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Crazy for Cronuts

First introduced in New York this May this cross between a doughnut and croissant had people standing in long lines in the early morning hours and willing to pay $5 each at Dominique Ansel's Bakery. The trademark Cronuts have come in  Rose Vanilla, Lemon Maple, and Blackberry flavors--and were so popular that they started a black market craze. But no need to fight the lines and take a trip to New York because here on Cape Cod we have Keilar's Bakery in Yarmouth. If you haven't stopped by this little hidden gem, then you are really missing something because they really know how to satisfy a sweet tooth and artfully. Their have a good selection of Cronuts flavors but my personal favorite is the Boston Creme or Peanut Butter, each with a good flavorful light filling and they are only $3 each.

If you are feeling adventurous and want to try out your quick and easy culinary skills then try this simple but good recipe that I found at the Pillsbury site for Salted Carmel Crescent Doughnuts.

Ingredients:

2 cups vegetable oil

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 snack-size container (4 oz) vanilla pudding
2 tablespoons caramel sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Milk
Additional caramel sauce, if desired


1. In deep fryer or 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 350°F.

2. Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Stack 2 rectangles on top of one another. Fold in half widthwise to make tall stack. Repeat with remaining 2 rectangles.

3. To make 2 doughnuts, use 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut 1 round from each stack; use 1/2-inch biscuit cutter to cut small hole in center of each round. Reroll remaining dough to cut third doughnut.

4. Fry doughnuts in hot oil 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Cool 5 minute

5. Carefully split doughnuts in half. Place pudding in decorating bag fitted with tip, and pipe some of the pudding onto bottom half of each doughnut. Top each with some of the caramel sauce; sprinkle with salt. Cover each with top of doughnut.

6. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and enough milk for spreading consistency. Spread on tops of doughnuts. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce.

Enjoy!!!

Off The Beaten Path

It's an Irish Breakfast you want, then you might want to try The Wee Packet. It is said that the name derives from a nautical term which refers to the Packet Ships that used to deliver goods to Cape and the Islands. And for 64 years this little hideaway has been delivering good Old Cape Cod Cuisine with a bit of Irish Flair here and there. Locals and vacationers alike come to this iconic landmark on the corner or Lower County Road and Depot Street.

The "Wee Packet Fry" consists of two eggs any style with Irish sausages or Irish rashers, grilled tomato, home fries or baked beans and choice of Irish Soda Bread or Brown Bread. I decided on the Irish sausage with a slice of freshly baked Irish Soda Bread and the combination was pure heaven. The home fries are crispy and without a lot of seasoning which is great for those who are a little particular about spices. My friend decided on the Homemade Irish Corned Beef Hash served with two eggs any style, home fries or baked beans and Irish Soda Bread or Brown Bread. If you love corn beef hash then you should order it here as they prepare corn beef on a somewhat regular basis and the brown bread is fresh baked and full of flavor and a nice change.

This year that have added outside dining so you can breath in that nice salty air as you enjoy some very good food. The seafood is caught daily and serve up fresh and if you are tight on a budget you might just wanted to try the Poor Man’s Surf and Turf which includes a Wee Packet stuffed quahog and a hot dog. The Quahog is one of the best on Cape Cod with a savory flavor of bacon and clams. And my favorite is the Lobster BLT which is fresh lobster meat served with crunchy romaine, vine ripe tomato, crisp bacon and mayo on toasted Texas style bread. The menu offers a good variety of food. Click on the link above to check it out. Enjoy the Summer!!

Hidden Gem Breakfast

 Dino's Harwich Port Grille

It's a step back in time and that's what I love most about the Cape. There is not a lot of fast food chain restaurants but rather a chance to view the iconic "American Diner" serving up fresh food cooked to order. Forget the frozen food cooked in a microwave, you get to see your meal prepared on the hot grill while twirling on your stool or sitting in your booth. And the smell from that hot grill awakens your sleeping senses and what you thought would be a simple decision, now becomes a difficult one as you watch the food coming from off the grill.

It's just a hideaway stuck in the back of a shared parking lot off of route 28 in Harwich Port and one could easily pass by this hidden gem; but a quick glimpse of the menu and reasonable prices will lure you in for a great meal that is sure to get your day started.

On my visit I choose the "Crack Me Up" which consisted of fluffy scrambles eggs served on top of a golden slice of golden French toast with bacon for $4.75. The best part of the meal or should I say the part that made it even better was the steaming cup of coffee. Sometimes its hard to find good coffee with a great breakfast and when you don't find it, then you will appreciate it when you do. But hey, it had to be good because as I looked around the diner I seen a sign that boldly stated that they serve the best coffee and yes they were right. Their home fries are hash like and crispy and you can check out their menu on the link above for a full description of what they serve. They open from 630am until noon and the friendly staff are ready to serve you 7 days a week.

Zip Tripping Through Harwich

Every Friday during the summer, Fox does a Zip Trip visit to a town in Massachusetts to celebrate the town and its history and hero's as well as all that town has to offer. On July 5, Harwich won the honors this year and it was a beautiful beach day on Red River Beach. We learned that Shawn Fanning who was the co-founder of Napster was a graduate of Harwich High. And we remembered Tip O'Neil who spent many a summer here and could be found looking for "Meltaways" at Bonatt's. We were enticed by Depot Dogs and can be found in the parking lot of Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse combined they offer everything from casual curbside dining to elegant Italian food and can be found along route 28. Ruggie's showed us his breakfast fare and reminded us the challenge was still open for anyone who wanted to partake of the "Duke". It's a challenge to eat 2 Waffles, 6 eggs "their way", 1/4 lb Cheddar cheese, 1/4 lb American cheese, hash browns, homemade sausage gravy, 2 buttermilk pancakes, 6 strips of bacon, 3 sausage patties and 2 pieces of boneless country style fried chicken in 30 minutes. Food is bountiful in Harwich and depending on your taste and budget it can be found around every corner in town. 

Baseball is always a great summer past time here on Cape Cod and the Harwich Mariner's are having a great season. The team is proud to have had Carlos Penna and Kevin Millar as former teammates. You never know just when you might be seeing the next great baseball sensation.

Cyrus Cahoon a Harwich native was a cultivator of Cranberries and a visit to the local Farmers' Market will yield you some fresh home grown foods and perhaps a recipe or two on Thursdays from 3 to 6pm at the corner of route 39 and Sisson Road.

If you like plays the visit the Harwich Junior Theatre where you can see a play for a fraction of the cost and who knows you might be seeing a rising star. 

Harwich has some great beaches and remember every beach is free after 5pm so if you aren't sure which beach you like try a picnic on the beach to find your favorite beaches. The Zip Trip was good and worth the trip.

Harwich has a lot to offer and I am still discovering its gems, if you find something you like then share and enjoy your summer!!!

Therapy Under the Tent

Melissa is calm, cool and sings the songs of deep emotions. She tells the stories of love lost and found. Everything will be all right with a little time and faith. In between sets she tells stories from her life that connect us with her even more. Her day was spent sailing with the Kennedy's and she tries to encapsulate her day in a few sentences. Its was beautiful and serene. Being with the Kennedy's, its like being with the "Royal family" she tells us. She is like us. Melissa even got Max Kennedy to sing Me and Bobby McGee, a feat in itself as he doesn't like to sing onstage.

As you sit there listening to her songs past and present, you are reminded of the stepping stones in your own life and that surviving is sometimes the best you can do. Melissa has been through the cancer and chemo and there she stands still singing, but stronger from her battle. Fans often stand and sing and join in the concerts singing along. So if you like a sit down for a quiet concert, this isn't for you. This is a concert where people connect with the songs and join in. Thanks Melissa for a great concert.

Just wanted to share a favorite song

A Breakfast Bakery Could Be Just What You Need

Don't be turned away by the lack of parking space in front of Bonatt's Bakery and Restaurant in Harwich Port, as the next right will get you to a parking lot in back and on your way to a great breakfast experience.

The smells from the bakery might tempt you in trying their famous "Meltaway", which is a large danish-like pastry roll similar to that of a cinnamon roll with glaze and icing sure to melt in your mouth. Hey it's a Meltaway.

Whether you are feeling healthy or just a little devilish, you find something on the menu to make you smile. Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, eggs, waffles, pancakes, crepes, french toast and even quiche of the day. And added to the menu selections are the daily blackboard special that will surely make your choice a hard one. But whatever you choose you won't be disappointed. I love their home fries which are new potatoes, skin on, grilled to perfection with a flavorful seasoning and their coffee is great and that can make or break it.

Some people think that you can't mess up a breakfast but I know different and you won't be disappointed.

 

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It's All About Water and Sand

Tons of sand have been used to create the vision of Summer on Cape Cod and the artists have done a great job. It hasn't been easy with all the rain that has caused a few changes in the events planned and the sculptures.

Most of the sculptures have been repaired but we need to ensure care that all will be able to enjoy them.

So be careful as you are out there tracking them down and taking pictures, maybe we can keep them around longer.

Enjoy the video !!

http://youtu.be/x_lJle0la-4

A Quahog Lover's Summer on Cape Cod

He arrived today at 1pm via a jet ski with an awaiting crowd and special body guards. Following a tradition for five years Doug, our beloved mollusk announce to the crowd that he believed the summer would be one filled with sun, fun and maybe even some good shopping. The emcee this year was Ben Sargent , the host of the Cooking show " Hook, Line and Dinner!" who also remembers the summers on Cape Cod. He has a new cookbook due out in July and he was wondering if Doug could have been responsible for trying to remove the mollusk cooking section of it. It was a fun filled afternoon and with any luck Doug's predictions will prove to be true. So it's that time again, the beginning of our summer adventure and what a great place to be here on Cape Cod.

Sharking Hunting in Chatham

They are out there and for the moment in one spot at Kate Gould Park in Chatham together for one last day. It started as a idea that became a summer kick off and a fun thing to do while vacationing on Cape Cod. Chatham always has a way of bringing art to Kate Gould Park, in the fall with their pumpkin people and now with the sharks.

At first  there were 24 sharks but with merchant enthusiasm it became 54 sharks in the exhibit in the park. Each shark is 5 feet long and sponsored by a local business who either created themselves or commissioned an artist to represent them. After June 2 it is said that the sharks will be moved to various location around town so that it will create the "shark sighting" around Chatham. This will be until the Shark Gala on August 1, when the artwork will be auctioned off to raise money for a shark and marine life education center in Chatham.

A  series of smaller sharks about 30 inches will be displayed in 38 businesses throughout Chatham from May 24 through Labor Day in a project called "Sharks in the Shops". The smaller sharks are decorated by local artists. 

It will start a "scavenger hunt" of sorts as people will be able to pick up a logbook which pictures of the sharks so that people will be able to search as they are shopping for the sharks throughout local businesses. Once the sharks have been found and the logbook is completed it can be dropped off at the information booth.

The completed log will be entered into a drawing for three gift baskets filled with gifts and gifts cards from the local Chatham merchants.

So get your logbooks ready, its going to be a Artful Fun Summer. And if you missed the Sharks in the Park, then enjoy my video and the great art. Have fun Shark Hunting!!!!!

Oscar Ready

Get the table ready with Oscar flair. As you sit by your big screen television tonight try some tasty bites with the Oscar nominees in mind.

Silver Lining Playbook is a film set in Philadelphia about a man who loses everything his house, his wife and his job who moves back with his parents.       Mini Hoagies and steak/cheese sandwiches.     Pretzels and dip.

Lincoln is a film about Abraham Lincoln.    Mini Apple Pies

Beasts of the Southern Wild is about a six year girl who is on the brink of being an orphan.  Crab Dip

 Zero Dark Thirty is about the search and capture of Bin Laden.  Hummus and Pita Chips and Chickpea Salad

 Django Unchained is a western about brutality in the antebellum South.  Mini Burgers and Bean Dip

 Life of Pi is about a young man who survives disaster at sea.   Shrimp Phyllo Boats and Cucumber Boats

 Les Miserables is about a middle age ex-convict who tries to reform himself.  Coeur a la Creme and Baked Brie

 Argo is about U.S. Embassy prisoners being harbored by the Canadian Embassy who are rescue from Tehran by CIA posing as film producers.  KFC Popcorn Chicken , Chicken Kabobs and Mini Maple Pecan Pies.

While everyone has their own version of the Oscar night buffet and everyone should, I just wanted to share some of my choices. Because Silver Lining Playbook was set in Philadelphia with a family obsessed with the a matriarch who made crabby snacks before each Eagle game, you could do anything to do with Philadelphia. And my KFC was because of a passing scene with a woman eating the chicken in the movie Argo. Have fun with your menu tonight and enjoy. 

And the winner is................................ 

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