“Tete a Tete” In and Around Town……

First Things First….

***Most important reminder for this week…. Dan Sullivan’s Food Drive in our Town will be ending Friday, September 5th.  I’m embarrassed to tell you that I had the best of intentions too, and still have not brought in our canned goods.  Sometimes I think I work better with a deadline.  Let’s all plan to bring our donations in during the next week.  I’ll be making batches of Sherry’s Famous (or not so famous) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread this week too…. If you’d like one just send me an e-mail telling me you donated and I will have your Banana Bread waiting  We’ll go with the smaller sized ones because if we are very blessed I might be making hundreds this week!  Remember donation boxes are located at the Library, Police and Fire Stations, Senior Center and our Town Hall.

***Another Reminder….  If you need a Notary or Justice of the Peace, our Town Hall is ready and waiting to help.  Please spread the word about our Marriages too.  This week a lovely couple became the first Mr. and Mrs. to actually exchange marriage vows in our Town Hall since the ordinance was passed…..   What an honor for all of us and our town.

Now let’s get right down to the “Tete a Tete” for this week:)  I have so much to tell you and I still need to follow up with Part 2 from last week… but in just a short time we will be driving Mer back to college so I need to get “On The Road”


“Tete a Tete” is a French word that usually indicates a conversation between two or more people.  That’s us in a way!   I’m so happy that you are sending me in ideas for people and places I should write about.  This week I received a call from Donna Andronico.  Donna was calling because she had just enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Talia’s Eatery…a wonderful still rather new BREAKFAST and LUNCH place right here in town.  It’s where Janie’s Uncommon Café use to be in the Papa Gino’s Plaza.  She has enjoyed meeting friends there throughout the summer and wanted us to know how delicious every meal has been.

Of Course the food is very important when we go out but Donna also wanted us to know about the “Friendly, no Rush”, we are just happy you’re here service that she has experienced each time she has been in.  Donna said to me it is a great place for a “Tete a Tete”!   I responded with “hey I have never heard that before” that would be a great title for this week’s story!

Donna loves the egg white omelets, eggs benedict with or without the bread, amazing salads with everything you could want on them.  Again, “Friendly, Refreshing, and Sweet” is how she describes each of her visits to Talia’s Eatery… I can’t wait to “Visit” myself!

Just a quick fun tip that goes along with food preparation and storage…. And I have to thank Facebook for this one….

If you’re like me when I’m cooking I use Foil Paper or Siren Wrap often…. Constantly it seems!  Well for most of the 42 years that I have been in the kitchen and cooking, it drives me nutty when I’m trying to rip off the foil or siren I need.  If I’m lucky it tears properly but that seems to be about 50 50 for me anyway.  Sometimes the darn roll will even pop out of the box and roll away.  That’s always a great moment… and I often throw away torn mushed pieces of each that just didn’t come out right for me…

Here’s a tip….  Look at this picture… check the end of your “box” most of them will have a little area on each side that you need to push in.  They have always been there but most of us never notice them…. Push each in firmly…. Their job is to lock the roll in place so that it never pops out on you or causes a problem.  It works!  The only thing I did find is that on some store brands you may not have them.  Check it out for yourself and please let me know what you think!  How did we miss this… or maybe you knew too.

With A Grateful Heart Sherry<3


NH Hosts Hunt for the Hungry Program Again

New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the New Hampshire Food Bank. Once again this fall, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

Last year (2011), the Hunt for the Hungry program took in 2,000 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose and other game meat for distribution to the needy.

To donate game, and for packaging instructions, call the Food Bank at 603-669-9725, x240. If you’re donating a whole deer, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown, N.H. (603-622-0022), and they will process it for the food bank at no charge.
Please note that the N.H. Food Bank is not equipped to accept donations of wild game birds, such as wild turkey or grouse.

“We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year,” said Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the N.H. Food Bank. “Donations of protein foods are always hard to come by. That’s a big need that the Hunt for the Hungry program helps fill. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients.”

“The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter,” said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and all natural – not to mention delicious.”

For more information on donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit them online.

For information on hunting in New Hampshire or to purchase a hunting license, click here.


Local Organization Hosts Free Cooking and Nutrition Course

Gather in the kitchen to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime! Prepare and share meals together at Cooking Matters for Families, a free six-week cooking and nutrition series for school-age children and families being offered at The Upper Room in Derry on six consecutive Wednesdays, July 11 through August 15, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

The series will be led by Terri Schoppmeyer, Educational Program Coordinator at UNH Cooperative Extension. Cooking Matters for Families is sponsored by Operation Frontline, the New Hampshire Food Bank, UNH Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Connections, and The Upper Room.

If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, free and reduced lunch, WIC, or other types of financial assistance, then you qualify for participation in this free program. To register, contact Sue Schick at The Upper Room, (603) 437-8477 extension 22.

On-site childcare will be provided for a maximum of 5 children (ages 0-4) with a $1 per class, per child fee.

UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. For more information, or to learn about educational programs in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit their website.


Manchester Freshmen Collect Drops, Not Dropping Out!

Last Friday, a group of 26 Freshman students from Manchester’s West High School collected nearly one ton of apples on the fields of Mack’s Apples here in Londonderry. The apples, which would otherwise have gone to waste, were sent to various organizations, including the New Hampshire Food Bank, New Horizons in Manchester, and the Manchester Boys and Girls Club. The freshmen also supplied their fellow Junior class, who took the NECAP test this week, with apples. The project was made possible through the cooperation of both Andy Mack, Jr. and the high school’s Alternative Learning for Freshman Program (ALF).

According to Andy Mack, the students really seemed to work well together and took the task seriously. “I was kind of blown away by how well the kids responded to their counselors and teachers. They rocked this fruit in about two hours.” He also commented on the idea behind the ALF program, “As freshmen in this group, a lot of team activities are run so the kids get to use some of their boundless energy, and do something positive.”

One of the original founders of ALF, Kenneth Piotrowski, now a retired counselor from the school, suggested the idea to send the students to Mack’s. According to Eli Glass, West High School Counselor and current Co-Leader of ALF, “Kenny did all the work behind the scenes to make this trip a reality.”

Mr. Glass continued on to say, “We are very lucky to have the full support of not only our administration here at West, but all the way up to the Superintendent as well. Not only would I like to thank Andy Mack for being gracious enough to have us, I would also like to thank our support staff for the day: Michael Oliveira, counselor; Christine Merrick, math teacher; and Matthew Blair, guidance intern. Our hope is that this is the first year of a very long tradition between the ALF Program and Mack’s Apples.”

The ALF was founded more than twenty years ago by staff at West High School. The program supports incoming freshmen who are likely to “fall through the cracks” for various reasons. These reasons may include poor school attendance, difficult family life, disability, and organization and academic challenges. Students involved in the program get rewarded for coming to school, going to their classes, completing their homework and schoolwork, and behaving well. The rewards consist of a field study day on most Fridays, which include not only learning opportunities but also community service projects. Each school year, the program accepts about 40 new freshmen.