Postcards

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”….

My Kitchen Conversation With Jeremiah Tower

Here is my interview with the legendary Jeremiah Tower. I don’t say this very often at all … But this man was a true hero of cuisine for me. Ever since learning of his contributions to the evolution of “Chez Panisse” restaurant founded by Alice Waters, and especially the menus he created there….

Morels

Spring is the prime time of year when the wild mushrooms known as morels are shooting up in one more example of Mother Nature’s urging, beckoning, tantalizing and delivering magic. And though we are now past that month there are dried versions that can still be very nice.  When the cold mantle…

Ad Lib Introduces the new Chef de Cuisine

AD LIB, the new modern-American fine dining restaurant operated by 50 Eggs, Inc., is proud to announce the addition of former Stubborn Seed chef de cuisine, Joe Mizzoni, as Executive Chef. Mizzoni joins Florida’s culinary godfather Norman Van Aken, as well as two-time James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Executive Pastry Chef Hedy…

 
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