Cape Cod Destinations Unlimited & Chocolate Lovers' Cheesecake

      Cape destinations? What do you come to the Cape to do besides lay on the beach and mooch off Mommy and Daddy or Grandma and Grandpa? Let's see if we can hit some of yours and maybe share a few that you had not thought of or knew about. Some you may want to add to your have to lists and a few I am sure you will go, that is just not up my alley. So let's see what we can come up with, 1) Bookstores, 2) Art Galleries (this could create its own categories from glass to paintings, to you name it) 3) Museums (we've got all kinds) 4) Putt Putt or Miniature Golf courses, 5) Regular Golf Courses, 6) Breweries, 7) Wineries & Distilleries, 8) Candy shops, 9) Small Shop hopping (specifically along Rt 6A), 10) Shopping all the towns (from P'town to Falmouth 11) Whale Watching, 12) Food hops, 13) Ice Cream Shop hops, 14) Factory Outlets, 15) Bike Trails, 16) Wind mill hopping, 17) Lighthouse hopping, 18) Island hopping 19) Boating, 20) Fishing, 21) Nature Trails, 22) Arts & Craft shows, 23) Bird watching, 24) Shark & Seal watching, 25) Harbor Hopping, 26) Band Standing, 27) Historical Places, 28) Cemetery hopping (I dig this one), 29) Sand Dune Tours, 30) Coffee Shop & Roastery hopping, and I am sure I am missing  a lot. Then there are the things we all just look forwarding to doing, like 1) Kite flying, 2) Star Gazing, 3) Shell collecting, 4) Kayaking & Paddle Boarding, 5) Frisbee throwing & Golf, 6) Clam Bakes, 7) Water Tubing and Skiing, 8) Kite Surfing, 9) Cape Cod Baseball League Games, 10) Farmers Markets, and again the list goes on and on. So have to associated with some? Did I add a few to your list? Did I jog your memory on a few others? I hope as you plan your summer vacation and activities you take them and build on it. Then don't try to do them all this year, spread them out over the next few while your list grows and start to rotate them. All this right here on Cape Cod, who would have thunk? So with all this I hope we see you soon and don't forget the bathing suit, we also have, oh ya that's were we started, the beach. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.

      Late arrival with business report and we are moving this to the top: Guapo's Tortilla Shack in Brewster located on UnderPass Rd across from the Post Office opens May 24th. Then will be open Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM - 9 PM. Yes they are back for all the fun you can muster to have. If you have enjoyed the Orleans location don't give it up, but if you want a little summer fun try the Brewster Shack and you will not be disappointed. It's all the fun plus more, so this summer when you have family and friends take them to Guapo's Tortilla Shack in Brewster.        
      Small business report: First up is Cape Cod Cutlery, you can find them all over the Cape this summer at the craft shows and at some of the farmers markets. Also online at capecodcutlery.com or on Facebook. They also have a mailing list if you want to follow them even more. What do they do, well cutlery, knives, knife care all kinds and they have been busy over the winter creating and making all kinds of new knives. So if you are looking for that special gift, need a good hunting or fishing knife, need a good kitchen specially knife these are the guys you want to seek our and get from. Located right here on Cape Cod in Marston Mills they are locals who live here, eat here and play here. They understand the needs that folks here on the Cape need when it comes to cutlery, so give them a look see and see how they can meet your needs. 
      Next out at the shows again this year is a glass artist by the name of Keith Allen. Check him out on facebook and Instagram at KeithAllenGlass. Keith is out of Brewster and has carved a nitch in the glass world being a little different than a lot of the other glass artists here on the Cape. I was blown away by some of the new stuff he has been making over the winter. Get out to his facebook page and check out his work, then go see it cause online does not do him justice. 
     Last but not least is Red Dogs & Company, find them online at https://reddogscompany.com/, Facebook and Instagram and are located right here in DennisPort. I came to know about this couple at some of the craft shoes last year and am hopping they do several of the shows again this year. Their treats are my dog's favorite, and when given a choice he will pass up all others for theirs. They now have available leashes and collars. In there own words about them; Red Dogs & Company is a veteran owned small business from Cape Cod, Massachusetts! Our Farm to Treat grain free dog treats are unique in that all of the vegetables that go into our treats are organically grown on our farm and by local farmers. All of the other ingredients are USDA certified organic. We hand make our treats in small batches and we do not use chemicals, preservatives, or artificial dyes or coloring. All of our treats are grain and meat free. We also feature dog collars and leashes handmade with American made materials. These folks are the real deal, if you have a a K-9 that rules your life this is the place you want to get their goodies. I have no doubt they will make your pooch very happy.     
     Well howdy folks, ain't this weather just grand, I feel like we have finally turned the corner and spring has sprung and I do believe that summer might be right around the corner. However as I am dictating this for our young reporter there is a rain shower moving through, I have am cinnamon roll crusted apple strudel pie in the oven, some good cheddar cheese and a good bottle of Truro wine waiting on the side. Just felt that way after mowing the lawn and tending to the vegetable plants. The grounds are pretty much ready for Memorial Day coming this weekend and we are so pumped, looking forward to some pretty hefty crowds. We got the harbor boats in last week and the rescue boats will go in this week. Of course we are helping out again with the boys down at the coast guard center and harbor patrol getting all the boats checked over and certified. If you are new to boating please get out to the www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-boating-law-summary-0 for the lasted boating laws. Besides I don't want to have to be the one coming and rescuing you for something you should have known about. But if you need us we will be here with whatever you might get yourself into. Well, as we get it together for boating season just keep us in mind and get our beacon and tower in view and use it as a guiding point. I will be most helpful to learn all the lighthouses from Race Point to Monomoy, it could help you more than you know. I hope to see you on the dry side vs the wet side and come soon and come often we would be happy to have you. And until then have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      I like recipes that are easy, I like cheesecake, I love cheesecakes made easy and this one has them both. What does this mean? Well it cheats and uses a pre-made crust. I think the hardest part of making a traditional cheesecake is the crust. So finding recipes that use pre-made crust just is a real plus for me, Although I am making my own crusts now and will continue to work to perfect them. Now the taste of mine are outstanding, so that is not a problem for me but just that old time traditional crust. Oh well. For the rest of us who just like the taste of cheesecake and are not hung up on the crust let's get this recipe rolling, and enjoy.
 
      This week's recipe: Chocolate Lovers' Cheesecake
 
      2      pkg      cream cheese softened (8 oz pkgs)
   1/2      tsp       vanilla (real stuff please)
      4      sqrs     semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
   1/2      cup      sugar
      1      crust    oreo pie crust
      2      each    eggs
 
      Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Add eggs; mix until just blended. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour into crust. Bake for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool and then refrigerate over night. garnish with shaved chocolate and mint leaves. 
 
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