Hello Summer & Oysters Rockefeller

      Well Memorial day has come and gone, and we are officially underway to the summer vacation / holiday season. If this past weekend even with the half & half weather mix is any indication to what is to come, well, we should be in for a more traditional influx of tourist invasion. I honestly think folks are tired of being cooped up in there homes, not being able to go anyplace and want to get out and get somewhere. Yes I said get versus go, as folks have put off and put off due to the economy and they are itchin' to get someplace other than their backyard stay-cation or a dismal day trip. Folks want some sun and sand, they want to get some relaxation, away from the norm, and for anyone within a 300 to 400 mile radius of Cape has the Cod on their short list of places to go. There is so much history, so many experiences, so many things that can be do without breaking the bank. There are hotel prices to satisfy all wallets from high end, high linen thread count to the camper's tent world where a count is talking about start you see as you close your eyes to fall asleep. Am I pitching the Cape? You bet, why? cause I have many friends who count on their business to sustain them the rest of the year. And I want to see the Cape thrive not only for the one season but for the off season.
      The Cape has all kinds of experiences, from taking whale watching cruises to climbing towers and with binoculars seeing them from dry land. You can take a duck tour through Hyannis harbor or you can waddle around the harbor and check out all the shops, restaurants and boats in and around the harbor all from dry land, or even check out an art festival or two throughout the summer. There are the a number of golf courses that one can spend a few to many dollars on for green fees and a cart to just good old family putt putt / mini-golf.       There are charter fishing trips off the sound shores, north shorts or out off the east coast and off the national seashore, or you can cast off the shore line from Provincetown to the Canal. Just remember you do need a license for both fresh and salt water fishing. There is enough shops to shop in from now till Labor Day and still have enough to carry you over till Columbus Day.
      You can find thriftfull places to eat but don't go looking for a hoard of fast food joins, cause you won't find them here. Or you can dine out at some of the best places on earth that money can buy, there are also a few that you can just spend a lot of money and all you will get is a lighter wallet, be wise, there are enough good places to tackle and avoid the ridiculous, remember high prices do not always equate to high end good eats. And don't forget the Cape is a very diverse ethnically place, and there is more to Cape eating that just seafood. So if you just don't care for it or are allergic to it, there are so many other places that you could almost eat your way around the world here. But on the flip side, if seafood is your catch, start at Sandwich and eat your way around the Cape and use every coupon, Groupon, LivingSocial, Limelight and other online gadget to find your best deals, oh way, and right here on CapeCodToday.com is a really good place to start. These outlets and sites can save you big bucks on big bits without taking a big bite out of your wallet.
      So are we ready, some of the locals have done their shopping and are stored up as if dooms day has descended on us and will go into hiding through the summer to be sure to avoid anything sounding, smelling like or mildly reassembling a tourist to a majority who welcome you with open arms. Now don't thing getting behind someone doing 20 miles and hour under the speed limit is my joy or having someone pull out in front of me only to have them go 25 feet up the road and try to make a left hand turn on a weekend and block traffic up behind me for a half mile is my thrill. But for the most part I do not mind you coming, being apart of and enjoying what I have been privileged to be part of for so many year and am now able to call my home. So to all of you welcome to Cape Cod, come on down, out, or to, and enjoy yourselves. Just be neat and please help us keep this land clean for proper for the others to come behind you, and you will alway have a place to come back to.
      With all that said, let's crank up the heat and pour on the suntan lotion, and while your laying there soaking up the raise, I'll clean check up on the level of the oil in the lighthouse lamp, trim up the wick, clean the lens and maybe even give the old gal a go over with a fresh coat of paint. Hope you have a joyous and wonderful time, as you come to visit us here on Old Cape Cod. Hope to see you soon, and be safe.
      I'm not sure who submitted this recipe or where it came from prior to being added to the church woman's missionary counsel's cookbook. Most of the recipes has at least the name of the person who submitted it but this is has just been plopped in there with no reference. Not that you can not find this recipe or one very similar in any shellfish or even good cookbook with a seafood section. But I am just going to present it, if you like oysters in any which way this one is for you. If you have been looking for a good recipe, this one is for you, if you want the basics to start from, this one is for you. Do you get the picture, this is a very good, stand alone or beginnings to the traditional Oysters Rockefeller. So here it goes hope you enjoy, and have yourself a a wonderful start to the summer season.

      This weeks recipe: Oysters Rockefeller

  •       36   each      Oysters and shells
  •         1   cup        frozen chopped spinach
  •         4   Tbsp      onion, minced
  •         1   each      bay leaf
  •         1   Tbsp      finely chopped parsley
  •     1/2    tsp.       celery salt
  •         6   drops    Tabasco
  •     1/2   cup        butter
  •     1/2   cup        bread crumbs
  •                             salt and pepper to taste

      Place oysters on deep half of shells. Blend together spinach, onion, bay leaf, and parsley to fine consistency. Add seasonings to mixture and cook in butter for 5 minutes. Add bread crubs and mix well. Spread mixture over oysters. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Do NOT brown topping.  

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