Calamint Friday / 6-29-18

Calamint Friday to you EveryOne
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, Especially when you realize it’s F-R-I-D-A-Y, that right it’s FRIDAY! And the fact that you can get up, get out of bed, pick out something to put on if you wish, each breakfast if you wish, go to a job whether it’s 15 feet from your bed or a 15 or more minutes commute from your home, you can. There are so many that can not do one or many of these. If you can smell the flowers or the skunk, taste your favorite food or the yogurt that went bad last week, hear someone you love say they love you too or hear nails on a chalk board, touch something that is soft or get stuck with something prickly, you can, when so many can not. You get the point we have so much to be thankful for, not just that is Friday buy for all the simple things in life. So as we throw the hikers to the back to the closet and pull out the sprinters, put the staff away and get the visor out cause you gonna need it. We gonna have fun today, in all we do even if we have to make the fun ourselves. We are heading for a party this weekend as the 4th of July is next week, so we need to be sure we are leaving no stone unturned today, The numbers will be down and we will need to be sure everything is in line so we can really enjoy our time with family and friends. The run in the sun will be tiring but keep your eyes on the prize and we will all get there together. Now: Oh wait you are still waiting for the theme for this week? You haven’t figured it out with todays final clue, LOL,, they are all different kinds of Mints, ya some of them you just have to go really? But they are. So along the way we will come on those that are in hard times, just cause it’s a Friday going on a weekend we do not get to turn our heads, so be ready to stop, listen and help in any way we can. Then see them to the next checkpoint. Now it’s time to get this day and this weekend going, so let’s go and make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Comrade
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances
National Almond Buttercrunch Day
Camera Day
Hug Holiday
International Mug Day
Waffle Iron Day
Drive Your Corvette to Work Day
World Scleroderma Day
North American Organic Brewers Days: 29-7/1 (Last Weekend)
Water Ski Days: 29-7/1

National Mai Tai Day – 30
Meteor Day – 30
Asteroid Day – 30
California Avocado Day – 30 Link
National Haskap Berry Day – 30
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day – 30
National Meteor Watch Day – 30
NOW (National Organization For Women) Day – 30
Social Media Day – 30
Tour de France: 30-7/22

National Gingersnap Day – 7/1
Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day – 7/1
Build A Scarecrow Day – 7/1
Canada Day / Dominion Day – 7/1
International Joke Day – 7/1
Estee Lauder Day – 7/1
Fast of Tammuz – 7/1
Hop A Park Day – 7/1
National GSA Employee Day – 7/ 1
National Postal Workers Day – 7/1
Resolution Renewal Day – 7/1
Second Half of The Year Day – 7/1
U.S. Postage Stamp Day – 7/1
Zip Code Day – 7/1
Beans and Bacon Days: 1-5
National Unassisted Homebirth Week: 1-7
Be Nice To New Jersey Week: 1-7

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Ginger Thursday / 6-28-18

Ginger Thursday EveryOne
Hi-Hooooooooooo, Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it’s time ,,,, (again thank you Snow White & Disney) but isn’t it time to get our bodies and brains in gear for the day. Whether you are mining for gold, for coal, data or sales we are truing all miners in our own ways. So today as you go about your work in whatever field you are in, just start humming Disney’s Hi-ho, hi-ho song and everyone around you will totally not get it. But know that you are not along and that there are many others doing the same thing cause we just need a boost to make it through the day. Sounds corny but it will work, and on hards days like today when we are traveling down the rabbit trails to find our way off the mountain and out past the tree line we will need all the boosting we can get. Thursdays always seem long to me, and there is always more work than what I expect, and I just want it to get to Friday, but no, we need to concentrate on todays work, don’t you just sometimes want to scream out for the world to stop and let you off? Take a day and just sit in the rocking chair on the porch or lounge in the back yard. But the world does not stop to let us off nor does the work get done by itself. So Hi-ho hi-ho its time to work we go. Yes I know we are still bare footed and we still have rocks and roots to clamber through, so what are you waiting for? Get those hikers pulled on and find your staff, and I would still suggest a hat for today. Now along the way we are going to find those that have just been overcome by the issues of life, there are those that are physically in need, there are those that are financially hurting. I know that all of us can not help all issues, but we can offer comfort, we can give direction, we can see them to the next checkpoint and get them to someone who can offer better help than we can. So we will stop and listen and do, then move on. Now we need to get our Hi-s and our Ho-s in order and get to the starting line then goi make us a most Happy, Happy all day long
Your Morning Wingman
Steve Gimmi
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Holiday & Observances:
National Tapioca Day
National Ceviche Day
International Body Piercing Day
Tau Day
National Bomb Pop Day
National Hand Shake Day
Ryan Moran Day
Insurance Awareness Day
Paul Bunyan Day

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Beer, Wine & Spirits July ’18 Update & Basic Cheese Cake / 6-27-18

It’s that time of the month that we like to focus on our local Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries. First up this week is Cape Cod Beer, find them at http://www.capecodbeer.com or on facebook, twitter or physically at 1336 Phinney’s Lane Hyannis just off RT 132. First up I am encouraging you to check our the monthly news letter sent out by the ownerTodd Marcus, his better half let’s him play every once in awhile and puts out this news letter that is awesome. Check it out and sign up at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Sunset-Cruise—Tasting–Anchorman—SandwichFest.html?soid=1011275503025&aid=hMle2ILfP_E. Next Amanda adds to this the following:
July 5th kicks off the first of four Local Libations Sunset Cruises with Cape Cod Beer & Hy-line Cruises in the Hyannis Harbor. Each cruise features live music, light apps and tastings from Cape Cod Beer, a wine partner & a distillery partner. Details, ticket link & all the dates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/378505589319544/

Cape Cod Beer is again the exclusive sponsor of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Cocktail Trail. Participating venues all over Cape Cod are offering hydrangea-inspired cocktails during the fest. Details, participating locations & cocktail pictures here: https://capecodbeer.com/cocktailtrail/

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks are hosting their inaugural Pizza Fest on the Town Green in Hyannis. Entry includes all-you-can-eat pizza, a celebrity pizza eating contest, kids activities & games of catch with the players. In a historic first, Cape Cod Beer will also be operating a beer garden on the town green for this event. Early bird tickets are $15 or $20 at the door. https://capecodbeer.com/event/hyannis-harbor-hawks-pizza-fest-on-the-town-green/

If you have never been to the brewery and you love beer, you have got to check it out. they rock, and if you are not a beer lover go heck them out they have so much more to offer, the Farmers Markets on Friday nights from 3pm-6pm, come and support our local growers and other vendors.

Next up is Cape Cod Winery find them at http://www.capecodwinery.com on facebook, twitter and physically at 4 Oxbow Rd, East Falmouth off Rt 28. Ericka as sent the following update: We are open 6 days a week now (closed Tuesday) and on Friday’s have started a “concert series” from 5pm-8pm with live music and wine by the glass. We will have a calendar of events on our website because some Friday’s we have private events book so it wont be every Friday.

So the deal is the deal is this check out the events page and and go enjoy the wine and music. Mention you read about them in this blog and you will receive a great big smile. Hey it’s worth a try.

And bringing up the caboose this week is Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod / South Hollow Distillery located online at trurovineyardsofcapecod.com or facebook, twitter and instagram or physically at 11 Shore Rd, Truro. We are Open Every Day (11-5 Mon-Sat; Sun 12-5) Winery Tours 1pm and 3pm; Distillery Tours 12pm and 2pm. Tastings from a half hour after we open until 4:30 each day. $10.
Now a word from the better half of the ownership: Canned rosé (in partnership with the Wellfleet beachcomber) will be available next week and available at the vineyard, the Beachcomber and select stores.
Barrel aged gin comes out next week.
Lastly our summer hours begin July 1. Monday through Saturday we will be open 11-6. Sunday’s are 12-7. 5-7 is Sunday funday. We have freshly shucked oysters, food truck stays open and a DJ.
Right next door and part of the Robert’s family business is South Hollow Spirits find online at http://southhollowspirits.com. Distillery tours at 2 pm Friday through Sunday and a Reserve tasting 2:30 pm $20.00. Their specialities right now are Twenty Boat Rum and Dry Line Gin. Well worth the tastings.

Next we have a new player to add to the list, that of Barnstable Brewing, find them online at http://www.barnstablebrewing.com and on twitter and on instagram or the tasting room is located at 485 W Main Street, Hyannis. At time of me writing this they just posted an hour ago: The Barnstable Brewing tasting room and patio is NOW OPEN NOON-6PM, 7 DAYS a week starting 6-27-18. So check out our newest kid on the Cape.

Also don’t forget to check out Hog Island Brewery in Orleans, Devil’s Purse in South Dennis, Naukabout Brewery in Mashpee, and if you are out on the Islands there is Cisco Brewing located on Nantucket Island and , Offshore Ale Co and Bad Martha’s Farmers Brewery located on Martha’s Vineyard. The Cape is truly a destination for all tastes, from Spirits to Wines to Brews, take advantage of our great businesses and the great products that have to offer and enjoy.

I have got to mention one restaurant in particular and that would be Arnold Lobster & Clam Bar now for over 40 years. find them at 3580 RT 6 in Eastham or online at http://www.arnoldsrestaurant.com or on facebook or twitter and instagram. Folks, I know they don’t need the press they are that good, but there are a few of you out there west of the Orleans rotary going really? Is it really worth the drive, and the swift answer is a resounding yes. Now first remember to take cash as they do not take plastic, never have, not sure they ever will. Arnold’s has one of thee best Lobster Rolls hands down bar none. I can not begin to tell you all they have, it’s just not about the lobster, but clams, scallops, chowder and bisque, And lets not forget the onion rings are ridiculously good, oh and don’t forget the Raw Bar. They also have things for the land lovers as well, or for those who what even healthier options. So really there is something for everyone. After you finish your dinning and that wonderful ice cream dessert, go out back and play a round of miniature golf. You can either drive or ride your bike up the rail trail extension out of Orleans towards P’Town and you can work up a great appetite for when you get there. Arnolds, a Cape icon in restaurants, and food that will be remembered the rest of the year. Yum

Well folks I hope you have all your reservations made and we are on the visit list. It has been hoping around here and we are starting to fill up fast. I can tell you that the parking lots to the coast guard beach and our access roads are starting to see maximum filled signs out. Now please don’t think that you can park at the lighthouse and walk down to the beach, that is a big no-no cause we want those who are coming to see the lighthouse have plenty of room, Also we do not have public access from the lighthouse down beach, and that is for safety issues. But we are going full tilt here, even in the mornings when the fog has been lingering lately and the beacon and the fog horn have been doing overtime. But remember we open at 9 am and will be open till 6 pm. Please be sure to check the times of the other lighthouses and quarters, and coast guard stations as we all have different times. I will do my best to accommodate as many as I can throughout the day. We do have volunteers throughout the day and they will answer all the questions you have or find an answer if they don’t have it right away. Now just for safety I do have to close the grounds no later than 10 pm as it is a great place with do some stare gazing and watch for boats passing the Cape in the night with only their lights on. Well, I had better get back to the tower, I think we are holding up the line for folks wanting to go up. Keep in mind this is the 4th of July week coming up and the temps are suppose to be getting up there so please stay hydrated and keep lathered up with that lotion stuff, that skin cancer can be a nasty thing. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on Ole Cape Cod and see you soon.

In going over my recipes for my cheesecakes I have picked up that there is not one basic recipe in my bunch. So I am taking a few steps backwards and going to go backwards here a bit. The thing with basic cheesecakes is that you can dress them up with a multitude of sauces and drizzles and it is instantly turned into a wonder dessert and everyone just oggles over it. And then sometimes you just want a simple, not overly sweet, dessert, and a simple cheesecake is just the thing. So with all that I went back to the my church cookbooks and found a very basic recipe that will work. Now it did not give the recipe for the crust, and if you are a purist and need to do it in a spring form pan, please goggle for a basic cheesecake crust recipe. Its normally a graham cracker base and rather simple to make. The other cheaters way is using a graham cracker pie shell from the grocery store. So take your pick here. This recipe you can even use with a 8″ X 8″ pan, I would go with store bought before this. So with all this info here we go, seriously you can’t get any simpler,

This week’s recipe: Basic Cheese Cake

12 oz cream cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla (real stuff please)

Set cream cheese out to soften. Once softened, blend together with rest of ingredients adding eggs one at a time. When all ingredients are incorporated together but not over beaten pour into crust of choice. (standard pre-baked home made crust, store bought graham cracker pie crust, or a pressed crust into the bottom of an 8X8 pan.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Chill then top with favorite fruit or sauce.

Pineapple Wednesday / 6-27-18

Pineapple Wednesday to you EveryOne
Oo De Lally, Oo De Lally, Golly what a day (thank you Robin Hood of Disney) Can you believe it? Can you really see it? The top of the mountain, the ridge line, through the clouds the fog, above the shelf over there. Yup it’s there, thats right in 1/2 a day we will be on the top of it, 1/2 though the day, 1/2 way through the week. Every now and then we need to pull a little Robin Hood and Little John out of our hats and just not worry about the pit falls, the out-laws, those chasing us, we need to just relax and have fun with the day. It’s hump day and we are going to take this all the way to the top, plant our flag, do a little rocky mountain two step shuffle. Check out where we came from, map out were we need to go then scoot off the back side and start the decent down the other side. I hear a few nah-sayers already, I am not saying we need to be careless or negligent, but we need to take things a little lighter and enjoy what we are doing, even if it is not what we want to be doing or where we want to be at right now in life. So take a deep breath, smell a posy or two, and take a wade in the stream along the path, but keep moving forward. Along the way we will come on those in desperate need of a helping hand and we will take the time to stop, listen and help in any way we can. Now it’s time to get the hikers pulled on and lace up, grab hold that staff, get the cap battened down and let’s get to the line. Cause it is time to go, go, go and make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Orange Blossom Day
National Indian Pudding Day
Sun Glasses Day
Decide To Be Married Day
“Happy Birthday To You” Day
Industrial Workers of The World Day
Micro-, Small-, And Medium-Sized Enterprises Day
National HIV Testing Day
National Parchment Cooking Day
PTSD Awareness Day
Windjammer Day
National Prevention of Eye Injuries Awareness: 27 -7/4

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Licorice Tuesday / 6-26-18

Licorice Tuesday EveryOne
Goooooooooood Morrrrrrning one and all, I hope you had a fantastic sleep over the darken evening and that your rest was rejuvenating. If not, we will do all we can to help pull you along and brighten your day. To the rest of us, well, we is up so we might as well get ourselves together and see what is out there to explore and conquer. Yesterday had it’s own set of challenges and today is a new day with new opportunities to take on. Yesterday is behind us, and today is before us, we can not change yesterday but we can sure make today all that we can. So find them hikers and pull them on, grab hold that staff like it’s your lifeline and be sure that cap is on good and snug. We have a long way through the trees and brushes, and the paths are fit for only rabbits and rodents but that is the only way up this side of the mountain. Remember there is no taking off life and the world does not stop to let us off or wait for us to catch up to it. So be ready as it comes round to make that jump on board. Along the way we will encounter those that are in deep hurting need, and we will take the time to stop and listen and do whatever we can to see them to the next checkpoint. So are you ready? Well ready or not here we go, and there is no turning back, so let’s get it to the line for the mornings roil call and for the whistle and when it sounds let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy every step and all day long cause no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Chocolate Pudding Day
Harry Potter Day
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
National Canoe Day
National Columnists Day
Forgiveness Day
Beautician’s Day

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Mountain Monday / 6-25-18

Mountain Monday EveryOne
AHHHH ZABENYAAA, So can you hear it, AHHHH ZABENYAAA, yup you can hear it and so can I, and it’s calling our name. AHHHH ZABENYAAA You awake yet, then let’s get it going, there is a lot to do today As it is the last week of the month and the end to the first half of the year. So let’s get up, cause it’s time to sing with the birds and play with the woodland creatures. We have got a mountain to climb and crossover and a range to ride through, so let’s get it together before we lose any momentum we have just gained. It’s climbing days so the hikers are the call for the footwear and a hat for the head, and last thing that is a much is the hiking staff for balance and defense, oh ya a great big smile cause we gonna brighten the day of everyone we come in contact with. Easy? Heck no! But it is necessary to make the way as pleasurable as possible. It is work you know, and I am not blind to the fact that it is what it is, but we can all we can to make the best out of what has been given us. Move of us are not doing what we really would like to be doing or went to school to do, but we have mortgages to pay, mouths to feed and shoes to keep on feet, so we do what we need to, to make it through each day and each week. So don’t think you are on this road all along, by yourself and we will get through it one day at a time the best we can and with the help of all those around us. Speaking of help, if we come on these that are down and out, injured, hurting, we will stop, listen then dow whatever we an to help them get to the next checkpoint for the help they need. Now it’s not getting any earlier and we so much to do, So let’s get it together and get to the line, cause this parade is about to begin. So now is the time to put on that smile and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Strawberry Parfait Day
National Catfish Day
Log Cabin Day
Color TV Day (CBS)
Day of The Seafarer
Global Beatles Day
Leon Day
Please Take My Children To Work Day

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White Satin Friday / 6-22-18

White Satin Friday to EveryOne
Can you believe it, we have arrived on Friday, We have persisted and stayed the course and we got here. Yes some of us are battered and bruised, other of you are running on only 2 cylinders our of 8, others actually made it through the week pretty unscathed. But we are here all together, ready for the last leg of this week, so we need to through the hikers to the back of the closet and grab those sprinters. Find that visor and put the staff away as it will only incumber us. (Oh? you want to know about the theme? You think you have it but not sure? Humm.. Ok, drum roll please,,, you sure?, Really? oK, ok. The theme has been types or name of Carrots, Ya Carrots. Who would have thunk. LOL.) So get them laced up and and let’s get to the starting line so we can get this day on. It will be a long hot growling day, the sun will be beating down on us and everyone will get on your nerves. But remember we are all striving for the same goal, to make it to the end, getting all we need done with quality and ethics. Yes it will be hard but we will give it out very best and we will make sure everyone around us get there also. That means if you see someone in desperate hurting need along the way, then we stop and help, we don’t pass on the other side, we don’t turn our heads, we don’t close our eyes. We Help them, and we do a darn good job at it. Now let’s get this show going and let’s get to the line. And be ready, cause we gonna take it to the top, all the way up, Now let’s go make us the best Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Comrade
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Chocolate Eclair Day
National Onion Ring Day
Take Your Dog to Work Day
Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day
HVAC Technicians Day
Global Smurfs Day
National Eat At A Food Truck Day
Stupid Guy Thing Day
Ugliest Dog Day
World Rainforest Day
Worldwide VW Beetle Day

National Pecan Sandy Day – 23
National Columnists Day – 23
National Pink Day – 23
ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day: 23-24
Great American Backyard Campout – 23
International Widows’ Day – 23
Let It Go Day – 23
National Hydration Day – 23
Pink Flamingo Day (Lawn Ornaments) – 23
Public Service Day – 23
Runner’s Selfie Day – 23
SAT Math Day – 23
Typing Day – 23

National Pralines Day – 24
Swim a Lap Day – 24
America’s Kids Day – 24
Celebration of the Senses – 24
Descendants Day – 24
International Fairy Day or Faerie Day – 24
Log Cabin Day – 24
Stonewall National Monument Day – 24
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week: 24-30
Fish Are Friends, Not Food! Week: 24-30
Lightning Safety Awareness Week: 24-30
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: 24-30
Watermelon Seed Spitting Week: 24-30
Windjammer Days: 24-30

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Atomic Red Thursday / 6-21-18

Atomic Red Thursday EveryOne
So how ya’ll doing this fine and fancy morning? Me, Well beat up yes but down and out no. Life sometimes just does not give you what you want or are expecting. Most times it our own faults, but sometimes it is others that help push us there or won’t allow you to move on past. But we need to keep focused, keep our eyes before us looking ahead, seeing what is before us, taking one step at a time. Coming off this mountain for another day we are definitely in need of the hikers, so let’s get them, laced up and find that staff for another day. You see getting up in the mornings is not always kind, good, or wanted, but as I have said in the past, the world does not stop for anyone and getting off is not an option. So sometimes we have to look at any and all options to keep us going, keep us pressing forward. Just being able to see green grass, be able to hear the birds talking, seeing the dumb bunnies hopping across the lawn, the squirrels chase each other from tree limb to tree limb. Life is not always fair, nor is it easy to deal with, we all have our issues, our problems, out issues. But we all have to find a way to dig deep sometimes, even when the bucket seems empty and take whatever it gives you to go the next step. One way of doing that is lending a hand to someone in more of a hurting way than you are. Lending a hand to see that they are helped to the next stage. Now we have a job to do today and no one out there is going to do it for us so we need to go and get-r-done and along the way make us our own Happy, Happy every step of the way.
Your Morning Wing Man
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Peaches & Cream Day
Go Skate Day
International Yoga Day
National Selfie Day
Finally Summer Day / Summer Solstice
Ann & Samantha Day
Atheists Solidarity Day
Cuckoo Warning Day
Dump The Pump Day
Global Orgasm Day
Go Skateboarding Day
International Day of Yoga
Litha
Midsummer
National Daylight Appreciation Day
National Day of The Gong
National Sea Shell Day
Recess At Work Day
Summer: 21-9/22
Tall Girl Appreciation Day
World Giraffe Day
World Handshake Day
World Humanist Day
World Hydrography Day
World Music Day

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Summer 2018 & Catalan Seafood Stew w/Lobster & Claims / 6-21-18

Today is the start of summer, that wonderful time of the year that many tend to forget what they are yelling or are discussed at in others and deem to strip down to sometime less than what would be their skivvies and dawn the beaches and waterways in the name of swimming or “bathing.” It always amazed me that some of the biggest opponents were some of the biggest offenders. But hey, what am I so say, you know us penguins go a-la-natural anyway so I’ve never know what the big fuss is all about anyway. Summer, when the talk about ocean smells and really mean the smell of coconut oil and suntan lotion, cause we all know if you really smell the beach on a hot summer day, it can be mighty pungent, especially if the seaweed is clogging up the shallow waters or got deposited on the beach after last nights high tides. But summer brings warmth, brings sunlight, brings growth, and the list goes on. The healing of warm salt water, the abilities to get out of the cloistered halls of your habitat, the joys of socializing again. Summer, for most of us, even snow bunnies and snow bugs, is a time of rejuvenation of the body and renewing of the mind. It is travel time to the in-laws, out-laws, laws you didn’t know you had in places you have never heard of before, or they are calling you want to come visit cause they finally figured you’ve got a place on Cape of Cod. Yes we can not wait for this time of year to get here, Kids can hardly wait for school to be out and the end of summer the parent’s cant wait for school to start again. Are you ready? Have you made the arrangements, have you checked your packing lists. Have you figured what you wanted to do and where want to go, and most important how much it’s going to cost. Summer time is here and Cape Cod is so ready for you to be here. We are ready and waiting, hotels and motels have changed hands and are sparkling clean, restaurant menus are set and the staff has been picked. And all the attractions and venues are up and ready to go, with show stopping acts and actors who have practiced and practiced so you can enjoy a wonderful evening out and about. So here’s to the summer let the games begin, and let’s all play nicely from locals to visitors. So that in the end all can say good night and hope to see your real soon, with all the sincerity that any could give. Now have a great and wonderful, and see you soon especially if it all happens right here on old Cape Cod.
Ok small business report, I love doing craft and artisan shows and well as farmers markets. This past weekend was kickoff craft show in Hyannis, I was very pleased to see the number of on Cape vendors and vendors within a hour of the canal. So with this in mind the first business is the Hippy Pilgrim. Yes you read it correctly. Find them online at http://www.hippypilgrim.com on facebook and twitter. She does have an events page as we prefers to show at artisan shows and farmers markets. She is big into the Plymouth Farmers Market and Carver Farmers Market and she is also doing about every other Cape Cod Beer Farmers Market that is held on Fridays nights from 3pm – 6pm and she will be there this Friday 6-22-18. What they sell is Garlic Salts of all kinds. In there words: Hippy Pilgrim salt is made just a stone’s throw from historical Plymouth, Massachusetts and features FRESH garlic, kosher salt and ground black pepper. I purchase my garlic seasonally from Green Mountain Garlic in the heart of Vermont. When we receive our bucket of garlic, we hand peel the garlic and make our salt in small custom batches. Read more on their website. But let me tell you this stuff is wicked good, and you have got to try them to believe them, and so many uses. Check them out and enjoy with endless options.
Next is a small business out of Marston Mills called Wood Effects by Wayne Shepard. Now you will not find a website, the business facebook is gone and his personal has not been updated for some time. But he is still producing and some really cool stuff, He makes pepper and spice grinders, ice cream scoops, cheese spreaders, bowls and other wooden vessels. He does colored woods and natural colored wood pieces. Please keep your eyes open at the local craft shows for this artisan. We have purchased some of his works and they also make great gifts.
Last for this week is DandyFunk Arts, find them at dandyfunkarts.com and on facebook. This craftsman splits his time between the Cape and New Hampshire. Check out his calendar for the shows he is doing on the Cape. He makes hand carved Quarterboards and signs, Tavern signs, cutting boards, and more. It has been awhile since I have not seen this quality of Quarterboards in a long time. He does more, and will work with you to just about anything you can think of. Check out his website and go see him at one of the local shows he will be showing at.
Well I guess the old guy was right, he is actually gonna let me do some of the reporting today, but I think it is only because he is with a group of school kids right now and I am seeing another tour bus pulling in. So I will see if I can at least get a word or two from him. Morning folks, I sure hope you are making the round of the lighthouse this week. It is just spectacular weather now that the heat of this past weekend has past. I have been doing last days school tours since these critters do not do well sitting in a class room it is great to get them out and about and learning something about history and our great Cape. As you can see, Ok like I know you readers can, but I’m talking to this reporter guy and pointing stuff out, anyway I’m pointing out the buses coming in, we have them rolling in with those travel groups of all ages. The beaches are just starting to pick up during the week but I think they will really start next week or the 1st of July since so many schools are getting out late this year. We are ready for you, so come on out and visit with us and be sure to come by and introduce yourself, I just love meetin’ new folk. Later now: Well off he goes again, I will say the place really looks nice, the tower is sparkling with new paint job, the path through the woods even looks like it has been cleaned up a lot. With all the tics this year this will help control those, and I saw the grounds treatment guys leaving as I was pulling in. The observation table has a new fence along the edge of the cliffs and there are some new picnic tables around. You really need to come out here and check it out. And his wife I see is putting out a plate of fresh cookies, well folks that my cue to leave and go check those things out. I would not want to offend her and not try a couple. Well as the old guys would say, Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, or something like that.
This recipe is basically a Spanish Seafood stew, from the region of Catalonia in Northwestern Spain. I have looked at a couple difference recipes and most is standard from recipe to recipe whether fish or seafood stew or the beef stew or any other types of stews. i read someplace that places we remember are greatly related to the foods in that region. Catalonia is that way. Although I have not been outside of the U.S.A. I can visit around the world just by eating foods that come from that area, the spices they use in there cooking, the styles and what the lay of the land or sea offer them to use. Most of the world (and so much better than the United States of American) use local ingredients that give it its own unique taste. So with this in mind I will present you with a seafood based stew. Now please look over the list it is a lengthy on, I know this is not the norm for a Cape Cottage Kitchen, where less is better. But every now and then we have to break the bank. Remember what Jeff Smith the Frugal Gourmet use to say, Frugal does not mean cheap, it means being wise with what you have. Now on with the show:

This Week’s Recipe: Catalan Seafood Stew w/ Lobster & Claims

1 1/2-2 cups fish stock (real Catalan stew makes from scratch)
1 dried nora pepper or 1 dried ancho/California pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion
1/2 med red pepper
2 large cloves garlic (large)
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup white wine
1 each bay leaf
1/2 tsp Spanish paprika (sweet)
1 pinch saffron
1 tbsp tomato paste/puree
3 tbsp ground almonds
3 tbsp ground hazelnuts
1 lb clams
1 lb mussels
1 lb lobster ( or you can use poor mans lobster, Monkfish)
1 handful fresh parsley , roughly chopped

If you are making your own stock get that started up front otherwise:
Break the dried nora/ancho/Callifornia pepper open and remove the seeds. Break it into pieces and put it in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water and lave it to soak around 15 min or more. While that’s soaking, finely dice the onion and slice the red pepper into half-length strips. Finely chop or crush the garlic. If using chunks of lobster make sure they about 1in pieces, if using Monkfish, make sure that filmy skin is removed and chunk into 1 in+ pieces. Warm the oil in a pan then add the onion. Cook for around 5min until it starts to soften. Remove the dried pepper from the water it was soaking in and roughly chop.
Add the garlic, red pepper, chopped dried pepper, fennel seeds and thyme to the onion and cook another 5 min or so. Then add the tomatoes, wine, bay leaf, paprika saffron and tomato paste and stir. Add 1 1/2-2 cups of stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for around 10-15 min until it reduces in volume a little. If you add in the larger amount of stock be sure to reduce equally so may take another 5 mins. Next, add the almond and hazelnut flours and stir in well to thicken the sauce. Add the clams and mussels to the sauce and press them under. If they are larger clams (like littlenecks), cover with a lid and allow them to steam a few minutes first. When they are starting to open add the lobster or Monkfish and press them gently under the sauce and cover again. If the clams are smaller, you can add everything together. Check now and then and turn the to be sure everything is under the sauce.Once all seafood has changed translucent and the clams are open (ie they are cooked), sprinkle over a little parsley and serve.

Yellowstone Wednesday / 6-20-18

Yellowstone Wednesday it is EveryOne
Happy Hump day to you and do you feel like your climbing the canyon walls of Yellowstone park yet? WOW what a week, what a week, and to think that halfway through today we will be halfway through the week. Now I know I have said this before but when we get to the top I want to you get that flag planted then take a few to turn and look back to where we started, you will be surprised at just how far we have come. Then turn and look out over the the valley and make a mental map of where we need to go next. Then pick up your stuff and move off, cause our day is not done. Now going up the steep face of this mountain we are going to be more like a mountain goat hopping from rock ledge to rock ledge. to get to the top. Then on the way off the back side we will need to play the bunny game and find any and all rabbit trails to make as much time as we can. It’s gonna be close but I believe we can do. Along the way we are going to encounter those who are in desperate need, some will not be so obvious, others will be hiding, while still others will be bleeding and near death along the side of the path. Yes we need to stop, assess, listen and take action. It is our duty to do so for our fellow human beings. So be aware every step of the way. Now time to get those hikers pulled on and laced up and take hold of that staff we are going to need it today and let’s get hopping to the starting line, it is time to get this show going and we need to go make us a most Happy, Happy cause no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

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