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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Trying to be Positive & Curry and Shrimp Appetizer/ 4-29-2020

      So another week and now over a month at this. The good news is some states are starting to reopen, all with caution yes, but they are. I still feel that we need to regionalize the shut downs, The Berkshires and the Cape are not the same as Boston or Worcester or even Springfield. It's all about the numbers, Bigger or Big cities are going to have more issues. Guidelines sure, for now, until this thing is gone, Nose and mouth coverings when in group places. Continue to keep a stiffer line on group homes nursing homes elderly housing. Social distancing, is still a questionable thing with me. We know the issues, we are for the most part adults, stop with the silly kindergarten rules. It's time that the government stops treating us like it. People need to get back to work where ever possible. Take precautions yes, but let's get this thing going in areas that can and hold to stricter guidelines where the mass populations are.
      Now, we are Cape Cod, need to take advantage of all the open space we have.Take the time to get out while there is no traffic, the summer is coming and so are people.They will come, virus or not, so get out there, enjoy our warming days and the sites and signs of spring that can spring life into everyone who can breath it in. Just don't breath it out on someone else. Maybe this is the time you take the kids and head out to a fishing hole, or do some shore line fishing.(remember to get your licenses first). Take a walk or ride on one of the rail trails we have. Find a nature trail that is open and go enjoy it. I would suggest getting out and golf but someone didn't think that one through very well. One of the most socially physically distant sports and they shut that down. Dumb, dumb, dumb but who am I, just a small bird on a pile of rocks. But you get the point, and when you can, get out in your neighborhood, have a distant conversation, make sure folks are ok, offer if you can to help in where you can. Trust me it will make more of a difference in theirs and your lives than so many other things. We can grow from this, we can have fun here on Cape Cod, we can do what we can, and ride this wave out till things get back to some regularity and normalcy. Well that's about it for now. Stay safe, stay busy, stay reasonably distant, and stay mindful in all you do when out and about. And may we learn to enjoy this place we call Cape Cod just a little bit better than before. Till we meet again 
      Ok local business news, I know I keep changing the name of this, I still don't know what I am doing here during this stay at home time since I can't out and "GO" places. But I want to try to keep the restaurant movement going. Speaking of which, I just saw that the Naked Oyster in Hyannis is going to be opening May 7th for CurbSide and Take out, Thursday - Sunday 3:30 - 7:00. So it's time for some new food into this mix.
      If you are in the Brewster/Orleans area The Brewster Fish House is open for takeout Wed/Thur/Sun Noon-6 and Fri-Sat Noon-7, please call before you go just to be sure things are still working out. But have heard nothing but good reports on this place. Yum
      And last for this week is Oliver's & Plancks on 6A in Yarmouth. They will deliver to Yarmouth, Dennis, and Barnstable Village and they have house from 11:30 am - 8:30pm. You can also to take out as well. They have great food and yes I have eaten here before and I will be eating there again. So yum. 
      Ok I lied one last place for today, Wendy's in South Yarmouth, (only cause that is closes to me). Why would I through in a fast food joint. First its local people working, trying to pay their bills just like you and me. They help put money back into our economy and honestly I feel we here on the Cape go way overboard on giving these places a bad rap. Well time to stop and support them just like any other local place. And besides I just got my coupons in the mailer for breakfast goodies. Yup Wendy's is doing breakfast, so if you are looking for inexpensive for you and the kids one morning. Or if you are one of those service people that are still working and need to pick up bit this is your place going to work or coming home. The drive through is open for business.   
      Well another week has gone by, and actually this is cray thing I have gotten roped into once a week is about the only way I can tell what day I am on, as they all seem to run together, line this sentence. But I do have some news update, Last week I was making mention of our whale community. The next day I think it was or Friday I got the notice that the Division of Marine Fisheries of Mass are extending the season or time for speed limits in the Cape Cod Bay and even out to Stillwagen Bank through May 14th. Check out the MA Division of Marine Fisheries for more info. The good news to all this is there have been more calves born and noted out there so we need to take all the precautions we can to protect those kids. As far as the Covid-19, if you heard that you could not go fishing, well, you were wrong. Now on your boat don't go taking a party with you, that on the other hand is still in place. But if you and a family member or a friend want to get out there and just enjoy some fresh air and little sounds of all this pandemic stuff and hopefully take home some good eats. As far as the beach, check with your local towns to what is open and what is not. General rule of thumb however is, if you can see more people around you than are on your fingers and toes, move on and find someplace more secluded. Until they decide that we aint as stupid as they want to make us all out to be, and a handful of idiots does not account for the majority of us. But it is what it is and we keep on, keeping on. At least the weather is starting to warm up some and if this weekend does not end up being a total washout, it could get pretty nice out there. So let's hope. I have been able to have one or two helpers over to go over the old gal had making the lists of what we need to get done so we are ready as soon as they open things back up.Some painting we can start right away, distancing is not an issue there and a few other lawn and garden issues. The lamp room is always my baby to take care of and have kept her fairly updated this spring with no one visiting. So only a bit of clean up and a little polish and shining and all will be like it should be. Well, still not tons but at least I got to fill you in with a few new things and hope you are weathering the storm. Hold on tightly and keep your eyes on the beacon to lead the way. We hope to see you soon and keep holding the faith, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      One thing that has not diminished through this lousy virus is my appetite, and with an extra Wednesday that means its appetizer week. Now I am starting to look at the appetizer work a lot differently than before. It's almost now more like a snack time food. And you can make different ones and keep them in the refrigerator so that when you are getting those hangeries, you have something small and ready to go. Or at night time when you are watching TV you can grab something fun to munch on. And most of these Appetizer are much healthier that grabbing garbage food. I don't mind a sweet treat now and than but let's get real, all that sugar is not doing us (especially if you are boarder line or fully diabetic) any good, and the waist line needs no help except to shrink not grow. So check out this recipe for a this wonderful dip, put with home made or artisan bread, some multi grain crackers or a few other good choices and you have a wicked awesome appetizer/dip. And one of the nice things about this you can make it as spicy as you want it. So stop eating crappy snacks and get busy in the kitchen or on the weekend, and make a few of these tasty treats so you have something great to have through the week. Guess what? It does not have to end once we are past this lousy mess. Now on with the recipe of the week. 

      This week's recipe: Curry and Shrimp Appetizer
    16       oz       cream cheese
   1/2       tsp      curry powder (or to your taste)
   1/2       tsp      Worcestershire Sauce 
      2      Tbsp    lemon juice
      1      can      small shrimp ( 6 oz)
      1      egg      hard-boiled
      1      stalk    green onion

      Mix, cream cheese, curry, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice together until well blended. Put mixture into a shallow dish and cover bottom and sides. Press shrimp into cream cheese. Sprinkle with finally chopped egg and green onion. 

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