Good gracious has it been another week already? This place has been hoping and with the weather being as summery as any we have had in a while we sure have been busy. The Mrs has been doing the usual cookie baking and boy has she been busy. Yesterday she made a batch of Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, and yup she was using real Cape Cod Cranberries she got last fall and froze. Yikers have those things been delicious, I'm just glad I am not having my sugar checked within the next week, as I am having enough issues with that. Doc is telling me I need to drop a few pounds to get my sugar levels down. Problem is, the Mrs puts most out for sale and doesn't keep any around for me. I don't know how my sugar levels could be that high, oh well. Speaking of exercise you would think that climbing the stairs of that tower as much as I do that I would be as fit as a fiddle. Well, apparently the fiddle is old and has a few parts of needing repaired. Oh well. Speaking of the tower, the highlight of the tour of the property continues to be the Lamp Room itself. Even though the Fresnel 4th Order Lens has been gone to a museum a while a ago, it is still a wonderful view from us there. And some of these past days the visitors have had wicked awesome views. Just the other day we got reports they are starting to see the return of the Great Whites to the south of us. So I am expecting in the next couple weeks to see them up as far as I am and then by mid-August around and into the Cape Cod Bay. So as you folks come visit bring your binoculars and monoculars and maybe you will see some of our summer visitor along with some of the other beauties our friends the whales. Fortunately we have not had any major boating issues going on so we have not had to be put into action yet. A couple a rip tide issues that our beach staff have had to deal with but that is it. In fact this weekend there is another chance for rip tides on the south and outer shores so please be careful while swimming out there. Ok folks they gangs are starting to back up so I better be going, Have a great and wonderful day and especially if you can do it on old Cape Cod. See you soon.
Summertime is one of the best times for picnic salads. You know them, 3 or 4 bean salad, potato salad, slaws, and the list goes on. However one of my favorites is Macaroni Salad, one reason why is it is so easy to dress up, dress down, add to and just have fun with. What you got in the veggie drawer that needs used up is pretty much far game here. You can have it just as a side dish or you can make a meal out of it. Have it for lunch, or have it for dinner or better as part of your midnight snack. But anyway I can make it I love my Macaroni Salad. I will give you the simplest of simple recipes then give you some ideas on what I have exchanged or added too. Now on with the show:
This week's recipe: Macaroni Salad
1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked according to package instructions
1/2 cup Miracle Whip, ( I use Light, you can use your favorite)
3/4 cup celery chopped
1 small sweet onion, minced
sea salt & fresh black pepper to taste
Easy as it gets here: cook macaroni and as soon as done rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Drain well. While pasta is cooking chop your celery and mince your onion and put in larger bowl. When pasta is cooked, cooled and drained toss into bowl and add Miracle Whip (or mayo) and mix. Lightly salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Now comes the fun, I have added chopped Jicama, chopped sweet pepper, minced red onion vs sweet onion. chopped green onion, shredded carrot. Just about any fun crunchy vegetable. Then of course there is Shrimp or Cooked Calamari, or Crab, or even Lobster.
Some folks like to add mustard, sour cream, and or relish. Some will add sugar (usually this is when using realMayonnaise as it is not as sweet as Miracle Whip, some use parsley and I like to add some Old Bay Seasoning. All of these are to taste, you can add a little or a lot it is up to you. But a lot of base recipes do not even use onion, here again I do and that's just the way I like it. But you have so many different combinations that you could enjoy a different blend one a week all year and not repeat a recipe. So have fun, start with the base and go to it.
Please join me weekday mornings for Morning Thunks & Thoughts and More for some fun and wacky way to start your day. Come and have some fun, nothing overly serious and a lot to laught about and just some plain encuouragment and to know your not the only one going through issues that need plowed through. Hope you give it a try then make it a quick check each weekday morning.