Are you ready? have you made all the reservations, have you started a countdown calendar? I know it is not Disney World but really, summer vacations are a fun and exciting time away from the homestead and frolicking on the beach out on the Cape. Whether you rent a cottage or a hotel or motel room, whether you staying at grandma & grandpa's place, or whether you spend it pitching a tent over at Nickerson State Park. The Cape is the place to be during the summer. I lived in central Ohio growing up, and a summer would not have been a summer if we would have ever missed going to the Cape (some 800 miles away) for our summer vacation. We would pack up the floats, the beach chairs, the bikes, in went the bathing suits the beach towels the beach hats and lotion. I know we were super blessed in being able to come the full month of August and looking back, I was just plain spoiled, and my older sister who were out of the house by this time were so jealous. Those days I did appreciate, and found my love for Cape Cod. Being able to spend time relaxing, forgetting all the things going on back at the house, and just,, well you fill in the blank. If you are already counting down, great, if you aren't, why not? Ok so it won't be for a mouth, or two weeks or even a week. May you can only afford a get-away day either due to work restrains or financially. Maybe try to do two during the summer, but plan, circle the calendar, put stars on it, and look forward to just taking time off from your busy schedule. Maybe you need to do it with just your spouse or significant other and leave the kids at your sisters or your parents place. Maybe the entire family needs to get out of the house, out of the town or city, out and to the Cape. But plan it, do it, I promise if you do it right you will not regret it and other around you will enjoy and appreciate it as well. So it's now up to you, we are here, we are waiting for you, and we are looking forward to having you. To those of you who already live here, take a day off work, plan to take a daycation and go to the other side of the Cape, to to the other end, go someplace you don't normally travel to. Do it before season, plan for it at the end of season. But do it, to remind yourself why you live here, what is so special about being here, and getting to know this place better that we call Cape Cod. So I can say it any more, to those over the bidge or right here on this side. I just hope that we get to see you out and about this season of warmth, enjoying what we already know, this place we call old Cape Cod.
Business report: Ok a couple years ago (aka before back surgeries) we made it to the Mac Shack up in Wellfleet and had a wonderful meal sitting out on the picnic tables watching the boats come and out of the harbor and the kids playing on the nearby beach. But we had never been to Mac's Fish House, you know the home of it all, the real deal. My Dad and his wife went there (again a couple years ago) when they were here and really enjoyed it. So last weekend we needed to make a wine run to Truro Winery to do a wine club pick up. On the way back I decided to take a detour into Wellfleet. Well it was early afternoon and, we pasted and you know the story, our stomaches sniffed the place out. It was great as we got in before the tourist season, it was not overly crowded, but best of all the food was delicious. I started out with 1/2 doz local oysters on the half shell, how many ways can we say yum, while the wife had a shrimp and scallop miso dumping soup again outstanding. Next she had a bacon burger, I know I know, A fish house and she has a burger but she was not disappointed at all and ended up taking half home and enjoyed it the next day for lunch. I had the fried oyster cob salad that was unbelievable. Good size, filling and for not being a fan of avocado I did enjoy it with this salad. If you have never been, it is worth the trip to the Outer Cape, make it part of your trip to P'town (although they have many good restaurants there also) to the light houses or to the National Park. Plan your day and make it to Mac's for either lunch or dinner.
Well hello again. I hope you are doing well. I have to tell you, I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to warm up. But I think we are about to the the corner and run straight into that summer weather. The waters are still cool and the whales have decided they have enjoyed themselves so much they have stuck around a little longer than normal. I have been watching them from the Lamp Room with my binoculars, but we have had some close enough that you can stand just off the ledge behind the safety rail and see them sometimes spouting off and even breaching and tail slapping. We have been doing quit a few boat inspections helping out the local harbor patrol, as they have been overwhelmed. Please if your going boating this year please remember to have all the safety gear for the number of passengers you are carrying. It will make my job a lot easier if for some reason you need my services and we need to come fetch some of you out of the brink. And please, please please, leave the liquor on the land back at the cottage or house. Heat and sun and booze really don't mix. Ok off my soap box, well I hope you all have a great week. If any of you get the chance to come on out, please come and visit us over the weekend come give us a visit as we are now open. As of Memorial Day we will be open every day till Labor Day. Well that's about it for today, have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Summer is the time for grilling, but the fun thing is, this recipe gives it for the broiler. So when your griller tells you they can't cook, you can call them on it as a boiler is nothing more than an upside down grill. So in the cooler or winter months with the grill has been packed up and put away (although many of us will grill even in a foot of snow or more) that griller of yours can still do their thing right in the house. But Memorial Day is right around the corner and and summer is knocking on the door. So if it isn't already out, get that grill out and let's go grilling/BBQing. Now on with the show,
This week's recipe: Honey BBQ Pork Steaks
3 each pork blade steaks (1/2-3/4 in thick)
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp wine vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
Combine all ingredients except pork steaks in a small saucepan. Simmer approx. 10 min. Place pork steaks on grill or on a broiler rack, about 4-5 inches from heat. Grill or broil at low to moderate heat about 5-7 minutes, turn and continue grilling/broiling another 5-7 minutes. Turn steaks again, brush this time with sauce and broil another 5-7 minutes or until done. turning and brushing with sauce occasionally or to liking. Recipe claims to serve 6, depending on size of pork blade steaks go 3-6 steaks, or you could use boneless pork chops.