A Word On Food

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

Molés

Jun 1, 2019

Chopped Steak

May 25, 2019

CHOPPED STEAK

© 2019 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yield: About 4) 9-ounce chopped steaks

6 slices of soft, thin-cut white bread, trimmed of crusts

2 eggs, beaten

1/2-1 (depending on how much spice you like) jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and minced

1/2 Cup sweet onion, chopped fine

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder

2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Spring Rolls

May 18, 2019

SPRING ROLL DIPPING SAUCE

Norman Van Aken ©2005

This is a Vietnamese dipping sauce that can be used for many things. It goes by the name Nuoc Cham. To make spring rolls to your liking there are a number of good books on that as well as online sources.

Yield: 3 Cups

1 jalapeño (or Serrano) chile, seeds removed, thinly sliced

1 habanero chile, stemmed, seed and minced

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 ½ Cups sugar

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1 ½ Cups warm water

Peaches

May 11, 2019

Conch

May 4, 2019

BAHAMIAN STYLE CONCH FRITTERS

Norman Van Aken © All Rights Reserved

These were some of the first flavors of Key West we came to know and love.

Yield: 3 dozen approx.

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ Cup whole milk

1 ¼ Cups AP flour, sifted

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1 Tablespoon Roasted Garlic, mashed or ½ Tablespoon raw garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons sweet onion, diced small

Okra

Apr 27, 2019

PICKLED OKRA

Source: FEAST OF SUNLIGHT, Norman Van Aken

I often use this to garnish gumbo.

2 pounds okra, in excellent shape, rinsed and patted dry

12 dried chiles (cayenne, sequin, or the like)

6 garlic cloves, halved

2 Tablespoons mustard seeds

2 Tablespoons dill seeds

1 quart cider vinegar

1 quart rice wine vinegar

1 quart water

24 whole black peppercorns

Boil the canning jars and lids as described in canning manufacturers directions.

Pizza Joints

Apr 20, 2019

Chocolate

Apr 13, 2019

CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Copyright © by Norman Van Aken, 2003

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 Tablespoons water

2 Tablespoons butter

Place the chocolate pieces and water in a stainless steel bowl, and heat over a double boiler until melted, stirring until smooth. 

Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter. 

Keep warm until needed.

Steak Sauce

Apr 6, 2019

TONKATSU STEAK SAUCE

©2004 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken

This is classic Japanese sauce that is typically served on panko crusted pork cutlets. But… it can also liven up a steak. Give it a try!

Yield: 2 Cups

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 Tablespoons hot water

Mix this together and reserve a moment.

½ Cup ketchup

2 Tablespoons minced ginger

1 Scotch bonnet chile, stem and seeds discarded, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar

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