Chinatown Chronicles- 2019, The Year of the Pig

“Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?” -Confucius The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year. In the 21st century, the national holiday begins on the first of the Lunar Calendar and lasts until the 15th ofContinue reading “Chinatown Chronicles- 2019, The Year of the Pig”

The Thing with Wings- Six Tips for Superior Superbowl Wings

Superbowl Party crowd pleasing wings every time! 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.Continue reading “The Thing with Wings- Six Tips for Superior Superbowl Wings”

I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn

  An except from HOOK IT & COOK IT available on Amazon. A New York Foodie’s Bonafides and Particulars Hi, I’m Jim. I am a big man, recreational fisherman, home cook in a tiny kitchen in my native New York. I hook it and cook it, buy it and fry it and I know myContinue reading “I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn”

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 QVCContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe- Mexican Lasagna”

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 slowContinue reading “Pernil Perfection”

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 VContinue reading “Beer Battered Trigger Fish”

ErinGoScratch Recipe- Northern Southern Asian Fusion Oven Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is loved and well respected across the USA and around the world. Korean’s have a double fry method that makes for great crunch and wild flavor. Japanese Tokyo fried chicken uses smaller pieces and their brining method adds a sweet soy flavor to the lightly coated, nearly translucent skin. My travels bring meContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe- Northern Southern Asian Fusion Oven Fried Chicken”