Norman Van Aken http://blog.wlrn.org en Butter http://blog.wlrn.org/post/butter <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u><span style="line-height: 1.5;">BROKEN OLIVE BUTTER</span></u></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Norman Van </span>Aken<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. © Copyright 2014</span></p><p><em>The olives here are "broken" so we can remove the pits. Then we make a simple </em><em>‘</em><em>compound</em><em>’</em> <em>butter with them with plenty of herbs, garlic, and spices to serve on the beef. Allow the butter to soften a little before placing directly on meat or fish that are hot from the grill, pan or oven.</em></p><p>Yield: 1 ½ Cups</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 36083 at http://blog.wlrn.org Butter Vaca Frita http://blog.wlrn.org/post/vaca-frita <p></p><p>Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;">''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."</p><p>He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Si!"</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 35783 at http://blog.wlrn.org Vaca Frita Vaca Frita http://blog.wlrn.org/post/vaca-frita-0 <p></p><p>Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;">''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."</p><p>He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Si!"</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 35784 at http://blog.wlrn.org Vaca Frita The Egg http://blog.wlrn.org/post/egg <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The summer I became a golf caddie was one filled with suddenly unfamiliar routines and the deep lows and soaring highs of messy adolescence. I was 14 years of age and not skipping smoothly along the surface of life’s waters. My childhood pals, the Harris boys seemed to suffer no similar quandaries so as is so often the case of adolescent logic I was infinitely attracted to them.</span></p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 36269 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Egg Butchery http://blog.wlrn.org/post/butchery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The sun was hot and bore down on a shirtless man holding a shining silvery saw. It was 1957 and we were in Miami Beach. I was with my parents and two sisters and we were amidst a crowd. Everyone sat in rapt silence in front of a cement bandstand near the hotel's swimming pool as he evoked other-worldly musical sounds from a standard carpenter’s tool.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 36268 at http://blog.wlrn.org Butchery Scones http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scones <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My grandmother made scones. Her maiden name was Janie Quinn so she came by that knowledge like her Scottish cousins did. Birthright!In Scotland scones are not somethingjust to go with tea. They are a national institution. When my grandmother, "Nana" mad e them she was serious to the point of severe. I picked up on it ... and she caused me to love them like I learned to love standing up in our grade school classroom reciting the 'Pledge of Allegiance'.</span></p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 36279 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scones Plantains http://blog.wlrn.org/post/plantains <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">"Sherman, </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">my boy," as Mr. Peabody from the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" TV show might have intoned, "Please set the' </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Way Back Machine ' </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the summer of 1973". We're going to a little restaurant on Duval Street in Key West called </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Cafe </em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Expresso.</em></p><p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 36282 at http://blog.wlrn.org Plantains The Foods Of India http://blog.wlrn.org/post/foods-india <p></p><p>‘A Word on Food’ is done with words of course. Where would I be without them? Our blonde-haired, blue-eyed granddaughter Audrey is not yet two yet she is teaching me to try more communication...</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:29:05 +0000 Norman Van Aken 34082 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Foods Of India Caviar http://blog.wlrn.org/post/caviar <p>You don’t eat caviar because you’re hungry. But the portion set before us at a dinner the other night was certainly capable of staving off a serious quantity of pang.</p><p>We all eye’d the curvaceous morsels of edible hedonism. They were caviar-stuffed, chive-tied crêpes perched upon the base of empty, over-turned, long stemmed Riedel wine glasses. This caviar presentation was done in the style of the legendary “beggars purses” as created by Chef Barry Wine the once-upon-a-gilded-time owner of the ‘Quilted Giraffe’ restaurant of New York City.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:00:39 +0000 Norman Van Aken 33413 at http://blog.wlrn.org Caviar Caramelization http://blog.wlrn.org/post/caramelization <p>Inevitably I have a conversation with nearly every chef that comes to work with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">me as well as the students who attend my cooking classes. It has to do with a cooking term </span>“caramelization”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:40:16 +0000 Norman Van Aken 33408 at http://blog.wlrn.org Caramelization Nachos http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nachos <p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:57:56 +0000 Norman Van Aken 32699 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nachos Hamburgers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hamburgers <p> Sat, 10 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 31947 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hamburgers Peppers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/peppers <p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:17:53 +0000 Norman Van Aken 31946 at http://blog.wlrn.org Peppers Culinary Couples http://blog.wlrn.org/post/culinary-couples <p></p><p>You and Me Darlin’. Like Ham and Eggs. Like Cream and Sugar. You know what I mean Love?</p><p>Like Bogey and Bacall some things are meant to be unified a Oneness out of Two. It is the way of the world. When I think of the great food marriages I swirl in a dance of dualities. Salt and Pepper. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Chocolate and Vanilla. What causes some things to match so perfectly that we rarely think of them alone? That their still stunning singularity is magnified by more than a power of two when twined? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:14:38 +0000 Norman Van Aken 31529 at http://blog.wlrn.org Culinary Couples Sopa De Pollo http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sopa-de-pollo <p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 30783 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sopa De Pollo