Winter dream & Steak & Bacon Tournedos

      Oh what a beautiful day when one can wake up smelling the salt air and feeling the warmth from the sun beam down on you. Snap, Crackle, Pop, with a side order of Zap and Wham-Oh, wake up we are not on Cape C, C, C,  what do you mean I'm not on Cape Cod, sure I am, so the salt in the air is a little thin and the warmth of the sun is being felt as it shines through my bedroom and office windows. That white stuff out there is snow and not sand, but give a day or so of melting and it will be back. No, I really don't want to go sunning myself in air temperatures below 35 degrees or water temps to match. But I do enjoy going out and standing in the middle of the River (Bass River that is) pushing ice chunks aside so I can bring Quahogs home for dinner. Most of us who have vacationed on Cape Cod for many years, just really don't think of the Cape the winter. We have this picture that all the retirees are snow birds and clear out by Columbus Day weekend and don't return till Mid April or beginning of May. And those that don't go south,  they go back to their homes around Boston, Worcester, Albany, Manchester, Hartford. Then there are the rest of us who either aren't smart enough to find our way off, are too poor, were born here and don't know anything different, or like me moved here because I just wanted to be on the Cape full time and did not take the time to really think that it ain't sunny and 78 every day all year round. Now let's be sure we got this straight, I would not trade my house and life here on the Cape for a house plus more someplace else. I love this place and love all 4 seasons. And besides I heard that last week we had our first Snowy Owl siting right here in Dennis Port. Dreaming of those warmer days past and to come? You bet but the rest of the year I am learning to enjoy it more and more. What can I say I am a gluten for punishment, all for the sake of of saying I live right here, smack dab in the middle of old Cape Cod. Yes summer has come and gone and we are now waiting for the next one, but until it is here we will do what we must or can to enjoy the off-season, and make the preparations for the next change to mingle seasons and user in Spring. Well enough for now, I wish you could be here with us, and if you can't we will be sure to leave the light on just in case you find your way out and back to us. So until the next time hope you have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      Business report, I reported on this place before but it has been some time ago and since they are a year round place I think it is appropriate to mention them again. Cape Annie's Lighthouse and Seaside Gifts, 807 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02664, or their website http://capeannieslighthouses.com/ or yes folks, on facebook. Cape Annie's is Closed on Tuesdays but open 10-4:45 all other weekdays and 10-5 on the weekends, and the website is open 24-7 for your shopping convenience. They have just about anything and everything you could think of when it comes to gifts to you name it. They have dog collars, nautical belts, nautical jewelry, sport socks, buoy bells, harbor lights, turtles, and more and more and more. This is one mighty little store that will just blow you away. The owner is really nice and full of good information. Check this place out not just in season for in the off season as well.  
      Well another week has gone by and we get deeper into winter, but one thing I have started to notice is that the sun is starting to come up earlier in the morning so this is a good thing. We really have not had that bad of a winter so far, yes-yes I know we still have a long way to go but I will take this all the way through. I know it sounds like a broken record but we like quiet, and it has been that. Everyone has behaved and stayed off the high seas when we have had some stronger winds and there has not been any real issues we have had to chase. Oh there is always the occasional fishermen that gets sick and we need to work with the egg beater guys to go and fetch him off the boat out about 100 or so miles, but no real serious issues. Folks we are here if you need us, but the real hope is that you never need us. We will keep the beacon going no matter the weather, time of day or season, we are hear for those that need a lot of help to those that just need a reminder of where they are at. I pray your weeks has been well and that good times and good things will continue to find their way to you and yours. Well have a great day and evening, especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.
      So were we go with see no seafood, or no seafood here vol 2, We live on Cape Cod and everyone expects or thinks all we eat is seafood. Now the thought of that can be pretty interesting and there are enough recipes and different kinds of seafood that one could honestly eat it everyday and not eat the same thing twice all year long. But there is so much else that is good to enjoy, and no man does not live by seafood alone. More like man liveth on what food he sees or see-food diet, I see food and I die for it. Ok, ok bad pun, but I at least saw a grin. Well with all that I think we will a lot of fun discovering other entries besides seafood and hopefully we will find them fun, easy and delicious. Now on with the show before I start eating the words off the screen. 
 
      This week's recipe: Steak and Bacon Tournedos
 
 1-1 1/2  lbs      beef flank steak
                         non-seasoned meat tenderizer
   1/2      lb        bacon
      1      tsp      garlic salt
   1/2      tsp      freshly ground pepper
      2      Tbsp   parsley
1 3/4      oz       envelope hollandaise sauce mix
   1/4      tsp      dried tarragon, crushed
 
      Pound flank steak evenly (either use a meat mallet a coffee can(cover bottom with plastic wrap) or something with weight to pound meet with), till about 1/2 inch thick. Use meat tenderizer according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook bacon until about 80% don (not crispy). Sprinkle steak with garlic salt and pepper. Score steak diagonally. Place bacon strips lengthwise on steak. Sprinkle with parsley. Roll up jelly roll fashion starting with the narrow end. Skewer with wooden toothpicks at 3/4 inch intervals. Cut in 1 - 1 1/2 inch slices. Broil. Prepare Hollandaise sauce mix according to directions. adding the tarragon to dry mix. 

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