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Stuffed Flounder With Shrimp

Eileen Goldfinger, Food and Garden Editor  @Blogfinger

Fish:

2 flounder fillets

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon Smart Balance  margarine

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 lemon

Stuffing:

6 medium shrimp, diced and peeled

1 scallion, diced

1 shallot, minced

1 small celery stalk, diced

1/2 teaspoon ground garlic

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

pinch of salt

4 tablespoons Eggbeaters

1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

Prepare the stuffing:

Put the margarine and the oil in a 10 inch non-stick pan and heat on medium.

Add shrimp, scallion, shallot, celery, garlic, black pepper and salt.

Sauté until scallions soften, and shrimp turn pink, approximately  5 minutes.

Remove from pan and place in a bowl to cool.  Turn off heat under pan.

When the stuffing is cool, add Eggbeaters and Panko bread crumbs to the mix.

Prepare the fish:

Re-heat the pan on medium and add a little more oil if  necessary.

Rub the chili powder on both sides of the fillets. Lay the fillets, skin side down on the counter (the skins are removed), place half of the stuffing in each fillet. Pull the two ends of the fillet together, over the stuffing, and secure with a wooden toothpick.

Cook the fillets in the pan until they turn brown and then turn them over and brown the other side. While they are cooking, squeeze the juice from the lemon over them.

serves 2

Cookin’ Music:   Clifford Curry with “Mamma’s Home Cookin'”

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Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

If you are from the Mediterranean or if you eat like you are, then you will use garlic on almost everything.  Garlic has been ingested for thousands of years.  Eileen says that she puts garlic in salads, sauces, eggs, meat and fish dishes.  She uses powdered garlic or fresh cloves, minced or sliced.

There is a French dish called “chicken with 40 cloves of garlic.”

Around here, garlic is usually harvested in July, and we saw some still on the stalks  (like in the photo above) at the  Farmers’ Market in Asbury, but they were pricey. ($5.00 per la botte—ie bunch.)  Once pulled out of the ground, garlic can last for months if kept cool and sheltered.

We once went to a garlic festival in California, and once in Florida, but you can find such events celebrating garlic in New York State and New Jersey. They even make garlic ice cream (ugh!)

 

Garlic Festival in DelRay Beach, Florida, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Garlic Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

There are those who claim that garlic is good for your health, but in our book, we talk about garlic and come to this conclusion:  “At present the evidence does not support using garlic supplements for prevention.”

—Eileen and Paul Goldfinger

SAMUEL E. WRIGHT   –from “Disney’s Greatest Hits:”  You can kiss the girl, but don’t try it if you’ve eaten garlic; unless, of course, you both have eaten some—and, by the way, FYI, garlic is known by some experts to be a powerful aphrodisiac  (which is a lover of all things Aphrican)

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Ken Davis of Estero, Florida, breezin along with the breeze. By Paul Goldfinger

Ken Davis of Estero, Florida, breezin’ along with the breeze. By Paul Goldfinger.     2013 Re-post.

We met Ken Davis at the Causeway Islands Park which stretches from Ft. Myers to Sanibel Island.  It is a remarkable  park where you can just pull over and drive onto the beach.    We saw Ken pull his 4-wheel drive up to edge of the Gulf of Mexico. His car was filled with wind-sailing gear.

It took him quite a while to put his wind-sail together. It was a breezy afternoon, but he shook his head and said that there wasn’t enough wind to get a really good result.  Nevertheless, he got on board and aimed for Cuba.  But a short while later he returned toward shore and then headed out again.  That’s when I got this shot.

Ken is a “local” and he was there with some friends who huddled on shore to keep warm. Soon it would be sunset, but we were gone after getting this photo. Ken was still cruisin’ around when we departed.  Sunsets are corny, but you already know that.   —Paul Goldfinger

SOUNDTRACK.  Sue Raney

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By Paul Goldfinger      Editor@Blogfinger.net

 

Every year, the day after Labor Day, it feels like we are getting our town back.  It’s almost like magic, because it is so less congested—many hundreds of cars and people simply vanish.  It reminds me of the show Brigadoon where a small town in Scotland vanishes and then reappears, albeit, every one hundred years.

Here is a song from that original Broadway cast with Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, selected by Eileen who loves Brigadoon.  “The Heather on the Hill.”

Of course, we have Rosa Rugosa on the dunes.

 

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Belmar Freedman's

Belmar Freedman’s. Internet photo. Re-post from 2018.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor Blogfinger.net

Freedman’s use to have many stores in this area, but their flagship in Belmar is all that’s left. The link below tells the story.  We had announced this in “Wassup” but some Grovers wanted to talk about it, so  we have moved it here.

The nostalgia at the shore never ends. People have so many associations. Freedman’s had the best challah breads and babkas  (yeast cakes from Eastern Europe. The Freedman’s style was Jewish and made with chocolate or cinnamon. We have one in the freezer.)

During the recent Jewish New Year  (It is 5774, but who’s counting?) we called Freedman’s to order a babka.  They said we are not making them this year, but we have rugelach  (another little Polish cake.)  We were disappointed, so I ordered the rugelach.

When I got to Freedman’s to pick up the order (which included two challahs with raisins), there on the counter, right in front of me, were 2 babkas.  I said, “I thought you weren’t baking these.”  The young lady behind the counter smiled, shrugged and said,  “I guess the baker changed his mind.”  I loved the answer as I pointed to one of two that remained.

 

From JW:

Rats! the closing of the last Freedman’s Bakery is like the final nail in the coffin of the old Jersey Shore . Hope someone saves the classic 1950′s-60′s sign.

So where am I gonna get salt sticks–at Wegman’s? Don’t think so.

 

From Frank S:

Yep unfortunately JW is correct in that more & more “old” Jersey Shore places are disappearing. In no particular order I suggest we all patronize before they are gone : Vic’s in Bradley Beach, Vesuvios in Belmar, Hincks in Wall, The Circus in Wall, Franks in Asbury, Freddies in Long Branch, Original Windmill in Long Branch, Brothers in Red Bank, etc., etc. I probably forgot some.

 

THE JIVE FIVE:  “My True Story.”   A blast from the past from Gus Gossert’s 25 Favorite New York Doo-Wop Songs.

 

 

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Conversation: NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger

Conversation: NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Click left for full view

By Paul Goldfinger   (Some of us miss that Wegmans Café on the second floor; Will it ever return?)

Scene: Wegmans, Ocean. Upstairs café where they have numerous tables and chairs. It is a weekday morning, about 8:30 am. No one else is there. I arrive with my coffee, bagel, iPhone (to check BF) and The New York Times paper edition — looking forward to my mellow morning routine. I find a table with a view overlooking the store. I set everything on the table and sit down.

Disembodied female voice: “With all the tables up here, did you have to sit near me?”

I look around. There is a column facing me, and behind the column I see a woman sitting at a laptop computer. I didn’t notice her before, but now she is quite obvious.

She is about 40 years old and is staring at me, with a slight but (am I imagining this?) menacing smile. I instinctively react negatively to her voice, her tone and her appearance.

Men, I think, always incorporate an assessment of a woman’s appearance whenever they get to talk to one. I thought she was pretty unattractive, although, if it weren’t for her bad attitude, I might have found something to admire.

I stand up and step closer to her.

Me: “Are you kidding?” (I was incredulous, but I also considered the small possibility that she was just teasing.)

She: “No!”

Me: “Well then, I don’t care.” (I mean, really….is she nuts? — thought I. But maybe I do care…a little.)

She: “I’m putting my ear phones on.”

Me: Silence. I resume my morning activities.

Postscript: About 20 minutes later I look up and see that she is gone, but she left a souvenir: all her breakfast detritus. Normally I might have tossed it into the garbage, but it is, in an odd way, part of her, and I didn’t want to think about her for another moment. The busboy will get it.

SOUNDTRACK: Harry Nilsson

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Florence, Italy, August 22, 1951. By Ruth Orkin

Florence, Italy, August 22, 1951. By Ruth Orkin

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We will be pursuing a series of posts about photography, particularly of female photographers. This photograph, taken in the summer of 1951, at the Piazza del Rebublica in Florence, became Ruth Orkin’s iconic masterpiece. The image has a story:

Orkin, a 29 year old aspiring photojournalist, was traveling alone in Europe that summer. In Florence she met 23 year old “Jinx” Allen Craig who had quit her job in New York City to go by herself on a grand tour of Europe. While checking out a cheap hostel on the River Arno, she met Orkin. The two of them decided to become a team and investigate what it was like for a woman to travel alone on the continent. They set up photographs in a variety of situations such as sitting in a cafe, shopping in a market , etc.

In this photo, Orkin asked Craig to walk through the crowd of leering men. Orkin took only two frames, but for this shot, she asked the men not to look at the camera when Craig walked past a second time. This image became famous. Early on, the crotch grabbing was airbrushed out. Some critics discounted the photograph because they said it was set up and not spontaneous.

Others said that it showed harrassment of a woman on the streets of Florence, but “Jinx” Craig thought otherwise. She said, “It’s not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time! I clutched my shawl to me because that sheaths the body. It was my protection, my shield. I was walking through a sea of men. I was enjoying every minute of it. They were Italian and I love Italians.”

Orkin became famous, and Craig eventually married an Italian man.

If you want to read more about this image and the people who made it, here is a link: American Girl in Italy (MessyNessy Chic)

 

SARAH VAUGHAN:

 

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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.

 

Christabel Pankhurst. British protestor (for the vote.) From PBS doc. About 1905.

 

Riots and violence in London. Suffragists beaten and arrested. PBS.

 

 

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, an American feminist, was born in Mt. Laurel, NJ  (see Ocean Grover Mary Walton’s book about Alice Paul, available at  the Comfort Zone).  If you watch the PBS special on the Suffragists, you will see Mary, former Blogfinger reporter, interviewed.

Alice Paul, a Jersey Girl and a feminist.

 

 

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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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

(This piece is re-posted. It was first presented on Blogfinger in July, 2014.)

It was Saturday night, July 18, 1925, at 8:15 p.m., when vocalist Paul Robeson and his accompanist Lawrence Brown strode onto the stage of the Great Auditorium to present a concert of “Soul Stirring Negro Spirituals” (1)  to an integrated audience of three thousand people. Mr. Robeson, an imposing black man, was twenty seven years old. He was already famous as a screen and stage actor as well as a singer.  He was a true Renaissance man who would become one of the most popular performing artists of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Robeson, who was born (1898) and raised in New Jersey, was an All-American football player and Phi Beta Kappa at Rutgers University and an honors graduate of the Columbia University Law School. As a college student, Robeson was friends with the Day family who owned Day’s Ice Cream “Gardens” in Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. He had a summer job as a singing waiter at Day’s. (3)  When he came to Ocean Grove for his 1925 concert, he had just completed a triumphant run at The Provincetown Theatre in New York, where he performed the lead role in Eugene O’Neill’s “All God’s Children Got Wings.”

He had friends at the Algonquin Round Table in New York City, and it was there, with the encouragement of his colleagues, that he decided to do a concert tour with an entire program of “Negro” spirituals and secular songs also known as “slave or plantation music.” This would be the first time that this music would be performed in concert, and he would appear with his close friend Lawrence Brown, also an African-American, who was a gifted composer, pianist and singer. The two would work together for thirty years. The first stop on the tour was The Greenwich Village Theatre in New York City, and then, three months later, he appeared in Ocean Grove.

The concert was reviewed by the Asbury Park Press, which said, “Robeson showed an intelligent appreciation of his task and a splendid voice.” They called him “a talented son of this state” and they described “great applause” in the Auditorium. Among the songs which he and Lawrence Brown sang were “Go Down Moses,” “Weepin’ Mary” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.”

The following month he performed his concert in Spring Lake. They would tour for five years, all over the world, with this program. Later, Robeson would become the third most popular radio artist in the USA in the 20’s and 30’s. In the 1940’s he was the highest paid concert performer in the country and he was also successful as a recording artist. He would sing in the first production of “Showboat” and he would play Othello on Broadway and in England. He would star in eleven movies.

But his visit to OG that night was not only about music; it was also about recognition of African American culture and the elevation of that folk music to high art. In addition, Robeson always was about hope for African Americans, and performing that music was his way to offer pride and encouragement to his people. In 2004, when Barack Obama gave his “Audacity of Hope” speech at the Democratic convention, the first example he cited was, “…the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs.”

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Robeson would accomplish much in his life, but his greatest contribution would be his tireless and life-long advocacy for civil rights. In 1925, Martin Luther King wasn’t born yet, and the “civil rights movement” would not begin until the 1950’s. Imagine how much courage was required for a black man to step forward publicly on behalf of racial justice at a time when lynchings were still occurring in this country. In 1921 a race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma resulted in the deaths of 20 whites and 60 blacks. In 1922, an anti-lynching bill was defeated by filibuster in the US Senate. In 1925, the year of the concert, there were 17 reported lynchings in the US. Jim Crow laws could be found in many states, but Paul Robeson pressed for racial justice wherever he went and for his entire life.

Robeson had been “eagerly” (1) looking forward to his concert in The Great Auditorium. It is likely that he was aware that many “extraordinary African Americans” (2) had appeared there in the past, including the famous Marian Anderson (1921),  Booker T Washington (1908), the singing evangelist Amanda Berry Smith (late 1800’s) and many renowned black  preachers. The Ocean Grove Historical Society has documented the African American History Trail in our town. (2)

In 1998, the Ocean Grove Historical Society celebrated the 100th anniversary of Robeson’s birth by a day-long commemoration featuring lectures, dance, a book signing and an exhibition. The centerpiece of the program was a re-creation of the 1925 concert in the Auditorium. They brought the noted African American bass Kevin Maynor, who used the original program and reproduced the concert from 73 years earlier. This remarkable event was made possible by a committee of Ocean Grovers led by Rhoda Newman (chairman), Kevin Chambers, Phillip May, Jr., and others.

Paul Robeson’s contributions have been recognized many times in the form of tributes at Carnegie Hall and NJPAC, plus many articles, books, exhibits and documentaries. He is a part of Ocean Grove’s musical heritage which includes Enrico Caruso, Duke Ellington, John Phillip Sousa, and Pearl Bailey (2). Paul Robeson died in 1976 at age 77. Five thousand people attended the funeral in Harlem.

Paul Robeson sings “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” from The Complete EMI Sessions 1928-1939, remastered 2008.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

1. Asbury Park Press Archives (Asbury Park Library)

2. Ocean Grove Historical Society Archives (Ms. Rhoda Newman)

3. Mr. Kevin Chambers, Ocean Grove Historian

4. Ocean Grove Times Archives (Neptune Township Library: Mrs. Marian R.Bauman, Director)

 

 

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Steamed fish. Prepared 6/19./20, by Eileen Goldfinger in OG with Vivian’s recipe. Blogfinger photo. © Click to enlarge

 

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. This 2020 version by Eileen was prepared in June, so there are lots of heart healthy accompaniments shown in the photo above.

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, BS,  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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