Destination: Cape Cod
While a day at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham is a good excuse for Stacy Cogswell to kick back with old friends, those hours in the sun are spent anticipating her next stop: Kream ’n Kone in West Dennis. “I’ve been doing the same thing since I was a kid: You drive down early, and you get to the beach,” she says. “But basically the day at the beach is the wait for the fried seafood!” Cogswell says she probably eats “at least a pound” of their clam strips, followed by strawberry soft serve in a waffle cone. But a different Cape staple inspired a dish on Liquid Art House’s bar menu and in her forthcoming tome, The New New England Cookbook. “One of the things they do on the Cape that’s hard to find anywhere else is clam cakes,” she says. “They’re heavy and cakey and thick. Over the past couple of years I’ve tried to recreate those as clam ‘puffs.’ ” The choux batter with Old Bay Seasoning does less damage to the beach body, too.