Postcards

A Word On Food: Spice Rubs

If you like the idea of memorable flavors … flavors with musical reverb, resonance and improved texture, let me suggest that spice rubs should be in your repertoire. I think most people associate spice rubs with grilling and barbecue. And that is a great place to focus on because they are superb…

An Interview with Norman Van Aken

A kind friend of mine came across this interview I did a few years ago when the cookbook, “My Key West Kitchen” had come out. I wrote that book with our son Justin. Justin was born in Key West in 1980 and resides there now with his loving wife, Lourdes and their…

The Times We Are In.

A week ago the world was almost normal. Not so anymore. “Ball of Confusion” is the song on the turntable now. It is streaming in our blood too. People are actually considering a world without neighborhood restaurants in our collective future. I say that is impossible. The carnage will be awful ……

A Word On Food: Horseradish

We returned to Key West to do a ‘pop up dinner’ recently. The venue is pretty spectacular. It takes me back to my first years in Key West when the shrimp boats were still anchored in the ‘Land’s End Marina’ behind what became The Half Shell Raw Bar. This time the boats…

A Word On Food: Shrimp

The best cinematic illustration of the culinary opportunities that lie in shrimp was in the movie “Forest Gump” starring the beloved Tom Hanks as the lead actor.  The legion list of ways one could prepare shrimp occurs when the character ‘Bubba’ goes on and on and on about all the different ways…

A Word On Food: Fondues

Those of you who listen to my show know I’m from the Midwest originally.  The north country above Chicago.  In the colder months a dish like fondue would not have been uncommon nor unwelcome while sitting around watching football while the snow flies outside. Several years back I was asked to go…

A Word On Food: Writing Cookbooks

The website, ‘Atlas Obscura’ reported , “The world’s oldest surviving cookbook isn’t a book at all—it’s a set of ancient Babylonian tablets from around 1700 B.C. It doesn’t so much have recipes as explanations of certain dishes, such as a ‘clear broth’ that begins with steps like “meat is used” and “prepare…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Start by watching the video on You Tube. (After the short commercial). Beautiful no? But this is not my favorite version of this amazing song. That would belong to the inimitable Judy Garland. But Keith Jarrett brings such sincerity to it that it is one I’m listening to upon learning of it…

A Word On Food: Salt and Pepper

The greatest rulers to ever preside over a table are color blind. Yet they color every taste. They are the spine, the illumination, the narrator, the judiciary and the jury to each taste on all buds. The directions on nearly every recipe in the endless library of recipes states it almost always…

A Word On Food: Yoshoku Cuisine

Fusion cuisine has been around for a long time. Maybe since the origins of fire. Certainly since the ages of exploration. It just didn’t have a name. That was something I gave it. I was searching for an understanding on what I was looking to do with my cuisine. That is another…

 
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