a green salad and bread.


Prepared by Guest Chef Carol Calotta. Reservations strongly recommended and accepted by phone or in-person only. Call 492-3326.

Lily's Delights

Eggnog Cake with chocolate mousse frosting..YUM!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12/10- Chef Rob's Goulash

Friday Take Out

Chef Rob's Hungarian Goulash with local Grass-fed Beef

Plus a Garden Salad & slice of fresh bread


Reservations recommended and accepted by phone or in-person only. Call 492-3326 or stop in to reserve yours!

Lily's Delights

Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham cracker crust- yum yum!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

12/3- Rob's Chili with Local Beef

Friday Take Out

Rob's Chili with Smith Maple Crest Grass-fed Beef
Vegetarian Chili with Corn

Plus Lily's Delights delicious Corn Bread

12 oz: $3.99
32 oz: $8.99

Reservations recommended and accepted by phone or in-person only. Call 492-3326 or stop in. This chili is delicious and going to go fast!

On Saturday

Pesto Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes $9.99