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”

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: 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”

“Hook It & Cook It” Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing with an Urban Angler- eBook coming November 21st! ‘Call me Jim. This is the story of my particular corner of the sea- the ocean around New York City. I am a big man, home cook and fisherman in a tiny kitchen in NYC. I hook it and cook it, buy it and fry it, and will show you around NYC. New YorkContinue reading ““Hook It & Cook It” Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing with an Urban Angler- eBook coming November 21st!”