A Word On Food http://wlrn.org en The Foods Of India http://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://wlrn.org The Foods Of India Caviar http://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://wlrn.org Caviar Caramelization http://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://wlrn.org Caramelization Nachos http://wlrn.org/post/nachos <p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:57:56 +0000 Norman Van Aken 32699 at http://wlrn.org Nachos Hamburgers http://wlrn.org/post/hamburgers <p> Sat, 10 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 31947 at http://wlrn.org Hamburgers Peppers http://wlrn.org/post/peppers <p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:17:53 +0000 Norman Van Aken 31946 at http://wlrn.org Peppers Culinary Couples http://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://wlrn.org Culinary Couples Sopa De Pollo http://wlrn.org/post/sopa-de-pollo <p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 30783 at http://wlrn.org Sopa De Pollo A Word On Food: Katsuobushi http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-katsuobushi <div><p></p><p><em>The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, wrote in “Ode to Salt”</em></p><p style="margin-left: 5pt;"><em>“I know you won’t believe me,</em></p><p style="margin-left: 5pt;"><em>but it <u>sings</u>,</em></p><p style="margin-left: 5pt;"><em><u>salt </u>sings… Dust of the sea,</em></p><p style="margin-left: 5pt;"><em>in you the tongue receives a kiss from ocean night…</em></p><p style="margin-left: 5pt;"><em>in it, … we taste <u>infinitude</u>”</em></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:55:20 +0000 Norman Van Aken 30781 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Katsuobushi A Word On Food: Fermented Black Beans http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-fermented-black-beans <p></p><p>I remember looking at a can of soy sauce one day in the store room of Louie’s Backyard’s kitchen… and printed upon it were these words, “Established in 1250”, … as in the year 1250. “My Lord”, I muttered … to no one else … “that’s an old company.”</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:35:50 +0000 Norman Van Aken 30782 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Fermented Black Beans A Word On Food: Potatoes http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-potatoes <p>Few cooking aromas create a deeper longing in me as much as those as of roasting potatoes.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:06:17 +0000 Norman Van Aken 30778 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Potatoes A Word On Food: Strawberries http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-strawberries <p><em>They're out there! Bursting </em>through the black-dirt fields with a <em>red-lipped </em>lusciousness that only a woman as <em>brazen </em>as Mother Nature could <em>muster </em>or <em>afford</em>. Folks…I’m talking about<em> strawberries </em>if you haven’t guessed yet! To get your own skip the grocery stores at this time of year! Drive and you won’t have to drive far the Florida Strawberry Season is upon us and in full swing! We often go to the town of Homestead and Knauss Berry Farms for ours but truly <em>many </em>places in Florida will work this time of year. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:37:14 +0000 Norman Van Aken 30777 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Strawberries A Word On Food: Fried Chicken http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-fried-chicken <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was 19, 20 and 21 years of age … I seemed to be on a </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">yo-yo</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> between my boyhood home in Illinois and the place I was seeking. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">sunlight</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">music</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">good books</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 28878 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Fried Chicken A Word On Food: Tostadas http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-tostadas <p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 28167 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Tostadas A Word On Food: Cinnamon http://wlrn.org/post/word-food-cinnamon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The way my mother taught me to make cinnamon toast was to start with raisin bread and toast it to perfection.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She might have timed it by how long it took her to jump into her waitress work uniform before slathering it with rich and creamy Wisconsin sweet butter. Then she&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sprinkled a combination of sugar and cinnamon out of our plastic, yellow &nbsp;‘baseball player’ figurine bottle that was covered with wax paper tucked under a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">red metal lid tha t doubled as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the faux baseball boy’s ‘cap’.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She usually </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">slathered</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> enough butter on the toast so that the cinnamon and sugar mix slide&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over the top of it like grains of sand dancing in the ebb of an ocean wave.</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 27137 at http://wlrn.org A Word On Food: Cinnamon