Shellfishing Upon Us & Clam Canapes

      So are you ready to do some shellfishing? Here in Dennis as October is about to pounce on us so the shellfishing season is about to roll out to us. And what is this first weekend suppose to be like weather wise? CRAPPY, what the heck is this all about. I am hoping that I can get a few hours without moisture coming out of the sky so I can get some soft shell steamers. I am dying for some good ones and the best ones are the ones I dig myself, and primarily because you can't get them any fresher. I think I am bout to the age that I am going to start looking for a little red wagon with big puffy wheels so I can put my basket of clams and my rake in, ya I know I am wienie and I admit it. But with bad knees and a back that is getting crankier by the month it would just make it that much more enjoyable. Scallops in the sound first, wish I had a boat but, oh well, then soft shells, sea clams and mussels never a problem and Quahogs still to come. And no I have not forgotten about the Oysters, LOVE them Oysters. 

      So do you go get your own? or do you pay the price at the market for them. After you dig and pick and rake, every time I go to the market and see the prices I am more appreciate of my license than before and realize with just a dig or two my license is paid for. I wouldn't mind being able to dig year round but I think the break is good, and besides the seasoned guys tell me that shellfish are better coming out of colder water than warmer anyway. So now that the daylight is shorter and the water temps are cooling off, the taste they tell me only gets better with each degree dropped. I'm not sure I could taste the difference yet but I will take their word and just enjoy. So bring on October and let's go digging. Thank you Al Crocker for teaching us so many years ago to enjoy going after our own shellfish and enjoying the fruits of our labor. 
      Restaurant report: Arnold's Seafood in Eastham, nope had never been there before and we were blessed to get on of them there Cape Cod Dailey deals. They don't come up often and they go even faster. Took me three rounds to get it but it paid off. I got the Jumbo lobster roll. Folks I love lobster, I relish in how much I can put away, but let's just say the wife and I could have just split it and there still would have been left overs. But being who I am, there was not one bit left and not a drop of butter to be seen. The onion rings were as we found out from the Wellfleet Oyster Festival last year were to die for and did not disappoint us one bit. Arnold's is only open till Columbus Day weekend so if you want to go you better get, and remember they only take cash and personal checks, no plastic credit or debit, however there is an ATM machine right on the property. Gotta say, this had to be some of the best lobster I have had in a long time and you get your monies worth. 
      The second eatery was the Black Cat in Hyannis. The wife and I were out and about on Tuesday night and figured it would not be overly crowded. At 6:40ish although we did not have to wait for a seat it was a busy place. We got to know their clam chowder from the Chowder festival and fell in love with it. Its not like many others, and is different enough from our own that we do not feel like we are just getting something we would be able to make at home. The wife got the bowl and a side of fried calamari and I got one the Wianno Burger with the caramelized onions and horseradish and cheese. Yum to the max is all I can say and when I finish that I then finished the calamari that the wife could not finish. This is a year round place and worth checking out right along Hyannis Harbor.  
      Well the time has come to bid thee a fairthy well for the evening. As the nights are getting darker earlier and the sun not rising as early, it is more critical that I make sure the oil tanks are kept topped off. I hear the winds are blowing a change and one needs to be sure all the shutters are pulled and locked. We need to keep the tower as dry as possible and keep the little critters out. Still need to make the climb to the lamp room and clean the lens and trim the wick so the flam burns bright. Hope your fall has started out well and good wished to you and yours as the leaves start to gather color and make their change. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it, right here on Old Cape Cod.  
      This week is an off week for recipes, it's a 5th week so we get another appetizer. I continue the theme of seafood appetizers this year and found one I have not seen before. Ok I admit this one I have not tried yet but it looks good and nothing really outlandish and pretty straight forward. This would make a great pre-party, tail-gate house party, or just game time finger food. So give a try, dress it up a little or a lot but this one we can all have some fun with. Now on with the show:
 
      This weeks recipe: Clam Canapes
 
      1      pkg      cream cheese (large pkg)
   1/4      lb         buttter ( to show how old the recipe is they called for oleo)
      1      can      minced claims (or 8 oz minced)
   1/4      cup      diced onion, finally diced
                          salt and pepper (optional go light)
                          Old Bay Seasoning (just a dash)
 
      Combine all ingredients until smooth. Spread on party rye. Put under broiler a couple minutes until lightly toasted. Serve immediately. (Can you see the options here, wow one could really have a field day. hope you enjoy)

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