New Castle News

Lugene Hudson

October 26, 2013

Culinary Conversation: Jersey? Sure? Garden state offers bounty of regional treats

NEW CASTLE — When you have a craving for anything fishy, the best place to be is near a coastline.

Atlantic City was such a place. It was one of the destinations of a recent vacation. I had never been there. That means I have never walked the boardwalk until last week.

Although it is dominated by classy, upscale hotels, there are still plenty of souvenir shops pitching kitschy items, and stands selling saltwater taffy and fudge. Ice cream sandwiches made with waffles are a staple on the boardwalk, too.

We also visited Cape May, N.J. — a charming seaside town with row after row of Victorian gingerbread houses in colors ranging from pink to red to bright green.

I was in seafood heaven. Deciding what to order was rough. Swordfish, salmon, scallops — my favorite — and shrimp are caught almost outside restaurant doors, which gives new meaning to the word fresh.

Did I mention crab cakes? At Gallagher’s Steakhouse in our hotel, I had the most amazing crab cakes — some of the best I have ever eaten.

But I also discovered that like all states, New Jersey, has some treats it calls its own, and they are part of today’s column. And though it might be easier to purchase a box next time you’re near the shore, just for fun, a recipe for saltwater taffy is also included.

As the holidays are approaching, gather up your favorite recipes for entrées, side dishes, pies and cookies and send them to Culinary Conversation. It’s a tasteful place to be.

Crab Cakes

  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab
  • 1 bunch scallions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

Mix all ingredients gently.

Let mixture rest for 20 minutes.

Shape into patties. Pan fry by heating sauté pan. Add oil to lightly coat pan. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Baked Sea Scallops

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lugene Hudson
  • Hudson.jpg Lugene Hudson: Celebrate Easter like Helen Martin

    What’s cookin? That’s one of our favorite questions at Culinary Conversation. We love when readers share some of their favorites. This week, Helen Martin of New Castle stepped up to the plate to answer that question regarding Easter dinners.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: From main dish to dessert, some recipes for your holiday table

    We all have our favorite memories of Easter dinners.  While bunnies, chocolate eggs and peeps show up in the kids’ Easter baskets, the dinner table gets to showcase all of those wonderful spring delights that have finally come out of winter hiding including asparagus, sugar snap peas, broccoli and carrots.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Go on; give someone the raspberries

    It was my first bowl of red raspberries for the season. And I was jubilant. Plump, juicy and delicious to the last bite, those little nuggets of sweetness satisfied. After this stretched-out, dismal winter, I was ready for a little taste of spring.

    March 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Greens, cakes among reader’s recipes

    Weeks always start out better when something pleasant arrives in the mail. No, I didn’t win the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

    March 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Add Girl Scout cookies to your recipes

    Usually, this time of year, I have a secret stash in my freezer. It doesn’t usually remain a secret for long, though. But when the Girl Scout cookie shipments started arriving, this house had no deliveries.

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Give your meals an Irish accent

    It’s a new month. And it’s time to be thinking about replacing the snowblowers with lawn mowers. But March can be brutal. There’s a saying that in western Pennsylvania, we can’t breathe easier until we get past St. Patrick’s Day. Still, I’m thinking positively and considering all things new.

    March 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Take the cake and pass the pie

    It’s a new month. And it’s time to be thinking about replacing the snowblowers with lawn mowers. But March can be brutal. There’s a saying that in western Pennsylvania, we can’t breathe easier until we get past St. Patrick’s Day. Still, I’m thinking positively and considering all things new.

    March 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Yes, soup for you! Try some!

    The groundhog said six more weeks of winter, and nobody is going to argue with his assessment. The upside is — we’re closer to daffodils, the swallows returning to Capistrano and sooner rather than later, gardening. There’s already been a glimmer of spring’s promises this week.

    February 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Cherries can help make Presidents Day sweet as pie

    Monday is Presidents Day. Granted, most of us don’t celebrate like we do on the Fourth of July and Christmas.  Some get the day off, though, which is a mini-celebration in itself.

    February 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: It’s time for some Valentine’s Day sweetness

    After only a few seconds of thought, I’ve come to a conclusion. There’s isn’t anything in the food world much more wonderful than chocolate. My love affair with chocolate began at a very young age.

    February 10, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

Beginning tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the NHL playoffs. So, who ya got? And in how many games?

Penguins, in five games or fewer. Too much firepower for the Blue Jackets, especially if Evgeni Malkin is ready to go.
Penguins, in six or seven games. It’s a pretty even matchup on defense, but Pittsburgh will grind it out.
Blue Jackets, in five games or fewer. Sergei Bobrovsky in goal for the Blue Jackets spells trouble for the Pens.
Blue Jackets, in six or seven games. Bobrovsky gives Columbus the edge, but it won’t be easy.
     View Results