Figuring Out Life on Cape Cod & Irish Cream CheeseCake

      To look back to the days of when I was vacationing here as a kid with my folks back in the 70s & 80s. Care free living and not a worry or concern in life except if I would take first chair again in band, if I would get the college classes I wanted. And what new girls would be in youth group or college and career Bible Study group. The days we all took for granted and only now wish we could run back to and bask in. Carefree days laying on the beach or our on the sail boat tacking up and down the shore line as if you were king of the high seas. At night I was able to run all over the place visiting friends and just hanging out and after 11 would run with the night patrol till 1 or 2 am or till shift change. They knew me and almost expected me to be our there and run with them. They also took care of me when I had a bit to much to drink and the chief was out and about. (thankfully that was only once, and that was once to many for me.) But I didn't have to worry about a darn mortgage, or the credit card bills, or the utilities and food was readily available in the fridge. And we all could wait to move out and be on our own, what the heck were we thinking about. Where are those days? Never to be seen again, and now, who knows what is really going on or happening. We work day in and out so we can hop in our cars and drive to the beach for 2 hours a day during the week if we ever make it. And that round of golf eludes us like the lottery win we long so much for. On to be that kid again, with Mom and Dad just out of sight enough to have fun yet close enough to feel the love and comfort and cared for that we so long for today. Well, welcome to adulthood, it sucks for the most part, but we can't avoid it, we can't dodge it, but we can learn to adapt and whenever possible take those moments and times to just slip away and enjoy what we have all around us. May we who live here year round learn to appreciate what we call either came here for or staid here for and somehow figure out how to enjoy life here on old Cape Cod.  

      Business report; Well the wife and I were able to go to dinner tonight to a place we have not been to in many years, the Riverway Restaurant in South Yarmouth just west of the Bass River Bridge. We got in just under the early bird special time and they were still seating in the bar eating area. Have to say I had not eaten in that room, always has been in the formal dinning room. Have to tell you I liked it a lot better, it was a lot cozier and was really nice. The number of folks there grew as the time went on and was very eclectic, so you do not need to worry about being out of place. The food was very good, the wife had the Pot Roast and I had the Shrimp & Cod Casserole, this included a salad or soup at the beginning, came with a starch and mixed vegetables, and at the end dessert the grape nuts pudding and neither of us had an alcoholic beverage and all for just a smidge over 42.00 tip not included. Very nice and very good evening. The only problem is with so many good restaurants on the Cape I wish I was richer and could eat out more often at places like this. If you have not been in a while give the Riverway a try again, I think you will find it very likable.   
      I'm not sure if I am hearing a Screech Owl or if that is the old man trying to sing this morning. As I came up to the house all i could hear was our friend belting out a spring time toon as if he were along on a hill on the Emerald Island itself. And it was all coming from high in the light tower. As I walked into the tower and started the climb up the steps the singing stopped and we started our conversation. So how's my friend this fine New England morning? He bellowed down the winding stairs as I climbed higher and higher. Finally coming to the top, it smelled of cleaning materials and the windows were all open as a light breeze blew though. He started to sing again, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Oh what a beautiful day. And that it is he said. Can't get much better of a day than this on Cape Cod now can you my young friend? ( He always refers to me as his young friend, still trying to figure that one out ). The weather I think has finally turned and we are finally on the warming trend. Take a look out that direction you can nearly see Monomoy and if you look up towards the north there have been a few pods of whales feeding and playing this morning. And if you look over there you can see the Pilgrims Monument. And they say there are a pod of Right Whales over in the bay that have been going between Plymouth and P'Town. If you ever get to see them they are a spectacular sight. I asked how the spring cleaning was going, he said, quite well and we will be ready for the big opening come Memorial Day. But don't forget to remind the folks of the upcoming volunteer clean up day, just keep an eye on the bulletin board down at the general store. I looked puzzled at him and asked, I thought you had a website I asked. He's said well that's kept up by the office cadets and that more of the locals get the news when posted at the GS (general store) than you might think. Gotta have good weather and a quick response from anyone who can make it. Well my friend I've got to get back to work, You can spend as much time as you would like but I need to get back to the job at hand. Tell your reader folk I hope we see them soon and to have a great day especially if they can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Now there are several kinds of boozy CheeseCakes but the one that seems to get the attention the most is the Irish Cream CheeseCake. Most of us think of the brand name, but let me tell you, use what you would drink, and if you wouldn't drink it don't use it. I have tried a couple different recipes including a no-bake and this recipe and another and this seems to be the favorite. There is another out there that is an Irish Cream and Whiskey Cheese Cake, but I have not tried that one yet. And the no-bake I tried was a little too chocolaty and did not have the smoothness that a baked cheesecake has. This is not that hard to do, so take a step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. I do not think you will be disappointed. Now on with the show, Remember this is not my recipe but one I found, and in more than one place so which came first the chicken or the egg, I don't know just that I did not make this up. Now
      This week's recipe: Irish Cream CheeseCake
      CRUST: (you can choice to do a ready make crust if you must)
      1      cup      graham cracker crumbs
   1/3      cup      sugar
      3      Tbsp    unsalted butter, melted

      3      pkgs    cream cheese, softened (8oz pkgs)
      1      cup      sugar
      2      tsp       pure vanilla extract
      1      cup      sour cream
   1/3      cup      Irish Cream liqueur
      4      large    eggs

      1      cup      sour cream
   1/4      cup      sugar
      Make the crust first: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a small bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch Springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
      Next the filling: Keep the oven temperature at 350 degrees. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a food processor. Process for 10 to 20 seconds, or until smooth. Add sour cream and Irish cream liqueur, process for 5 to 10 second. Add eggs, one at a time, processing after each addition. Pour the filling over the crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until the edges are puffed and center is firm. Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes while you make the topping.
      Finally making the topping: In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream and sugar. Spoon the topping over warm cheesecake and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Release the pan sides, slice and serve.
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