ErinGoScratch Recipe- Fresh Fluke Tacos with Pineapple Mango Salsa

I love fish tacos. Two of my favorite things, freshly caught fluke and seasonal summer veggies right off the vine, I combine both in this Cadillac of tacos. Summer fluking is usually a guarantee for a nice day on the ocean. If the wind, tide and water temperature are working in your favor almost everyoneContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe- Fresh Fluke Tacos with Pineapple Mango Salsa”

Union Square Greenmarket

Created in 1976 to provide local farmers with a means to sell fresh produce and attract businesses back to the downtown area, Union Square Greenmarket is now at the center of a bustling commercial district. There are plenty of markets for the home cook to choose from in New York City. Few provide city dwellers more options of farmContinue reading “Union Square Greenmarket”

ErinGoScratch Recipe- Grilled Striped Bass with Summer Vegetable Salsa

Twice each year, spring and fall, a large body of Striped Bass move into the waters around New York City. They chase giant schools of bunker and herring up the east coast and into the inlets formed by the barrier islands of the New Jersey and New York coastal waterway. Some of the best StriperContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe- Grilled Striped Bass with Summer Vegetable Salsa”

Bahamian Style Conch and Shrimp Fritters

Conch fritters are like Caribbean hush puppies stuffed with sweet, tender conch meat. Conch is “the” food of The Bahamas. Conch meat can be eaten many different ways: raw in salads, deep-fried as fritters, in chowders and gumbos, and even in burgers. The humble conch fritter elevates the meat into an irresistible treat, crunchy onContinue reading “Bahamian Style Conch and Shrimp Fritters”

Sixth Street Masala: Shrimp Curry East Village Style

My real introduction to Indian food was in the East Village in 1988. For two years I had lived on Seventh Street,  a mere block from downtown’s Little India, and for two years I resisted the sweet, mysterious curry scented wind that blew through my windows. Maybe it was fear, of the unknown cuisine orContinue reading “Sixth Street Masala: Shrimp Curry East Village Style”

Jim Shaffer’s “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing”. With more than 50 recipes!

Das right. Order my new book “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing Dishing and Reminiscing. With more than 50 recipes!” on Amazon ! CLICK TO BUY JKS 3/12/18

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”

Asian Fisherman’s Stew with Blackfish

Blackfish are a serious fisherman’s fish. Some of the most enjoyable fishing I have ever done in my life has for blackfish. They are quick, cunning and smart. When hooked they will dart for structure to cut your line. The blackfish, a.k.a. tautog, tog, or bulldog (Tautoga onitis), ranges from Nova Scotia, Canada to SouthContinue reading “Asian Fisherman’s Stew with Blackfish”

A Brief History of the New York Bight

A Brief History of the NY Bight is  an excerpt from- “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing Dishing and Reminiscing. With more than 50 recipes!” on Amazon !   “Some of the best fishing is done not in water but in print.” – Sparse Grey Hackle from The Quotable Fisherman by Nick Lyons THE ICE CAPContinue reading “A Brief History of the New York Bight”