Happy (four days later!) 4th of July. Flashback: It's Sunday July 4th. I'm still on Cape Cod. I'm thankful for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, essentially giving up their freedom so we could have ours. And I am happy as can be on a 7 mile bike ride from Yarmouth Port to West Dennis. The last time Adam and I took a bike ride together was about 10 months ago.I'll basically use any excuse I can to reminisce on time spent in Europe. In September 2009 we visited Paris. The Palace of Versailles and the bike tour through the gardens were magical.
Our bike ride on Cape was pretty magical, too. We rode past the house I grew up in, the woods I explored as a child, the houses I partied at in high school, the pond I used to ice skate at, even my old pre-school (in that order.) Smack dab in the middle of all that we stopped here for breakfast.
We actually took a less direct route to our destination so we could eat!
Can you tell the owners have a sense of humor?
Iced Coffee was very necessary to begin.Often The Red Cottage has a wait, however today we were seated in record time. The service is always speedy so no matter the crowd I'd stick around. It's worth the wait! I got 2 eggs over medium, homefries, white toast, and one (monster) apple sausage ($6.99).
Breakfast never tasted so rewarding.You know, once I finally stopped taking pictures and ate it.
The Red Cottage is cash only and breakfast here is easy on the wallet.
Located at 36 Old Bass River Rd in South Dennis, it's another quality spot I'd recommend you hit up if you are visiting the mid-cape.
All fueled up - it was back on the bikes and our destination was reached in no time.
There was beers, bocce tournaments, plenty of swimming and the second best thing about having a house on the beach (first being the fact that you wake up and don't have to go anywhere, ever) is leftovers. But not just any leftovers my friends....
As in, not the kind that you can pack in a cooler. It's Gretchen's Cioppino.
And her Blueberry Crumble topped with Sundae School's homemade vanilla ice cream.
Back at my Mom's house we whipped up a mango salsa with sauteed red pepper, jalapenos, onion, cilantro and lime juice.
and steamed organic broccoli from her garden.
Oh and a crisp refreshing glass of Searidge Chardonnay.
Everything came together really well, the meal was summery and delicious! We ate outside on the back deck.
I'm very lucky to have people in my life like Gretchen and my Mom who are always experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with seasonally inspired, noteworthy meals.
How was your 4th of July?