Cinema Paradiso Hollywood

Most of us know Peter Sagal as the host of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, one of public radio's most popular shows.  But Sagal started his career as a playwright, and recently paid a visit to FAU's Theatre Lab for a reading of his work Mall America.

Moules of France

Feb 27, 2016


Norman Van Aken, © 2001

Callao refers to foods from Peru’s port area in the coastal city of Lima. This is simply freshly steamed and chilled plump mussels topped with a gorgeous “salsita”.

Yield: Serves 6

3 dozen mussels, cleaned and de-bearded

1 Cup of “Simple Court Bouillon” or water

½ Cup of corn kernels, cooked

2 tomatoes, concassé

1/3 Cup of peeled and seeded cucumber, minced

½ red onion, minced

1 scotch bonnet, stemmed, seeded, minced

Each year, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach chooses an artist to be showcased in its RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) program.  This year, the spotlight shines on Njideka Akunyili Crosby.



Feb 20, 2016


© 2014 All rights reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Coffee as a spice is not as odd as it may seems. Try this on a big Rib Steak and grill away!

Yield: 1/2 Cup

2 Tablespoons finely ground coffee (de-cafe is fine too)

1 ½ Tablespoons kosher salt

1 Tablespoon granulated (white or raw) sugar

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1 ½ tablespoons granulated garlic

1 heaping teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon ground cumin