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Steamed fish. Prepared by Eileen Goldfinger with Vivian’s recipe. PG photo.  Re-post from 2012 on Blogfinger.net

Vivian Huang’s Delicious Steamed Fish

1/2 pound cod fish (loin)

2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

5 scallion (3 thinly sliced on the diagonal & 2 for garnish)

1 1/2 tablespoons of fish soy sauce or oyster sauce

3 tablespoons chicken stock

2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic finely grated *

Place fish on a microwave safe plate and top with 1 tablespoon ginger and garlic. Cover completely with plastic wrap and microwave for 4 minutes on high.

Sauce:

Heat oil in a small sauce pan until it simmers. Add remaining ginger and sliced scallions.

Add fish sauce and stock. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Remove plastic wrap from fish. Pour any juices from the fish into the sauce pan and simmer for another minute. Pour the sauce over the fish, garnish with the 2 whole scallions.

Serves 2

* Vivian’s recipe did not contain garlic; that was my addition (Eileen Goldfinger, food editor @Blogfinger).

Editor’s Note: Vivian Huang is an expert in Chinese cuisine. She is not a professional chef, but she is an excellent home cook who was born in Taiwan. This recipe is a superb example of heart-healthy cooking. The fish is steamed.  Cod fish is low in cholesterol,  high in protein, and rich in  nutrients such as calcium and potassium.

A small amount of extra virgin olive oil is used in the recipe which, in the prevention world, is considered to be a “good oil.” Ginger has been utilized for centuries for its medicinal benefits, and garlic is an herb with reputed health benefits in heart disease. The recipe is low in fat and calories and it contains, of course, omega-3 fish oils.

Note that Paul Goldfinger, MD and Eileen Goldfinger have written a book called “Prevention Does Work:A Guide to a Healthy Heart.” Eileen’s recipe section stresses sea food preparation. The book is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

MUSIC. If you want some authentic Chinese sea food, you should take a slow boat to China with a really good friend, catch the fish yourself, and let the crew prepare it. Then eat it under the stars. Here is Renee Olstead with Carol Weisman:    — PG

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Anna Murphy

Untitled.   By  Anna Murphey  Re-posted from September, 2013.

Anna Murphey is a retired professional photojournalist who often vacations in Ocean Grove and whose work we have shown in the past.    (BF link for Anna    Anna Murphey photographer  )  She is currently visiting our town to be here at its most beautiful time—September.

Anna sent us the photo above and she explains the image in her own words:

“I am attaching a photo I took at Swartswood State Park one April-a warm day, it’s one of my favorites and it ran in the New Jersey Herald during my tenure as Chief Photographer.”

We also asked Anna to suggest a song for her delightful portrait of a young lady.

This is her reply, “Good Day Sunshine,”  by the Beatles.  As an aside, I saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1964, I still have my ticket stub, I guess that kind of dates me.”

THE BEATLES:

Editor’s note:  We learned that Anna had passed in 2017.  She was a fine photographer and her last contact with Blogfinger was 2016

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Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net

When we first moved here in 1998, we became acquainted with the live nativity event.  I recall standing out in the cold waiting for the children and animals to appear.  There was a procession, and  this star bearer came by. She seemed like she had appeared out of the mists of the past.  For a moment I felt I had experienced time travel.

Preserving the past is usually expressed in this town by the architecture. But other things occur which add life to the history, like you see in the photo.  It’s important to continue those “live” traditions whenever possible.  The live nativity is now indoors, but it seemed more authentic when we were breathing vapor out our nostrils while waiting in the cold for the two-humped camel, the wise men, the sheep and some shepherds to arrive.

SOUNDTRACK:  As a teenage musician I often took part in Christmas celebrations and concerts. We went caroling in the cold, and people tossed dollar bills out the windows of the garden apartments where we lived.

In school, Christmas music was a big deal, and I always have associated this holiday with beautiful music , both classical and popular.  But this photograph seems to require something especially heart-felt and different from the usual carols, so here, although it is not actually a Christmas selection, it does seem to go with the photo.  It’s Puccini.—Paul Goldfinger

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Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.

Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.  Click to enlarge.

Little Italy has been fading away for years. Yet you can still take a food tour there and visit family businesses that exist after more than one hundred years.

On Columbus Day, today, the Italian-American community is celebrated —-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

 

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR   “The Lord is my Shepherd”

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Paul Goldfinger, Editor.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman*  was a great actor, although he sometimes made weird movies. In 2010 he directed his first film called “Jack Goes Boating.” It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy, but the four characters are depressing. I forced myself to watch it for the sake of the soundtrack, but we couldn’t get  past the first half.

The music, on the other hand, is varied and interesting. We recently posted one of the songs on BF — a re-do of “Blue Moon,” which is quite wonderful.  Here is the link:

The song which opens the film, however, is “The Rivers of Babylon” by a reggae style (“rock steady”) Jamaican group from the 1960’s and 1970’s called the Melodians who had embarked on some Rastafarian themes in their work, resulting in an international hit called “The Rivers of Babylon” recorded in 1969.

The song was chosen to open the movie, and I really liked it. Then I listened carefully to the lyrics (I’m always first attracted to the music — then the lyrics.)

It turns out that the Melodians were using parables taken from Psalm 137 which tells the story of the invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE. This Jewish nation was destroyed by the Babylonians who , after demolishing the first holy Temple, carted off most of the Israelites to Babylon (now Iraq).

The rivers in the song title refer to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. What does this Bible story have to do with the movie? — I ‘m not sure.

The middle east around 586 BCE.

The middle east around 586 BCE.

But here is “The Rivers of Babylon” from Jack Goes Boating. —   (*Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed in 2014.)

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Suffragists put up a poster in Long Branch. Joe Czachowski 2010 fromLibraryof Congress; Remembering the Jersey Shoere 1915

Suffragists put up a poster in Long Branch, 1915.   Photo from the Library of Congress in   Remembering the Jersey Shore  by Joe Czachowski, 2010.

By Paul Goldfinger

“Votes for women” activists were busy in the summer of 1915. These three were advertising a speech by activist Anna Howard Shaw whose biography  The Story of a Pioneer”was published that year.  Suffragists  organized concerts, lectures, parades and even ball games from Keyport to Atlantic Highlands to Asbury Park.    Alice Paul was born in  Burlington (see Mary Walton’s book about Alice Paul, available at  the Comfort Zone).

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove has a great deal of information about the women’s movements in OG.

SOUNDTRACK:  COUNT BASIE AND TONY BENNETT—What is the world coming to??

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November 3, 2012. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. One of the first fishermen to return. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright. Click left for full view

November 3, 2012.  5 days after Sandy.  Ocean Grove, New Jersey. One of the first fishermen to return. By Paul Goldfinger  ©. Re-posted from January,2013. Click for full view.  See the comments for some photographic notes.

 

SOUNDTRACK:   CAROL KING

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Paris flower market. by Paul Goldfinger  Re-posted from Blogfinger.net  January, 2015. ©

SOUNDTRACK:   Madeleine Peyroux is an American who has spent many years in France.  This song, sung in French, is called “La Javanaise.”  Supposedly it is difficult to translate. But it evidently is a bitter-sweet love song—something about true love only lasting as long as a romantic dance.

So, forget the translation. Everything in Paris is about love—at least that is its reputation, so just enjoy it and imagine what it means.

—-Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

MADELEINE PEYROUX   from her album Half the Perfect World  This song, “La Javanaise” was performed in the movie the Shape of Water by Madeleine Peyroux in 2017.

Madeline Peyroux

Madeline Peyroux

 

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New Jersey Ave bridge seen from the OG side. April, 2013. PG photo

New Jersey Ave bridge seen from the OG side. April, 2013. PG photo. Left click for full view.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger.  This 2013 piece brought 50 comments. It is worth re-reading.

Every night at midnight, the NTPD locks the gates on the OG side of those two bridges.  At 5:00 a.m. the gates are opened.  This policy has been in effect since 1995 and was initiated by Neptune Township as a method to stop high crime rates on the bridge and on both sides of the bridge. Many of those crimes were happening in the late evening and early morning hours.  The police tried foot patrols, a police substation by the bridge, covert ops and decoys, but despite some arrests, the problems continued.

The top priority for the NTPD was to do the right thing from a public safety perspective.  Soon after the gates/locks idea was implemented, there was, according to NTPD Chief Robert Adams,  a “dramatic impact” on crime in that location, on both sides of the bridges.

The Lock

The Lock

In 1995 some individuals complained about the idea*, especially from the AP side, who viewed the locks as keeping Asbury Park citizens out.   Others said that the purpose of the gates was to prevent criminals from quickly escaping the Grove, but Chief Adams says that cutting off escapes was not the main mechanism.   Instead the benefit came mostly from reducing the number of criminals hanging around in those locations, something that would help both communities.   In recent years, the police have received no complaints about the bridge closures.

Chief Adams says that his department is “constantly re-evaluating”  all its policies .  However, at this time, he believes that the vast number of Grovers support the continued implementation of the bridge closures and he continues to place “public safety” as the main focus for police work in Neptune Township and, specifically, in Ocean Grove.

* Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 12, 1995  link)  From Jamie of Ocean Grove:      1995 newspaper article link

Editor’s Note:  If you wish to comment on this topic, please tell us which side of the lake you live on.  I think your comments will have more credibility if you do, especially if you say your name, but neither is required.  —Paul

GRASCALS

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tin_men

 

By Paul Goldfinger MD, Editor @ Blogfinger.net.  Re-posted.

Barry Levinson (b. 1942) is a film director known for his work featuring the city of Baltimore. I’ve always loved his movies, especially “Diner” and “Avalon. ” He also directed “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Rain Man.”

In 1987 he made the third in his Baltimore series—“Tin Men” starring Danny DeVito (a Jersey guy born in Neptune Township,) Richard Dreyfuss, and Barbara Hershey.

Danny DeVito on the Asbury beach July 29, 2002 during the Springsteen launch of "the Rising" Paul Goldfinger photo

Danny DeVito on the Asbury beach July 29, 2002 during the Springsteen launch of “The Rising.” Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

The film, set in 1962, is about the con-men who sell aluminum siding door-to-door in Baltimore. The characters and dialogue are wonderful including several scenes with the guys sitting in a diner discussing television, gambling, women, money and their adventures as tin men. It features a soundtrack from the 1960’s including our song below by the Nat King Cole Trio, recorded in 1940.

“Sweet Lorraine” is a jazz classic written in 1928. There have been several hit versions, and the  Cole Trio rendition is the one featured in “Tin Men.”

Here it is:

I think that “Sweet Lorraine” is one of the best musical tributes written as a paean to a woman with a particular name. I found a list of 200 songs that contain a woman’s name in the title. These are the ones that have Sweet——: Lorraine, Mary, Melissa, Annette, Caroline, Virginia and Adeline.

But here is my list of favorite songs with a woman’s name in the title: (feel free to add your favorites:)

1. Judy is a Punk

2. Jennie From the Block

3. Wake Up Little Susie

4. Song for Myla Goldberg

5. Patricia the Stripper

6. Help Me Rhonda

7. Long Tall Sally

8. Lonesome Suzie

9. Christine Sixteen

10. Believe Me, Natalie

11.Run Around Sue

12. Donna and Blitzen

13. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

14. And finally my favorite: Don’t Walk Away Eileen

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