Ok, I give in.
The Summer is totally over….it’s time to to man up!
It’s time to put away the tiki torches…
And it’s time to take out the Crock Pot baby…’cause we be sloooooowwwww cookin’!
( ok, that sounded cooler in my head than when I read it)
I love fried seafood.
Fried clams, oysters, even fried lobster…but my all time favorite is fried shrimp.
For shrimp, I like coconut shrimp, shrimp parmigiana, buffalo shrimp, but my favorite go to recipe when I am in the mood to fry…a nice crispy shrimp that will be so addicting, you can stop eating them.
Did you ever open a bag of chips or cookies in the car after the supermarket run and say to yourself,
“I’m just going to have one…perhaps two..tops, but that is it.”
By the time you pull into the driveway your shirt is full of crumbs and there’s an empty bag or container on the passenger seat.
Yup, we’ve all been there…only the strong ones will admit it.
That, in the nutshell, or shall I say, In the shrimp shell…is exactly how this shrimp will be to you.
Oh yeah…. the Summer of Seafood continues and the way it is going now, I hope it never ends.
One of the freshest, easiest and most rewarding seafood recipes that I have in my culinary treasure chest is for Baked Clams.
Baked Long Island Cherry Stone Clams, to be precise.
Simple, delicious and a big tradition on Long Island.
Long Island has been very popular in the clam business for generations and for good reason.
The Great South Bay of Long Island produces some of the finest clams as well as numerous bays and areas scattered throughout the North Fork of Long Island and I, have the pleasure of residing around them all.
What does this mean?
Never frozen, always fresh.
No chemicals, no preservatives.
Easy to come across and at a good price.
It’s very much a fishing town that people flock to because of it’s dock to table seafood, relaxed atmosphere, awesome waves and the tranquil vibe it leaves you with.
It’s gotten more developed, more trendy and more inhabited over the years, but to me it will always be a place where I learned to swim in the ocean, respect the waves, appreciate amazing sunsets, develop my love for seafood and a place where beautiful memories were made.
There are so many places on Long Island to get great seafood, but to me the best places are the closest to the water.
The dockside restaurants where industrial fishermen haul back monster tuna and tremendous shark to be sold at markets as well as off the map seafood shacks and small restaurants where amazing recipes are developed after the patrons have left, the last table is cleaned and they break out the beers.
“This is about chicken wings, right? Why all the talk about fish?”
We’ll, I’m glad you raised your hand and asked this question.
Over the last few years the foodie focus has not only been on seafood, but tavern and beach hut type eats such as innovative salads and finger foods like creative chicken wings.
Originally, it was down to earth fish like fried flounder, but then as tastes developed, family cooks became chefs, new inspirations were created, fancy foods were introduced and celebs bought restaurants… the times changed and so did the menu.
Restaurants that were known for having the reliable chopped steak and crab cake all of a sudden replaced these standards with sushi grade tuna, chilean sea bass with mango chutney, steak tartare and dishes revolving around molecular gastronomy, like edible sea foam.
What the hell is edible sea foam?
It’s just lecithin powder incorporated with other ingredients to look like a wave, rolled up on your plate and left it’s nasty, greenish residue.
Sexy, right? How about edible sand?
How about no!?!
The trend is going back to eating what you like, not what’s trendy and what the local celebs are chowing down on.
What a concept.
Fresh cut fries with sea salt and garlic butter is coming to mind, sweet and smoky short ribs and Smoked Cheddar and Pulled BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese all lend their notes to how I created my wings.
These wings are simple, even though there are numerous ingredients, the process is easy and your taste buds will thank you.
Sure, if you look hard enough you can still find a free range, grass fed elk burger with a raw quail egg and shaved wheat berry truffle infused olive oil on it being eaten by someone who wants to be seen eating something like this, but for me, I’ll stick to eating what I want.
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- 20 chicken wings
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 cup high end, store bought regular bbq sauce. Noting too fancy or anything with added heat.
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 tbsp ketchup
- 3 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 cup honey
- 5 tbsp salted butter
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Wash wings with cold water and dry well with paper towels.
- In a large zip lock bag, add the pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar.
- Place wings, 5 at a time in the bag and coat well.
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or if you are using a great non-stick cookie sheet, lightly coat with a little canola oil.
- Place the wings in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
- Cook for 35-40 minutes, turning once.
- While wings are cooking, make the sauce by simmering the ingredients on very low.
- As the wings are just about finished done baking, brush the sauce all over them, and put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
- While the wings are cooking, simply make the sauce by simmering all of the sauce ingredients for 10 minutes, under very low heat.
- Go to Costco for napkins.
Summer is here and my inner caveman needs to be near fire, sticks and raw stuff every night.
( ok, and beer or wine or martinis..but mostly beer..ok, never martinis or wine..I just wanted to sound classy)
Why is that?
Is it the great outdoors? The freedom of the backyard? The smell of freshly cut grass ? Or perhaps it’s the stress of trying to cook a great meal while making sure that my toddler and black lab don’t knock over, fall into or throw toys into the crazy hot BBQ?
Whatever it is…I’m taking advantage of the beautiful Long Island weather, the bounty of fresh basil growing in my garden and the massive bag of charcoal at my disposal.
July 4th is Independence Day in the United States.
It celebrates the commemorating of the adoption of Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776, stating that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and that the United States of America was born.
It also gives us the right to shoot off fireworks, attend awesome parades, drink beer and participate in some serious grilling.
Let us not, ever, downplay the freedom aspect of the holiday and the respect portion.
Don’t ever let my humor, sarcasm, amazing culinary skills, ninja-esque veggie chopping abilities, outrageously handsome and rugged stature make you think that I am diluting the holiday. Not a chance. I’m just enhancing it with the previously mentioned details…because we live in the most amazing country ever and have freedoms that should never be taken for granted.
Now on to the cooking……
It must be getting cooler out because I’m actually cooking inside the house and giving the charcoal and propane a much needed rest..for now.
For decades, Italian grandmother’s have been arguing with other grandmother’s or “Nonna’s” about their recipe for sauce and meatballs being the best.
One of the many simple pleasures coming out of this Irish guy’s kitchen…but in my kitchen we call it…
Bru’sketta, just like Giada.
Ok, I never talk like that, but it sounds more fancy than saying tomatoes and bread, right?
Day 4: Coffee. A New York Foodie’s Christmas Wish List. (AKA, The 12 Days Leading up to a Foodie’s Christmas)
Happy Wednesday December 20th everyone!
Whether you are in need of a pick me up after a long day of chasing the kids around or you need a little go-go juice after work, this nectar of the city will do the trick.
New Yorker’s aren’t naturally energetic. We are naturally beautiful and naturally awesome, but the false sense of energy and excitement…
Yeah…that’s all coffee.
Day 3: Bagels. A New York Foodie’s Christmas Wish List. (AKA, The 12 Days Leading up to a Foodie’s Christmas)
Happy Monday December 18th everyone!
New Yorker’s are always on the go.
Even when we are relaxed with no particular place to go, we are in a rush.
One of the most portable foods and one of the most deliciously simple noshes are NYC bagels.
For me, there are 2 choices. Plain or everything.
All or none.
I like being a minimalist and I like being extravagant with my food, it all depends upon my mood.