Cooking is an art. One may follow the traditional family recipes and try to recreate the memories attached to each meal;but it's also creativity and discovering new ingredients and incorporating them into food favorites.Sometime because of time constraints we get bogged down and end up with fast food, take out or frozen foods. In our mad dash to get through the day we may loose healthy ingredients in our rush to get the food on the table. There is tons of information out there in cook books, the internet and televsion for us to choose from. But the the trick is gettting inspired and finding the right tools to make our experience of cooking a fast, easy, fun and healthy adventure.So for me I grab my information in pieces from those cookbooks, televsion shows and research on the internet. I have tons of recipes that are gathering dust but this year part of my resolution was to try and create new ways of cooking.Most of all I looking for an easy clean up too. I find here on Cape, we are lucky to have a lot of specialty shops with spices and cooking tools to inspire us beyond the normal one stop store we often choose because we are in a rush for time.So as you are out and about and driving by one of our many stores stop by and see what they have to offer. After having breakfast one day I stopped by the All Cooks Supply in Hyannis on Main Street near Percy's by the the Train Depot. I had always driven by and thought that they were pricey or just a supply place for restaurants. But All Cooks has lots to offer in tools and cooking device beyond your wild imagination and even meal presentation.The prices are reasonable and the inspiration you will get just looking around will be unmeasurable. Now its one of my favorite spots for finding new tools to help me create and make cooking fun.You will be surprised and inspired, even finding the right knife will change cooking.Have fun.!!!!
Okay we are still stepping back in time Along the Breakfast Trail and in South Yarmouth at the 50's style Route 28 Diner. All I needed was my black and white oxford shoes and a little juke box music.The menu is reasonably priced with some good choices and the service is fast, at least when it came to the meal. I would have loved to have my coffee refilled a little faster, as I had to remind my young waitress a few times.And while we are on the subject of coffee, it was a little weak and not as good as some of the other coffee that I had tasted at varies stops Along my Breakfast Trail. I know I have always said that a good coffee makes the breakfast but this weak coffee didn't interfer with my delicious breakfast experience. I decided on the Route28 Plate which included 2 eggs,2 sausage links,2 strips of bacon, homefries and choice of bread. My eggs over easy were cooked to perfection and the bacon was crispy and flavorful. The sausage seemed to be be the precooked kind and the homefries were mildly seasoned but good. Your choice of bread could include a bagel if you wanted and I thought that was a nice addition.All in all its a good stop with good food.
Fun and lots of flavor can be found at the IHop in Hyannis for under $10 or less. I have to admit I have been to the IHop in the past and the coffee was the worst but the times they are a changing and good coffee can be found again at the IHOP. So the beginning is great and a look at the menu has my mouth watering and my waistband exbanding, but what the heck the start to a good day is to have a good breakfast and skipping lunch will help. I had to try the Brioche French Toast with a choice of Caramel Apple, Strawberry Creme or Classic Bananas Foster. All three are great and enough to satisfy any sweet tooth with rich caramel and creme sauces.You also have a choice of how you want to compliment it with a choice of eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon or ham and all for $10 or less depending on what you choose. Breakfast doesn't have to be expensive to be good and although I like to support my local family owned restaurants, The IHop does it good.
It's Chatham's Best Breakfast Since 1955!!! That's what the menu states and as I walked inside it was kind of like stepping back in time. It's a combination of a small variety store and Diner but the Diner section is a lot bigger than one might imagine from the outside. Breakfast choices are good and reasonably priced.Some called it old fashion but I call it Cape Cod Nostalgic, it takes me back to a simpler place in time and brings back some fond memories of days gone by. I love breakfast but hate the clean up, so going out for breakfast is always a treat. I always look for something different or a new and creative dish is always interesting to try. Today 's choice was The Avocado Omelet with cheese, homefries and toast. Everything was cooked to perfection and the choice of an avocado sliced in an omelet was delicious. The homefries were lightly seasoned and not greasy but cooked well. A great breakfast stop and I would return again to Larry's Px in Chatham on Route28.
Who can make the sunshine and chase away the blues, The Pancake Man can because he mixes it with love and makes your food taste good. Okay maybe that's not how you remembered that song but I was singing it today after I stopped by to visit The Pancake Man. The coffee was good and as I said the start of a good breakfast is a good cup of coffee. The menu offers lots of choices from Breakfast served in a Skillet, a Breakfast Burger, Breakfast Nachos, Omelettes, French Toast, Eggs and of course Your choice of Pancakes. It took me awhile to decide as I went through every possible combo before deciding on the 2 sausage, 2 thick slices of Applewood smoked bacon, 2 eggs over easy, Homefries and toast. The homefries might look burnt but they were the right kind of toasty flavorful potaoes that I love. My friend choose the 2 eggs scrambled with 4 fluffy plate sized Buttermilk Pancakes. Simple but delicious and the service was good. Having lived on Cape Cod, I had always avoided the Pancake Man because of the crowds and thought it was more of a tourist stop, but now it has joined the list of one of my favorite breakfast spots. Worth the stop.
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Hey it's Friday and sunny, but there were a few snow flakes and a cold breeze to start the day. It was time for a trip back in time to a place when we were care free and all we cared about was what beach we were going to and if our radio was tuned to the right station. It is great to visit the Red Cottage on the off season because you are more likely to find a parking space. The crowds always dictate the popularity of the restaurants and I often like to see what all the hype is about.This is my second visit to the Red Cottage and they have never disappointed me in service, food or presentation. If you are a person that is tired of the same old choices for breakfast then you will enjoy looking over their menu which reads like of book of breakfast dreams. Everything from crepes to popovers and more are offered. I decide on the New England Puritan Breakfast which included two perfectly poarched eggs on baked beans with a grilled Vermont bone in slice of ham and brown bread. It was like going back in time for me, I was a kid all over again sitting in front of the television with my tv tray and good food. My friend decided on the Extra Thick Cinnamon French Toast which tasted even better than it smelled and it was rich, light and flavorful. If you love nostalgia and good food, then you have got to visit the Red Cottage. It's a Cape Cod Tradition.
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We all live a busy lifestyle and at times barely have enought time to breath or eat properly. There's fast food and sometimes we just grab something quick out of the refrigerator. Who has time to sit down to a home cookd meal with all the proper ingredients that makes it a healthy meal. As you can guess this year I am tring to be healthy and somehow fit it into my lifestyle. It's all about eating less but eating or in this case, drinking healthy. There is plenty of information about juicing and smoothies in magazines, books and televison shows. Everyone has lots to share with us but we must be careful as consumers and the pilot of this vessel we travel in. We have control of what we eat and drink. We have to decide on what amount of calories we need to maintain an optimal weight so that we can avoid health problems and live a more happier life. I am not a very healthy sit down eat a balanced meal person and very often cook something quick, usually a meat dish and forget to include the rest.Making a juice or smoothie gives me the chance to continue with my grab and go lifestyle but snack on or include my much needed fruits and veggies on the run.
Today I decided to blend a few ingredients that I had around the house to make a Banana,Pineapple,Apple Smoothie. Each ingredient has health benefits which could be disputed but if you blend your smoothies yourself, you choose the ingredients and make it fresh without chemicals.So try making smoothies and juices yourself you will be surprised by the good taste you can create. I bought a good book called The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies and found it to be helpful, but there is lots of info out there. Eat Healthy and Have Fun!
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On yet another rainy friday this girl decided to visit the Chatham Airport and visit a most talked about legend. TheHangar B which experienced some extensive fire damge last October arose from it ashes and opened again this week all shining and ready for the summer crowd. The chef has vast experienced and worked at the Chatham Bars Inn and offers a creative but somewhat limited menu at present but there are daily specials. The chef creates everything from potato buttermilk doughnuts,which looked delicious, muffins, raspberry red wine vinegar jam, strawberry thyme balsamic jam and lemon curd. Even the coffee is a special blend which is flavorful and reminds me a little of Starbuck's. It's not, but it is good and a great coffee makes a good breakfast. The menu is bit pricey for me but when you have all this creativity and fresh local ingredients one must expect to pay the price. So I decided to venture into a new breakfast taste and chose the Red Flannel Hash which was beet, sweet potato,yukon potato,bacon hash topped with 2 poached eggs with laced on flavorful horshradish creme fraiche and sourdough toast. I love beets and they are highly nutritious and a “cardiovascular health” friendly root vegetable and I happen to love horshradish too so my decision was easy. The flavor of the beets was delicious and at times it was hard to distinguish the sweet potato from the beets or potatoes and the horshradish creme fraiche kick it all up while the poach eggs made it savory. The sourdough bread was delicious and toasted to perfection and a good accompaniment to the meal. So it may be a little pricey, but it is good. I think I will be trying to recreate this dish at home. It's good.
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When is a fruit stand more than a fruit stand? When you stop at Lambert's Rainbow Fruit and Deli you will find so much more and you really need to stop in because words could never decribe all that they have to offer. Just know if you are looking for soups, salads, and any prepared food because you are tired and don't want to cook, stop by you might find something you will surely love.
My quest for a great stuffed quahog came from a friend who told me that they made the best stuffed quahogs that she had tried locally. One would think that living on Cape Cod a virtual big island surrounded by beaches and water, that you could find some great stuffed quahogs but they are hard to come by. They do get a little more expensive once you cross over those bridges to this great island and I find very often you can't buy one for less than five dollars. At Lambert's it was just under five dollars and made from bread,linguica,onions and chopped quahogs. It was delicious, moist with small pieces of linguica and nice bit size pieces of quahog.No over powering spices just a hint of spiciness(pepper) and a good natural fresh flavor that all combined to make this quahog a great tasting stuffie and one I will return to buy.
Rainy mornings seem to be my inspiration for a good hearty breakfast, especially if I need to cheer myself up and have a lot to do. Keeping busy after a good breakfast eases the guilt of cheating on such savory good foods but if you can't finish it, then you got great left overs. I headed out with my favorite breakfast companion my brother, who claims that we haven't hit a bad breakfast yet and today was no exception. In the heat of the summer season people are willing to wait 30 to 60 minutes for a chance to partake of the Keltic Kitchen scrumptious breakfast selections, but today there was no wait but a steady stream of customers.
Our waitress was only too happy to point us in the direction we needed as read over the menu trying to decide which path we wanted to go. She announced that they were just cooking up seafood this morning and that was all my brother needed to decide on the Seafood Hash. It was lobster, scallops, shrimp, clams, finely chopped potatoes with peppers and onions served with his choice of eggs over easy and freshly baked and lightly toasted brown bread. It was fresh and very flavorful from the fresh ingredients and not covered by any spices. It was delicious. I picked the 2x2 which included 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 Irish Sausage and 2 strips of bacon. Their Irish Sausage is the best and made my breakfast choice a stand out delicious one. I have been to the Keltic Kitchen several times and have never been disappointed and neither will you. If I didn't live on Cape Cod and was vacationing here, I would wait for their great breakfast.
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