Reading Cape Cod & Broccoli Bake

     There once was a man from Nantucket, who kept all his gold in abucket,,, you can take the rest of there, although this one has a cuteclean ending. (And by the way please save any of the savory ones, Imnot into the dirty limericks or jokes.) So why start with somethinglike this, well the point is, how many rhymes, poems, limericks, orbooks can you think of that have something to do with Cape Cod or thesurrounding areas and things that you would find on or around the Cape.Of course the most well know authors of the Cape was Thoreau. But thereare many others who have written of shipwrecks and storms, andlighthouses and the life saving stations. Others have written about thedunes of the Lower Cape and the artist shanties that dotted thelandscapes, with other writing of harbors that saw whaling ships go andnever return. Then there are the poems and rhymes about, cranberries,and bay berries, blue fish and the two fish that got away. There arepoems and songs that tell tales of the gales of Nor'Easters that havehowled round the bends of each protrusion of land or rattled theharbors and coves that sought to protect it's inhabitants.
      The Cape is so rich with literature that you could read for alifetime and not read all that has been written about the Cape. Myfather has always been a book bender, a page prober, a line learner. Hereads not only for his career but also just for the shear pleasure ofit, especially if it had anything to do with history. Although he wassuppose to have gone to The Ohio State University as a history major,it was the end of the war and Ohio State filled up it's enrollment withreturning Ohio GIs and Dad being from out of state was told there wasno room for him. So he ended up going to a small Christian College atthat time located in Delaware call The Kings College and majored inEnglish. Finally he finished with his MDv from Eastern Baptist Seminaryin Philadelphia, (today known as Palmer Seminary). I can never remembera time that Dad was not reading something, and more often then not hewas reading 2, 3 or 4 books. When it came to the Cape , he was in bookliterature heaven. Whether the history of the beginnings of the Capeand the struggles to make it, both as a new country or as a religiousstruggle, both in leaving the old lands and within the new lands. Heloves to read of politics and the Kennedy's and their lives always drewhis interest as well as the politics of past centuries and how itinfluenced the shaping of our great country.

      Well, I will admit I am not a bit book reader but I enjoy poetryand limericks, and short stories, and cookbooks, (oh ya that wasanother blog a few weeks ago.) Any ambition I have for reading I owe toprimarily to my Father, although my Mother was a avid reader as well.If you have not read anything lately, go your local library and lookfor books that either are about Cape Cod or reference Cape Cod in someway.  Find something of history, something that will make you laugh,something to feed your soul and something to feed your stomach. Learnabout the Cape through literature and you will see the Cape in a wholenew light and have a new respect for this spit of land we love calledCape Cod.  Well until: if someone would please keep the lamp in thelight house lit till so I can find my way back I would greatlyappreciate it. See ya'll soon. 


      This week's recipe is another one of those hand written oneson a 4 by 6, so old that the white has faded off the page that is stillspeckled with splashes. It's not hard to make and can be baking whileyou are doing other things. And if nothing else this is another way touse a wonderful vegetable, known as Broccoli. Now on with the show andhope you enjoy.

      This week's recipe:  Broccoli Bake

  •       2      pks      frozen chopped broccoli
  •      1/2    med     onion
  •      1/4    cup      butter
  •       2      Tbs      flour
  •      1/2    tsp       salt
  •      1/2    tsp       pepper (to taste)
  •       1      can      cream of chicken soup
  •      1/2    can      milk
  •       1      box      stuffing mix
  •       8      oz.       Velveeta cheese
  •                           Parmesan cheese (either a piece for grating or already grated)


     In a 9 by 13 baking pan spread the chopped broccoli over the bottom.Then saute the onion in the butter, add the flour, salt, pepper. Blendin the cream of chicken soup with the milk. Melt in the Velveetacheese. Pour mixture over broccoli. Top with stuffing mix and sprinklewith grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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