Shark Week 2020: Maine’s First Fatal Shark Attack

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Here it is: Shark Week 2020. This has long been one of my favorite times of the year, mainly because I have an excuse to profess my undying love for sharks for an entire week. Though this year, the week has been tainted by a sad and unfortunate tragedy in Maine’s waters. No more than a couple weeks ago, a woman was swimming off of an island in southern Maine with her daughter and was attacked by a great white shark. The undisputed theory behind the attack was that this woman was misidentified as a seal because of her wet suit and its exploratory bite caused enough damage for her to die of blood loss. It is Maine’s first fatal shark attack on record.

The media exploded around this event. While most articles published do a good job of explaining the rarity of not only being attacked by a shark but also the regularity of sharks visiting our waters and how normal this has become, there have been other articles that have sensationalized the attack and painted a negative portrait about sharks. It’s no secret that when Jaws was released as a summer blockbuster in 1975, it created waves of terror with the concept of a large predator stalking innocent people at beaches. People were afraid to go in the water. Others chartered fishing boats in order to go out and catch sharks in an effort to cull their own fears about these ancient beasts. It practically destroyed the great white shark population in the north east Atlantic ocean and has perpetuated acts of “shark culling” in several other countries, namely parts of Australia, and South Africa.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Watermelon…



Yes. I realize that Shark Week was indeed last week. Do I care? Not really.

Last week, I held my third annual Shark Week Party complete with bloody chum-like cocktails, shark-shaped cookies, Goldfish, Sharknado 2, and of course, the Sharktermelon.

Every year so far I’ve carved a shark out of a watermelon following steps that I’ve found on line. This year’s attempt was sadly done in haste as I had run out of time to do it. Nevertheless, it came out looking ten times better than last years, which looked more like a Critter than a shark.

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Fair-Shell And Adieu To You Fair Spanish Ladies!



As it is Shark Week and one of my favorite films/novels is Jaws by Peter Benchley, I thought it would be fun to not only do a video Cooking Adventure, but also a traditional written account of another dish. Therefore, last night after a long day of work, I put my nose to the grindstone and decided to make a recipe that I’ve had my eye on for some time: Mussels in Garlic White Wine Sauce. Yes… It is as good as it sounds. It should be known that since I have a fear of killing crustaceans/living creatures in the pursuit of cooking, I decided to use frozen mussels. They were still in their shells, in air-tight plastic wrap and were just as good as live ones. I also didn’t have to do any de-bearding or washing which is a plus when you work until late and don’t want to do all of that. I suppose it’s cheating but…I don’t really care.

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Smile, You Son of a Shark Critter!

COOKING ADVENTURE # 94: Sharknado Cupcakes


Yes. ‘Tis I once again, returning for a rogue Cooking Adventure. I’ve honestly been up to my eyeballs trying to get everything ready for Memento Mori: Book 3 of the Monstrum Chronicles and haven’t had any time to even cook new things! I’ve literally been subsisting off of the boring same ole, same ole for weeks. But last week, it was a special week, one of my absolutely favorite weeks in the year. It was SHARK WEEK, a time where the Discovery Channel dedicates the week to raising awareness about sharks and trying to portray them as the beautiful and magnificent creatures that they are, and not as nightmarish beasts. In my bid for a slightly more successful Shark Week party this year, I decided to up the ante by making some stellar Sharknado cupcakes in addition to a carved shark watermelon and cool blue cocktails. This proved to be just a little more in depth than I expected.

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You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Plate…

COOKING ADVENTURE #76: Watermelon Shark, Shark Cupcakes, and Shark Cocktail

Watermelon Shark

Ever since I learned that there was a week entirely dedicated to sharks, I dreamed about hosting a Shark Week Party, wherein all things including the food would be related to this prehistoric beast of the sea. I have been planning this party for several weeks now with colleagues from work. Including several different shark themed dishes, we would also watch the Rifftrax version of Jaws, which a few of the folks at work had never seen anymore. This throws me for a loop. This is one of the best films ever made in my opinion (my 2nd favorite behind The Wizard of Oz) and is a must-see film. I spent several hours cleaning the apartment, creating the dishes, and setting up the movie. And though several people were unable to make it in the end, we still had a blast chowing down on our left over Chinese food and other tasty treats.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Eat Cake Again…

COOKING ADVENTURE # 75: Beach Shark Cake


And yes, it has been a considerable amount of time since the last cooking adventure. I wanted to make the seventy fifth Cooking Adventure very special though, which is why I waited for such a long time. This is Shark Week, one of my favorite times of the year. Why, you might ask. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a fascination with sharks. I think they are some of the most interesting and beautiful animals in our ocean. They are powerful, they should be revered especially when we are entering their territory. I was the odd kid in class in third grade reading the books about sharks, crocodiles, and wolves. So now that there is an entire week dedicated to educating people about sharks and trying to turn the mindset that has been associated with them ever since Jaws came out, I have been ecstatic. I’ve been planning a Shark Week cooking adventure ever since summer began. In fact, I’m so excited that I’ll be doing two. Yes, you’re eyes haven’t deceived you. I said two. There will be another one at the end of the week. So, get ready for some terrifying tales as I brave entering the kitchen again to bring you some sweet shark themed goodies…

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SHARK WEEK Cooking Adventures coming soon!

Shark Week

I apologize first to all of you whom have been waiting on a new Cooking Adventure for the last few weeks. I can only say that I have been busy revising my upcoming release, Night Time, Dotted Line. I’ve also been writing my new apocalyptic fiction novel, Cold Walls, and have been trying to figure out how to best turn around my next sequel in The Monstrum Chronicles series. All of this has left me completely exhausted and not necessarily in the mood to tackle creating new dishes in the kitchen. I’ve been eating frozen dinners for the last several weeks… wish I was joking. The few times I have cooked, it’s all been recipes that I did last year and I didn’t want to bore you with something I’ve already done.

You’ll be delighted to know that since it is SHARK WEEK, my absolute favorite week of the year, I will be making two, count ’em TWO cooking adventures. Both are of the cake variety. I’m in the process of baking one and will hopefully have that Cooking Adventure up for you tomorrow evening. The next one probably won’t be until Friday evening. The first is a Shark Beach cake, complete with a little bit of bloody water, shark fin, and some dead fish. Friday, I’ll be making some Strawberry Shark cupcakes with a couple of chum jello shots and a special shark week cocktail. Excited? So am I!

Stay tuned!


Dog Food Chicken and Stale Meatballs (aka no Cooking Adventure yet)

Yes. You read that title correctly. Not only was I tardy in doing my cooking adventures this week, they ended up not being very appetizing at all. I also ate them in such a hurry that I didn’t get any photographs taken. Trust me, they wouldn’t have done these sorry dishes any justice. I can only say that for my seventy-fifth Cooking Adventure, I don’t want you to be disappointed with something as gross as either of these two things; chicken fingers and meatball subs (although I’m sure you’re wondering why the chicken tasted like dog food and why the meatballs were stale). I honestly have no idea about the chicken, and the meatballs had been in my freezer for over a year. Yes, I still ate them. Am I sick? No. Somehow, I’m not.

Be that as it may, I will be doing my 75th Cooking Adventure this weekend and it will be an event you won’t want to miss. (Much like the Quarter Quell from Catching Fire!) Even though the eponymous Shark Week is a couple weeks away, I’ll be throwing a Kick-Off night this Saturday. I’ll be creating some shark cupcakes and chum jello shots, while a couple friends and I watch Jaws: the Rifftrax edition. Curious? Check these guys out. You won’t be disappointed.

Now, now. I know you guys have been waiting for almost two weeks. It’s coming. Just know that in that time, I’ve been making some incredible leaps and bounds while working on my apocalyptic ghost novel, “Cold Walls.” Almost to 9,000 words and still going strong.

Friday. Cooking Adventure. Be ready.