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!

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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”

Top Ten ErinGoScratch Recipes

One of the best parts of the seafaring life around New York City is how it opens access to fresh, local seafood markets and restaurants. As you might expect, most of the recipes I’ve collected in my travels involve seafood, but not all of them. Another benefit of being a foodie travelling around the fiveContinue reading “Top Ten ErinGoScratch Recipes”

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”

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”

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