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: Rustic Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is an Italian is a hearty, rustic hunters stew slow cooked,with onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, capers and wine, simmered down to a mellow perfection. This rustic chicken cacciatore’s aroma is heavenly and just one bite is going to make you feel like you are in Tuscany overlooking the vineyards eating a marvellousContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe: Rustic Chicken Cacciatore”

Sunday Sauce Sausage Parmigiana

Growing up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, there are certain Italian food aromas that take me back in time. Sausage parmigiana is one of those dishes. Sausage parmigiana is a hearty, easy to make meal. I will show you how to make it restaurant quality at home every time. It starts with a high-quality ItalianContinue reading “Sunday Sauce Sausage Parmigiana”

Truffle Mushroom Gnocchi with Boursin Pistachio Herb Slap-Your-Mama Cream Sauce

  I do love summer. There is no denying it. Less clothes, tasty seafood and fishing for fluke or crabbing at the Jersey Shore or out east suits me just fine. As the long summer days dwindle, the city takes on a whole new feel. But, before football madness takes over, there is a tenderContinue reading “Truffle Mushroom Gnocchi with Boursin Pistachio Herb Slap-Your-Mama Cream Sauce”

ErinGoScratch Recipe: Christmas Lasagna Memories

This Christmas, like many Christmases before, I was involved in making a lasagna. This year I was the pilot of the operation, but many times in the past I was the sous chef for my mother’s one signature dish. It isn’t that my mother wasn’t a good cook, she was, she just didn’t have theContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe: Christmas Lasagna Memories”

ErinGoScratch Recipe: Brown Butter Lobster Medallions Over Fettucine

“There must be hundreds of unsung heroes and heroines who first tasted strange things growing – and think of the man who first ate a lobster. This staggers the imagination. I salute him every time I take my nutcracker in hand and move the melted-butter pipkin closer.” -Gladys Taber Ah, life’s simple pleasures. Lobster, nowContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe: Brown Butter Lobster Medallions Over Fettucine”

Sights and Sounds of San Gennaro

The weather has been just fine and the Feast of San Gennaro 2017 wraps up this weekend. You still have a chance to come down this weekend. Here are a few fun vids and pics of the spectacle that is the Feast of San Gennaro on Mulberry Street in Little Italy in New York CityContinue reading “Sights and Sounds of San Gennaro”