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In “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” Episode 907: Key West Eats, I’m cooking with Norman Van Aken who put Key West food on the map.

They call Key West the Conch Republic, but this quirky little island has some of the best seafood around. I’m there to cook with Norman Van Aken who put Key West food on the map. First up, a spicy Bahamian Soup followed by the Key West version of a pot luck, the ‘Cut…

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Bahamian Fish Chowder

  Norman Van Aken, © 2001 Serves 8 to 10 2 ounces diced slab bacon, rind removed if any is on it ¼ cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced 1 Scotch bonnet, seeds and stems removed, minced 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced medium 4 celery…

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Key West Backyard “Cut Up” Salad

©2019 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken I first learned of this salad like creation from a woman born and raised in Key West by the name of Sheila Sands-Davenport. We were at a party at her home having dinner when talk turned to true ‘conch’ cooking. ‘Conchs’ are…

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I’m cooking with Ming again on the next season of his show, Simply Ming.

I’m cooking with my friend Ming Tsai again on Season 17 of his show, Simply Ming. That guy has more energy than a room full of kindergarteners! The first show of the new season airs on Saturday, October 12th at 2pm on @WGBH. I hope you check it out. Here’s a…

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Episode 906: Meaty Salads

Leafy greens plus meat equals a delicious, fast and healthy dinner. First, grilling queen Elizabeth Karmel shows me a Chicken Paillard punched up with a Greek Farmers Salad and Tzatziki.  I follow up with a Warm Steakhouse Salad. And then, a take on the classic appetizer, a Two Melon Prosciutto and Feta Salad perfect for…

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Chicken Paillard with Greek Salad and Tzatziki

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Greek Farmer Salad (see recipe below) Tzatziki (see recipe below) 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves Olive oil 2 large cloves garlic, minced 3 lemons, 2 zested and 1 cut in wedges 1 teaspoon coarse sea…

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Two Melon Prosciutto and Feta Layered Salad

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: about 15 minutes Total preparation time: 15 minutes 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, sweet or hot Kosher salt and freshly milled black pepper 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/8 medium watermelon (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into bite…

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Steakhouse Salad

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes 1 pound russet Potatoes (2 medium) 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper One 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound beef sirloin steak (about 1 1/2 inches thick) 1…

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You can find a link to my interview with Kathy Saunders of the Tampa Bay Times right here.

When I was at Lake Austin Spa, I spoke with Kathy Saunders of the Tampa Bay Times. You can find her story here.

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Ginger Beer and Dark and Stormy

DIY GINGER BEER Note: We recommend using the smaller amount of sugar the first time you make this recipe. Makes about 1 quart 1 quart water 1 cup coarsely chopped ginger Zest and juice of one lime Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 ¼ – 2 cups sugar 3…

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