A Word On Food

Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Big Steaks: Argentinian 'Matambre' Will Kill Your Hunger

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Feeling carnal? Do you need to gnaw? Got a bone to chew on?

Here in the water wonderland of South Florida many of us are stampeding to steak houses like, well, like cattle.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Searching For The Origin Of The Chorizo

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Most everyone knows, but I will say it for the un-baptized…chorizo is a kind of sausage. The first time I remember seeing chorizo was back in my hometown of Diamond Lake, Illinois in 1965 or so. It was around that time that many Mexican families began to immigrate to the area. They worked very hard founding a close knit neighborhood, which eventually became part of the broader patchwork quilt that epitomizes so much of North America now.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Caesar Salad: The Most Unconquerable Of History's Salads

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Without a doubt this is history’s most unconquerable of all Caesars!

Go anywhere in the U.S. and, from truck stops to swank spots, this is the one salad you are most likely to encounter.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

The Real Deal Story Behind The Cuban Boniato

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Back in the late 1990‘s at the original NORMAN’S restaurant in Coral Gables we had a young man who became our Lunch Chef named Eliecer Garcia. Like many young chefs he was very interested in cuisines from all over and when we talked about what to put on our lunch menu his ideas ranged from France to Hong Kong. I loved that but sometimes I’d say, “Eliecer. I want you to show me flavors your Cuban Grandmother would make and then we can twist them a little. Okay? Why don’t you show me how she would cook with … oh… boniato for instance? And then we’ll go from there.” 

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
12:24 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Hobo Packs: A Culinary Treat For Old Time's Sake

Janet's 'hobo pack' designer beans
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We flew up to join the family to celebrate my Mother-in-Law’s 90th (!) Birthday Celebration. When our family gets together we, like many families, get straight to the heart of the matter. What are we cooking?! What are we eating?!

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

A Brief Taste Of The Latin American Tamale

We love to pack a little carry on of food before getting on a plane. It’s a fine way to pass the time and avoid the bland, predictable and unhealthy!

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

When Curry Chicken Calls, You Have To Answer

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I was sitting on the verandah of a hotel overlooking Waikiki beach waiting for a lunch menu. The mighty Pacific Ocean purred like a Lamborghini in the distance. I'd spent hours walking in Chinatown from early morning looking for beautiful and unique dishes I love to use for the thematic ‘Tasting Menus’ at our restaurant. But I had little luck and a keen hunger was rising up in me.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

South Miami Cultural Arts Center, Hollywood ArtWalk, Chef Norman Van Aken & Miami Arts Calendar

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04/26/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Eric Fliss has all of the exciting details about events coming to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Hollywood’s urban redevelopment continues with its Mural Project, their Downtown ArtWalk and their Live Music Initiative. Manny Pila tells us more.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Key West's Banana Bread Man Made The 'Man's Bread' Popular

There was a real man in Key West who used to sell his homemade banana bread out of his bicycle nightly at the famous sunset celebration on Mallory Docks. I never saw him leave there with any bread leftover. Down in the Caribbean Banana Bread is considered a “man’s bread”. Perhaps the reasons are related to anatomy or maybe it’s the hefty dose of rhum included in the recipe.

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Norman Van Aken's Word On Food
1:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

'Taco of Shepherds' Highlights Cooking Trip To El Paso

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We were invited to El Paso, Texas to cook at a gathering of ‘Oldways Preservation’, a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachussetts. ‘Oldways’ is one of the premier educational forums for focusing on healthy, culturally diverse and historically respectful eating. They put on conferences around the world and invite scientists, farmers, professors, chefs and food/wine media to promote positive lifestyles.

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