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Croissants

Nov 7, 2015

Buttermilk

Oct 31, 2015

BUTTERMILK BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

Janet & Norman Van Aken, © 2013

Yield: 3 + Cups

1 Cup buttermilk

1 3/4 Cups Sour cream

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons Champagne wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 large garlic clove minced

1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces good blue cheese, well crumbled

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl or blend briefly.

Fish Cheeks

Oct 24, 2015

FISH CHEEKS SATAY WITH SWEET SOY

© 2015 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

 

Kecap Manis is a type of sweet soy sauce condiment similar to American ketchupbut of course not the same exactly either. It can be used in a broad number of sauces, marinades etc. and worth having in your home pantry.

Serves 2

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 habanero chile, stemmed and seeded

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 Tablespoons kecap manis

Pupusas

Oct 19, 2015

PUPUSAS

Norman Van Aken. Adapted from The New York Times 

Yield: 9 Pupusas

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 Cups masa harina

1 ½ Cups warm water

12 ounces mozzarella, grated (or a mix of mozzarella and queso blanco) 

canola oil, as needed

In a large bowl, mix the salt into the masa harina. Stir the water into the masa harina with your hands. Lay a foot-long square of plastic wrap on a work surface. 

Divide the cheese into 9 balls. 

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Indonesian Food

Oct 5, 2015

Volcanic Flavor Land!

INDONESIAN PORK “WRAP” WITH A COCONUT-LIME DIPPING SAUCE

Copyright © by Norman Van Aken, 1999

Yield: (About 40) 1-ounce balls)

For the meatballs:

3 eggs

1 ¼ lbs. ground pork

1 teaspoon sugar

2 Cups grated coconut

Zest of lime

1 Scotch bonnet chile, stem and seeds discarded, minced

6 scallions, trimmed, white and most of the green, minced

6 cloves garlic, seeded and minced

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 Tablespoon grated ginger

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Vuelve A La Vida

Sep 30, 2015

“Lazarus! Come quickly! I need you!”

SALSA OF LIFE
©2007, All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Pan con Bistec

Sep 19, 2015

PAN CON BISTEC

Norman & Janet Van Aken © 2015

Normally this is a non marinated thinly cut piece of beef. I wanted to make ours a bit… zestier.  You might know that is a pun if you listen to the “A Word On Food” show this goes with… Either way… it is a great flavor profile and I think you will make Mojo Rojo for many other reasons going forward.

Serves 1 Sandwich

“Mojo Rojo” (recipe below) as desired. Extra can be saved for another use.

5-6 ounces of Beef Tenderloin (Filet Mignon)

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