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Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Coca Cola Collards

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 7pm EST

This dish comes from our love of Southern Cookery. We will put together one of my favorite spice rubs and crust it on the pork before we roast it. Alongside you will learn one of the dishes that my cookbook, "My Florida Kitchen" a “gold medal recipient” and that is the Coca Cola Collards! This method with the great, leafy greens will even have the kids asking for more.

Cast Iron Roasted Sea Scallops with Citrus-Champagne Butter and Braised Spinach

Thursday November 18, 2021 | 7pm EST

I adore Sea Scallops that are 'diver harvested' and cooked correctly. I’ll share my sources for the pristine shellfish I use with all of you! We will prepare a luxurious, classic butter sauce which will be in your own repertoire for all time and then we will do a textbook sear on the beautiful scallops basting them with love as they become slightly crisp on the exteriors and properly cooked barely through on the inside. You might even make an appetizer version of this during one of your Holiday get togethers!

Creamy Mushroom, Leeks and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Toasts for a Holiday Feast!

Thursday December 16, 2021 | 7pm EST

This is a soup that will create Holiday Memories to last a very long time. It is our good fortune that truffles begin to arrive in the market during this celebratory time of the year. This is a rich soup with flavors that just keep on coming. I’d drink a 'grower’s Champagne' with her. The first dish that I ever made that even made the waiters come and giving me a round of applause was back in my Pier House days in Key West. This soup is the DNA of that very one!

“COOKING WITH NORMAN” Classes Online

Greetings! I have begun hosting my virtual, online cooking classes, “Cooking with Norman”. If you’d like to join in all you do is register via our website and you will be sent a link via email. So easy! I am cooking in our home with cameras that show me, my…

“COOKING WITH NORMAN” Classes Online

Greetings! I have begun hosting my virtual, online cooking classes, “Cooking with Norman”. If you’d like to join in all you do is register via our website and you will be sent a link via email. So easy! I am cooking in our home with cameras that show me, my…

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The Fishmonger & The Sea

I had the great fortune to meet a fishmonger named Kelly Probst a few years ago. He had started a fishing business and it was clear that he was going about it in a way that spoke very clearly to what I look for in any raw product. If you…

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Tom Waits Reads Charles Bukowski

Many years ago it was my great luck to see Tom Waits perform in a very small venue in Chicago. He was really just becoming the star he eventually would. But back then it was an insiders group that braved a nasty Midwestern storm to see his show. A single…

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“If the map of the world were a tablecloth, and I could choose a place at that table, I would sit at the Southern tip of Florida, at the nexus of North America and the Caribbean. My plate would touch Cuba, the Florida Keys, the Yucatan, the West Indies, the Bahamas, and South America. And, if time could tell, I would listen to the tales of voyagers, discoverers, traders and mystics who, in searching for “the Indies”, the Great Kahn and the riches of China, discovered something much more valuable and enduring, A New World of Culinary Treasures. Almost instantly, the cuisines of the Old World began to merge with foods of the new one; This evolutionary and inexorable fusion lies at the heart of New World Cuisine.”

— Norman Van Aken, July, 1993
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