Over the years I have been privileged to know folks that have owned boats. Growing up as the son of the pastor we did not have a lot of extra money. Back when my Dad was in the ministry full time, a lot of folks got the misconception that pastors made a lot of money, along with a free house. What they did not realize is although the house was part of the salary package it left many pastors at the end of their careers with very little towards retirement and no housing they owned. And the salary was very minimal compared to other similar job levels in the corporate world. But between my Mother's fugal savings and Dad's wise spending we were able to do little things. One being able to take a decent summer vacation when a summer cottage was made available to us as a very discounted amount. The friends we made here on the Cape were very special and took care of us like we were their own and this meant times out boating. We would go for rides up and down Bass River in the early evenings, just taking in all the sites. Then there were the times that I would get invited to going water skiing both in Bass River and occasionally out in Nantucket Sound. We would pack about 4 - 6 of the church young onto the boat and go make a day of it either skiing or tubing. We also made friends in the park that the cottage was in that owned a Sunfish sail boat, John and his wife Betty offered the use of their sailboat to us anytime we wanted. Their youngest was the age of the younger of my two sisters, so by the early 70's my sister was not coming any longer with family vacations and their son was busy doing his stuff. So John taught Dad to sail who in turn taught me to sail. For the next 10 or so years I basically had a sailboat to myself whenever I wanted to go sailing. I loved every minute I was out on the water and will be an experience I will never forget. Then there was one of the old timers who had a small boat, and I mean small, but he wold take Dad and I out into Chatham Harbor and along the outer dunes and breakwater line to fish. Without the generosity of this man taking us out on his boat and putting up with a couple of Mid-Westerners we would never have know the fun of flounder and fluke fishing and the enjoyment of eating so fresh a catch.
For all those times and experiences I would like to thank all those who made it possible and allowed us the fun to do things we would have no other way been able to experience or have. Today I am waiting on my new Kayak and looking forward to being released by my back doctor to be able to go out and doing something new I have never experienced on the water. I have canoed at camps but never kayaked so this will be a fun experience and getting to go places that boats with motors can not go to. I hope that sometime along the way if you have not had one of these experiences you too will find someone who can help you experience this enjoyment. Or if you are one who has, look around and invite someone to go with you and share with them what you love about being out on the water and or about fishing. What you do will not be as important as the bonding of friendship you will build in sharing time with them. Well what else can I say, but if you can do this great, if you can do it on Cape Cod even the better and hope to see you real soon.
Small business report: First my first allegiance is towards our own Cape Cod businesses, so this report will start with a wonderful business that started in Chatham several years ago and has expanded to a second shop couple years ago to Mashpee Commons. I have reported on them before but I have to admit they are worth repeating. Gustars Oils & Vinegars, found at 461 Main St in Chatham and 4 North St Mashpee Commons and on the web at https://gustareoliveoil.com/
and on FaceBook. First Gustars has a wonderful assortment of both oils and vinegars and not in just one size so you can buy for yourself and give a little gift for others, single or multiple packs. You can buy and take or have gifts shipped, you can buy small you can buy for corporate gifts. They are for the everyday cook as well as the chef in the local restaurants. Go check out their shops and do some tastings, Yes I said tastings of oils and vinegars, then take some wonderful goodies home.
Next report is a food report, like this time of year I can let that go buy. Our daughter was here just after the 4th of July and I had been able to procure one of the 1/2 price deals to Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar on Rt 6 in Eastham. Now I have to admit I was a pig, I got the Jumbo, and I should have learned from last year, but no and I proceeded to order it again and again I stuffed myself silly with one of the largest Lobster Rolls I have ever seen. All this while the wife and daughter split a jumbo. We then got a small order of their onion rings to split between us. Unless you have a bottomless pit think twice on this, although there was a day that I could have put all this away on my own. But for those who are not heavy eaters, split the order and walk away feeling full and good. The hard thing about Arnold's is that the Lobster roll is so good I have not tried much else, but I listen and I hear what folks are saying and the couple times we have been there I have never heard a bad word on any of the food. Now if you go, remember to take cash as they do not accept plastic. They have an excellent Raw bar with some of the freshest local oysters and claims on the half shell you could imagine and they do have a beer, wine and mixed drinks available. So if you have not tried Arnold's, take the drive up 6 to Eastham and enjoy a wonderful meal like no were else. Arnold's been named one of the best Lobster Rolls in all of New England, and you can't go wrong with them. Check our their web site at http://www.arnoldsrestaurant.com/
Well we've gotten another report in from the Lighthouse Keeper and says the following: This past weekend was about as good as it get's out here. Good weather, good guest and everyone behaving themselves on the beach and out in the water. I've heard in from our friends down a shore a bit that we are now over 13 sighting for those wonderful Great White Sharks. Now a word about these creatures, whatcha all think they are here for, your skinny little body with little meat on it, heck no, they are looking for that preverbal buffet of seal. So just be mindful and keep an eye on the lifeguards and you should not have any issues. Now for all you night fisherman out on the water, when you need to figure out were you're at, just be sure to count the number of beacons from top to bottom and head for the middle I am sure you will not miss us. Unless your not out that far than the middle might not be right for your. But keep your eyes open for any of us and we will surely get you close enough that you can crawl your way back to the correct harbor entry point. Last thing I would like to leave with your readers is, we are having a wonderful time meeting and greeting all the visitors, I am getting word from the rest of the beacon keepers that they too are having a wonderful turn out. If you happen to come our way, just let them know that your there because you heard the good word right here on the BlogChowder and the word will get out to us. We love the support we are getting. Hope ya'll have a wonder summer and hope to see your soon especially if your doing your summer here on Old Cape Cod.
Well tis the season to be grilling outdoors, but don't forget if you have a broiler you can do this indoors during the off season when the weather is not as favorable for outdoor grilling. I know some of you along with me grill year round and we live in places were there is white stuff that falls from the sky during the cooler months of the year. But that is not now, this is summer season, extremely warm, sunny outdoor grilling season and if you are a beef lover you are going to love this one. So fire up them grills, and get that nice piece of beef you prefer and let's get it on, and enjoy some great eats. Now on with the show,,,, before I slobber all over the keyboard.
This week's recipe: Ultimate Grilled Steak
1/2 cup A-1 steak sauce (I have not tried it with another but it could work)
1/2 cup Balsamic vinaigrette
2 sml gloves of garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
2 med Beef ribeye steaks (or your choice of beef)
Mix all ingredients together (minus the beef) in large reusable plastic bag. Reserve 1/4 cup to drizzle on steaks after grilling. Add steak and refrigerate for minimum 50 minutes, (the longer the better). Grill, Drizzling with reserved marinade.