A Word On Food

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Chef Norman Van Aken
Credit www.normanvanaken.com

Norman Van Aken has been described as ‘legendary, visionary and a trailblazer’. He is known as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world.

His new book is a memoir. It is titled, “No Experience Necessary,” (Taylor Trade Publishing). The book has been praised by the likes of Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Monique Truong, Alan Richman (GQ Magazine), Jeremiah Tower, Wolfgang Puck and the late, great Charlie Trotter.

He is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” His restaurant “NORMAN’S was nominated as a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Restaurant in America”. He has been a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for “Best Chef in America”.

In 2006, he was honored as one of the “Founders of the New American Cuisine,” alongside Alice Waters, Paul Prudhomme, and Mark Miller at Spain’s International Summit of Gastronomy ‘Madrid Fusión’ event.

Norman Van Aken has published five cookbooks: Feast of Sunlight 1988, The Exotic Fruit Book 1995, Norman’s New World Cuisine 1997, New World Kitchen 2003 and My Key West Kitchen 2012, (with Justin Van Aken).

His radio show, “A Word on Food” appears twice a week on NPR station WLRN 91.3.

He is the chef and founder of “NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando.” 

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Aroma Triggers

Sep 20, 2014


Miso

Sep 13, 2014
Norman Van Aken

MISO BBQ

©2014 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Use on almost any preparation you would use a regular barbeque sauce on. Experiment!

Can also be used as a potent dipping sauce for fried and savory items.

Yield: 1 3/4 Cups 

·         2 Cups orange juice, reduced to a near syrup (about ¼ Cup, cooled somewhat)

·         ½ Cup Koshi Miso Paste (We use ‘Marukome Boy Koshi Smooth Paste’)

·         2 Tablespoons Dark Roasted Sesame Oil

·         1 Tablespoon soy sauce

Octopus Balls

Sep 6, 2014
Norman Van Aken

    

Yellowtail

Aug 30, 2014
Norman Van Aken

PAN-COOKED FILET OF KEY WEST YELLOWTAIL with a “Belly” of Garlicky Mashed Potatoes and a Citrus Butter Sauce

©1999 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yield: 4 entrees For the fish:

  • 1  egg
  • ¼ Cup half and half salt and pepper
  • ¼ Cup flour
  • 4) 8 ounces fillets of yellowtail snapper (or other thin, delicate fish)
  • ¼ Cup clarified butter, to cook the fish in

For the citrus butter: Yield: 1 ½ Cup

Passion Fruit

Aug 23, 2014
Norman Van Aken


Guilty Pleasures

Aug 16, 2014


Frito Pie

Aug 9, 2014
Frito Pie
Norman Van Aken

BICYCLE SAMMY’S FRITO PIE

©2014 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken and Justin Van Aken. Excerpted from “My Key West Kitchen”, Kyle Books

The Midget was known foremost for its barbecued ribs. One day Sammy got the idea to cut the meat off the ribs leftover from the night before and toss it in a pot of chili. Because most home cooks are not faced with loads of leftover rib ends, we’ve replaced them here with braised pork shoulder to make a chili that’s just as flavorful but without the work of slow cooking on the grill and having to take the meat off the bones.

Fritters

Aug 2, 2014

Butter

Jul 26, 2014
A batch of home made butter.
Norman Van Aken

BROKEN OLIVE BUTTER

Norman Van Aken. © Copyright 2014

The olives here are "broken" so we can remove the pits. Then we make a simple compound 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.

Yield: 1 ½ Cups

Vaca Frita

Jul 19, 2014
A plate of Vaca Frita with rice and fried plantains
Norman Van Aken

Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.

''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be 

  getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."

He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"

"Si!"

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