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Tuscany. c. 1996. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for larger view

Cinque Terre, Italy.   c. 1996. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for larger view. Re-posted from 2013.


HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO. “Souvenir de Villingen” from the album Yerba Buena Bounce  (composed by Stephane Grappelli)

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By Eileen Goldfinger  (food editor at Blogfinger)

4 cups fish broth
1 cup water
6 ounces halibut, cut in 2 inch pieces
4 extra large sea scallops
7 ounces cooked lobster meat
1/2   32 ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes, hand crushed
1 sweet onion, diced
1 Anaheim pepper, seeded, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
pinch of sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large leaves of Swiss chard,  remove center stem, slice leaves in 1/2 inch strips
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Use a heavy 5 quart Dutch oven with a lid.  Heat oil on medium heat, then add diced onions. Cook onions until they begin to soften, approximately 10 minutes.  Add the Anaheim peppers, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper;  stir and cook for another 10 minutes.  Lower the heat to medium-low, add the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes.  Add the crushed tomatoes, return the heat to medium and cook for an additional 10 minutes

Remove fish from refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature.

Add the broth, water and Swiss chard to the pot, stir, bring to a boil, cover the pot, lower heat so the liquid simmers and cook for 45 minutes.

Taste the soup and adjust seasoning.

Add halibut to soup and cook for 5 minutes.  Next add scallops to soup and cook for 7 minutes.  Finally, add lobster and cook for 2 minutes.

Serve with grilled Ciabatta bread and sautéed slices of polenta.

Serves 2

Cook’s note: A more economical version could substitute any solid white fish such as cod loin for the halibut. The lobster could be replaced with shrimp.  A good wine with this is Cavit’s Pinot Grigio  (from Italy) served chilled. It is inexpensive and quite delicious.

Editor’s note:  This recipe is 100% heart healthy. Fish is a nutritious protein source which contains no saturated fat and very low amounts of total fat. Lobster and scallops are shellfish which contain only small amounts of cholesterol.  All these fish components are heart healthy due to their fish oils. Note that the cooking oil chosen is olive oil, which is a “good oil” high in monounsaturated fat.  Swiss chard is high in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.    This recipe originally posted on Blogfinger in 2011.  PG

MUSIC: To play while you enjoy your Italian Fish Soup by candlelight :  Puccini, from La Boheme, “Musetta’s Waltz”–Kiri Te Kanawa:

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Thornley Chapel. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  2012.


SOUNDTRACK:  The London Philharmonic and Choir

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New Orleans beignets, fresh made, at the Lakes Park Farmers Market in Fort Myers, Florida. by Paul Goldfinger. Originally posted in August, 2012.


SOUNDTRACK:  It is difficult to try to find music to compliment this photograph of a beautiful and expressive child.  What words would convey the right description of the moment?  In the end, I thought of how her parents and family must think about her.

So I chose the lovely song “You’re My Everything” by Harry Warren (1931,)  but I wanted it performed by a jazz musician with the words  aside, because  a jazz performance allows us to give the music its own meaning if we want to.

Yet the poetic words of this song do fit the theme and the music.  It’s your option as to how to experience this song:

“You’re my everything underneath the sun

You’re my everything rolled up into one

You’re my only dream, my only real reality

You’re my idea of a perfect personality.”

You’re my everything, everything I need,

You’re the song I sing and the book I read.

You’re a way beyond belief and just to make it brief

You’re my winter, summer, spring, my everything


Here’s The Miles Davis Quintet from the “‘Round Midnight” album.  Miles solos on trumpet (or is it flugelhorn?)

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Thousand Islands, Canada. Award winning image (Pfizer Labs national calendar contest) by Paul Goldfinger



Theme Music:  Cavalleria Rusticana,  Intermezzo— by Pietro Mascagni.  Featured in “Raging Bull” and “Midsummer’s Night Dream.”

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Autumn, Scotrun, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full image. Copyright 2012.

Autumn, Scotrun, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full image. Copyright 2012.

There’s a town in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, near the Delaware Water Gap, called Scotrun. John and Jean live up a curved country road named after the family that settled that area. It’s called Krantz Hill Road. You drive up the hill and pass old barns and houses, spread apart. Hunters track deer in that part of the country. When deer season starts, schools are closed so the kids can join in. It starts with bow season, and then the guns appear.

John and Jean have a long driveway that rises to their home which was built in the 1930′s and sits on a hill. It’s a perfect house for that property which consists of woods and fields. They can relax in their living room and see the Gap. (No, not the store at the mall.)

They also can see the deer moving through along with bear that prowl around the neighborhood. They have rigged up a bird feeder that the bears can’t reach, and quite a variety of birds migrate that way.

Delaware Water Gap taken from John and Jean’s porch in Scotrun. By Paul Goldfinger

Delaware Water Gap taken from John and Jean’s porch in Scotrun. By Paul Goldfinger

If you walk through those woods, you find old stone walls which are common through woodsy areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. John is a hunter whose field dog is a German short hair named Gillie who gets to run free through the woods around the house, until John calls him. John is a no-nonsense guy, and that dog comes right back when summoned.

SOUNDTRACK. “Snowstorm Suite III: Spring and Autumn” by the Hermitage Museum Orchestra conducted by Alexander Titov. The Suite is composed by Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998. Russian)

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Ocean Grove scenic.

Ocean Grove,  2012.  Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©  Re-posted from 2013 on Blogfinger.net. 


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By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. Embedded with the Asbury Park Fire Dept. ©

By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. Embedded with the Asbury Park Fire Dept. ©  Click on photo to enlarge.  Undated/


ALTENBURG BOYS CHOIR   “Ave Verum K618” by Mozart from the film Lorenzo’s Oil .   


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2012 re-post, but still “boom badoom”


Yo, Wassup?   It’s Nicky Minaj and “Super Bass.”  You know what I’m sayin’?   —-PG and pg13

“Boy you got my heartbeat runnin’ away.   

Beating like a drum and it’s coming your way

Can’t you hear that boom, badoom, boom

Boom, badoom, boom bass?

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Notre Dame, Paris. By Paul Goldfinger
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SOUNDTRACK:   “Sheep may safely graze.”   Bach.  Lumiere String Quartet

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