Cooking, Discovery, food, mexican, Recipe Jar, recipes, Uncategorized

ErinGoScratch Recipe- Mexican Lasagna

Football season is about to get underway and Sunday feasts will abound. Of all the hearty “crowd pleaser” dishes I make,  my Mexican lasagna is the most requested. The aromatic blend of meats, vegetables, spices and creamy cheesiness calls out two flights down to our arriving guests, some with their own Lock and Lock QVC… Continue reading ErinGoScratch Recipe- Mexican Lasagna

Fishing, New York, NYC, Seafood, Uncategorized

NYC, Long Island, CT & NJ Area Fishing Report 9/3/18 Snotty Weather, East Winds Slow Down Bite

WITH Fishing Updates, Weather, Water Temps plus  INFO ON SIX ACCESSIBLE FISHING HOTSPOTS IN NYC!!! A relentless east wind and spotty showers put a damper on local fishing over the Labor Day weekend. The coming week will start hot with the only showers likely later in the week. Fluking has slowed a bit, but big… Continue reading NYC, Long Island, CT & NJ Area Fishing Report 9/3/18 Snotty Weather, East Winds Slow Down Bite

Cooking, Discovery, food, Puerto Rican Food, Recipe Jar, recipes, Uncategorized

Pernil Perfection

Pernil, seasoned and cooked pork shoulder, is a traditional Puerto Rican dish served at Holidays and special occasions. It creates it's own holiday of aroma and flavor as you slow cook the pork to perfection. For meat lovers it has all the hits- moist flavorful core, outstanding marbled slices and crispy "chicharrones" pieces of slow… Continue reading Pernil Perfection

Cooking, Fishing, Recipe Jar, recipes, Uncategorized

Beer Battered Trigger Fish

Triggerfish are a funny looking, fun to catch summer species in the New York/NJ bite. They usually swim up in the gulf stream as the waters warm and show up on the reefs and bays of NJ and Long Island in mid-July while party boats are targeting sea bass and porgies. The Ocean Eagle V… Continue reading Beer Battered Trigger Fish

chicken, Cooking, Recipe Jar, recipes, Uncategorized, wings

The Thing with Wings- Six Tips for Superior Chicken Wings

It is not hard to make good wings. The chicken and the farmer have already done the hard part. If you choose plump, juicy wings and prepare them properly it is pretty hard to mess them up too badly. Excellence in making chicken wings requires a deeper dedication. For restaurant quality (or better) wings every… Continue reading The Thing with Wings- Six Tips for Superior Chicken Wings

Fishing, nature, New York, NYC, photography, Uncategorized

Fishing, Creative Loitering in Beautiful Places

“Catching fish is secondary to the immeasurable joys of the watery world.” ― Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling One of the many pleasures of fishing is that it often surprises us with incredible vistas and moments where nature sings. I often describe fishing as "creative loitering" and these photos will give you a small glimpse into… Continue reading Fishing, Creative Loitering in Beautiful Places

brooklyn, Fishing, Memories, NYC, Staten Island, Uncategorized

The Last Fishing Trip

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope.”    John Buchan Excerpt from Hook It & Cook It: Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing with an Urban Angler. Colin Thomas Shaffer 8/16/70-2/15/17 "Fishing is an imperfect art form. Tides can be predicted years… Continue reading The Last Fishing Trip

NYC, photography, Staten Island, Uncategorized

“Photos from the Ferry” William Thatcher – UPDATED 8/13/18

“Photos From The Ferry”: An Exhibition by William Underhill Thatcher When people visit New York City, some of the best pictures they take of the skyline are from the Staten Island Ferry boat as it glides across the harbor. Dramatic views, cinematic lighting and occasional bold displays of nature create some amazing photo opportunities. When… Continue reading “Photos from the Ferry” William Thatcher – UPDATED 8/13/18

food, Homemade, Uncategorized

ErinGoScratch Recipe: Quick Pickled Watermelon

Quick Pickled Watermelon 5 or 6 coriander seeds 2 tablespoons of white vinegar 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 1 teaspoon honey or sugar ½ cup olive oil Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 3 cups coarsely chopped seedless watermelon A sprig of oregano 2 cloves garlic diced One cup boiling water… Continue reading ErinGoScratch Recipe: Quick Pickled Watermelon