Superbowl Antipasto, Staten Island Style

Superbowl Sunday is like a second Thanksgiving for snackers. My name is Jim and I am a confessed snacker. I always enjoy the appetizer round of any meal.   I am usually charged with the appetizers for big gatherings. I make a cheese/antipasto platter that mixes fun with flavor and really gets the tastebuds going.Continue reading “Superbowl Antipasto, Staten Island Style”

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”

Three recipes for the Fishermen! Striped Bass, Fluke and Bluefish

Fishing season is well underway and by the pics I’ve seen, plenty of folks are going  home with Ziplocks full of fillets. Here are a few seasonal recipes that will add some nice to the spice!   Striped Bass with Summer Salsa Fresh Fluke Tacos with Pineapple Mango Salsa Bluefish Ceviche  JKS 5/9/18

ErinGoScratch Recipe: Beer Steamed Clams

Clams are God’s way of saying- “Here, taste the ocean”. Like many shellfish, clams have a hard protective shell to hide their delicate, sweet meat from hungry predators. But I am not deterred. I have foraged for clams in the muddy bottom of Shinnecock with my feet and collected half a bushel of Littleneck clamsContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe: Beer Steamed Clams”

Alabama White Sauce BBQ Chicken (or ribs)

My dad was from northern Alabama, so I always keep an eye out for southern recipes that I can use. Northern Alabama has a peculiar regional spin on a barbecue sauce I had to try. It has a sharp tang provides a beautiful finishing crust, but unlike other sauces that are tomato or mustard based,Continue reading “Alabama White Sauce BBQ Chicken (or ribs)”

Five recipes for the seafood lovers- Clams, Crabs and lobster!

If you love seafood the way I do, you are constantly seeking out recipes for spectacular regional clam, crab and lobster dishes. Here are a few gems I have picked up along the way.     NJ Style Garlic Crabs “So if anybody wants to get me something, get me 60 crabs – one forContinue reading “Five recipes for the seafood lovers- Clams, Crabs and lobster!”

ErinGoScratch Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf

…with Alabama white sauce (recipe at bottom of page). Meatloaf is a retro dish that remains relevant today because it can be tweaked and adapted to suit any taste. It is a humble meal that can be elevated to “restaurant quality” status with a few simple tips. 1, Keep it moist- turkey is a meatContinue reading “ErinGoScratch Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf”

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”

Low and Slow Sous Vide Cooking

Sous vide (pronounced sue-veed) is a method that sticks to a closely held philosophy of mine that applies to all kinds of cooking- low and slow. The concept is to cook the food in a plastic bag immersed in hot water, bringing the temperature of whatever you are cooking to gradual perfection, while locking inContinue reading “Low and Slow Sous Vide Cooking”