A Word On Food

Shortbread Cookies

Dec 9, 2017

NANA’S SHORTBREAD

Jane Manderson taught this to Norman and Janet Van Aken, © 1982

1 pound unsalted butter

1 ½ Cups sugar

2 eggs, beaten until fluffy

2-pound bag of flour

Put the butter, sugar and beaten eggs in a large bowl and cream very well.  Knead in the flour with your hands.  When it is all incorporated put the dough on an unfloured board and continue to knead for about 10 minutes.

La Caja China

Dec 2, 2017

Honey

Nov 21, 2017

HONEY GRAPEFRUIT VINAIGRETTE with GREENS

Norman Van Aken© 2003

3 Tablespoons Roasted Garlic Oil or light olive oil

1 Tablespoon pink grapefruit juice

1 1/2 teaspoon Spanish sherry vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Kosher salt and freshly toasted and ground black pepper, to taste

4 cups mixed greens, washed and patted dry

Whisk together the garlic oil, grapefruit juice, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.

Dress the greens as desired and serve.

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Bao Buns

Nov 11, 2017

Black Beans

Oct 28, 2017

BLACK BEAN AND CHARRED CORN SALSA

©2015 Norman Van Aken

Yields: 3 Cups

3 ears sweet corn, shucked

light olive oil as needed for the corn before grilling it and also to sauté the onions & bell peppers

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 red onion, peeled & diced small

1/2 red pepper, stem, seeds and the whitish ribs removed & discarded, diced small

1/2 yellow bell pepper, stem, seeds and the whitish ribs removed & discarded, diced small       

Ramen

Oct 21, 2017

Coco Frio

Oct 14, 2017

Lobster Reubens

Oct 7, 2017

Durian

Sep 30, 2017

The Beard House

Sep 23, 2017

Turtle

Sep 9, 2017

Vanilla

Sep 2, 2017

TOMATO AND VANILLA ‘JAM’

© 2017 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken
 

Yield: 2 Cups

1 Tablespoon of pure olive oil

1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter

1 Cup sweet onion, peeled and chopped medium

¼ Cup sugar

1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar

6 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 fresh vanilla bean, split

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Pinch of black pepper

Sopa de Res

Aug 26, 2017

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