RE: Shad Roe
Had my first set of roes in late February in Kent Island, Md - not great- smothered in a too rich sauce. A week later I had shad roes at Gadaletto's restaurant here in New Paltz, perfectly cooked and served with bacon and onions. (Also had a beautiful bowl of Billi B soup that evening.) Gadalettos Seafood Market has had roe and filets sporadically for the last month or so, but none from the Hudson river. I've cooked both roes and filets here at home - I think they were from Chesapeake Bay or Delaware Bay - anyway, they were delicious gently sauted n the case of the roes and grilled in the case of the filets.
I dont think I'll see any Hudson River shad this year. The State has placed severe restrictions on the fishermen and anyway, the shad are so scarce that most of our local netters have given up and are not even setting or drifting nets this year. Among other problems, the river is so full of striped bass that, because they cannot be legallly taken,due to the PCBs, that almost all of the herring population has been wiped out by the bass.
BTW: Kozel, are you by any chance a member of the famous Columbia county restaurant family?