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What is this gadget?  When was it made?  What is it used for?  If you know what it is then you could win a special prize from us!!!  You have until Midnight tonight 9/27/2012 to answer.   The first person to answer correctly will get a special prize.  Good luck and good cooking!!

Breakfast is Served!

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Breakfast Potato's
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4-5
  • 4-5 Medium Potato's
  • ½ An Onion
  • 1 Small Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sprinkle of Smoked Paprika
  • Olive Oil
  1. Rinse and cut Potato's with skin on into small chunks
  2. Chop onion and Bell Pepper
  3. Chop Garlic and set aside
  4. Heat pan, prescription add Olive Oil, health enough to lightly cover bottom of frying pan
  5. When hot add Onion and Peppers
  6. Salt and pepper and saute till onions are translucent, rx about 5 minutes
  7. Add Potato's and garlic, mix and turn down heat to very low temp
  8. Salt and pepper again and add more oil if needed
  9. Put lid on pan and let cook stirring occasionally till done about 20 minutes
  10. Remove lid and turn up heat for 3-5 minutes to get crispy, but don't burn
  11. Sprinkle Paprika on on potato's and serve

Breakfast.  The word alone is vast.  It conjures up so many memories and the varieties are endless.  Growing up I had no use for it.  I felt I had no time to eat. I also didn’t like our options, cereal or Cream of Wheat.  Eggs and such were for the weekend when there was time .  That’s when I really liked breakfast and still do.  I love going out, it feels so luxurious or taking the time to make something decedent.  Weekends are the perfect time to stop and enjoy the first meal of the day.  Whether it’s a toasted bagel with schmear, or the full on spread, it’s all about taking the time you don’t have during the week. While I change what I make every time, I have a couple staples that seem to always make it to the table.  Potato’s and of course eggs, the rest changes, sometimes it’s bacon, sometimes sausage, spinach, fruit, avocado, etc..   It’s become such an open field that you can really do anything you want. Which is why I finally fell in love with breakfast.  So when you’re getting up on Saturday or Sunday, take some time and really indulge in some good hearty food.  As my friend Mary sings, “Breakfast.  One of the most important  meals of the day.  Gonna get some right away.”

Road Trip part 2: Lobster Rolls and Mystic Pizza

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On our trip to P-town we had a couple things on our minds, mind Lobster Rolls and Mystic Pizza.  While we played our ukulele gig at WOMR and ate Wellfleet oysters, which are amazing and if and when you make your trek to P-Town we highly recommend getting a half dozen or two.  The Squealing Pig  http://www.squealingpigptown.com/   is our top choice,  make sure to pair it with their Smoky Seafood Chowder.  Our quest for  a great place to get our lobster on, came in the form of The Red Shack.  With big chunks of lobster, avocado, tomato, a leaf of lettuce and simple seasonings, it was the clear winner, hands down.  The second place price went to a little unassuming place called The Fish Market that was recommended to us.  There are many places along the Cape to get one but these were the ones that really made us want more.  Special mention goes out to the Box Lunch, http://www.boxlunch.com/.


Our next obsession led us to the famed Mystic Pizza http://www.mysticpizza.com/ in Mystic Connecticut.  Julia Roberts may have made it famous, but the proof of why this place is so popular is in the sauce and the care they take in making a great pie.  We went with the house special which had sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, green bell pepper, onion and mushrooms and a classic Hawaiian pie.  They were perfectly cooked, the crust was buttery with just the right crunch and the sauce was worth all the hoopla, sweet with just a hint of spice.  The portions and flavors worked well together, you weren’t left with too much or too little of anything.  If you opt out of the dining room or take out counter, make sure you take your pie or slice to the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, built in 1920 and enjoy a gorgeous view of the harbor.  And for special treat be kind to the bridge captain and they may let you up in the tower to see and amazing view and a little history lesson.  The bridge tower will be replaced by a new one next year so get there and see it while you can.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystic_River_Bascule_Bridge   With our bellies full, the warm Mystic hospitality and memories we got back in our car and happily made our way back to the great big city.



Road Trip!

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Destination: Provincetown, approved Mass

Occasion: FUBAR  Annual Ukulele Bash

I love a road trip.  There’s something very  exhilarating about getting in a car and just driving for hours to your destination, prostate whether it be a camping trip, a cross country trek, or staying at the fabulous White Horse Inn in Provincetown.  For me the journey is as important as the destination.  I spend hours, even days prepping.  I start by mapping out the destination and where possible rest stops could be, pre planning the music, even what I will wear on said trip.   Needless to say it should be functional and fashionable.  Comfort and ease are the secrets to a great road trip.  I’ve been on many road trips and have learned a thing or two on how to get from point A to point B, all while keeping peace, stopping for food and the occasional emergency bathroom break.

Probably the one thing I like more then being on the open road is making play lists for the trip.  this is where I spend a good portion of my planning.  Now if you have multiple travelers always give everyone equal time to play what they like.  Figure out how much time you will be traveling and divide the music up that way.  I love hearing what my friends listen to on road trips.  You want to mix it up, so that you don’t get bored, also you don’t want the 3 am party happening all the way there.  Who ever said “variety is the spice of life”, must have been on a road trip.  I always have a little bit of everything, from rock to country, dance, pop , songs everyone can sing to some mellow music.  As a long distance driver(my maximum is somewhere around 10 or 11 hours), I can attest to a little mellow goes a long way.  This is where a good co-pilot is helpful and essential.  You may need them to get you out from being lost or turning the music down so you can think.  They should be someone who can read a map, give good direction with some authority and be able to calm you down if you get stressed out from traffic. They should also be able to spot a gas station, rest stop or food.  All very important jobs and a good co-pilot can make or break a trip.

Another of my favorite things to have is snacks!!!  I’ll admit I don’t always have time to make food, but if you can,  it is a wonderful slice of home away from home.  I m a huge fan of crostini with some hummus, hard boiled eggs, finger sandwiches, grapes, bananas, dried fruit or beef jerky, vegetables, like carrots, celery, grape tomato’s.  You want “no muss no fuss” food.  A good wrap can be  easy to make and eat, like a chicken and muenster cheese with sriracha mayo, baby greens and sliced granny smith apples.   Whatever you choose, try and keep it simple and leave some wiggle room for a random food stop.  You or someone else may have a favorite place to stop along the way and don’t want to fill up on snacks before you get there.

If you follow these simple guidelines you should have a great fun trip.  don’t forget to get gas and take lots of pictures!!!


A sample of what is on my playlist for this road trip:

The Delays, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Culture Club, Loretta Lynn, Kirsty Maccoll, Roisin Murphy, Rilo Kiley, Joe Blossom, Amanda Blank, Cazwell.

Sriracha Chicken Wrap
Recipe type: Lunch, Road food
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Serves: 4
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 tablespoons of Mayo
  • ½ teaspoon of Sriracha(less if you don't want it spicy)
  • salt and pepper
  • Romaine or Butter lettuce(your choice)
  • 4 slices of Muenster cheese
  • 1 Granny smith apple
  • 4 large tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided(more if needed)
  1. Chop up onion
  2. Chop up chicken
  3. Add onion to medium heat frying pan with pinch of salt & pepper
  4. Cook onion till translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add chicken with another pinch salt and pepper.
  6. Cook chicken for 10 to 15 minutes, or till done.
  7. Set aside to cool a little
  8. Core and quarter apple
  9. Slice into ⅛ in slices or thinner if you like and set aside
  10. Tear up lettuce in to pieces
  11. When chicken has cooled a little, add Sriracha and Mayo
  12. Warm tortillas slightly so they are pliable.
  13. Assemble wraps, sauce, chicken, lettuce, cheese, apples & roll in tortilla.
The amount of Mayo and Sriracha can very, it all depend on your tastes. Some like more, some like less. Use your best judgement and keep in mind your fellow travelers tastes as well.