Open Eyes & Ears on Cape Cod & Herb Grilled Chicken

       Hi-Ho Hi-Ho, it's a wonderful summer here on the Cape, just bites to have to spend most of it in my office, at least I sit in front of a window I can open and hear the birds and the squirrels chattering and tweeting back and forth at each other. The Cardinals start the morning bright and early while the Cat birds and Orioles chime in mid morning. Also from mid morning to late afternoon are the Woodpeckers about 3-5 different varieties, we just encourage them to stay away from our house and stick with the tree diet. Then starting mid evening we have the Owes that for the most part you can hear but not often see, unless you get lucky. Even with all the tourist raising the traffic travel it really doesn't seem to effect them that much. And the rabbits this year, oh my, they have been doing what rabbits do best it seems. But it seems like it has been another summer down the tubes for me. Last week was the 6 month mark after back surgery #3 since last June and things I expected to be able to be doing I still can not. Frustrating is not even a word that begins to describe it, but the alternatives would have been permanent, so I guess as frustrating as it is, things could still be a whole lot worse. We only have a couple weeks left till Labor Day, then the run for Columbus Day and from there Halloween then Thanksgiving. Yup I said most of them, but baseball will start to be winding down as football season cranks up and the leaves will be turning sooner than we think. I'm still hoping that I can get to a beach before that all happens and get into the water while it is still on the warmer side. But we live on the Cape and not matter when it is we can always find things to do and beauty to admire, even if we need to do it from inside a home office and only escape out and about on the weekends. I hope your summer has been good, I hope you have been able to get out and about on Cape Cod. And even if you have been home bound or even facility bound you at least could look out and see all the wonderful things going one, and know you still have it better than a lot of other around the world. Well I think I have bored you enough for another week. Keep reading for some better stuff and see you all in about a week. Until then get out as much as you can, always look for the good in all you see and hear, And always realize we do have so much to be thankful for, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     

      Small business report, one place I have not mentioned this year yet is a year round strip on 6A that is one of my favorite places, Lemon Tree Shops. Located in Brewster just east of Drummer Boy Park and Luke's Liquors on the north side of the Old Kings Highway. This is not just a one hit wonder, but several shops all together offering a smattering of wonderful things. You have the main Lemon Tree Pottery with a variety of things, from pottery to lawn decorations, to jewelry to artsy wall hangings to the list goes on, and they also have a room dedicated to Christmas, with all kinds of Cape themed and traditional themed ornaments. In that same main building is By the Bay Designs, The Village Toy Store, La Bodega, Touch and Hammer, WoodWorks Gallery and Brewster BirdHouse, to the east is The Cook Shop and Cafe Alfresco (a wonderful place to pick up a light breakfast and coffee.) Then to the west is Brewster Sweets, The TableTop Shop and Red River Frame Shop and Gallery. Get the full listing at http://lemontreevillageshops.com/. As noted all shops are open year round so visit them any time you are on the Cape.   
      Welcome on back folks, hope your summer has been a wicked good one. Me? well can't think of a recent one that has been as jammed packed as this one has, and for me the more the merrier. Keeps this old timer young, ok at least young at heart. Well this week we had a good scare just up the coast a bit, than again what do people think. First ya'll know we had one of them Great Whites come in close to shore looking for some tasty vittles earlier this week. Now first things first, most Great Whites are not looking for humans to nibble on, sorry folks you just ain't got the right seasoning. But with our abundance of seals that is proverbial buffets to all them sharks. Well this Great White went and picked him out a nice lunch and decided it was time to eat, didn't mind if there were a pack of humans all around, he just had one thing in mind, eating, and he did. So just for safety had to ask all them good folk to take a break from their water activity, until our friend decided it was less hectic to get their grub someplace else. Well if nothing else gave us an opportunity to talk about respect for our water friends and the pluses and minuses of these beautiful beasts of the sea. Well if you haven't made it out here yet, we will be going through Labor Day all out then take a reduction through Columbus Day or the weekend after. Then things really slow down and do the appointments only and holiday and observances times. So I hope you can make it, we still have a lot of good weather left and water stays warm pretty much through September. I know school has started for many but hey, ain't gonna hurt to pull them out for a day and bring them out to learn some real history and about nature. Oh, they tell me I'm not suppose to say that, but guess what, I just did. LOL oh well. Hope you all have a great rest of August and glad to have met so many new friends, and still have time to make new one. Hope you are and have been able to have a grand old time right here on old Cape Cod.           
      Not to often do I pull a real lu-lu and mess up the recipe order but this month has been it. I was so excited about the bundt cake last week that I just skipped the main course and went straight to the dessert. Well, I like my main course and skipping is not an option. So this week we will back track and get that main course in before we get the appetizer as there are 5 Wednesdays this month. Anyway, living on the Cape many think all we eat for a main course is seafood, and most of that is fried. Well I do enjoy a little fried food, like clams, scallops, fish, calamari, and open to other. However I am just as much in love with grilled, baked, broiled, boiled and let's not leave out raw, like on the half shell - so full of yum. But man, and woman does not live by seafood alone, and with everything in life too much of a good thing is not good, so everything in moderation. But what to do on those other days. Dah, the same everyone else in the country does, Beef, Pork, Fowl, Lamb, and wild game. So it's summer, and what do most like to do in the summer? Grill, so here is another simple (no one wants to take long or slave in a kitchen in the summer) recipe that will keep the kitchen cool and taste out of this word. Let's get the grill fired up and get this show on the flames: 
 
      This weeks Recipe: Herb Grilled Chicken
 
      1/2      cup      vegetable/olive oil (EVOO)
      1/2      cup      cider vinegar
         1                  egg
         1      Tbsp    salt
      1/4      tsp       pepper
         1      tsp       poultry seasoning
      1/4      tsp       oregano
      1/8      tsp       thyme
              pinch      garlic powder
              pinch      paprika
         6                  broiler/fryer chicken portions 
 
      Combine all ingredients (except the chicken) in a small bowl. Beat with fork or small whisk and put into refrigerator for at least 4 hours. When you get out of the refrigerator, give of quick whisk to reblend. Brush over chicken. Grill check skin side up, 6 inches from hot coals for about 15 minutes. Turn and baste with sauce. Comtinue turning and basing about 30 minutes longer or until chicken is tender but not dry, or if using a meat thermometer an internal temperature of about 155-160, (this is because it will continue to cook internally even when you take it off the grill for a bit longer and raise to about 165). 
Put this along side the Tomato & Sweet Pepper salad I did earlier this month and many a nice potato salad and you have yourself one happy little barbecue picnic happening. Hope you enjoy.  

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