September 11, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: I can't get enough of the seafood at Shore Catch. This week they had a beautiful Spanish mackerel. I'm soooo happy with their quality. Craig LaBan: We're lucky to have such good fresh fish at our farmer's markets these days - and Shore Catch goes to both Rittenhouse (Sat.) and Head House on Sundays. I love their Barnegat scallops, too, so sweet. They also have great flounder, tuna, and swordfish. Mackerel is very tempting.
August 30, 2015 |
What it is: Sometimes one thing - perhaps a song or a place - can encapsulate an entire summer in one neat sensory keepsake. Maybe it's a meal in which tastes and textures converge to create a bit of summer bliss on a plate - like the broiled Atlantic flounder with Jersey Fresh vegetables served at the Oyster Creek Inn in Leeds Point. Chef Scott Kuppel says the rustic restaurant, at the edge of a salt marsh, usually begins serving the fish dish in June, just when delectable Jersey-grown veggies such as sweet corn, tomatoes, and spinach are coming into season.
August 14, 2015
Fresh fish on the grill is one of summer's simple pleasures: season with salt and pepper, cook, and finish with a touch of lemon. But with just the tiniest extra effort, you can turn that basic fillet into a spectacular dish. Here, two easy steps make it so: add a smear of sun-dried tomato tapenade and wrap it in a leaf of Swiss chard. Chard-Wrapped Cod With Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade 4 servings For the tapenade 12 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed; 1.4 ounces total)
August 3, 2015 |
By the time he started at Drexel University, Maryland native Michael Hsiao had taken a break from fishing. The biology major enjoyed the sport but assumed that Philadelphia's creeks and rivers were polluted and hostile to most species of fish. That changed in 2011, when he stumbled across "Extreme Philly Fishing," a blog for city fishing enthusiasts who are extreme in their love for the sport. The author of the blog is Leo Sheng, a 2014 Temple University grad who makes his living tutoring physics and math students.
August 1, 2015 |
Jack Snyder was having one of those days you don't forget. Freckle-faced Jack and his crew-cut dad, Andy, were deep-sea fishing a few miles off Wildwood, N.J., on the 78-foot party boat Miss Avalon. Nine-year-old Jack had never dropped a line in the ocean before, and the fish were giving him a big welcome: In all, Jack brought about nine of them to the surface (it was hard to keep track after a while), sometimes with his own rod, sometimes with the rod of a neighboring angler who let Jack reel in a hooked fish.
July 10, 2015 |
When mating prospects are grim, certain females in Jersey Shore waters appear to have developed a clever strategy: changing sex. That is what Rutgers University scientists think is happening with black sea bass, apparently in response to declining numbers of males. The ability to take a swim on the wild side has been shown previously in lab studies, both in black sea bass and a few other marine species. Now the Rutgers team has shown it happens in the ocean. With the help of Jersey Shore boat captains, the researchers have been tagging, recapturing, and studying hundreds of the fish.
July 3, 2015 |
Benny Looper, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player personnel, tells an interesting story from his younger days about a solid major-league player he once scouted but could not sign. Danny Doyle, the late Boston Red Sox scout who signed Roger Clemens, was watching the player in question and listening to Looper talk about his scouting prowess. "Son," Doyle told his fellow Oklahoman, "unless you sign 'em, it don't mean nothing. " Looper recounted that story in the midst of a conversation about how his current team has pursued some of the Cuban defectors who have signed huge big-league contracts in recent years.
July 3, 2015 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Some days on the fishing pier, all you catch is a breeze, some sunburn and bloodworm guts on your pants. No matter how much you emulate the old-timers, copying their baits and mimicking their little twitches with the rod, sometimes you just haul in seaweed while "Harold the cement guy," "Father Frank" and "Kenny the cop" are killing kingfish left and right. That's why they call it "fishing, not catching," one saying goes. If that one doesn't make a flustered fisherman feel better, the regulars and ringers who can't seem to miss a fish will tell you "a day out fishing always beats a day at work" and that's hard to argue against - unless you're Lou Kanter.
June 28, 2015 |
Erik Lund will do the dirty work of fishing for folks up and down the Jersey Shore. Inspired by his own experience as a lifelong fisherman, Lund, 33, of Cape May, started On the Fly Mobile Fish Cleaning in 2012, with the help of his wife, Rebeka, and two daughters - Mia, 12, and Isabella, 8. He cleans, guts, and fillets fish for customers at the South Jersey Marina in Cape May, where he usually parks his truck. But he can also go to wherever his fishing clientele desires. Last week, Lund discussed his unique business while cutting up a thrasher for a hungry customer.
June 3, 2015 |
When scientists announced their discovery of a prehistoric fishlike creature with muscled fins that looked a bit like legs, the media trumpeted it as a "missing link. " Cartoonists drew images of fish marching onto land. One person who was a bit uneasy amid all the acclaim in 2006 was the codiscoverer of the fossil, Edward B. "Ted" Daeschler of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences. After years of additional study, however, and multiple return visits to the site of the discovery in the Canadian Arctic, Daeschler has edged closer to all the hype.