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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grist Mills/Windmills & Grilled Flank Steak / 7-17-19

      Welcome back my friend to a show that never seems to end. But here we are another summer, the seals are here, the sharks are back and the heat and humidity are coming quickly. So what can we do that does not cost us much money and that will can stay in a cooler car in between places. So what is something we can do? What about Gristmills and Windmills. We have a fair share of them around the Cape, so here again like I have been doing with the small business places, restaurants, coffee shops, and more, I will do that here. Both could be used to grind grains. while some of the windmills were used to grind down salts or pull salt water so drying beds so that salt could be harvested. The history of windmills and grist mills on the Cape can be found by googling. It just easier than me trying to go through it. One thing I learned was Chatham at one time had 17 windmills with 9-12 working at the same time at any one time. So just very interesting. Now let's see what I can give you here and a lot of these I have been too and all have very interesting histories. 
      Bourne - Windmill
      Brewster - Windmill / Grist Mill - Stoney Brook
      Buzzards Bay - Windmill
      Chatham - Windmill
      Eastham - Windmill
      Falmouth - Windmill
      Hyannis - Gristmill - Baxter 
      Orleans - Windmill
      Sandwich - Windmill / Grist Mill - Dexter 
      South Yarmouth - Windmill 
      Truro - Windmill
      West Harwich - Windmill
      Yarmouth - Windmill
   I hope you enjoy researching and tracking each one down and visiting not only the mills but the towns that surround each one. These mills were a vital part of each community and the Cape in a whole. The interesting thing is I have seen just about all of these with the exception of about 2, which really isn't bad at all for me. Ok that's it fo this round. I hope you have a great and wonderful here on old Cape Cod, whether just visiting or you live here year round. It is always good to get to know why you like areas you visit and know the areas you love to live in. See you next time. 
      Small business report time, everyone, ok most people I know, loves donuts and finding your special hole or ring is. But you are from off Cape, you are still asking were to find those tasty morsels of goodness, fried or baked. Well here is a not so complete list of donut shops that I can find and the towns they are in. If I have been I may put a comment, to the rest of them, you will need to try them for yourself and decide. Remember donuts are always a subjective, opinionated thing. Like Scotch or Bourbon, not every brand or style is for every palette. So ask around before you go if you want, but only make your decision after you have tried, not on someone else's taste buds. So with all that, let's get this show on the road, in our mouths and in our stomachs. Or what about a good muffin, everyone likes muffins, right ? Ok same as donuts, each person has their favorites. Don't discard someplace on someone else's likes or dislikes. Then go walk, pedal, and swim those calories off, unless of course you get the kind that the calories leak out of the hole in the center. We we go,,
      The Donut Experiment - Provincetown 
      Hole in One Bakery & Coffee Shop - North Eastham & Orleans / Both
      Village Coffee Shop - Dennis (on 6A) I enjoy these a lot, way to close to where I live. 
      Cape Cod Donuts - Mashpee, Cape Cod Coffee parking lot, wicked awesome
      Cottage St Bakery - Orleans / Muffins
      Woolfies Old Fashion Baking - Dennis Port / Muffins
      Great Island Bakery - South Yarmouth
      Pie in the Sky Bakery - Woods Hole / Muffins
      Marions Pie Shop - Chatham / Muffins
      Beth's Bakery - Sandwich / Muffins
      Underground Bakery - Dennis / Muffins
      Chatham Village Bakery - Chatham / Donuts 
   This is just a smattering of what is out there. I know I am missing some, but as you can see there are plenty of places to get your breakfast sweet treats going. So take this starter list and add onto it and give the Cape a run for it's mufnuts or would that be doffins, whichever go, seek and devour and enjoy the goodness Cape Cod Bakeries have to offer.  
      Welcome back my friends, were some like it hot and some like it, well a little hotter and this is the time of the year they are getting it like they like it. Now let's start with our shark report, this week we have already had several sightings ok more than several, and they have even tried to join too many parties along the edge of the shore line and they have had to close beaches a couple times. And the whales have felt left out and so decided to put on a show for several boaters. So to that end, if you are out in the Bay or off the the tip out near Stellwagen Bank be aware of our large friends. If you see bubbles in an area stay clear as there will most likely be a whale near by and we don't want to harm any of our gentle giants. Will also have to remind you that if you are out and about the Chatham area, be aware of all the seals in the area, they can do some real damage to your boat if you hit one. And also don't forget the reason the Great White Sharks are here is for their favorite dinner food, seal meat. I know this grosses some out but it is part of life and the cycle of life and the food chain. Ok as far as the boating scene, we have had the typical boating issues, running out of fuel, the occasional fire, the run a grounds, and sail boats that do the old flip-a-roo especially on the extremely windy days. Nothing overly serious but all reminders that you need to be wearing your PFDs and have your emergency equipment handy. So the report on the grounds, station and lighthouse. Wow have we been busy, a couple days we have had waiting lines to take the tour up to the lamp room at least a 30-45 minute wait periods. The Mrs has been busy in the kitchen doing her special cookies to help raise funds, and we have brought in the bottled water. No we are not gouging the prices only 10 dollars a bottle,, LOLOL no no, 50 cents is all we ask to help cover the expense, if you want to toss in a bit more that is alway appreciated. The view have been awesome from the top this past week with views from the tip to canal. We have had ships and fish sightings, ya those nasty ones and the big ones. And great views up and down the coast line. the volunteers have stayed busy from the time we open to the time we close but all seem to be having fun at it. Please remember that the parking lots are only for your time while here on the grounds and do not include beach parking. We just don't have the room or space to do that. So please come and visit us as you work your way up or down or both the outer arm of the Cape visiting all the other lighthouses and hope you can find the time to fit us in. The weather looks to be continuing as it has been so your visit should be filled with wondering sightings. Ok we need to get back to the tourists and guests and keep this party rockin. You all have a great and wonderful, as we know you will as you are here on old Cape Cod. See you soon.    
      There is nothing like summertime and grilling. I will grill just about anything that does not eat me first. Everything from hoof to finned to feathered, (preferred the feathers removed first). Anyway, so summer time and these recipes I am just loving and enjoying every step of the way. This is another one of those old church cookbook recipes that you can go wrong on. This is a simple marinade then throw it on the grill. Remember the longer you can let your meet soak in the marinade the more it will take on those flavors and goodness you have it soaking in. Now before I start eating the pages this recipe is on let's get this show on the grill.

      This week's recipe: Grilled Flank Steak

      1      lrg        flank steak
   1/3      cup      olive oil
   1/3      cup      soy sauce
   1/3      cup      dry wine, gin, vodka or sherry
  2-3      cloves   minced garlic
      1      tsp        sugar
      1      Tbls      ground pepper

      Lightly cross slash flank steak. Mix remaining ingredients in a large ziploc bag/ or food saver bag (do not vacuum close it will pull all juices out of bag, just heat seal end) . Add flank steak and marinate overnight. Grill flank steak for 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  

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