Norman Van Aken

Spice Rubs

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ESCABECHE SPICE RUB

Norman Van Aken, © 2019

Horseradish

Mar 21, 2020

JAVA’S SHRIMP COCKTAIL SAUCE

Janet Van Aken © 2005

Yield: 1 2/3 – 1 ¾ Cups

1 ½ Cups Heinz Ketchup

5 Tablespoons of prepared horseradish, (or more as desired)

1 Tablespoon lemon juice (or more as desired)

1 ½ teaspoons Pick-a-Peppa sauce

Mix all together and refrigerate.

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Shrimp

Mar 14, 2020

Fondue

Mar 7, 2020

SPANISH CAVA FONDUE

Norman Van Aken ©2012

Yields: 4 Cups

1 1/2 Spanish onions, peeled and cut into medium slices

4 ounces of butter

2 jalapenos, stems and seeds discarded, thinly sliced

1/4 Cup Roasted Garlic

1/4 Cup flour

375 ml. of Spanish Cava Sparkling wine

1 Cup light chicken stock

2 cups heavy cream

3 ounces Manchego, grated

1 1/2 ounces Cabrales cheese, crumbled very small (or other blue cheese)

Kosher salt and cracked white pepper, to taste

Writing Cookbooks

Feb 29, 2020

JUSTIN’S BEST-EVER PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM

“MY KEY WEST KITCHEN”, Norman & Justin Van Aken, © 2019

All the Van Aken’s love peanut butter. But it was Justin to turn that love into this passionate confection of goodness!

Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

1 pint heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

One 12-ounce container skin-on Spanish peanuts

1 Tablespoon corn syrup

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon honey

6 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Salt and Pepper

Feb 22, 2020

The “salt” in this dish comes from the intriguing flavor of preserved lemons which you can easily make or buy.  You will need to have these prepared and in your larder for a period of time before making this recipe.  The “pepper” is finely julienned poblano chile peppers.

SALT & PEPPER CHICKEN

“FEAST OF SUNLIGHT”, Norman Van Aken, © 2019

Yield: Serves 4

For the Sauce:

2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

6 whole black peppercorns

1 bay leaf, broken

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Yoshoku Cuisine

Feb 15, 2020

Family Meal

Feb 8, 2020
Maria Robledo

FAMILY MEAL MEATLOAF

Norman Van Aken, © All Rights Reserved 2019

The ‘family meals’ we had a the Pier House were raucous affairs. If we failed to make a good one the servers turned testy! This one had a calming effect on the team thank goodness.

Yield: 1 loaf

Meat mixture:

1#   ground chuck

1#   ground pork

1 large onion, diced small

1 large carrot, diced small

½ # mushrooms

2 T roasted garlic

¼ Cup tomato paste

2 T Pick-a-peppa sauce

2 eggs

½  C  breadcrumbs

Migas

Feb 1, 2020

MIGAS CON HUEVOS

Norman Van Aken adapted from, “The New Spanish Table”, Anya von Bremzan

Yield: Serves 4 as a breakfast or brunch dish

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, + more as needed

4 garlic cloves, sliced

2 ounces smoky bacon, lightly cooked, diced and set aside, (bacon fat reserved for other uses)

2 to 3 ounces serrano ham, diced

4 ounces sweet Spanish-style chorizo sausage, diced

3 1/2 cups day-old dense country bread, torn into very small pieces

Chinese New Year

Jan 25, 2020

CHICKEN with CHINESE FLAVORS

Norman Van Aken ©1998

Serves 4

For the chicken and marinade:

4 boneless 8 ounce chicken breasts, skin on

3 Tablespoons light soy sauce

3 Tablespoons honey

1-Tablespoon spicy dark roasted sesame oil, (Ají)

1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

2 cloves minced garlic

1) 2” piece of peeled ginger, minced

1 Scotch bonnet, stem and seeds discarded, minced

Freshly toasted and cracked black pepper, to taste

Frozen Pizza

Jan 18, 2020

Coconut

Jan 4, 2020

GAZPACHO “B.C.”

© 2016 Norman Van Aken’s, “NEW WORLD CUISINE”

Yield: 4 Servings

Sliced grapes are a traditional garnish for gazpachos and they would make a nice addition here.

4 ounces stale white (French or Italian) bread, crust removed

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons champagne vinegar

3/4 cup freshly ground skinless unsalted almonds

1 3/4 cups Coconut Milk (available in grocery stores)

2/3 cup ice water

Sal and black pepper to taste

Grapes

Dec 28, 2019

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