I have been blessed most of my life with an availability of excellent seafood. In my travels, I've tried to sample as many local delicacies as I could afford. But there have always been a few fish that have slipped through my grasp for one reason or another. They may not be the most glamorous … Continue reading My Fish Wish List: 5 Fish I Want To Eat
This post examines the various types of flatfish seen in markets, with the exception of halibut. These fish go by many different names depending upon locality and marketing but brill, dab, flounder, sole, tongue, turbot and plaice are all flatfish. They are found ocean wide, with hundreds of individual species and hybrids. Flounder, meaning “flatfish” … Continue reading Species Spotlight: Flounder And Sole
There are a lot of different fish I've wanted to try, but most of the fish I eat are local or seasonal species. I'm also in a somewhat dire financial situation, which limits my family's seafood purchases mostly to things I know will be eaten. I can't afford expensive failed experiments. But for this blog … Continue reading Whole Foods: Dover Sole With A Side Of Sticker Shock
In a recent post I questioned the safety of all the imported shrimp we eat here in the US. The vast majority of which, is farm-raised. Add in all the different labels that mislead you into thinking you are buying something "natural" or "organic" and you have no way of telling what you are really … Continue reading More Info On Imported Farmed Shrimp
Spiny dogfish is just one of many domestic fish that we know as "underutilized species." Most of it heads to Europe, while Americans import most of the fish they eat. According to the Cape Cod Chronicle, a new project will help change that by utilizing dogfish in University dining programs.
My good friend, a 93-year-old war hero has not eaten a shrimp since the 1940's. He tells me tales of his days as an officer in the Merchant Marines during and after World War II. Jim remembers the shrimp farms of the Ganges delta and in Southeast Asia, literally swimming in raw sewage. He is … Continue reading How Safe Is Imported Shrimp?
I normally don't shop at Market Basket, mostly because it's like shopping a day before the hurricane - every day of the year. I'd rather pay slightly more for the luxury of actually getting through an aisle without someone asking me how my grandmother is doing. It's been even crazier recently because of our big … Continue reading Supermarket Sockeye Salmon
When I was studying anthropology I took a course in pre-Columbian Peru. It was an amazing course by Professor Judy Zeitlin and one of the things I learned in the class is that the weather phenomenon we know as El Nino, has been affecting the people of Peru for millennia. If I remember correctly, the … Continue reading Peruvian Anchovies Expected To Rebound Post El Nino
Have you noticed that a lot of the seafood sold in supermarkets or marketed online has all of a sudden become "sustainable?" Over the last decade it has become a major buzzword along with "gluten-free" and "organic." How can this be? If all this seafood is really sustainably caught or farmed then why are we … Continue reading What Is Sustainable Seafood?
Monkfish (Lophius americanus), also known as goosefish is a type of anglerfish that is common in the Western North Atlantic. As an anglerfish, they hide in the mud or sand and catch prey with the use of a specialized “lure” on its head. They are caught year-round along the U.S. Eastern seaboard but landings increase … Continue reading Species Spotlight: Monkfish