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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Huevos Rancheros And A Time Machine

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The movie “Back to the Future” loops through my head more and more as I grow older. The notion of time moving in a ‘ever new’ way and only going forward is simply unreal or so it seems.

There are times and especially settings when it strikes me that life is more of a ‘paint over’ from previous events. The past and future collide in these moments and miss the intermediary avenue of a span of years. It isn’t just deja vu all over again. Or is it? Ask Yogi Berra. His gentle, whacky wit is a comfort throughout time’s ‘jumps.’

So far my story might not be making you hungry but we will get there. It’s only a matter of yes, time.

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Invasive Species Cookbook
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

How To Make Stew With Giant African Land Snails

The giant African land snail get up to eight inches long.
Credit Andrew Derksen, Florida Cooperative Pest Survey Program

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe: WLRNMIA@gmail.com.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Ultimate Grilling For Your Labor Day BBQ

Editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine
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08/29/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Adam Rapoport, Editor-in-Chief Bon Appetite magazine and editor of The Grilling Book: the Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit.  He gives us tips for our Labor Day Barbecues.  It's Food and Dining in the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Peanut Butter, I'm Nuts For The Stuff

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If you’re like most people, you can be transported to a dream state when eating peanut butter.

If you’re like me, the dream is a long one and involves various forms, stages of life, battles with a sibling over who got the last spoonful, issues of textures and the divination of the knife’s scrapings on the clawed bottom of an empty jar.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Food and Nutrition in Public Schools

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08/22/13 ~ 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Also, joining the conversation, is Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward County Public Schools.  We discuss exciting new food programs including expanding after school meal services and new emphasis on breakfast on campus. 

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The Cuban Kitchen
11:54 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: Here Are Some Of Your Stories

A mural at Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market on the Miami River.
Credit Trina Sargalski

"The maraca sound of steam escaping the pressure cooker" and the aroma of sofrito, the "holy trinity" of vegetables and spices that is fundamental to many Cuban dishes: These are a few of the salient memories of the Cuban kitchen that listeners shared with us. Take a look at the timeline below to read stories about "cake de nata," an industrial-sized flan recipe and more.

Thanks to all who shared your stories and memories with us. Some of the quotes have been altered for length or clarity.

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The Cuban Kitchen
7:48 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: Miami Blogger Cooks Her Way Through Nitza Villapol Book

Christina Gomez-Pina (second from left) with her daughter, mother (left), grandmother (second from right) and mother-in-law (right). Gomez-Pina's grandmother holds the copy of Cocina al Minuto that she brought from Cuba.

Nitza Villapol was basically the Julia Child of Cuba. She wrote dozens of editions of her cookbook, Cocina al Minuto, and she hosted a Cuban TV show of the same name for 45 years. In many Cuban kitchens, there's a well-worn copy of one of her cookbooks tucked in a kitchen drawer.

Christina Gomez-Pina, in Kendall, had a copy of the cookbook on her bookshelf. Her mother-in-law gave her Cocina al Minuto on Gomez-Pina's wedding day: "It sat on the shelf for nine years except for one time when I used it to make a dulce de leche cortadito."

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The Cuban Kitchen
11:44 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: How Nitza Villapol Brought Mother, Daughter Closer Together

Bren and Betty Herrera cook at Betty's house in Virginia. The Herrera children often have dinner at their parents' house.
Credit Bren Herrera

Bren Herrera, 34, grew up hearing her mother, Betty, 62, tell stories about life as a young wife and mother in 1960's and 1970's Cuba, when food shortages and rationing were part of life.

They would both laugh over a story about a drunken chicken Betty smuggled into Havana from the countryside. (Below is the full, translated story, as told by Betty Herrera. The story was edited for radio.)

  The Tale of the Drunken Chicken

We went to visit friends in Pinar del Rio, in the countryside. 

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The Cuban Kitchen
11:16 am
Tue August 20, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: Miami's Chef Alberto Cabrera

Alberto Cabrera
Credit Kelley Mitchell

Home to home, kitchen to kitchen, Cuban cooking is about more than the food.

It's about the time spent with family in both preparing the meal and sharing it at the table.

That philosophy has influenced the dishes of Chef Alberto Cabrera in his latest venture located in Coral Gables, Bread + Butter (Pan Con Mantequilla.)

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The Cuban Kitchen
4:24 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Submit Your Favorite Stories, Recipes For #CubanKitchen

Credit Isabel Echarte

Cuban cuisine has chewed its way into South Florida's culture. Many an abuela has shared family recipes for ropa vieja and bistec empanizado, through generations. WLRN wants a seat at your kitchen table to hear your stories of cooking Cuban dishes.

What are your favorite memories of being in, around, or inspired by a Cuban kitchen? Tell us what made them special click here.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Eating On The Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health

Wild strawberries and herb garden

08/19/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with health writer Jo Robinson.  Her latest book discusses of nutrition, and the eons of time when humans subsisted on wild flora and fauna. Her latest book is EATING ON THE WILD SIDE:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health. After generations of breeding more palatable fruits and vegetables, much of their original nutritional clout has been diluted. Robinson has tips to reclaim the nutrients and flavors lost.

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The Cuban Kitchen
6:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ropa Vieja: The Cuban Dish That Tastes Like Home

Isabel Echarte looks at a photo of Cuca, the woman who taught her mother how to cook ropa vieja.
Credit Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Ropa vieja literally means “old clothes.” It’s not the most appetizing name for food, but it fits the dish, a type of beef stew, pretty well. For me, ropa vieja really IS like old clothes—familiar and used endlessly, and comfortable for those very two reasons. It is the dish I grew up with, being the meal my mom best knows how to cook.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Ropa Vieja: Old Clothes, Big Flavor!

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Facebook, I think most listeners know, has a larger population than, well, possibly Earth. It is too big to contemplate or—probably-- trust.

But there is one small colony on Facebook I have come to find haven and even sense in. It is a sub-community called, “I remember Key West when.” I go there to remember, savor and taste the roots of my cooking all over again. Other memory treasure salvers who still live full time down there, (or at least seem to) post pictures of the places I wandered into as I came to know my adopted home town.

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Miami Dish
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Photos: 'Burger Beast,' His Frita Obsession And A Frita Showdown

Cuban Guys restaurant served a frita made with 100 percent beef at Burger Beast's Frita Showdown event. The Hialeah restaurant opened in 2012.
David Samayoa

Sef Gonzalez, the man behind the local blog, Burger Beast, is on a personal campaign to bring more frita awareness and appreciation to Miami.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine
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08/15/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview author Mandy Baca. Her book is The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas.  She recounts the history of Miami cuisine from the Tequesta Indians to the present–day local food revolution. A Miami native, Mandy studied at the Hospitality School at Johnson & Wales University and holds a master’s degree in Italian gastronomy and tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy.  On the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm.

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