Fishing for glory

Amy and her 12-pound bluefish

We fished in a tournament yesterday, and we lost. The tournament was the annual Ladies Shoal Troll, a benefit for breast cancer research. Only women can fish, although men can (and do) captain the boats. Kevin and I invited our friends Amy and Beth to come with us. This was a strategic maneuver. Amy owns […]

Bluefish with bacon, onions, and tomatoes

We even bluefished in a tournament. We didn't win.

It’s a damn good thing bluefish aren’t delicious. At least, they’re not delicious most of the time. A bluefish has to be treated just so, or it degenerates into a pile of nasty, oily, fish flesh in record time. A science aside: there are two reasons for this. One is good old oxidation, in which […]

Other people’s fish

Kevin helping Leo reel in a bluefish

It’s been all fishing, all the time around here lately, and I know that those of you who are interested in the garden, the chickens, the turkeys, the pigs, the recipes, or current events can barely stifle your yawns. But, hey, that’s the nature of seasonality! Each month I get to bore a different segment […]

About a boat

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If, like me, you are fascinated with cognitive neuroscience, you have undoubtedly been following the research on happiness. Basically, we’re learning that things we think will make us happy don’t, usually. New York Times columnist John Tierney is as taken with all this as I am, and he ran a little experiment a couple years […]

The black art of bluefish


A note to my readers:  I’m very excited to tell you that, as of today, some of my work will also be appearing in the Huffington Post’s food section.  This is the first of what I hope to be a long and popular series on First-Hand Food .   Uncertainty is the mother of superstition, and getting food […]