Excited for Summer & Baked Shrimp Balls Appetizer

       I hope you are as excited about this coming summer as I am. After the past two summers being a near or total loss for me, I am hoping that somewhere in the next several weeks and over the course of the next couple months I can again begin to enjoy the beaches and even get out and do some kayaking. I am also looking forward to doing more walks at some of our conservation areas and especially at our Audubon Society areas here on Cape Cod. The first is in Cummaquid at the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and second in Wellsfleet at the Wellsfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Let's not forget the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth. Each has something different and unique about them and a great way to get to know the Cape's wildlife offerings. Please check out the Audubon Society Cape Cod on the web to hours and the difference between them. There is also the Cape Cod Rail Trail and other rail trails, throughout the Cape, however I'm not sure I will be up to doing the biking though, as the fusion in my back will take up to a year to heal and being hunched over and the rattling of a bike over that path is not by best options to be doing. So I will keep to having both feet under me or in the water. Please, a friendly reminder to both our guests coming in and to our locals, when going to these places, please be mindful to leave the place better than when you went in. Always take out what you took in and if you see something please help keep our wildlife safe and pick up, even if it was not yours to begin with. This way it will not only make you feel good about helping out, the wildlife would appreciate it also. Well then, did I give you a couple ideas to get excited about with me? I hope so, now if we can just get the temperatures moved a bit more northernly that would help out a whole lot for me. Well I hope you have a great summer, I know I am looking forward to it being here. And I hope our paths cross and we get to meet. Have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.   

      Business Report: First one goes to Sundae Schools Ice Cream Parlor. They are open for the season and just as good as it has ever been. They continue to get outstanding reviews and reports from those who do the best ofs of Cape Cod, of New England, of Ice Cream Parlors and the list goes on. And yes, we went to the original shop on Lower County Road in DennisPort. As the temperatures rise and we get more into high season, be aware that the evenings become very congested and there are waiting lines. To avoid this inconvenience, you might want to schedule your trip there at lunch time or early afternoon when the crowds are much less and you can find a parking stop and don't have to worry about the backups. Remember they are still a cash only establishment, so leave the plastic at home or you will go away disappointed. The other thing is to be for warned, their portions are very generous, so if you eat lightly, you might want to share between two of you their sundae. But Oh my Yum, is all I have to say. 
      The second business is E&T Farms at 85 Lombard Ave. West Barnstable, we met up with these folks at the Brewster Fair, but you can find them at the Orleans Summer and Winter markets and at the Truro Summer market, also their farm hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday - Friday, and Sundays 10:30 to 4:30*. Call first on Sundays!. You can also check their website at http://www.eandtfarmsinc.com/ and look under where to find as there are other places to find their goodies. Coming right from their site they note: We are a hydroponic and aquaculture farm, growing our salad greens, micro greens and basil in a NFT (nutrient film technique) system. Our shrimp live in recirculating water systems. We also plant seasonal vegetables in our fields outside. E & T Farms is now offering farm fresh eggs from our chickens. We also have a Honey Bee division where we offer products from the beehive. Let me tell you folks if you want good locally grown and produced foods, this is the place to get it. You won't go wrong with as fresh as you are gonna get it from these folks, right here on the Cape.   
      Greetings from ye old lighthouse here on Cape Cod. Well the weekend proved to be a bag of mixed goodies when it came to weather. We had just outstanding sunshine and mid spring temperatures, while Memorial Day although was not a complete washout, barely got to 50 and was damp and dreary. But I will have to say the crowds were amazing for the first weekend open. We had them coming from all around and of all ages, and all seemed to have a very good time. Like most places around the Cape, our Memorial Day recognition had to be moved under roof, and the numbers were smaller then we had hopped. But all was good in remembering those who had given their lives for our our freedom's sake. We are now open 7 days a week and will be through Labor Day weekend, so if you did not get out this way over the past weekend, we are now much to access, with time for your next visit. For you who live here, now is the time to get on over here and check it out while the crowds are still smaller then in about 2 or 3 from now and you can find a parking spot anywhere. Well that's about it for this week. I hope you have a great rest of your week and we will be looking forward to seeing you soon here a ye old Lighthouse of Cape Cod. 
      This weeks recipe I have to admit that I have not made in the past. I have made and had similar things, like crab balls, crawfish balls, and fish balls. I have had shrimp balls but I have never adventured to make them. Hey at the present time Im not doing much entertaining due to multiple back surgeries and since I work from home I am not part of the occasional pot luck that we used to do when I actually went into the brick and mortar building 5 to 6 days a week, (in fact I thing we less then 10% working in an actual company building now days.) But as soon as I have the abilities I home to be getting back into the entertaining part of my life. And after finding this recipe this will be one of the first ones that will get put to the test. I love finger foods, and appetizer get togethers. You know you can make a whole meal our of just appetizers don't you? Get a half dozen or so of your friends together or better a dozen and ya'll bring appetizers or finger food stuff to share. Trust me, no one will go home hungry and everyone will have a blast telling each other where the recipes came from or how you found them. Then play games through the night, or watch the "Big Game" together. Any-Who, as I was saying, these just look outrageously simple and easy and are baked not fried so the healthy factor goes way up on these. Well I hope you enjoy them, I know I will as soon as I get a chance. Now time for the show, before our stomach growlings get to loud. 
 
      This weeks recipe: Baked Shrimp Balls
 
      2      pnds       shelled, deveined shrimp, minced 
      6      each       canned water chestnuts, finely chopped 
      2      Tbsp.      fresh ginger, finely chopped 
      1      small       onion, chopped 
      2                     egg whites 
      1      teas.       cornstarch 
      3      teas.       olive oil 
                             pepper to taste 
                             lemon wedges 
 
      Place everything but lemon wedges into a bowl and mix together. Shape mixture into small balls, (You can use the large end of a melon baller tool or use a small cookie scoop if you don't want to use your hands). Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Lightly spritz balls with olive oil or with a brush then bake at 350º for 25 minutes. These don't need to be huge, smaller balls go a long way. Serve with lemon wedges on the side or with cocktail sauce. 

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