Some Mile Stones & Tomato & Sweet Pepper Salad

Hello, Hello, Hello and welcome back to the blog that seems to never end sometimes. But hey, if I did not enjoy it I wouldn't do it and I enjoy sharing my recipes, and supporting our local businesses as well as having some fun at the lighthouse and with the keeper and his wife. As we have heard from a couple of you all seem to enjoy this so as long as I have readers and ya'll can put up with my bad grammar and missed auto corrected or bad auto correct spell check I'll keep pushing along on this. Two things that I was thinking about this past week was that this is now my 51st hear since I made my first appearance on the Cape in 1965 with with my folks and 5 years this month since I have been blessed to call the Cape my permanent residence. The other mile stone would be that I have been writing this blog as of this month for 12 years. A mid-western at that point with no writing skills at all, an artist that could not find a way to do his art work, all with a love to Cape Cod that started many years before. My Father the pastor was the English major, not his son, My Father wrote for national periodicals and was the one who painfully helped is son make it though high school English, when he wasn't to proud to ask for it. And I had certainly never blogged let alone any other kind of public writing. But over the years through this opportunity has allowed me to grow, express myself in words, share my experiences and enlighten a few or more with some travel tips. Were we go with this and for how long I'm not sure but all I can say is thank you for allowing me to be apart of your lives periodically and I hope I have brought a smile to your face and a connection to the Cape that others might not be able to understand. So to however much longer here we go, again thank you and may you have a most wonderful summer, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   

      Small business reporting time; Do you like going to farmers markets. Do you like and enjoy buying local, then I have one for you. First who?, the Brewster Farmers Market sponsored by the Brewster Historic Society, Where: Windmill Village (Adjacent to Drummer Boy Park) 51 Drummer Boy Road, Brewster, MA, When: 9 AM - 1 PM every Sunday morning through September 24th. What do they have: Local Produce ~ Eggs ~ Coffee ~Maple Syrup ~ Honey ~ Olive Oil ~ Baked Goods ~ Live Lobsters ~ Flowers and Starter Plants ~ Alpaca Wool Spun On Site ~ More. Please remember not all things will be there all weeks but they will have a good selection to the season and whats available. If you need get more information at http://www.brewsterhistoricalsociety.org/ under the events tab or on facebook at www.facebook.com/BrewsterHistoricalSocietyFarmersMarket. One of the venders we met a week ago is from right up the road near Sandwich, a place called Elixir Confections; besides at Brewster farmers market find them online at http://www.elixirconfections.com/ and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElixirConfectionsCapeCod. They travel from P'town farmers market to Sandwich and everywhere in between. One of the goodies we picked up were their Vodka S'mors. You heard me right Vodka S'mors and they make all the ingredients right down to the graham crackers. Folks do I need to go any further? What else do I need to get or try, this is it these are the bomb these are. Anyway all their stuff is yummy, find them and try them and then buy some for then, and some to take home. You will love these folks. You can also find Pleasant Lake Farm, Punkhorn Farm, Cape Cod Cutlery (I've reported on these guys earlier this year) they are there to sell their knives while also there to sharpen your knives. Also Monopati, Cook's Organics, Karma Foods and Wellness (you can also go down the road to their shop across the parking lot from the Snowy Owl Coffee shop on 6A) and more. The Cape has so many farmers markets going on, every day of the week. So check out your local area and support our local farmers, artisans and crafters. 
      Glad ya'll stopped by again, sometimes I wonder if ya'll are really checkin' in on the ole lighthouse or if you wondering if I've croaked or kicked the bucket yet, or if this reporter friend got tired of coming round. Well, just so ya'll know I ain't kickin' the bucket anytime soon if it's up to me, and about this reporter, I actually think I have hooked into being here. When he comes up now, he just doesn't sit around and weight for me, I have found he on several occasions picking up and helping clean the place up. So I kind of like having him around, even if he does look like one of those hippy artist dudes right out the late 60s, He's probably too young to know what I'm talking about. Anyway, the reason your here I hope, is for a report on what been going on this week here on the lighthouse grounds. With the weather being as nice has it has been the crowds have been very good and I am seeing a lot of new folk showing up with their kids. Young kids old kids, kids of all ages, they are coming from all over this great country of ours from as far south as Florida and Texas and have heard we have had a few even from the far west. Of course we have our neighbors to the north of our country from Canada all coming down this year as well and we are so happy to have them. And this year I'm seeing a influx of guests from across the big pond. So we are more that just a little busy, we are extremely busy, and oh ya the numbers from our locals seem to be on the rise, and that makes me happy. We need their help the most to run this place. Anyway, at least the waters have been calm and have only had the occasional drifter floating out to far on those fangled floaty things or paddling out on those boards only to find they tired themselves out much or the current got a little to much for them to get back into shore. But most of them learn the first time and we don't have any issues after that. Besides once we remind them of those big fish out there just waiting for them, that is a great deterrent for them going out to far. Ok folks that enough for this week, I hope ya'll are having a great summer, to those already who have come thank you so much and to those yet to come we are looking forward to seeing you. I guess it's time to give this back to that nice reporter guy and let him on his way. Ya'll have a great time, especially if you can do it right here on ole Cape Cod.   
      Well here we go with another non-leafy veggie salad side dish. And since it the summer what better veggie than something right out of the garden and if you don't have one then the neighbors garden, (please ask before you help yourself) or the local farmers market. This is an old time recipe and every one's Grandmother had one, or Auntie Suzy or Sister Yvette, as we know the church cookout picnic would not be the same if she did not bring it. No matter who's you remember, give this one a try. It's simple, it's easy, and it's tasty, and who doesn't like (ok don't ask but my wife is one of those who does not eat tomatoes), ok we will just move on and if you love tomatoes and green or any color sweet pepper you will love this recipe. Now on with the show, before I start eating the words off my recipe card. 
 
      This weeks recipe: Tomato & Sweet Pepper Salad
                         (this recipe is noted for a service for 4, easy to double)
 
      2      large      tomatoes
      2      small      sweet peppers (1 green 1 yellow, orange or red)
      1      each      cucumber, peeled and seeded
      4      each      green onions, including tops
                            a sprig of mint for garnish (optional)
 
      Dressing
      3      Tbsp      fresh lemon juice
      1      small      clove garlic, pressed
   1/2      tsp         salt
   1/4      tsp         coarsely cracked pepper
      3      Tbsp      olive oil or salad oil
   1/4      cup        minced parsley
 
      Dip tomatoes in boiling water and peel. (you only need to leave in water a few moments, your not cooking them, just releasing the skin from the fruit) Deseed and chop tomatoes. Deseed and chop the peppers, not minced but easy mouth size pieces about 1/2 in at most. Chop the cucumber and set aside. Chop green onions and set aside. Mix lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Whisk until blended add parsley. Fold in the chopped tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and green onions. Cover and chill at least one hour (or make the morning of use). Garnish with mint sprigs. 

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