Another Cold and rainy morning started this day off just fine.One of many stops in Orleans is sure to put a smile on your face and some good home cook goodness in your belly. A good breakfast isn't complete unless you have a great cup of coffee and so far for me Hole in One has the best and the menu selection offers choices beyond your expectations.
Three eggs any style, two strips of bacon, a sausage patty and ham,
served with toast and home fries – 7.99
On a cold cloudy Friday, I stepped into a warmth of sunshine at Ruggie's in Harwich with a feeling that this was going to be a breakfast to remember.
It's brightly colored orange walls warmed up my chilled bones and the newly tuned menu invited me to explore their creativity. You can create your own combo breakfast choices and never be disappointed.
My friend decided on 2 eggs scrambled with crispy thick bacon, golden flavorful home fries and a big fluffly pancake. It became a pleasant memory as soon as her fork touched the home cooked goodness. I had to try one of the "Melting Pot" creations which includes eggs, finely chopped potatoes, veggies and meat from the country you were exploring.
I choose the " Swiss Pot" which included roesti (potatoes), 2 fried eggs, ham and spinach topped with melted swiss cheese. You have to love cheese and all that great melted goodness to truly enjoy the melting pot dishes and each fresh ingredient combined to layered the flavor making the dish outstanding.
If you are super hungry and looking for a challenge, you could try the "Duke" 2 waffles, 6 eggs, ¼ lb. cheddar cheese, ¼ lb. American cheese, hash browns, Ruggie's gravy,2 buttermilk pancakes, 6 strips of bacon, 3 sausage patties, and 2 pieces of boneless fried chicken. $19.00
The Breakfast Sandwich Challenge
THE RULES: You have 30 minutes to finish everything on your plate and one 8oz beverage.
You must remain seated the entire 30 minutes. If you succeed you will win a Ruggie's T-shirt, your meal is free, and your picture will forever be on our wall!
“Don't Disrespect 'The Duke!'”
Whatever you choose I know you will like and this is one place that I know that I will be returning to.
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Ok the snow is melting and we are seeing grass, but spring still seems so far away. So my favorite way to get through the winter blues is to get out and play tourist by sampling one of our many great breakfast stops.
First stop will be the Marshland in Sandwich on Route 6a which reminds me of Cape Cod past. It's small with their own little bakery and filled with that old diner charm.
The menu is full of great breakfast choices and reasonably priced.
For example the 222 is simply delicious with fluffy pancakes, eggs done your way and crispy bacon. Two eggs any way, flavorful toasted home fries, crispy bacon and thick lightly toasted sourdough toast will also make your breakfast a memorable stop.
The coffee is good and the waitresses are friendly. Their bakery has some competition with the Market Basket Superstore, but bigger isn't always better.
Eating at Marshland is like being back in time and eating at Grandma's with fresh home baked goods.
Don't forget their "World Famous Stuffed Quahog" from the Food Network's Duff Goldman Best Choice.
The quahog has chucks of fresh quahog in every bite in a bread crumb stuffing with a hint of ritz cracker crumbles.
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Cape Cod has lost a Foodie Icon and many of us have lost a friend. I am speaking of John Rega who to many of us was known as the Cape Cod Foodie and could be heard on Wxtk 95.1 every Sunday morning at 10am. When I first settled here on Cape Cod some twelve years ago is when I first started listening to John speak with his call in fans about various restaurants and share experiences about where to dine. I was hooked and watched his televised shows, Dining Around and taped them for visitors and family. I have called in during his radio shows to voice my opinion or share a favorite restaurant and even won some gifts as a result along the way. But I had the extreme pleasure to meet with him of recently and it will forever be a treasured memory for me. We had been Facebook friends and I had started a site called Cape Cod Food Lovers and that's where our story began. I arrived a little early and stop over at the Vna Thrift Shop to see if I could find some lost treasure, only to find John doing the same. He had found a Mexican cookbook from the 1980's. It interested him because the author was Mexican and it was about her heritage and family traditions and recipes. He said he often would buy the old cookbooks because he loved to explore the old methods of cooking. We met at one of his favorite restaurants The Bistrot de Solei, a restaurant neatly tucked away on a side street in Hyannis. He has been a supporter of the restaurant as well as others since its beginning and told me stories of their beginnings. We talked over appetizers and shared some of his stories on the road. He showed me his book that had the outline of Cape Cod with bites around the edges which he said showed his "Eating his way around Cape Cod". He had a tape recorder with some of his previous interviews and radio shows.
I was a fan already and he didn't need to prove himself to me, because I already had been watching his television shows and You Tube Videos. He was a kind and gentle man who always took time to share and mentor as he has done all of his life. He worried for his restaurant friends because off season life on Cape Cod is tough. We have so many good restaurants and food sources that need to get attention out there. John was always the advocate for Cape Cod and getting people out to explore new Restaurants or Businesses. He was always there to support a cause or event and will be missed by many as well as me. Glad I got the chance to meet you John.
Prayers, Peace and Love to John's Family and Friends.
Harvest Soup in a Pumpkin
2 lbs of beef stew meat, cubed into 1 in pieces
3 tbsp veg oil, divided
1 cup water
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, sliced
1 large bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 (14.5oz) can whole peeled tomatoes
2 tbsp beef bouillon granules
1 bay leaf
Heat 2 tbsp oil in large saucepan over medium high heat. Place beef in the saucepan and cook evenly until brown.
Mix in water, potatoes,carrots. green pepper, garlic, onion,
bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer approximately 2 hours. Remove bay leaf.
Dissolve the bouillon into beef mix and the stir in tomatoes.
Cut off top of pumpkin and remove seeds and pulp. Place it on a baking sheet. Fill the pumpkin with the soup mix.
Brush outside of pumpkin with oil.
Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours, or until tender.
Serve from the pumpkin, scraping out some of the pumpkin with each serving.
Any good harvest soup recipe will do good. Have fun and good eating.
It has always been a tradition to drive down to Wellfleet on Route 6 where one can find a house adorned with spooky visions. Thanks you the people who keep up the tradition. Enjoy my slideshow as I have enjoyed their works of art. Have a Happy and safe Halloween.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.
We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.
There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.
The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.
We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands,
And hold in mortmain still their old estates.
The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.
Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires;
The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.
These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.
And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—
So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.
Come watch the fun as the Pumpkin People come alive. Pumpkin People will remain in the park through October 31.Judging for the best Pumpkin People in the Park will take place at the Oktoberfest in Chatham.
Saturday, October 25
Oktoberfest in Chatham
Kate Gould Park 12 noon to 4 pm
Official Oktoberfest Beer Garden tent.
Fun activities for all ages. Oktoberfest food will be available from the vendors next to the park, music in the bandstand, Pumpkin People viewing, bobbing for apples, doughnuts on a string, face painting, pumpkin bowling, games for kids of all ages.
Apple Pie Contest Judging will be at 1 pm
It starts with idea, inspiration, a pile of sand and a person with a creative flair. If you had the chance to visit a few business sites in Yarmouth this summer then you have seen a beautiful sand sculpture or two along your travels. There are 42 sculptures to be correct that are scattered along in Yarmouth and each has a story to tell. Please respect the money and time that went into each sculpture so they may be enjoyed by others.
If you haven"t gotten the chance then get out there and enjoy the sculptures and your summer.
Hooray for pancakes the delicate cross between breakfast and desert. Nothing beats the taste of butter and maple syrup served over a nice stack of steaming warm pancakes on any morning cold or warm. IHop is celebrating the day by serving up free pancakes and guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals© or other designated local charities. For me the breakfast menu is always a difficult choice because I always want my eggs too, but that choice is easy when you visit some of the local restaurants. At Hearth 'n Kettle you can order the "sunrise Breakfast" which includes 2 eggs, 2 buttermilk pancakes , bacon, home fries and toast or a cheese omelet, 2 buttermilk pancakes, bacon and home fries all for $6.59. The picture above is from another favorite breakfast place in Dennis called Grumpy's which serves pancakes big enough to fill your plate and starting under $7, with choices of plain, Blueberry, Cranberry, Apple, Banana or Chocolate Chip. At the Pancakeman in Yarmouth you can even get Peanut Butter Pancakes topped with whipped cream for $7.95 as well as other choices. And don't forget the Red Cottage before the crowds arrive on Cape Cod for a plateful Pumpkin Pancake with whipped cream and syrup and many other choices.
Wherever your choice get out there and enjoy and if you have a favorite spot please feel free to share or a favorite ingredient.