What is Demi Glace? I am a huge fan of demi-glace for preparing classic sauces like mushroom or peppercorn sauce but I have to warn you, it is a huge process to make classic demi glace at home. It is not for the faint of heart but well worth the effort – at least once. […]
All About Seafood
My whole family loves seafood. We look forward to spending a few weeks on the Jersey Shore every summer, sampling some of the freshest seafood we’ve ever had. As much as I love seafood, I do know that it can be hard to cook well. Since most delicate fish are low in fat and thin, it is easy to overcook them. I’ve done that a time or three myself.
For those of you who love seafood and want to know how to buy it, how to store it and the best ways to cook it, this section is for you. Find articles on everything from poaching salmon to how to perfectly cook scallops to how to choose and prepare lobster to meals we’ve enjoyed at some of our favorite seafood restaurants.
How Do I Know When Shrimp Are Perfectly Cooked & Ready to Eat? There are many ways to cook and serve shrimp. Do you remember Pvt. Benjamin Buford’s line in Forest Gump? “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté […]
Have You Ever Heard of Baby Flounder? Today I went to one of two of my favorite local fish markets called Bywood Seafood Market and asked the owner, Bill, what recommended for tonight’s dinner. He suggested the “baby flounder” that was sitting right next to the regular flounder which I soon learned was really fluke […]
Everything You May or May Not Want to Know about Lobster Lobsters are interesting creatures. Most of us think of them as an expensive dinner choice on special occasions but they weren’t always so popular with diners. They have been around a long time and can live a long time. What do they eat? Do […]
Caviar – More Than Just Sturgeon Eggs You either love or hate the idea of eating caviar. Basically you are eating the eggs (roe) of sturgeon, a fish found in various parts of the world but most notably in the Caspian Sea near Russia. This is where you find the largest and highest quality caviar […]
Clams – Hard Shell or Soft Shell Most summers I vacation with my family in Avalon, on the Jersey shore. Not only are we able to enjoy almost endless Jersey tomatoes and some of the best sweet corn I’ve ever eaten, but we’ve also been eating our fair share of clams. Just for my own […]
How to Buy Lobster Tails & Not Get Ripped Off Are thinking about buying some frozen lobster tails to make a special meal for your spouse or loved one? Whether you serve them alone or with a steak (Surf & Turf), you will want to read this article so you don’t spend more than you […]
How to Buy Live Maine Lobsters & NOT Get Ripped Off If you have ever thought about buying a live lobster to cook at home, here are some particulars you’ll want to know before taking the plunge so you don’t take a bath. If you read my article on buying lobster tails, you’ll see that […]
Is there a better way to peel and devein shrimp? Here is one way taught to me by a professional chef that I can recommend to you. The easiest way I know to peel and devein shrimp is to buy them already done. The problem with that is They cost more money They are less […]
What’s the Difference Between a Fluke and a Flounder? One of the fun adventures my girls had on our vacation this year was going sea fishing on the commercial fishing boat Miss Avalon out of Avalon, NJ. My wife was in charge of this particular outing as I am strictly a bay fisherman – I […]
My wife and kids went fishing a couple of days ago on a commercial party fishing boat called the Miss Avalon down here at the Jersey shore. I’m not much of a fisherman except for some fly fishing out west. I learned as a kid I can handle the bay but not so much the […]