Cape Cod Charm: Fashion And Food Inspiration 

I’ve always been fortunate to live close to beautiful Hyannis Port, Massachusetts and spent lots of time there as a child. It’s always so nice to be there when the Art Show is going on. 


I really liked the Gyotaku artwork by Patrick Hogan. It made me excited to try this kind of art at home with the kids and with my students during September when we start our Scientists’ Notebooks and talk about animal observations. 

Although the art exhibits were so wonderful to see, we quickly found beauty everywhere we went during our time in Cape Cod. 

I loved this little garden, which was outside The Brewster Bookstore. 

We got a little exercise exploring Nauset Beach, which is a picturesque area with a lighthouse and other amenities. This is actually the lighthouse used on the Cape Cod Potato Chip bags ! We were also saw The Three Sisters Lighthouses. I thought it was really interesting that they were named ‘Three Sisters’ because someone, back in 1836, thought they looked like ladies wearing white dresses and black hats.

I was definitely channeling the ever so elegant Jackie O, who spent her golden years in Hyannis Port, when I choose this outfit for my last day exploring the ‘Cape.’ 

All the dresses were found on http://www.thredup.com. Accessories worn with these looks were found at http://www.burlingtonstyle.com , with the exception of the leopard bow hat which I created with my own ribbon and a hat from a local craft store. 

Being in Cape Cod reminded my daughter, who was an awesome photographer as well as companion last weekend,  of all the wonderful seafood we make at home this time of year. My mom has a few favorite recipes which she has perfected and passed down to her daughters. 

Ready to prepare a seafood feast ? 

Cape Cod Clam Chowder

Chowder made from quahogs, large hard shelled clams, has long been a tradition on Cape Cod.

You will need:

2 dozen quahogs

6 ounces meaty salt pork 

2 large red or Yukon gold potatoes 

1 large onion 

1/3 cup flour 

1 cup light cream or half-and-half

Salt and white pepper 

1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons butter 

Chopped parsley, for garnish 

Steps:

1. Scrub the clams well and rinse in cold water. In a large, heavy stockpot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add the clams, cover, and boil until they are open, about 35 minutes. 

2. Strain through a colander set over a large heatproof bowl to catch the clam cooking liquid. Strain this liquid through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Boil to reduce by about a third. Measure out and reserve 8 cups of the clam broth.

3. Rinse the clams under cold water until they are cool enough to handle. Remove the clams from their shells, rinsing them briefly to wash off any grit. Coarsely chop the clams, cover, and refrigerate. 

4. Rinse the salt pork, dry, and cut off the rind. Finely dice the salt pork. 

5. In a medium saucepan, boil the diced potatoes 8 to 10 minutes.

6. In a large soup pot, cook the salt pork over medium low heat until it begins to render it’s fat, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, raise the heat, and continue to cook, 5 to 7 minutes longer. 

7. Sprinkle the flour over the onion and salt pork and cook, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour reserved 8 cups clam liquid and half-and-half and bring to a boil, stirring until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

8. Add the diced clams and potatoes to the soup base and remove from heat. Ladle into bowls or large mugs, top with butter and a dusting of parsley. 

Cape Cod Clam Boil

A clambake is great when you begin with clam chowder and end with watermelon. Serve this clam boil with cole slaw and cornbread. Be sure to put out nutcrackers and you may even want to purchase disposable bibs!! 

You will need:

6 live lobsters 

6 dozen soft shell clams

6 ears of corn

18 small red new potatoes

6 knockwurst

Melted butter 

Steps:

1. Fill each of 6 pans with a handful of fresh seaweed and 1 inch of water. If you don’t use seaweed, increase water to 2 inches and salt it lightly. 

2. Place 1 lobster, 12 soft shelled clams, I ear of corn, 3 potatoes, and 1 knockwurst in each pan. Cover with the lid or with a double thickness of aluminum foil and crimp tightly so no steam can escape. Refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

3. About 45 minutes before you plan to serve, light a medium-hot fire in your charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium. Cook for 25 minutes. The lobsters should be bright red with curled tails. Serve with plenty of melted butter. 

Cape Cod Mimosa


We certainly can’t leave this classic out.

For each drink:

1 part cranberry juice

2 parts Dom Perignon or other champagne 

Pour the cranberry juice into a glass. Then fill the glass with the sparkling wine. 

Ready to host your own Clam Bake ? 

What will you wear ? You can dress down a little black dress with a denim vest like I did here- 

Dress: thredUP

Jewelry: Burlington Coat Factory

Sunglasses : polarized Polaroid from Sun Time Grossmont –  https://www.sunglassesandwatches.com
Or go nautical-casual like I did here. 


Top: Lauren Moshi

Skirt: UK style 

Sandals: Target

Bracelet: connectionsbymaya (etsy)

Sunglasses: polarized Polaroid from Sun Time Grossmont  https://www.sunglassesandwatches.com


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Thanks for allowing me to share some of the beautiful sights I saw on Cape Cod, a few favorite family recipes, and this great new site I found for sunglasses ! 

Hope you found this post worthwhile and hope you are having a wonderful summer! 

Yours truly,

Jennifer

Xoxo

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83 thoughts on “Cape Cod Charm: Fashion And Food Inspiration 

  1. Cape Cod is so picturesque! I love the photos and would say your daughter is an excellent photographer. The beautiful print dress looks almost like a watercolor itself, perfect for an art show. I also like the leopard print and the wonderful hat. Dressing down the black dress with denim is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your style 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful post. Such stunning beauty on display. And what generous gifts entailed, recipes on various items. And displays of lovely outfits, and who is the model (lol)????

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    • Thank you so much , Jason ! I’m truly glad you found it enjoyable. I really love your company and the incredible customer service. I’ve purchased the same brands at Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters and unfortunately paid a lot more ! Thanks again , for checking this out !

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  3. Jennifer, this is a wonderful post. I really admire your ability to bring many elements of life into your blog posts…..fashion, travel, food, art. All of my favorite things. 👗👠🌸. I really like that you added in the recipes. I may attempt the mimosa one. The lighthouse photos are fantastic. I haven’t been to Hyannis in a few years but really want to go back.

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    • Thank you so much, Patrick !! It means so much to me that you took the time to check it out and I’m extremely flattered that you like it !!!!!!!! I always grew up visiting Hyannis in the summer and always appreciate the charming qualities ! Hope you do try the mimosa 😉

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  4. I have been so busy renovating the Lakehouse that I have not been able to read your blog! I do find you on Instagram. IG is just a bit faster for me because of time!
    You look absolutely stunning! Love your blog! Thank you for the recipes!

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  5. I cant put into words how lucky I am right now that I came across your inspiring blog! This is one inspiriation pure, your pictures are SO beautiful just as your outfits and I LOVE the way you are writing! So much love for this work honey!

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  6. What a cool post! Really love those wedges, and all your outfits are on point as usual! Hope the new school year is going great so far! xo – Anna
    STRUCKBLOG.com

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