Cape Winter Weather & Roasted Garlic Potatoes

      So has the weather been goofy this year or what? Although I have heard from the old timers and honestly the not to old timers remember the days when there was at least several days in January and February that those who enjoyed golfing could go up to Highland Links and play 9 holes or 18 if the you wanted to play it twice. They remember not so long ago when what we are going through now was more then norm than the exception. Maybe I'm getting a complex here as it seems ever since I showed up it has been either one extreme or an other and not necessarily in a good extreme. I remember several years ago my son and a good friend of his came up here in March and we took a trip up to P'town. It was one of the worst cold winters in a long long time as they said. We walked out on MacMillan Warf with the wind whipping so hard. There was a fishing boat at the end of the pier completely caked in ice and the guys were preparing to go out again. What a scene, I wish I had taken a camera with me to capture the moment. But I think the shutter would have frozen shut before I could have taken the picture. I remember a in recent years all the rain that came up and down the coast and the widespread erosion that happened and the change in Chatham Harbor and the Camps out on the breakers. I remember that snow dump we got, and the wife taking the dog out for his walk. He is a 14 pound Pomeranian who would just get to the end of the driveway and bound over the plowed snow banks while she would try to climb over them and get stuck straddling it as he started down the plowed road. Normal ? What's really normal around here. I think the normal is maybe the alway changing constant in question weather, that we experience every year. If you want warm, well go south, if you want for sure snow, go inland and north to the mountains. But if you want change, want interesting, want nothing like anyplace else, well? Stick round, cause Cape Cod winter weather is just that, always changing, always different, never quite predictable and just, well sometimes weird. But we keep on going, we never stop, and we certainly never give up. So come on out to the Cape this winter and check us out. There is more to do here then there are changes in the weather. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.         
      Local business report: first up I am going Cape Cod Beer is back in full swing after having a holiday break. First and foremost you want to stay up with their busy schedule of evens go to their website and sign up for their new letter, I'm serious, they have more going on than I could ever cover in this blog. But one thing I want to note and that is on Saturdays the are doing what is called Popup CapeCod Artisan Market , were they are bringing in local crafters and artisans, and on many occasions Underground bakery is there, YUM. So if you think CapeCod Beer is only about beer, think again, think community and giving a place to help others through the winter. Website?,
      So my other helpers Truro Vineyards, yes they are open through the winter as well. They are open Fridays - Sundays with last tastings at 4:30. Wine Tastings every half hour on hour and half hour; Spirit Tastings every half hour on the :15 and :45. And if you have not considered yet, they have the wine club, please get in touch with them and please, tell them that CapeCod Rockhopper sent you, just saying, do it please. Anyway, events are being added to the events pages and as the weather returns warmer so will the evens. Stay tuned to what happening at
      One last big note, Saturday January 26th from 2pm - 5pm at Kappy's Fine Wines and Spirits is putting on their Winterfest. If you have never been to one of Kappy's tasting events you have got to check this out if you are a beer lover. What is even more spectacular is that it is not just the Hyannis location but the Falmouth location as well. Over 30 breweries at both locations. Check out their website at and click on either Falmouth or Hyannis for the location nearest you and hope to see you there.   
      Welcome back and Happy New Year, I heard through the grapevine that the young shmuck of a writer ended up doing the whole article himself. Something about me being preoccupied or something. I think he got caught in the kitchen to long on purpose and just slipped out without me. LOL Not really I was actually with a fun group that was very interested in this old gal. You know the light house, the tower, the lamp room. Where have some of you been, To you newbies I apologize, its the deer in the headlights look I'm getting from some of my long time readers. Every now and than I need to remember to go back to the beginning and remind us all what this place is all about. The Lighthouse the old gal as I affectionately refer to her as has been here for many many decades. She was one of the first they tell me, and one of the last to keep one of us keepers around and allowed to fiddle and fool with all the toys and gadgets that fill this place. They have modernized her to a degree as they need to for the safety of those in the shipping industry and the airborne industry. Wait a minute? You didn't realize this is where the beacons at the airports all came from? Hang on there a moment, you mean I got a few of you? Well remember back with aviation started there wasn't the navigational stuff they have today. And as aviation took off, (no pun intended there) those that flew at night would do so by following the beacons across the country and would literally fly from beacon to beacon to get to their destination. Sort of the same way many early Captains would travel up and down the sea coast being guided by the light house beacons to get to the right harbor. Over time like ships, the navigational equipment has gotten to a point that has nearly put many of us out of business. I guess that is progress or so they tell me. For right now we still can prove our worth and need with the smaller recreational boaters and many of our commercial fisherman, although even they are being required to get all that fancy stuff, and it is in reality for their own safety. But if you ask me, there is nothing more comforting then seeing that light beacon out on the water and knowing your harbor is close by. Well I'm taking up way more space that is necessary, I hope you all come back and visit me week by week. I am sure I will repeat myself, but I also hope in the long run to spur you on to do you own investigation and research on lighthouses, first here on Cape Cod then all over New England and then further from there. The history is so great and we have so many stories to tell. Well that's it for this round have a great and wonderful, stay warm and I pray our light is always burning for anyone who needs us. Until next time have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      This year I am going with a double theme for the side dishes. Odd number months are roasted vegetables and the even months some kind of vegetable salad. As always I will try to keep things that are easy, not too many ingredients and none that are too far out in no-mans land, you know the weird stuff you have to google to figure out what it is. Anyway there will be some old favorites that you just might want a new twist too or are a new cook looking for a recipe that just reminds you have growing up. I hope to cover all bases and just have fun, and if nothing else poke your thinking and prod your tastebuds to remind you cooking doesn't have to be difficult and that it's a whole lot cheaper than eating out. So let's get cooking. Oh and for anyone who cares, None of these recipes are mine at this time. You can find most of them in 3 or more places on the web or in a host of cookbooks. I take no credit unless I specifically note it as such. So no one come to me saying I saw this some place and you stole it, nope I take no claims in them other then saying I did my own digging and dug them up. Now let's get cooking.
      This weeks recipe: Roasted Garlic Potatoes 
      3      heads    garlic, split in half
      3      Tbsp      Olive Oil
      2      lb           Potatoes, peeled and diced
      1      stick       butter, cubed
                            Salt, Pepper
                            Heavy Cream
      Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place garlic on a pie pan or in a garlic roaster, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Squeeze or remove the garlic cloves from the head and place in a small bowl. Using  a fork, mash the garlic until smooth. Place the potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until fork-tender or about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and drain. Place potatoes back in the pot and return to the heat. Stir the potatoes constantly for 2 to 3 minutes to dehydrate. Remove potatoes from the heat and add the garlic and butter. Using either a hand held masher or a large fork, mash butter and garlic into potatoes. Add enough cream until desired texture is achieved. The potatoes should be sort of lumpy. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.  You can use a hand better, however you will loose the lumpy consistency if you do. 
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