Thanksgiving 2018 & Crab & Shrimp Stew

       So with Thanksgiving upon us, all I am going to say this round is a few thanks. I am thankful for a great house of worship I am able to attend at Brewster Baptist Church, I am thankful for having a roof over my head and food enough. I am thankful for a house that even though is not perfect and needs repairs and updates done is warm and dry. I am thankful for the opportunity to live here on the Cape, where so many can only dream of the day, even on these days that are setting cold records, (ok maybe I'm thinking twice that Florida might seem pretty good right now). I am Thankful for healthy family and those around me that love and care about me. This Thanksgiving try to find something to be grateful for, to be happy about and be sure to be humble for all the blessings we have. Remember there are still those outside of Boston that are in trailers and not in their homes, there are folks in California who have lost everything to fires and don't even know if some relatives are alive. In all the midst and strifes of life when it comes down to it, most of us have so much we can give thanks about and know that we are so blessed. Let's put aside our differences and try to live it, if not for the entire holiday season for at least this weekend. May you have a great and wonderful, no matter where you are at, and may sometime in the future you have the abilities to come visit us here on old Cape Cod.  
      Small business report this week is kinda two for one, or is is one for two, Im not sure but I am sure of one thing both are wonderful and tasty. First up is 3 Fins Coffee located in West Dennis at 581 Main St (Rt 28) she is open 7am-5pm daily which makes it great to stop on the way to work and on the way home. And before you say thats not in my area they have opened a second shop off Cape in Stoughton at 100 Technology Center Drive those hours are 7am-3pm Mon-Friday. Now at the West Dennis shop there is more to it than coffee, Now I am going to steal from her Thanksgiving letter but she has it all there. With the cold weather upon us we have introduced soups at the coffeehouse, and thats not all: She goes on:  Our soups are freshly made by Zia Pizza (soon to be Whisk) in Orleans.  Some of the yummy soups that we've had are Zucchini Chowder, Creamy Polenta with Pesto Roasted Veggies, Vegan Chili, and Butternut Squash.  This is a new venture for us, so we hope you enjoy. Our quiches are made by Sweet Daisies from Orleans.  We order in small quantities and try to have a meat and veggie on hand!
      Which brings on small business number two Sweet Daisies Pastries out of Orleans. Check her on facebook and during the warmer months at local farmers markets. Find her on facebook to keep up with where she might be, but keep your eyes open for her goodies at 3 Fins Coffee, this includes the Quiches. She also does fantastic wedding cakes and other celebration cakes and pastries. She also does fantastic breads and jams and sweet goodness gracious tasty things. Whenever you get a chance to try her stuff, do it cause it is all delicious, and to think you can drink wonderful Cape Roasted Coffee at 3 Fins and enjoy some of Sweet Daisies goodies. A combination that can not be beat. 
      Well as we are preparing for our Thanksgiving dinner, maybe we need to take a few minutes and go over a few things that we can be thankful and grateful for. First that the seas have been fairly quiet this year from any major vessel issues. We can also be grateful that there was not as much damage to the shore line as could have been. Sure there has been some, but this is part of nature and when you choose to live on a pile of sand with tidal waters surrounding it what do you expect. We have been blessed to have so many visitors come through our humble abode and take interest in this piece of history we call lighthouses. We are thankful for the continued support of our volunteers which we could not do half of what we do without them and we thank the support of the Coast Guard for helping us and allowing us to continue the upkeep of this place. I am continually amazed at how so many want to be apart of this amazing journey. I hope and pray that you and yours has had a great year and that even when things did not go the right way you could find ways of making the best of even the worst of issues, even if it is for life itself. For me and my house we choose to give thanks to God Almighty Himself, and hope that the rest of the years you are as blessed as we are in all you do. So until we meet again. may your days be filled with good friends, good cheer and blessed health, and may you have a great and wonderful this Thanksgiving weekend especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.  

      With the weather really turning cold a good seafood stew is something that would hit the spot for a charming dinner for two or a an evening with some friends over with a loaf of French bread and a light salad on the side. What can I say my mouth is already drooling for this dish. So check over the ingredients, all pretty simple stuff and there are things you can add to this or take away, so it is very modifiable to tastes or what you have in the house. And serve it with a nice white or even a cranberry blush, yum. So now on with the show before I eat the paper it is written on. 

      This week's recipe: Crab & Shrimp Stew
      1      pd        crab meat
      1      pd        shrimp
      1      pd        mushrooms (mix and match)
      2      each    green onions, chopped
      2      cloves  garlic, pressed
      5      Tbsp    butter
                          salt & pepper
      2      tsp       Old Bay Season (or to taste) . 
      1      Tbsp    Whiskey
      1      cup      half & half
      3      cup      cooked rice
   1/4      cup      chopped parsley
      Saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic in butter over high heat, stirring often until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are golden brown. Season with salt and pepper, then remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Add Whiskey, swirl it around the pan, then add crab and shrimp and mix while heating over moderate flame for a minute or until shrimp is done. Return mushrooms to the pan, stir in half & half, and heat until thoroughly hot. Correct seasoning if necessary. 
      Mix hot rice with parsley, spoon into bowls and ladle stew over top.      
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