Great Neighborhood & Cream Cheese Pound Cake

      Oh what a day what a week, work, work, work, is about the name of the game. There is not much else to do when waiting for surgery still about 3+ weeks away. But I got to go out and get some quahogs this past weekend, paid the price Sunday and Monday for it, but the clam chowder is out of this world, and I still had a couple cherrystones that I did casino style, yum yum. But so much for these waders as the seams have let go and I came home looking like I had wet myself. I was just fortunate that it did not give totally away and end up with boots full of water. Only damp and cold but hey, the price we pay to eat. I will keep these waders and use them for going digging for soft shell or collecting mussels. But with all that, I have had time to notice that the sun is coming up earlier, and my lamp post light will need to be adjusted to an earlier time for going off, and I am so excited that I can still take my dog for walk after work and there is now light visible till almost nearly 5:30pm. He loves to go for neighborhood walks and even if the folks on the streets around me might not remember my name they sure do remember my pooches name. He is a great conversation starter and being the 12 pound puff ball Pomeranian he loves little kids and is not picky to anyone else who will give him attention. But what he has done is helped me get to know my neighbors, make friends and basically become a neighborhood watch person, getting to know who belongs where, when and if something looks funny or out of place of folks who don't belong there. My neighbors know that I will be one of the first to get to know the "newbies" on the block and get them introduced to others. We watch out for each other and make sure that the older folks are being watched out for, even if they are inside most of the winter and if someone needs help. New England sometimes gets a bad rap for being homebodies, loners, or whatever you want to call it, maybe hermits. But in my area we are breaking those barriers and have become a true community, watching out for each other. So my thought for today, while the weather is sunny, get out and get around your streets, go for walks (besides it will do you go to get out of the house), introduce yourself, no you don't need to invite them over for a luau but it will make for safer streets and help make your area a more pleasant one then it already is. And if you are in an area that is more barren this time of year, well then get to know what homes are multi seasonal and summer only so if something funny is going on, you can stop it before it spreads to your house. Yes this is a promotional for community watches, and community lookouts, lol, but seriously good neighbors make great neighborhoods, and we all want that here on Cape Cod.      

      This weeks business report is a little different, there is a publication that highlights Cape Cod and all it has to eat. The name is Edible Cape Cod. They put out a quarterly printed magazine that can subscribed to, or if you are lucky enough to find someplace that has a few complimentary copies to take. You can also find them online at http://ediblecapecod.ediblecommunities.com/ or on facebook at /www.facebook.com/edible.capecod.5. I wish I could just cut and past their about Edible Cape Cod and put it right here, but you will need to go to the website and read it for yourself, it is an amazing story of how this local edition of Edible got started. This is probably one of the most comprehensive resources to everything edible on Cape Cod that I can think of. They put recipes in, they do local stories of farms and small businesses that deal with food based here on the Cape, and they provide information that is just, well for those who love to live local with food this is it. They are doing what I am only trying to touch on in this blog in a massive scale. There has yet to be an issue that I have not picked up and not been educated in some way. The owners and editors live right here on Cape Cod year round. They are not run by an outside larger company breathing down their necks rather they are part of a community that looks to share information on gastronomy and the food world that is looking to share local edibles around the country and some. If you want to see the bigger picture of the Edible Community please check their website out at: http://www.ediblecommunities.com. Trying to describe or give a proper introduction in a short paragraph is near impossible. There categories of interest are Eat, Drink, Shop, Things to Do, Recipes, and Food for Thought. They have articles on Local, Seasonal Fresh Guides, Meet the Farmers, Meet the Artisans, and more. Have I blubbered and blabbered enough, do you get it, this local bit is worth your looking into and reading and supporting. Other than our own CapeCodToday.com I would say it is my second best local resource information publication on the Cape.     
      Well the weather outside is frightful, here at ye old Lighthouse, this past week we have seen everything from snow flurries to mixed freezing stuff to hard rains, high winds that were greater than freeway speed limit and even fog. We have had a call for a rescue situation that was better handled by the young pups in the egg beater but other than that most were smart enough to stay off the high seas. But when a man or women (don't want you ladies to feel left out here) need to feed the family ya gotta do what you gotta do and sometimes that means going out when the conditions are not the best. But I think we are going to make, at least it was not all snow or we would be up to our gizzards in it and although this is still winter I would prefer not that much. Anyway we just got a report that there has been a spotting of 5 Right Whales in the area. Now that is something to get excited about. When you come for a visit be sure to bring your binoculars and maybe just maybe you will catch a glimpse of one ore more of them. Well thats about it for this week, I hope you all are surviving dreary January. Well if you get a chance some on by, we don't have tours going on but the grounds are still open to walk around. Hope you'll stay warm and have a great week, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Well as many of you already know I am not a big cake eater, except when it comes to pound cakes. Given a choice of desserts I would chose some kind of fruit pie than anything else. But over the years my wife has come up with several good pound cakes that I have just fallen in love with. I have put her Pistachio Pound Cake and Vanilla Butternut Pound Cake in past years, but this year I am have taken on the looking into my collection of church cookbooks and newspaper clippings to find a whole new batch of yummy pound cake recipes. So I hope you check them out, give one, give all a try and have fun with these. Pound cakes go with just about any season or occasion. Now on with the show. 
 
      This week's recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
 
  •       3      sticks      salted butter ( or oleo if you are old school)
  •       1      block       packaged cream cheese ( 8 oz block)
  •       3      cups        sugar
  •       6                      eggs
  •       3      cups        flour
  •    1-2     Tbls          Vanilla (the real stuff please)
 
      Let the butter and cream cheese soften. Once they are soft cream, add vanilla and sugar. Mix well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after adding each. Add flour, one cup at a time. Beat. Bake in a 10 inch greased and floured tube pan. (note: if you want to do in a loaf pan, you will need 2 loaf pans as the capacity of a tube pan is 16 cups were a 9 x 5 loaf pan is 8 cups). Bake 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.   

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