Postcards

Moving On Out Party!

As George Harrison put it so well, “All Things Must Pass”. So, after 16 award-winning years we are going to go out in style with some of our dearest and most talented friends. On Saturday, August 3rd we will gather with the following folks and a roomful of guests who will make me,…

A Word On Food: Julia Child

I didn’t grow up watching Julia Child on television the way many people of my generation did.  My television hours were not inclined toward any aspects of cooking, though we did cook in our home.  My mother was a both a restaurant worker and also (for a time) a Girl Scout leader….

A Word On Food: Po Boys

Crazy long days of work and not assured of getting a meal later I went for a bigger sandwich for lunch… much different than the meals I typically split with my wife, Janet. Two men sat down right next to us at the neighborhood place we were ensconced in. A nicely dressed…

A Word On Food: Cheeseburgers

Is it just me or has every major food magazine in the country had a cheeseburger on the cover as we gear up for summer? One of the magazines asked the question, “Did you have a happy meal?” and goes on to report how McDonald’s had experienced a state of “Mc Emergencies”….

Full Moon Saloon Fish Sandwich

FULL MOON FISH SANDWICH, ‘FULL MOON SALOON’ Norman Van Aken © All rights reserved.  No sandwich in the history of Key West was consumed by more drunks on premise than this one. No sandwich saved more people from a certain, potentially lethal, hangover. Essentially it is a fresh as can be fish…

Won Tons

Who does not love won tons? These ethereal purse like morsels of food first appeared in the Pearl River Delta port of Guangzhou during the Tang Dynasty around 618-907 A.D. Then they followed the Cantonese diaspora, drifting east to Hong Kong. If you are not yet familiar, but do know more about…

The Pain & Genius of Roy Buchanan

“Sweet Dreams, released in 1972, remains the finest moment in the career of the man who was damned with the accolade ‘the guitarist’s guitarist’. Lauded by the likes of Jeff Beck, Gary Moore (who covered the blues-rock thriller ‘The Messiah Will Come Again’) and, more recently, Joe Bonamassa, Buchanan never attained any…

Pastel Del Choclo

PASTEL DE CHOCLO The “Choclo” refers to sweet corn and the pastel indicates that there is a pie-like or pastry-like construction to the dish. Think quiche in a Latin way. And like a quiche the filling inside this pastel could be varied almost infinitely. This one is made with a simple chicken. …

Daddy’s Coffee

When I was a young child our home was a solid, two story, wooden structure perched on a sloping, gentle hill near a lake in Northern Illinois. We had all four seasons and we had them in full measure in that geography. Equal to them was my father. His nature and strength…

Why I Wrote ‘My Florida Kitchen’

WHY I WROTE, ‘MY FLORIDA KITCHEN’ I wrote my sixth cookbook, “My Florida Kitchen” because I felt it was time for an update on our rapidly changing state. The last cookbook written on the whole of Florida was an excellent book written by Caroline Stuart and Jeanne Voltz titled “The Florida Cookbook”….

 
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