Christmas 2016 & Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

      Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays, may the peace that flows from and through this season be the reason for your celebration. I don't have a lot to say today, As many of you are already aware of I had immediate necessity back surgery on June 3. The surgery went well, but when my surgeon got in there he discovered a much different situation then he was expecting. As a result of that although the healing went well another situation associated with the same area flared up about 3 months post-op. After another MRI and some discussion with my surgeon we are going back under the knife this coming week, the scary part is I will be awake for this one, and if all goes as we are praying for will only be about an hour in length and I will walk out of the hospital the same day. I am just so grateful though to be walking after the first surgery, I truly have a reason to celebrate this season. As we close this year out, I encourage you to reflect on the past year, take account of just all that has gone well or good or better than expected then give thanks for it. And if you find you have had a tough year, look around your neighborhood, around the Cape, State, Country, other part of the world and I will bet you will hind many more who would gladly trade places with you. Make this a year to remember and be glad in it, and may the peace and joy that comes through this season be your passion and hope and strength not only for today but the days to come. And to think I have the pleasure of doing all this right here on old Cape Cod, wow, am I blessed. I pray you are and feel you are,,, Until we meet again,,,     

      Business report, I had the pleasure of stopping in at Fresh Picked today, they are located in Yarmouthport at the corners of Willow St and 6A with hours 10-5 Mon - Fri and Sat-Sun 12-5 and they are open year round. You can also locate them online at justpickedgifts.com or on facebook www.facebook.com/justpickedgifts. There is always something going on at Just Picked Gifts, they have 2 buildings to peruse through, the barn and the main shop which has two floors to get lost in. This is not a tourist hut with overpriced odds and ends, this is a shop for everyday Cape Codders looking for good deals on everyday items, from bird feeders, to tableware to lamps and more. Yes it is a very fun place for tourists as well as they can always get a good deal on Cape Cod items, things for the cottage, and gifts for all the kin back home without breaking the budget. Please check them out both online and in person, and tell them you heard about them from the CapeCod Rockhopper blogger for CapeCodToday.com. 
      The other year round business I would like to remind you of is Guapo's Tortilla Shack restaurant in Orleans. We all know the Shack on Underpass road in Brewster as a hot spot to get your AmeriMex/Baja fix, but the main restaurant is located in Orleans in the Staples Plaza on 6A. Check out their website http://www.guaposcapecod.com/ for hours and a sample menu, and also the special and special events going on. I have yet to be disappointed with any meal I have eaten there and the atmosphere is great. They also pride themselves in having some of the best selection of top shelve Tequila around. If you are in the mood for some good American-Mexican or what they call Baja-style food this is the place, yum my mouth is drooling just thinking about it.     
      Seasons greetings from yee old lighthouse, I pray, thoughts fare thee well. Tis time of year that a little of thee old madrigal can be heard round the tower and to the village greens and each note is sweet music to the ears of lonesome keepers. Oh what a wonderful time of the year, and this year a little nippy but not too chilled, and the lack of heavens frozen cotton candy has helped keeping it a tad warmer, and calmer seas. We are getting quite a few peepers in the early evenings to see the lights and decorations that adorn the lighthouse tower, keepers house and the areas lawns and dwellings. It's almost pretty enough to make one break out singing in Renaissance period chorus or early Baroque song, but hey if it ain't Baroque then why,, nah that's to easy (sorry a little musical humor, but don't want to bring discord to this segment,,  sorry there I go again, he, he). Anyway, on any given evening I have heard many a chorus being song around the grounds and have even joined in on a few. With the stars out overhead and the beacon shinning forth out over the oceans, it makes for a very seasonal setting, even if there is no snow. Well we better rap this up, i hear another group of carolers coming and we do try to be hospitable, considering we are technically closed to the public, but tis the season and so, have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays to you and yours, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.         
      So, football season is coming to the end but it ain't over till is over and we are in full swing of bowl season and national championship to follow and NFL playoffs are right around the corner. We need good tale gate food to go with the beverages of choice, and it has to be fairly simple and must be finger food. Oh ya this can also go as basketball food, or potluck food. if you have not figured it out I have a thing for wings, yes checkin wings, yummy morsels of goodness that can be snacked on all times of the day or night, in any situations and can be cooked in more ways than just about any other kind of snack food. This last main event of the month and the year is a staple recipe in more ways than I could count on a whole football teams toes. So google it, Pinterest it, X-Ref it in your cookbooks and find the one for you, but the bottom line main recipe other than the chicken wing itself is Coca-Cola. The combination of the two just can not be beat and will be one of my favorites for time on end. Now before I start chomping away at my words, let's get this show on the road. Hope you enjoy this little recipe.
 
      This week's recipe: Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
 
  •   2 ½      pds      chicken wings (I split mine, drummies & cloths pins)    
  •       1      cup      brown sugar
  •       9      oz        Coca-Cola® (3/4 can) (full can if you skip bourbon)
  •       3      oz        American bourbon (this is optional)
  •       2      med     onions, chopped
  •       2      cloves  garlic, minced
  •       2      Tbsp    soy sauce
  •                           salt and pepper to taste
      In a large casserole, combine the brown sugar, Coca-Cola®, bourbon, onions, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Stir until mixed. Place chicken wings in sauce mixture. (if you have the option to let them marinate over night this is even better but you don't have to.) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. (original recipe calls for 2 hours, I feel this is a little long for my liking.) To thicken sauce, mix in a cornstarch mixture (do this after you marinate and before you bake.) (It is also noted that you could use the same recipe with ribs, humm need to try that one, sounds incredible.)

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