September 14th, 2008

Shepherd’s pie

I can not keep up with my meat CSA; another delivery just came and I’m up to my neck in ground beef and veal. I decided to make a Shepherd’s pie to use up some of the meat. This was a pretty simple and tasty recipe from Food Network. I doubled it and used a 9x13 lasagna pan. We’ll be eating leftovers for days.

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Oatmeal Orange Raisin Cookies

This is a nice twist on your standard oatmeal cookie. It is lighter and the orange zest gives it an additional depth of flavor that surprises people. I like to use golden raisins because they are juicier and plumper than standard raisins. I usually make a double batch, and sorry the ingredients are all in metric, but it's a French recipe. Enjoy!

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Raw Bar, Mashpee

The lobster roll at Raw Bar is the Godzilla of lobster rolls. R and I stopped there for an early dinner. We sat outside, which was nice, because that meant Zelda (our beloved Cocker Spaniel) could be with us. We ordered a bowl of clam chowder, steamers and a lobster roll to share. The chowder was good, a solid 7 out of 10 and the steamers were not as flavorful as the ones as Chauncey Creek, but were still good.  The kitchen thoughtful cut the lobster roll in half for us. This thing is so huge that I had to eat half of it with a fork, just to get it to a point were I could pick it up and eat it. I took 2 more bites and I was done. I couldn’t finish. I’ve never not been able to finish a lobster roll, much less half of a lobster roll! How was the roll itself? Well, the quantity was definitely it’s best attribute. The lobster in the roll was mostly shredded, with a decent amount of claw meat. This was great for me, I love the fins, but R prefers the meaty parts of the lobster. It was coated in mayo and served not on a traditional hot dog roll, but on a sub roll. I realized that this is because a hot dog roll would have been crushed under the weight of all that lobster, but it just felt wrong. Plus, the roll wasn’t toasted, another negative. At $25, it’s not cheap, but you get a lot of lobster for your money.


252 Shore Dr
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-4858

Sundae School, Dennisport

I saw a recently segment on Sundae School on the travel channel, and the homemade ice cream looked great. We met up with Mj and Brian, who were also down on the Cape for the week, and tried it out. We liked it so much that we returned later in the week with Archit and Mansi. The ice cream was really good, but the hot fudge was outstanding. It was thick and rich, the perfect foil of the homemade whipped cream. It made an excellent hot fudge sundae. My only complaint is that they had no cherries to finish off the sundae. They only use “fresh cherries, when in season.” Come on, people, would having a jar of maraschinos kill you?!


381 Lower County Rd.
Dennisport, MA 02639

Cupcake Charlie’s, Mashpee Commons

Cupcakes are normally a disappointment, but Charlie’s were quite good. We managed try 10 different flavors. The cake was moist, tender and had good flavor. The frostings were thick, fluffy and sweet, without being heavy, greasy and saccharin like most frostings. 


My favorites were the caramel apple and the oreo delight. I really liked that they offered vegan cupcakes also. Those earned a positive review from Archit and Mansi.