Sturgeon is a truly prehistoric-looking fish. Instead of scales, it is covered in rows of sharp, bony plates called "buttons," and, instead of a bony skeleton, its body is supported by cartilage. At the Shedd Aquarium, you can actually touch a lake sturgeon—"a fish that outlived dinosaurs." Because of the high demand for sturgeon roe (caviar), all 26 species of sturgeon are either extinct or are nearing extinction.
Sturgeon is firm-fleshed and mild tasting; its texture is steak-like and is compared to chicken breast and swordfish. It can be cooked in just about any way, and it has been featured at many upscale Chicago restaurants -- including Next and Blackbird. Seafood Watch rates it a "Best Choice." Low mercury level.
1 lb. for $19.00
Walleye is often called "walleye pike" but it is actually a member of the perch family. Something to remember when choosing walleye is that its pearlescent eyes are not an indication of spoilage but rather a result of light sensitivity that allows the fish to see more clearly at night.
Walleye, which has a sweet flavor and a small flake, can be prepared in virtually any way. Seafood Watch rates it a "Good Alternative." Higher mercury level. Kosher.
We are happy to offer uncooked, frozen, wild caught Key West Pink Shrimp. These plump shrimp get their color from the coral waters off the southwest coast of Florida. Individually Quick Frozen, Shell-On. 21 to 25 per pound.
And that means it is going to be HOT. Make sure you have the right cooler bagfor your trip home. This week onlywe are offering the Hooked on Fish Convertible Cooler Bag for just $16.00 (regularly $18.00). Not only does it keep your fish cold longer, but it is an excellent all-purpose tote. Use if for your summer picnics at Millennium Park or Ravinia!
Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli
Sfoglini Pasta Shop, Brooklyn NY
We were recently introduced to Sfoglini pasta and now we can't get enough of it! Their pastas use grains grown by local farmers and ground in local mills. They are part of a movement to revive specialty and ancient grains such as emmer. At last a pasta that is both good and good for you.
Company description: "Cuttlefish or sepia ink is milked from the squid-like creatures found predominately in the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. Originally used for early manuscript writing the beautiful slate coloring started to show up in signature dishes from Sicily to Venice in sauces and pastas. Cuttlefish Ink brings warm velvety notes and a mellow briny flavor to our delicious scroll-shaped pasta that pairs well with buttery seafood."Come on, be adventurous!
16 ounce box for $9.50
Entertaining? Here is a special treat. These succulent sardines packed in a light tomato sauce are surprisingly rich and satisfying.
Studies have shown that canned sardines are healthier for you than fresh. They are full of omega-3 fatty acids and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Save this truly delicious treat for your best friends. You won't regret it. MSC certified. 125 grams: $9.00/tin