The Daughter Comes for a Visit & Calamari Stew

      So I am going to cheat this week in that with family in this past week and weekend I will just share a bit of what we did. This is part of what I love about living on the Cape is being able to host the kids at different times of the year and have someplace they can just get away too. I was always welcome at my folks place through the summer, even when I was not living at home full time and after I got married. My folks were always willing to share whatever they had with me and with us even though they never had much. May I be viewed in years to come the same that although I may not have much I hope that I am able to share with them whatever is needed that I am able to give. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      This past weekend our daughter was with us, so we ended up doing the standard tourist stuff that is a must for her. Places like Little Ms CupCake, If you haven't been in there lately you need to get your sweet tooth in there, and guess what this is not just your little kiddy place any more. They have their liquor license and enjoy making sparkly adult beverages just as much as sparkly cup cakes. They also have 4 Cs Ice Cream, Cape Cod Coffee and some penny candy for the all those who like some of those fun candies. Next up is the Silver Seahorse just two doors east on the same side of Main St. What a wonderful place for some very practical and fun good, not cheap, but good inexpensive jewelry. They have a rewards card too so the more you buy the more earn points. Then down to Smith Family PopCorn. Oh my, we refiled our gallon bucket and in two days had to head back for another gallon refile. From there we headed off to Christmas Tree Shop, what is a vacation visit to the Cape without a visit to the Christmas Tree, especially if you do not have one where you live. It's been part of the Cape ever since it's conception. From there we headed off to the Cathy's Place in West Yarmouth across from the inflatable park and in the Christmas Tree Plaza. Cathy's is a fun ladies clothing and accessory shop that is just a fun place for the gals to go. Guys hang on here, if you want to let them go to Cathy's you can head over to Beef Jerky Outlet, where they have all the jerky you could every think of so don't think they are some small little place without much,, you could be sooo wrong and so missing some great stuff. Then finally down to South Yarmouth and the Candy Store (check your guides for coupons) for a jelly belly run. If you crave some of the old time candy bars and even German candies they have it. If you like home made candies they have that, yes they make their chocolates right there in house. They are a great place and friends to the dental community (just kidding). Finally home for some rest, and that was just one day. WOW. On Sunday we took a break after church and the girls napped and just took it easy, and I was thankful for that. But I do enjoy having the kids in, next round comes in 2 weeks when my son and his wife come in from Florida for about 6 day. Well I know this was not the usual business report but check where we've been, this does not include Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar or a few other places we went but I have to save some places for later on. LOL Ok please let your places know that you read about them in my blog please and give them a smile.  
      Is it just me or do these weeks seem to go past us faster and faster. I have to tell you, watched one them home and cooking channels last week and they were doing an off the grid place up in Maine, a lighthouse. WOW was that fun to watch. Although I think I have the best of all worlds in that I don't have to take a boat to get to my light tower, I still get to be fairly close to civilization, and will always get a ton more visitors then he will. They did a wonderful job and if you enjoy being a hermit I guess it great place, but it was pretty nice looking. Any way, I am happy with what I have and all that has been entrusted to me. Well for you who have been wondering as the waters here around the Cape become warmer, our friends the Great Whites are becoming more numerous and a little more daring. It was reported that on of them got a little close the the beach while chowing down so they had to close the beach for a bit until he finished his lunch. So if you are coming out to the Lower and Outer Cape beaches just keep your eyes open and please watch the lifeguards for directions. Fishing has been fairly good this year so if you are coming up for a fishing trip you will have a good time. Weather has been a favor to us this last week and there has been no shortage of sun and fun. I would highly suggest you get a lighthouse guide map of the Cape and take a couple days and go visit all the Lighthouses that are still standing. Please watch for times they are open and there are a few that are still privately owned and not accessible to the public, but you can view them from a distance. Us, well I've told you in the past, we are open for the season normal hours and in the evenings have a campfire going when weather conditions allow. The other night however I was more interested in keeping the fog horn going as the soupiness was as thick as pea and ham soup. Fortunately there were no instances so we were good. I hope no one lost their hearing that night as that horn can get pretty loud. The lamp room is still the highlight of the tour and we have people just having a great time up there, even those who have had to conquer their fear of hights, but they have done it and have had a wonderful time. Well I have been talking way to long, I just hope to see you soon and I hope you all are having a wonderful week and time here on old Cape Cod.   
      Well call it squid, call it cuttlefish, call it calamari it's all the same. Some squirm at the thought of eating this wonderful little edible sea-thing, but some can only thin of one or two things worse to put in the mouth either escargot or oysters, and personally I like them all. But if you are Italian most likely calamari is what you ate from the time you were taking solid food or if you are a coastal sea dweller you have been eating it for a while. There are some things you need to be careful about and the biggest is not to overcook calamari or til will get rubbery and loose it's flavor. But cooked right and it is a wonderful flavored and tasty seafood morsel that just adds texture and fun to anything you are using in it. I was looking for something to have fun with during the summer months and this surely fits the bill all the way through it. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it to the last bite. Now on with the show,,,,
 
      This weeks recipe: Calamari Stew
 
      2      pds       squid (calamari or cuttlefish)
      3      Tbsp     olive oil (EVOO)
      2      cups      tomatoes, peeled and diced
      1      cup        dry white wine (only the stuff you would drink)
      2      cloves   garlic, pressed
      1      med      onion minced
   1/4      tsp        rubbed oregano
   1/4      tsp        basil
   1/2      tsp        small hot chili, seeded & crush (optional)
      2      sprigs   parsly minced
             Salt and pepper to taste 
 
      Slice cleaned squid into 1/3 inch rings, cut tentacles into strips and drain them on paper towel. Heat oil in a heavy skillet and stir-fry squid until it firms. Add tomatoes, wine and seasonings. Cover and cook slowly, stirring frequently for 1 hour or until squid is tender. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper, tranfser to a warm serving dish, sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.  

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