Stuffed Flounder With Shrimp

Eileen Goldfinger, Food and Garden Editor  @Blogfinger


2 flounder fillets

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon Smart Balance  margarine

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 lemon


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'”

New York City street series. August, 2012. Click image for full screen view.
By Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net

SOUNDTRACK:  Blossom Dearie has something to say about this:

The North End–barren but more beautiful than the OGNED plan. Blogfinger photo.


We received word  that the OGHOA North End Committee had today posted six important documents that will be presented at the Wednesday (Nov 13) meeting of the Planning Board.

They have done a public service in presenting these documents.  The most important one is the HPC Report.

All interested parties can go to the  OG Homeowners web site    (click on this link and go to the North End Committee)

The document of greatest interest is the General Conclusions prepared by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Neptune Township Land Use Department.

There are nine conclusions, and here, below, is the essence of it:

a.  The site plan does not follow the historic site plan.  “This is contrary to the mandate of the Redevelopment Plan that the site be developed in accordance with the Period of Significance ” (late 19th and early 20th century) “Instead it follows the 1930’s development of the North End.”

b. “The proposed North End plan does not follow Ocean Grove’s historic planning principles.  It offers an “isolated and virtually private enclave, defined by fences and gates, with minimal controlled public access.”

c. The complex resembles a contemporary gated sub-division”  which “contradicts the open interaction that is the very intention and fabric of this Historic District.”

d. “The redevelopment ignores the precedent of the grid of 30′ x 60′ lots.” Instead it would become “a large space with buildings that are out of scale and character with Ocean Grove’s historic architecture.”

e.  The landscape plan looks like what might be found in a “contemporary suburban development.”  The “design of the main entry gates and columns separates the development from the rest of the Ocean Grove community.”

f. “The residents-only, fenced-in, private open space is far greater than the public access easement area.  This is antithetical to Ocean Grove’s historic planning principles of minimal private open space in favor of shared public open space.”

g. There are problems with the site plan’s conforming to OG’s urban town plan and grid.

h. A flare was placed on the north side of Spray Avenue where none was historically intended.

i. “The proposed plan does not demonstrate an in depth understanding of or regard for, Ocean Grove’s character and the need to preserve the town’s ‘sense of place, established in its plan.”

This document ought to be the kiss of death for this OGNED plan.  If the plan passes despite this, then all hell should break loose.

Congratulations to the HPC for courageously telling the truth to power.

All of us should read through the documents, especially the HPC report,  and then attend that meeting.

Undoubtedly the developers will try to slip by these objections with the help of double talk and their allies at the Mother Ship. But the citizens need to stop that freight train.


Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net




Page one of notice placed on the fence at the North End Site. Nov. 11, 2019. Blogfinger photo.  Click on it to make it more readable. We photographed this right off the new North End fence. They are looking for “final major site plan approval,” all at once, at this meeting.


Page two of hearing notice. Blogfinger photo. They want no variances.

Will the Planning Board allow approvals for this giant project without a careful and detailed presentation before the public? Or is this some sort of flim-flam lawyerly gimmick to put it over on the town of Ocean Grove?  The language used is designed to blow smoke in the face of the citizens.

It’s too bad the Home Groaners won’t show up with a lawyer to advise we the people. But that would never happen; the Groaners are complicit–in bed with the developers and the Township. They have never condemned this Redevelopment plan over the 8 years when they could have mounted an attack against the project.

The meeting is at 7 pm on Nov. 13, 2nd floor meeting room.  Bring you BS detector.

Sandy. 2012. Ocean Grove. Bob Bowné photographer. ©

Sandy. 2012. Ocean Grove. Bob Bowné photographer of this image showing the storm surge before it wiped out the Fishing Clubhouse and Pier. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @BlogfingerNote: This article is from Sept 2015. Sandy was October, 2012.Y  ou will find that it is still relevant, especially in light of the recent movement to advance the North End Redevelopment plan.  If Dr. Orton or anyone else wants to update this post  (re-posted now Nov. 11, 2019), that can be done by clicking on “comments” below:


Did you ever consider having a chat with a physical oceanographer, i.e. a storm surge scientist? Well, neither did I, until recently when Philip Orton, Ph.D., a professor and researcher at Sevens Institute of Technology contacted me.

Phil is  also is on the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and his official academic title is “Research Assistant Professor.”  Stevens Institute is at Castle Point on Hudson in Hoboken, NJ. He blogs at SeaandSkyNY.com.  Dr.Orton recently re-did the FEMA flood mapping assessment (their new draft maps) with added sea level rise.

Phil  (I call him  that because he is a Grover)   likes to spend August each year vacationing with his wife Jennifer in Ocean Grove. But lately this couple has been shopping for a second home in OG. Since he is a fan of Blogfinger, he wanted to chat with me about the town.

So I thought, what do I want to chat about–how about a talk over coffee regarding the beating that OG took during Sandy? Or how about the risk of another Sandy? We did all that and more. We even got to discuss the proposed North End underground garage, the flooding at the South End, and the spurting water from the bottom of the new Mary’s Place.

We accomplished these goals after coffee and Danish on my porch and then a phone interview with Phil from his Manhattan apartment. Phil Orton is a regular guy who happens to have recently prepared research studies for FEMA regarding the ocean levels after Sandy and risk of future storm surges. Here is a video of Phil at the time of Sandy:

I make no claims to having any expertise, but here is a summary of what I learned from Phil:

  1. Over time, the ocean levels rise and the land levels sink, with the extent of the latter varying with where you live. The process traces to the Ice Age and has been going on for thousands of years.   In the last 100 years, the subsidence (land sinking) along the Jersey Shore has been a total of 20 cm. (about 1/2 foot). The global ocean rising has been a similar amount. But the concern for the next hundred years is the possibility of rising global ocean levels by 1-6 feet due to global warming.
  1. Ocean Grove and Asbury Park did relatively well during Sandy (“a wild beast of a storm”) because of protective berms and dunes. It went on for 3 days and produced winds of 60 mph , but an “unprecedented” surge caused horrible flooding up and down the Shore. Barrier islands did worse because they got hit from two sides. Phil thought that the risk of another Sandy flood was small, perhaps 1% or less per year. He said that “good dunes” can protect neighborhoods from the waves and flooding of big storms, and, as you all know, the rebuilding of OG’s dunes is ongoing.
  1. The main function of the jetties (“groins”) is to try and prevent sand from moving along the Jersey coast, south to north—–in other words to combat erosion.
  1. It is technically feasible to build an underground garage at the North End using modern engineering techniques. The garage can be waterproofed to protect against rising ground water, but if a surge goes over the dunes, the garage could be flooded. Cars would have to be moved out if a big storm is expected. The cost and complexity of such an engineering and construction project could be huge.
  1. Phil is not a ground water expert, but he thought that the South End situation could be helped by more aggressive pumping techniques. The problem may not be totally curable.

We thank Phil for participating in this Blogfinger interview. We wish Jennifer and Phil well as they seek a fine home in the Grove——–on high ground, of course.

Editor’s note:  Elevation maps of OG are available at Town Hall. Phil is not the only Grover who has consulted those maps before shopping and buying real estate in town.  As for the North End project, if they ever do a site plan and an elevation map for that project, they will have to relate those elevations to the existing ones at the north end where the elevations tend to be on the low side compared to further south on the boardwalk to the Pavilion area.

( Thanks to Jack Bredin, researcher, who has reviewed those maps for us.) —-PG


Crew-members: Doolittle raid on Japanese islands, April 18, 1942. 16 B-25B bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet.

By Kennedy Buckley of Ocean Grove, New Jersey   (Re-posted from 2012 on Blogfinger.)

I was 9, visiting Ireland, when the war started in 1939. To get home we embarked from Scotland, and Mom bought me some toy soldiers and a tank for the sea voyage home.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor was what changed life in the US; now we were in the war instead of watching. Lots of small banners with a blue star in the center started appearing in front windows, meaning a family member was in the service. My two older cousins from Philly went in, and  one would become an officer in the paratroopers (more about him later). Dad’s younger brother with no children was drafted — my dad not. Soon there were multiple flags in many windows.

Nobody was allowed to go up on the roof of my uncle’s tall apartment building in Brooklyn because a spy could see all the ships in New York harbor awaiting convoy. All  windows had to have heavy  drapes to prevent light shining out. If light could be seen, an Air Raid Warden blew a whistle until you fixed it. Rationing books were needed to buy food and things. Tin cans and tin foil were saved and collected for the “war effort.”

There was little car driving (gas and tires were rationed) so Esso (now Exxon) printed war maps instead of road maps on which you could follow the battle front as the Allies went through Europe and the Pacific. War news was really bad, defeat after defeat; however, our spirits were raised with very welcome GOOD news about a daring air raid on Tokyo by B-25 bombers flying off aircraft carriers. (The 70th anniversary of that raid just passed–in 2012.)

This family had 3 members serving. The service flag hung in many windows.

As the war went on, many of the BLUE stars in the windows started changing to GOLD, signifying the death of that serviceman.

Many of our neighbors in the tenements were Italian. Each family had a small storage room in the cellars. Italian families made wine there and stored it in big bottles. When V-E Day came, the celebrating started in the afternoon by bringing the wine to the street for huge block parties that went on into the wee hours. EVERYBODY drank. I was 14 and my buddies and I got falling drunk for the first time, rolling around in the street — nobody cared.

Newsreels of color war footage of the island by island battles in the Pacific were shown in the movie theaters. They were so gruesome that when the atomic bombs were dropped, nobody complained — soon after came V-J Day.  It was the end ….of that war.

4 brothers from the Demby family of Bayonne, NJ (Paul’s family) returned home after serving in WWII. Three were in the Pacific, and one (Marty) was in the convoys that plowed through the North Atlantic with supplies for Russia and England. PG family photo. 1945.  Front l to r.  Ben (Bronze star valor), “Duke” (subs), rear: Al on left (Sea Bees) and Marty  (Coast Guard).


Postscript by Ken:

The soldiers came back home in droves to try to begin a normal life. My cousin Jimmy, the paratrooper, was already back recuperating  in an Army Hospital. He had jumped twice in Europe, D-Day in France and later in Belgium. He lost most of his men in the 2nd jump and was badly wounded. He never really resumed a normal life. He married (I was in the Wedding Party) a wonderful, beautiful woman,  an ex-Rockette. He was in and out of Veterans hospitals until he died in his early 30’s.

I fear for the returning veterans from our recent and current wars. Will they get enough care? I really worry.

Kennedy Buckley   (Note:  Ken Buckley died earlier this year in Ocean Grove.)


MUSIC from that era:  A lot of the music was sentimental and often catered to the imaginations of homesick GI’s who literally spent years away from home and loved ones.

Here is Peggy Lee with the Benny Goodman orchestra with a song that undoubtedly reminded many GI’s of their girls back home.  —PG


Ocean Grove. Nov. 8, 2019 by Paul Goldfinger ©


In WWI  Canadian medical officer and poet Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields.”  After that the poppies became a symbol of remembrance and have been so for over 100 years.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place;

and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep though poppies grow in Flanders fields.


So let’s pay tribute on November 11 to those who lost their lives in all America’s wars.


Today Eileen and I joined a group of veterans from the Jersey Shore Post 125, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. We were set up in the lobby of the fabulous new ShopRite in Shrewsbury,  giving out red paper poppies. Most people gave a dollar or two, and some gave larger bills, dropping them into a pail on the table. And a few gave nothing, but they had to be with us and they gently took a poppy too.

I was touched by all those who stopped by our display. Many said, “Thank you for your service,” and they took a poppy while looking into our eyes.   Others said, “This is for my Dad” or “This is for my husband.” And many had glistening in their eyes.

Small children came by for a poppy as the parents watched.  A child of about 7  walked over and saluted us.  The vets saluted him back, and he was thrilled.

A teen age boy stood to the side and stared at us.  I motioned him to come over for a poppy, and he did. He said that he was a member of Junior ROTC, and he was so respectful to us.  And we thanked him for his interest and warm concern.

A young African-American woman came up to me and said, “All I have is a dollar, and that’s a lot for me, but I have to donate it.”  I told her ” A dollar is terrific.  We love dollars.” She smiled and took her poppy.

A ShopRite pharmacist  came up to us, rummaging through her purse.  “I’m so embarrassed,” she said. “I had a five here and it’s gone, but I’ll be back.” So one of our guys gave her a poppy, and sure enough, an hour later she returned with a five.

An older man, my age perhaps, came up to me with his motorized vehicle.  He wanted to talk about his time in the Navy.  He was on a fighting ship, one of the first to reach Vietnamese waters.  Another man told me that he was aboard a ship at the Bay of Pigs.

Only one person asked us what the money was used for, and one of the senior JWV vets explained how the contributions are used to help veterans such as those who live in veteran homes and hospitals in NJ.    The giving is non-denominational, and some of the recipients served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ShopRite was in the spirit of the holiday,  playing patriotic music overhead all day.

Personally, I was  a Navy doctor during Vietnam, but I spent two years in a 1400 bed Navy teaching hospital in Virginia.  So my life was never in danger, but today I felt like a representative of all those who served and even died,  especially for my med school classmate John Saunders who got caught up in the “doctor draft” and was sent to Nam, only to be killed while riding in an ambulance to help villagers in need.  He died after only about 18 months as a physician.

Some say that Americans are not patriotic these days because of political rhetoric, but today, at that ShopRite, I saw something much the opposite.

Post 125 will be offering poppies at the ShopRite in West Long Branch  (at the intersection of Rt. 35 and 36) on Sunday Nov. 10 from 8 am to 6 pm, and on Monday Nov 11, from 8 am to 6 pm.

And if you want to say something to Post 125, the Commander is Stanley Shapiro, shapvet@aol.com.

Finally I have some poppies, so if you are a vet in Ocean Grove and want a poppy, send me an email with your address, and I will deliver one to you. Or if you represent a vet that you want to remember, you can do the same until we run out.

Blogfinger @verizon.net.   Paul Goldfinger.


ShopRite in Shrewsbury. Post 125 JWV set up in the lobby. I am on the left. Eileen took the photo. 11/7/19.





When a child is born……

Paris. Notre Dame. By Paul Goldfinger © Kodachrome 64. Click to enlarge.


By Zacar (composer)—–Charlotte Church,  Sian Edwards, Stephen  Westrop, London Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Chorus  from the album  Dream a Dream:  “When a Child is Born”



STRAIGHT NO CHASER:    “Text Me Christmas” with Kristin Bell and Straight No Chaser    From their album Under the Influence.


“The most amazing bright moon.” Ocean Grove beach. Jan 31, 2018. Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©





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