10 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Remembering Some tips on making great chocolate chip cookies By Rosalie Harrington Ray Ray My Italian grandmother - my Noni - was a big figure in my life. With a mother who was divorced when I was quite young, Noni played a big role in my upbringing, and there were times when my brother and I would live with her. Looming large in those memories was Joe’s Five and Ten, just down the street from Noni’s Beachmont home. The store beckoned me whenever I went for a visit. Around two in the afternoon on one particular February day, with my brother engrossed in playing marbles, I escaped to Joe’s so I could fantasize about owning one of the beautiful dolls, and doll’s clothes, that we could not afford. While browsing, I was distracted by the array of Valentine cards to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They were so beautiful and their sweet words seemed to capture exactly the way I felt about Paul Kelley, a boy in my second grade class. They were two for a penny, but I had no money so I “took” one, just half a penny’s worth. I would color it in myself to personalize it before I put it in the beautiful box that my teacher made with pink and red crepe paper. Paul Kelley sat in the front of the class and when he got my card he turned around and gave me the most beautiful smile ever. From that day on he walked me home from school and carried my books for a very long time. He was definitely my first love. Going to confession was not so easy. Telling the priest about the Valentine THE 2017 ESSEX MEDIA GROUP PERSONS OF THE YEAR Join the celebration! when he said back to me “You stole the card?” That was not so easy. I was living with Noni at the time, but I don’t recall the incident ever being discussed. If Noni had been born a century or so later, she might have been one of today’s entrepreneurs, making it big in the sharing economy. Noni loved the practice of renting rooms, turning the extra room in her house into an extra five dollars a week long before anyone had a thought of computers or AirBnB. Her Beachmont house was a stone’s throw from Suffolk Downs and the spare bedroom was almost always occupied by a trainer or a jockey. If she could have gotten away with it, she would have accommodated even a horse. Noni had a great spirit. Those were hard times, and she worked endlessly running the house, but she had managed to have a laugh over everything and everyone. The wood burning stove in the basement was often simmering with a big pot of sauce or soup, and she was always excited when someone would drop over and they could be included for dinner or, at least, a cup of her wonderful coffee. Handfuls of just ground coffee beans were thrown, never measured, into boiling water, where they would settle just a minute before being strained into a cup. Between her friends and the horse crowd there was constant activity and I loved it. One of the great joys of Noni’s later life was her tenth and last born child, a daughter. Rachel, known as Ray Ray in the family, was The Essex Media Group Persons of the Year will be honored Wednesday, March 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Lynn Museum. 20,000 copies of our Persons of the Year program will be distributed within the 10 communities we serve. Share your message of thanks or congratulations in this special publication. Sponsorship packages available. Contact Ernie Carpenter at 781-593-7700 ext. 1355 or email@example.com For tickets visit itemlive.com/product/emg-awards Rosalie’s chocolate chip cookies adored by everyone, but she was extra special for me because, though she was my aunt, she was my best friend, my virtual twin. My mother and grandmother were pregnant at the same time and so my Aunt Rachel and I were born the same year and were in the same grade at Louis Pasteur School, a walking distance away. For my Noni, I suppose, the two of us were inextricably linked. When Rachel and I were 14, she was diagnosed with Leukemia, and everything in the family changed. I didn’t see much of Noni over the next two years as she spent her days with Rachel at Children’s Hospital, and, of course, I’d lost my best friend. Even worse, when Rachel died, Noni could not bare to have me around, as I was too much of a reminder of her loss and so I was, along with cousin Marion, shipped off to a family friend for the summer in Somerville. After the funeral, all evidence of Ray Ray was wiped away, and her name was not permitted to be spoken again. Noni’s brooding face became a full-time replacement for the one that once had offered such a quick smile. The silence over the loss of Rachel included ignoring the repercussions of that loss - no one in the family thought about how it impacted me, for example - at least not enough to address the issue directly. Perhaps everyone in the family felt the same, privately mourning Rachel in their own way but not allowed to discuss it. Or, maybe, they had secret conversations that I was too young to be part of. Over time, though, my brother and I would be allowed back in to her life, with Noni taking care of us while my mother worked. She started taking us to the movies, again, which she loved. Noni had a sewing room that had a closet that no one could go near. For years I wondered about its contents and was told not to even touch the door. One day, just before I was married and preparing to leave to live in Chicago where my husband would finish his Masters, Noni and I were having coffee and she said she wanted to show me something. I climbed behind her up the stairs into the sewing room. She opened the closet door and out came what seemed like an avalanche of toys, dolls, doll clothes, stuffed animals, kids books and games. We sat on the cot in the room and she told me that these were the presents that Ray Ray received in the hospital before she died. We cried and hugged for several minutes. We discussed that the time was right for them to be given to the children’s ward at the hospital. She asked me if there was something I wanted and I took the wicker basket with the doll and its clothes. It was meant to be mine. My first restaurant sign was a heart. I have always loved the symbolism of the heart. For Valentine’s – Allowing the dough to rest makes for a more richly flavored cookie, according to the experts often quoted in my book. – Also, making them on the larger size gives the cookie three textures from crisp to chewy to gooey. – You must add a generous portion of salt to the recipe, too. – I usually follow the recipe on the Ghirardelli chocolate chip package or the Nestle Toll House recipe is nice, too. – I make a large batch of dough, remember the rested dough makes a more delicious result, and bake some off for us and place three quarters of it in a jar so my grandkids can experience them hot out of the oven, when Mom has the time. Day I loved thinking about a menu that embraced hearts: hearts of palm salad or for dessert, coeur la creme - a heart shaped dish with holes filled with soft sweetened cheese and drained overnight and served with fresh raspberries. I loved the calls from guys who wanted to give their girlfriends a ring that night. “Did I have any suggestions?” And did I ever! Floating on top of the chocolate mousse or the cheesecake or how about the fruit tart, her favorite? I still run into people who like to tell me about their first date at Rosalie’s and I never tire of the stories. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to Go (a perfect Valentine present) Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies? Here are some tips for making them great! We stayed in a very nice inn several years ago in Vermont. The decor was tasteful with antique furnishings, a fireplace in the room, and the property featured a creative restaurant kitchen, but what my husband really loved about it was the chocolate chip cookies delivered at bedtime, still warm from the oven. If there is one person who should be canonized (according to my “N.Y. Times, The Essential Cookbook) it is the woman who invented chocolate chip cookies, Ruth Graves Wakefield. By taking an ordinary cookie and adding chocolate chips to the recipe she changed baking forever.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 11 By Anne Marie Tobin BOSTON — It was a split decision for the Peabody girls and boys track teams at Saturday’s NEC Championship meet at the Reggie Lewis Center. The boys team tallied 101 points to roll to a 30-point victory over runner-up Somerville (71 points). The girls team, led by Lillian Brennan’s win in the 1,000 (PR 3:08.20), finished second with 59.5 points behind Beverly, which won with 100.5 points. The Tanner boys dominated the distance events with Marc Alperen winning the 1,000 (2:40.44); William Aylward winning the mile (4:36.77) and Claudio Rocha coming in second with a PR 4:38.57; and Shane Braz winning the 2-mile (10:20.42) and Jacob Farhat coming in sixth with a season-best 10:56.49. Eric DeMayo threw a season-best 50-08 to win the shot put, while Connor Ramos placed third with PR 42-02. Other top-10 performers were Kevin Aroke, third in the 55 hurdles (PR 8.34); Isaiah Knight, fourth in the high jump (5-10); Colby Therrien, fifth in the 300 (37.66); Antonio Craveiro, fifth in the 600 (1:31.20); Joseph LeBlanc (19-03) and Edgar Dossantos (18-04.5), fifth and eighth, respectively in the long jump; Amisaday Quijano, seventh in the 55 (6.81); and Josh Atemkeng, eighth in the 1,000 (PR 2:48.93). The Tanners also won the 4x800 relay in 8:44.92 and placed third in the 4x200 (1:36.47) and 4x400 (3:41.10). Several Tanner girls set PRs. Victoria Lombardi (5:46.05) and Sarah Enes (5:46.10) set PRs in the mile and finished third and fourth, respectively, while Lexi Bettencourt (43.72) and Hannah Sjerzega (46.21) set PRs in the 300, finishing third and ninth, respectively. Emily McDonald (13:05.36) and Shannon O’Connell (13:48.45) set PRs and finished sixth and ninth, respectively, in the 2-mile. Jolene Murphy finished fourth in the 55 Sports Tanner girls hockey have record week By Anne Marie Tobin PEABODY -- It was a record week last week for the Peabody/ Lynnfield girls hockey team. Monday night at Oakmont, the Tanners broke the program record for most wins with their tenth win of the season with a 4-0 win over the Spartans. Jen Flynn and Mirasolo were on fire with three points each. Flynn scored two short-handed goals s and had one assist, while Mirasolo score one goal and notched two assists to bump her record points total to 35. Sarah Buckley (from Carolyn Garofoli and Paige Thibedeau) also scored. Saturday night, behind a relentless offensive attack that had visiting Oakmont pinned its defensive zone for most of the game, the Tanners defeated the Spartans 3-0 on Senior Night to pick up their ninth win of the season and qualify for the Division 1 tournament for a record second straight year. Jeny Collins earned the shutout win. As if the night wasn’t already special enough, there was more. Northeastern Hockey League Player of the Year, Sammie Mirasolo, scored a goal and an assist to set a Tanners’ record for most points in a single season (32), breaking the record of 31 set by Colby Amor in 2008. Following Monday night’s game, Mirasolo bumped the record up a notch. She now has 22 goals and 13 assists. “That’s a huge two points for us that we needed to qualify for the tournament so that’s a huge accomplishment for us,” Peabody coach Michelle Roach said of the tournament-clinching 3-0 win. “It feels really good to do it early this year. It was a also special night for our seniors, who all played great tonight. Alycia Gillen got the start tonight did really great out there. Sammie, setting a new record, was another huge accomplishment for our program.” Truth be told, the Spartans were outskated, out hustled and outplayed from start to finish. But for the outstanding effort of Spartan goalie Bridgette Martin, who kept it close with several spectacular saves, the game would have been a rout. “Their goalie had a good glove hand,” said Roach. “We got off to a slow start, but put a lot of pressure on her, yet she was great between the pipes. I don’t know how many shots Sammie, Jen (Flynn) and Paige (Thibedeau) put on her but it was a lot. We were really moving the puck well and dominated possession.” Martin kept the Tanners off the board until Mirasolo scored with 1:46 left in the first period. It was a bit of a fluke, as she had little to no angle, shooting the puck from the top of the left faceoff circle. But the puck took a fortuitous left turn into the net after being deflected. After a scoreless second period, Flynn (from Sammie and Cassie Mirasolo) made it 2-0 at the 12:32 mark of the third. Mirasolo put a perfect drop pass onto Flynn’s stick as she was swooping in from the left side of the net. Martin stopped her wrister, but the puck slipped through her pads. After that, things got chippy when the Spartans let their frustrations get the best of them. The Tanners refused to get drawn in. With 10 minutes left, Sammie Mirasolo poke checked the puck away from a Spartan defender, who went down and Mirasolo was flagged for tripping. An Oakmont player retaliated, body slamming Mirasolo to the ice, and was sent off for roughing. She later was ejected after her fourth penalty after a postwhistle hit. The Tanners responded with their sticks. With 6:09 to play, Flynn added an insurance goal. Cassie Mirasolo won a faceoff, and found Flynn, who flicked a backhander off the inside of the far post into the net. “It did get a little chippy but when stuff like that happens we respond by putting pucks in the net,” Roach said. “We don’t retaliate, we respond in other ways. Tonight, we responded on the scoreboard.” Roach singled out the play of her forwards. “Sarah Buckley played a great offensive game today,” she said. “Paige played a really strong game too, along with Jess (Robert), Jen, Sammie and Cassie. They continue to produce for us and we will need that as we roll into the rest of our schedule.” Prior to the game, the Tanners honored their seniors - Gillen, Cassie Mirasolo, Mae Norton, Kaydee Purcell and Buckley. With the win, the Tanners improved to 9-5-2, another program best for the number of games the team has been above the .500 mark. The Tanners, however, are not content to rest on their laurels. “We need to keep working as we want a higher seeding,” said Roach. In the next couple of weeks we have some big games coming up so it’s all about getting higher in the standings.” Until last year, the team had never finished above .500, but the Tanners Peabody boys win NEC meet; girls finish second (7.81) while Taylor Correggio, who set a PR (7.89) in the preliminaries, placed eighth (8.10). She also set a PR in the long jump (13-10) and finished seventh. Sam Pang set a PR (9.86) in the 55 hurdles preliminaries and finished seventh in the final (9.90). Deanna Ruggiero set a season-best in the 600 (1:50.95) and finished 10th, while Cassia Picardy finished 13th with a PR 1:54.66. Other top-10 finishes were turned in by Alexa Flewelling, second in the high jump (5-00); Vanessa Martarano in the high jump (4-08); and Kim Walsh, ninth in the shot put (27-01.5). Bianca Chouinard set a PR in the shot put (26-03.25) and finished 13th, while Alison Dewsnap set a PR in the long jump (10-07.5) and finished 16th. Peabody placed second in the 4x400 (4:19.30) and 4x800 (10:29.65) relays and fourth in the 4x200 (1:54.69). PHOTOS BY KATIE MORRISON AND MARK GRANT Above, Sammi Mirasolo, the Northeastern Hockey League MVP. Left photo, seniors, from left, Alycia Gillen (Peabody), Mae Norton (Lynnfield), Sarah Buckley (Lynnfield), Cassie Mirasolo (North Reading), Kaydee Purcell (Peabody). rallied with three wins and one tie in their final five games to set a new mark for most wins in a season. The Tanners have a rematch with Marblehead tomorrow night at Connery Rink (6) where the Magicians will be looking to even the season series. On Monday, the Tanners will host Bishop Fenwick at 11 a.m. in game one of the Carlin Cup doubleheader with the boys following at 2. “We have a tough league game against Marblehead and Fenwick always comes to play us,” said Roach. “I know they are close to the tournament, so I’m sure they will come ready to play.” FILE PHOTO Marc Alperen of Peabody won the 1,000 in the Northeastern Conference meet.