Norman Van Aken

PB & J's

Sep 21, 2019

Chicharrones

Sep 14, 2019

PORK BELLY CHICHARRONES

Norman Van Aken © Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved

1 pound pork belly, skin side rubbed with 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt

Water to cover

Salt and pepper to taste

Spices of your choice such as cayenne, sugar, and paprika

To prepare the belly:

Rub the baking soda and salt all over the surface of the skin, taking care to distribute the powder evenly. Set the pork belly on a rack and place it uncovered in the refrigerator preferably overnight and for up to a day.

Moonshine

Sep 7, 2019

PINEAPPLE & SUGARCANE MOONSHINE CHUTNEY

©1999 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

When I first created this recipe “Moonshine” was not sold in the liquor stores as it is now. I found the power of Cachaća to work well so I used it. Feel free to use either.

6 Cups peeled, cored and medium diced cut pineapple

5 Cups peeled and medium diced cut mango

3 Cups of peeled, seeded and medium diced cut papaya

2 Cups red onion, peeled and diced medium

4‑ scotch bonnet chilies, stem and seeds discarded, minced

Maida Heatter

Aug 24, 2019

CHOCOLATE WHOPPERS

From, ‘Maida Heatter’s Cookies’, Publisher, Andrews McMeel

Yield: 15 Tremendous Cookies

2 ounces (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate

6 ounces semisweet chocolate

3 ounces (3/4 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons powdered (not granular) instant coffee or espresso

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 ounces (1 cup) semisweet chocolate morsels

Pastrami

Aug 17, 2019

RACHEL SANDWICH, (WITH PASTRAMI)

© 2019 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: 2 sandwiches

6 ounces of pastrami, (or more as desired).

melted (or clarified butter), as needed

butter, softened, amount as needed

4 slices Jewish rye bread or pumpernickel

8 thin slices Emmenthaler Swiss cheese

6 Tablespoons good cole slaw, drained

1/4 Cup Thousand Island Dressing, (recipe below)

Pit Beef and BBQ

Aug 10, 2019

The Mother Sauces

Jul 27, 2019

CLASSIC HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

Norman Van Aken © Copyright 2003, All Rights Reserved

Yield:  1½ Cup

3 egg yolks

½ pound of unsalted butter

1½ teaspoon lemon juice

Tabasco, to taste

Kosher salt, to taste

Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Cut the butter into several pieces and allow it to melt. (I do not clarify butter for sauce Béarnaise nor Hollandaise.)

Food Festivals

Jul 20, 2019

Julia Child

Jul 13, 2019

JULIA CHILD’S BERRY CLAFOUTIS

NYT COOKING

Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

Butter for pan

1 1/4 cups whole or 2 % milk

2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided

3 eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

1 pint (2 generous cups) blackberries or blueberries, rinsed and well drained

Powdered sugar in a shaker

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly butter a medium-sized flameproof baking dish at least 1 1/2 inches deep.

Po Boys

Jul 6, 2019

Cheeseburgers

Jun 30, 2019

Won Tons

Jun 22, 2019

SHRIMP  WON TONS WITH A GINGER DIPPING SAUCE

Copyright © by Norman Van Aken, 1999. All rights reserved.
 

(Yields: 14-16 Won Tons)

For the won ton filling:

14-16 won ton wrappers

4 ounces raw pork sausage

8 ounces of raw, cleaned shrimp

½ of a large egg white, beaten until foamy

½ teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch

½ teaspoon soy sauce

½ teaspoon ketchup

2 Tablespoons finely minced scallions

2 teaspoons grated ginger

Daddy's Coffee

Jun 19, 2019

Morels

Jun 8, 2019

WILD MUSHROOMS ON BRIOCHE WITH SHERRY CREAM AND SERRANO

Norman & Justin Van Aken © All rights reserved. “My Key West Kitchen”

If you are using fresh morels be sure to clean them in a few changes of warm water. Spin gently to dry and place on absorbent toweling prior to cooking them. This recipe works with a wide variety of mushrooms.

Serves 4 as an appetizer

3 Tablespoons of XVOO

1 Tablespoon butter

2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

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