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Club Sandwiches

Mar 10, 2018

Hash Browns

Mar 3, 2018


© 2015 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken, “My Florida Kitchen”

Chicken Parm

Feb 24, 2018


Feb 18, 2018


Feb 10, 2018

chilean country ribs

© 2017 Norman Van Aken

Serves 4


The Caribe Indians on the island of Hispaniola taught the Spanish how to use green wood lattices to make barbacoa—or what we now know as barbecue. A staple of the islanders’ diet was the wild hog. The locals called the animals boucan, and that French word eventually came to be applied to many of the wild seafaring island men: buccaneers.



Feb 3, 2018


Norman Van Aken ©, 2001, “New World Kitchen”

The natives of Southern Colombia inherited pipían from the Inca Empire, which ruled them for a couple of centuries before the Spaniards arrived.

Yield:  60 + Empanadas

For the Filling: (Yields 4 Cups)

1 ½ pounds of red potatoes, peeled and diced

1 Tablespoon annatto oil (see pg xxx) or olive oil

1 Tablespoon whole butter

½ yellow onion, peeled and diced

Shrimp Al Ajillo

Jan 27, 2018


Norman Van Aken, © All Rights Reserved

To say this dish is forward in its robust flavors might just be an understatement. It is a dish that means “Shrimp and Garlic”. I include a different version of this Pan-Latin classic in my previous book, “Norman’s New World Cuisine”.  I am unapologetic in my fervor for big lusty flavors and this is a champion of proving so. If you must you could cut back on the garlic but please don’t tell me.

Yield: Serves 4

½ Cup pure olive oil

On Tuesday, Florida House leaders proposed a higher-education budget that includes cuts prompting state universities and colleges to spend money from their reserve funds. WLRN’s education reporter, Jessica Bakeman, joined the program. She is in Tallahassee covering the legislative session.

Unlike other state agencies, colleges and universities do not need to send their leftover general revenue back to the state treasury each year. The House argues that schools keep those dollars and as a result funds have grown, explained Bakeman.


Jan 20, 2018


Jan 13, 2018

Foie Gras

Jan 6, 2018

Hoppin' John

Dec 30, 2017


Dec 23, 2017


Yield: 1/3 Cup

2 Tablespoons truffle juice

2 Tablespoon soy sauce

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

6 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

In a non-reactive mixing bowl combine the ingredients together.


Buche De Noel

Dec 16, 2017

Shortbread Cookies

Dec 9, 2017


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.