Cape Cod Wonderings & Apricot Steak

      Hello once again, and another edition of anything Cape Cod. You know sometimes when I sit to write words flow like water from a facet, other times it's dryer than the flats at low tide on a full moon, which if you have not seen is wicked awesome site to see but not if you are trying to writing. I would rather be more like Rock Harbor at high tide with a full moon and the Oyster Trees. And ya'll know that were little oysters come from right? Anyways, speaking of full moons, this month it is coming up the 18th-19th will be 99% full, if we have any kind of breaks in the clouds go find a spot on a beach and watch the rise of the Flower Moon. Watch for the reflection on the water of the Sound or Bay and if nothing else find a spot on the river or one of our many ponds or lakes. There is just something special about the reflection of the moon in the water, and with the sand all around can just an exception moment, especially if you can share it with someone special. Trust me, it's a far more spiritual event than reading this blog most the time, but here you at least get to laugh at something most the time. Anyway, as I say, writing is a funny thing in how one day you are just filled to the brim with thoughts, kind of like the herring run pools. Speaking of which, they are running now so you can go see them, but if you have ever gone, to look down into one of the run pools is weird. You look down and it it appears as a black depth of a pool, until you started to look closer and that pool is,, is,, moving, underneath, kinda like a fiction movie kind of experience. Then you realize you are looking down at fish, herring fish, hundreds upon hundreds of them. It's fascinating and weird all at the same time. Oh where was I now, something about filled to the brim with,, coffee, humm Cape Cod Coffee, BeanStock, Snowy Owl, Three Fins Coffee, Wait a minute, I am getting so off track, and I dare not go down the beer and wine trail I will get drunk just thinking about all the places. We will same that for a later time. Anyway. Oh I think I was going in a long round about way places that if you are here to see, to do, to think about. Some need to happy now, while others you can plan for. This is the Cape, one moment you just want to crash and relax because you can slow down while the next you can be running from place to place experiencing all that there is to be discovered. Keep those plans coming, keep your vacation dreams alive and keep on dreaming of making your dreams come true, especially if its about being here on old Cape Cod. Well I have babbled enough, have a great day, evening week and hope to see you soon. 

      Small business report: This week I am going to talk about farmers markets. The Cape has an abundance of them from late spring through fall and autumn and we are right on top of the starting week. Sorry folks but we have already missed the opening days of 2 of them but we will list them cause you can catch them next seek. The next big start date is mid-June, so stay tuned or google Cape Cod Markers Markets for more information. By the way I will use FM abbreviation instead of writing it out each time.  
      This week starting 5-14-19 on Tuesdays from 3 - 6:30 is the Chatham FM 1652 Main Street, Chatham, MA
      This week starting 5-15-10 on Wednesdays from 8am - noon is the Wellfleet FM at 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
      Starting 5-24-19 on Thursdays from noon - 6pm is the Falmouth FM at Marine Park, Scranton Avenue in Falmouth MA        Starting 5-25-19 on Fridays from 3 - 6 at Cape Cod Beer FM located at 1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis, MA
      Started on 5-11-19 on Saturdays 8am - noon is the Orleans FM at 21 Old Colony Way, Orleans MA
  So you already have ones that have started and a couple that start this Memorial Day weekend, and the next back in June, So check them out and buy fresh buy local and support our neighbors. 
      Another place to stay connected to this concept is Edible Cape Cod. It is a national network of locally supported and reported on magazine and website. Each magazine, writes and reports on their own local area concerning locally grown foods, restaurants that support local farmers, recipes and the list goes on. So Edible Cape Cod is, you got it all about Cape Cod and anything and everything that is edible. Check their magazine out or web site at ediblecapecod.ediblecommunities.com. And by the way the editors and owners are all local.     
      Hello and welcome to the arctic blast known as Cape Cod. Have you seen a crazier sprint weather mix, but I am really thinking that we are heading for a warm up soon and then head on into summer heat. I am thinking that we will open full time Memorial Day weekend, so mark you calendars and hope to see you there, but until then we are still open during the weekends. Now with the coming warmer weather so comes those pesky fish we call the Great Whites. I know they are coming as our friends to the south of us in North Carolina are already having issues with one rather large one, as in 15 footer and over 2100 pounds and you know where there is one there is more. Kind of like deer, you see one along side the road, watch out there are more coming. I would like to see them stay away but we need some kind of natural predator for this seal population we have. They are cute buggers, but they are devastating our fishing grounds and causing other environmental issues. So I guess we need to welcome them on, and add work for our harbor cruises and seal and shark tours. Have to look at the bright side of things sometimes I guess. So without saying that means all our surfers and windsurfers need to be extra cautious this year as well as you swimmers. Now if our towns don't go overboard crazy with the closings. I get it that we need to be safe, but safe and over vigilant are two different things. Bottom line folks is, we will need to keep our eyes open and just use some common sense and stay alert. But until then we will continue to play the roller coaster game with the weather. Also I am hearing that the stripers have returned to the Cape and the reports are starting to come in on catches. I also noticed that the local herring runs are in full run right now and so are the sea gulls. So if you go to see the herring run, (and no they don't sprout little legs and run on land) beware of droppings from the sky or those overhanging limbs. Anyway, if we can get some sun and dry out the beaches we will be just about ready to let it all hang out. I hope you are planning to come see us this year and please take full advantage of all the trails and nature paths out this way. So I better get back to my weather meters and gages, I have some reporting I still need to get in before the night is done. I hope you have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.     
      I love this years main evens, surf and turf, I never would turn down a good side of beef or a fresh catch, the only question that I have it how to prepare it not if I want to prepare it. So coming on something new and and different is always a fun surprise for me. Although when you deal with older recipes you need to watch your cooking time as older recipes tend to go too long and dry out your meat. And this is one you will need to do that. But as always use this to come up with and experiment on your own. Now let's get this going and make us some delicious eats, oh and this is relatively easy.
 
      Recipe of the week: Apricot Steak
 
      2      Ib         Round Steak (about 1/2 in thick)
      1      can      apricot halves (large can)
      1      med     onion (sliced thinly) 
                          salt & pepper to taste
   1/4      cup      all purpose flour
 
      Cut steak into serving pieces; salt & pepper, and lightly flour. then brown in skilled with onion slices(don't overdo). Next put steak into casserole dish and pour apricots and juice over it. Cover and bake in a 350 degree over for 1 1/2  to 2 hours (my suggestion is stay on the shorter time vs the longer). Add water to liquid if it gets too dry, (I would add about a 1/4-1/2 cup of wine.)   
 
 

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