Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth — Guilt Free

Support WLRN NPR and receive signed copies of Simply Smoothies and No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts with a pledge of $60 or $5 a month.  That’s for both books.  Do you know someone with diabetes, perhaps a family member?  These books would make a great present.

The State of the Restaurant Industry by John Mairiani

John Mariani, restaurant food and wine columnist for Esquire Magazine and the Huffington Post talks about what is happening in the restaurant industry and how we should rate and read restaurant reviews.  Thursday, Food News and Views, WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, or www. 1:30-2 PM ET. Join in 800-743-9576.

Latin House Grill

Michel Sanchez turns food truck into restaurants and along the way wins many best burger awards.  He gives the secrets to his success and tells us how to make a great, award-winning burger. WLRN 91.3 FM archives at 

Restaurant Roundabout



Basil Park, 17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, Fl 33160, 305-705-0004
Casabe 305 Bistro, 1762 Coral Way, Miami, Fl 33145, 786-310-7510
El Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine, 9519 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, fl 33156, 786-401-7714
Il Mulino, 840 1st St., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-372-1221
IL MULINO, 840 First St. Miami Beach, 305-372-1221
Jefe’s, 12581 Biscayane Blvs, North Miami, FL 33181, 305-989-5811
Larios on the Beach, 820 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl 33139, 305-532-9577
Macchialina, 820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-534-2124
Petit Miami , 1929 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-534-9887,
Shuckers Waterfront Grill, 1819 79th St. Causeway, North Bay Village, FL 33141, 305-866-1570
The Cypress Room, 3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, 305-520-5197
The Setai, 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-520-6000


Akuna Sushi & Thai, 2571 N. Hiatus Rd., Cooper City, Fl 33026, 954-704-9006
Bull Market, 210 SW 2nd St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312, 954-523-1213
Fork and Balls, 200 SW 2nd St. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
La Brochette Bistro, 2635 N. Hiatus Road, Cooper City, fl 33026, 954-435-9090
Rhino Doughnuts, 107 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308, 855-744-6674
Ruchi Indian Restaurant,  17085 Pines Blvd, FL 33027, 954-505-7455
Woodlands Indian Cuisine, 4816 N. University Dr. Lauderhill, FL 33351, 954-749-3221


Beer Trade Company, 145 NE 4th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483, 954-260-7611
Meat Eatery and Taproom, 980 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 561-419-2600
Okeechobee Steakhouse, 2854 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, Fl 33409, 561-683-5151
Suri Tapas Bar, 707 Lake Worth, FL 33460, 561-249-7436
The Chickpea, 400 Clematis St., West Palm Bach, FL 33401, 561-755-5151
The Cooper, in Old Water Bar Location:  PGA Commons on PGA Blvd., In Palm Beach Gardens.
U-Tiki Beach, 1095 Florida A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477, 561-406-2210

No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts: Fresh & Fast Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

Excited to announce the publication of my latest book for the American Diabetes Association.  Love fruit? Try the peach Crumble or Deep Dish Blueberry Cream.

Chocolate passion? Mocha Fudge Cake or Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies are your answer.  And there are many more (60) desserts. 

10 Minute Shrimp Gazpacho






3/4 pound cooked shrimp


1 cup low-sodium tomato juice


1 cup diced ripe tomatoes


1/2 cup diced Vidalia or red onion


1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons diced cucumber (divided use)


2 teaspoons olive oil


2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar


1 cup nonfat, plain yogurt


Salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 scallions sliced (about 1/2 cup)




Divide tomato juice, tomatoes, onion and 1/4 cup cucumber between 2 large soup bowls.  Divide olive oil, balsamic vinegar and yogurt between the bowls.  Stir to blend.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide the shrimp between the two bowls and sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons diced cucumber and scallions on top.  Makes 2 servings.




Per serving: 344 calories (21 percent from fat), 8.0 g fat


(1.4 g saturated, 3.9 g monounsaturated), 261 mg cholesterol,


44.0 g protein, 23.9 g carbohydrates, 3.1 g fiber, 369 mg sodium.






Olive oil spray


2 slices whole grain bread


2 ounces sliced Manchego cheese (about 1/3 cup)




Spray bread with olive oil spray.  Place in toaster oven or under the broiler for 30 seconds.  Remove and place cheese over toast.  Return to oven for 2 minutes or until cheese melts.  Serve with the soup. Makes 2 servings.




Per serving: 186 calories (50 percent from fat), 10.4 g fat


(5.7 g saturated, 0.5 g monounsaturated), 31 mg cholesterol,


11.2 g protein,13.0 g carbohydrates, 1.9 g fiber, 243 mg sodium.



Intact Cuisine — Tim Andriola –Basil Park

It’s a new way of thinking about what we eat – intact Cuisine.  Tim Andriola co-owner of Timo in Sunny Isles opened Basil Park a few doors down. His new concept features this style of food and is making a big hit.  Learn more about it on Food News and Views, @WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, also listen live or archived at 

Linda’s Favorite Finds from the Fancy Food Show



 $10- 8 oz jar $12.99 – 12 oz jar $7-3oz bar,$2.50-1 oz bar $4.99-2 oz, $6.99-2.2oz organic $8.99-8 oz bottle
Aux Delices Des Bois, Cauliflower pate,, $7.99 5 oz packet, $7.49-8 oz jar, $5.49-3.5oz bar, $14-per pound, $15-7 oz jar, $8-8.5 oz bar, $10-8.5 oz bottle, $1.99-12 oz bottle, $2.99-2.5 oz bar, $9.00- 3, 0.7oz. bags, $1.78-3.5 oz packet, $3.00-2 oz package, $4.99-5 oz box, $4.99-6 oz box
Products not pictured: Vosges Chocolate – Coconut Ashe and Banana Super Chocolate,, $7.50-3 oz bar
Hickory Smoked Meat Stick,, $50, package of 15 sticks
Turmeric Tea,, $11.99,36 bag container
Ginny gluten free cookies,, $6.49, box of 6 packets
Sriracha Horseradish Sauce,, $8-8oz jar
Lifeice mini popsicles,, $6.99-2 trays (48 cubettes)
Maca Maple Superfood + Cashews,, $4.99-4 oz package

Breakfast on the run, lunch on a go? – try these smoothies

Complete meals in a smoothie – enjoy smoothies like Blackberry Breeze, Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, or how about Mocha Mint or a Popeye Smoothie  and more 20 snacks for anytime of day. 

Eat More Dietary Fat v Cut Down on Saturated Fat??

Nina Teicholz and Dr. Neil Barnard – what should we be eating, their opposing view points. Food News and Views, 1-2 PM ET WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, live and archived at

Zak the Baker

Zak Stern, aka Zak the Baker, gives us tips on how to make the perfect bread and great pastries.  Also, how he used kickstarter to expand his concept.  Food News and Views on WLRN NPR. You can hear the archived program at  

South Florida Restaurant Review



Earl’s Kitchen And Bar, (305) 667-1786,
Bobbie Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace, (305) 667-4617,
Balan’s, (305) 667-7885
Aoki Teppanyaki, (305) 667-2654.
All at the New Dadeland Mall Addition. Address: 7535 N Kendall Dr Miami, FL 33156

La Mar at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Dr Miami, FL 33131, (305) 913-8358
Rok Brgr Burger and Gastropub Address: 5800 SW 73rd St Miami, FL 33143, (305) 663-6099
Il Sole at The Villa By Barton G (Versace Mansion) Address: 1116 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139, 1-866-599-6674

15th and Vine Kitchen and Bar Phone, 485 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131, (305) 503-0373
Milano, 850 Ocean Drive Miami Beac, FL, (305) 606-6816
Eden in Eden, 1248 SW 22nd St Miami, FL 33145, (305) 244-2840
Nothing But the Best, 2525 SW 3rd Ave, (305) 858-2525
Cavalli, 9700 Collins Ave Ste 138 Bal Harbour, (305) 865-8966
The Forge, 432 W 41st St Miami Beach, FL, (305) 538-8533
Timo, 17624 Collins Ave Sunny Isles Beach, FL, (305) 936-1008
Basil Park, 17608 Collins Ave North Miami Beach, FL, (305) 705-0004
Lorenzo, 1776 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL, (786) 483-1796
La Palapa Hondureña, 2699 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL, (305) 576-1262
Asian Fusion Café, 17043 S Dixie Hwy Miami, FL, (305) 278-6888
Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant, 15 NE 11th St
Miami, FL 33132, (305) 358-9848
CinéBistro, 11471 NW 12 St, Ste E615 Miami, FL 33172, (305) 455-7373
Shikany, 251 NW 25th St Miami, FL 33127, (305) 979-8052
Stanzione 87, 87 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33130, (786) 360-1852
 Clive’s Café 5890 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33127, (305) 757-6512


Twenty Twenty Grille, 141 Via Naranjas - In Royal Palm Place. (www.Twentytwentygrille), (561) 990-7969.
The Cooper, in Old Water Bar Location:  PGA Commons on PgA Blvd., In Palm Beach Gardens.
The Double Roads Tavern in The Jupiter Square Plaza At U.S. 1 And Indiantown Road.
The Tin Muffin Café, 364 E Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, FL, (561) 392-9446
Indus Indian, 1649 Forum Pl #6, (561) 249-0123


Fork and Balls, 200 SW 2nd St. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Tsukuro, 225 Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, (954) 523-1407
Beauty and the Feast, 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 567-8070
Hot and Soul, 3045 N Federal Hwy, Suite 60B Fort Lauderdale, FL, (754) 206-2155
Hardy Park Bistro, 21 SW 7th St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, (954) 652-1475

Dwyane Wade – Eating to Keep in Championship Shape

Interview with Chef Richard Ingraham, private chef to Heat star Dwayne Wade on Food News and Views (segment of Topical Currents) Thursday, 1:30-2 PM ET, steamed live and archived on

Simply Smoothies: Fresh & Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks & Complete Meals

Breakfast on the run, lunch in a hurry, quick snacks – speedy meals on the go without adding fatty, salty or sugary foods.  This is my latest book for the American Diabetes Association.  Try the Coconut Pineapple Smoothie for breakfast or the Nutty Butter Blizzard for lunch and savor the Apple Pie Perfect Smoothie for a mid afternoon snack.

To order this book call 1-800-232-6733 or order online at Also availble on, and bookstores.


Pretzel Bun and Steak

New restaurant concept has become popular South Miami favorite.  It’s based on freshly made buns with all types of foods. Chef and owner traveled the world for 3 weeks looking for innovative recipes. Listen in Thurs. Food News and Views, WLRN NPR 1:30-2 PM ET or streamed live and archived. 

Kelsey Nixon gives Valentine dinner tips

TV Food Network Star, Kelsey Nixon give ideas for a Valentine’s Day romantic dinner at home and tips for kitchen essentials – storage, equipment and techniques. Foof News Views 1:30-2 PM ET Thursdays, WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, streamed live and archived  Join in 800-743-9576.

Diabetes-Friendly Black Bean Chicken Chili

Black Bean Chicken Chili 
From Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table by Linda Gassenheimer, published by the American Diabetes Association.  Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association.  To order this book call 1-800-232-6733 or order online at

This quick, 15 minute, black bean chicken chili combines Latin and Southwestern flavors. The directions are for two servings, but this chili is perfect for a casual dinner with friends.  You can increase the ingredient amounts as needed.

Helpful Hints:  

•	Reduced-fat shredded Mexican style cheese can be used instead of Monterey jack cheese.
•	Any type of lettuce can be used for the salad.
•	Diced fresh onions can be found in the produce section of the supermarket.


•	Start chili.
•	While chili cooks, assemble salad.  

Black Bean Chicken Chili 

1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2-cups fresh diced onion, divided use
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup rinsed and drained canned black beans
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups low-salt, canned, chopped tomatoes*
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese (1/2 ounce)
For garnish:
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1.	Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken. Brown 1 minute, tossing as cubes brown.
2.	Add 1 cup onion and sauté 1 minute.
3.	Add garlic, black beans, corn, chili powder, cumin and chopped tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and then lower heat to medium.  Cover with a lid and simmer 10 minutes.
4.	Add salt and pepper and taste for seasoning.  Add more chili powder or cumin as needed.
5.	Spoon into 2 large bowls and sprinkle cheese on top.
6.	Place remaining 1/2 cup onion and cilantro in separate bowls and serve with the chili. 

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Servings:    2
Calories 506
Calories from Fat 91
Total Fat 10.2 g
Saturated Fat 2.6 g
Monounsaturated fat 3.9 g
Cholesterol 113 mg
Sodium 300 mg
Carbohydrate 56.6 g
Dietary Fiber 13.7 g
Sugars 15.4 g
Protein 51.5 g
Exchanges: 2 1/2-starch, 3 vegetable, 6 lean meat 


2 large wedges of iceberg lettuce (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons reduced fat vinaigrette dressing*

1.	Place iceberg on 2 small salad plates.  Drizzle 1 tablespoon dressing over each wedge.
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Servings:    2
Calories 27
Calories from Fat 11
Total Fat 1.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Carbohydrate 3.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Sugars 1.8 g
Protein 1.2 g
Exchanges: 1 vegetable

*Look for low-salt, canned, chopped tomatoes containing per cup: 41 calories, 9.6 g carbohydrate, 24 mg sodium.
** Reduced fat vinaigrette dressing containing per tablespoon: 11 calories, 1.0 g fat, 4 mg sodium.
Shopping List
Deli: 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
Dairy: 1 small package reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
Grocery: 1 large  can low-salt chopped tomatoes*, 1 bottle chili powder, 1 bottle ground cumin, 1 can black beans, 1 package frozen corn kernels
Produce: 1 container fresh diced onion, 1 head iceberg lettuce, 1 bunch cilantro
Staples: Olive oil, Reduced fat vinaigrette dressing**, Minced garlic, Salt, Black peppercorns

Indian Cooking 101

Raghavan teaches us how to make no-fuss Indian dishes on Food News and Views, WLRN NPR.  Archived program at, click radio tab. 

Restaurants Mentioned on Linda’s Food News and

Miami Dade
A Little Bit of Philly, 3940 Curtiss Pkwy, Miami Springs, FL 305-456-0481
Blackbrick, 3451 NE 1st Ave., #103, Miami, FL 305-573-8886
Casa Juancho, 2436  S.W. 8th St., Miami, FL 305-642-2452
Island Bistro, 605 Brickell Brickell Key Dr., Miami, FL 305-364-5512
Lorenzo, in The Redbury South Beach, 1776 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL  786-483-1796
L’Entrecote de Paris, 1053 SE 1st Ave., Miami, FL 305-755-9995
Michael Mina 74 at the Fountainbleu Hotel, Miami Beach, FL , 305-674-4636
Naoe, 661 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, FL 305-947-6263
Nemesis Urban Bistro, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 305-415-9911
Paprika, 1624 79th St. Causeway, North Bay village, FL 305-397-8777
The Daily Melt, 3401 N. Miami Ave,. Ste 2C, Midtown, Miami, FL 305-573-0101
The Frieze, 1626  Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 305-538-0207
Tiny Thai House, 12953 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 305-895-1646
Tunky Tunky 11052 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 786-953-5825
Aqualina Ressort and Spa 305.918.6777 

Bash, 10053 Sunset Strip, sunrise, FL 954-578-6700
Ceviche By The Sea, 2823 E. Oakland Park blvd, Oakland Park, FL 954-565-1085
Eat the Tea, 900 NE 20th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754-200-8355
Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar, 5677 Coral Ridge Dr, Coral Springs, FL 954-346-3434
Kelly’s Landing, 1305 SE 17th St. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 954-760-7009
Maya Papaya, 1040 Bayview Dr. #100, Ft. Lauderdale, 954-338-5651
Sublime Restaurant, 1431 N. federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 954-615-1431
Vienna Café and Wine Bar, 9100 Florida 84, Davie, FL 954-423-1961

Palm Beach
The Farmer's Table, 1901 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 561-417-3856
Chowderheads, 2123 U.S. 1, Jupiter, FL, 561-203-2903
Chris’ tavern, 6338 Lantana Rd, #54, Lake Worth, FL 561-964-4233
Fork and Knife, 99 SE Mizner Blvd, #110, Boca Raton, Fl 561-405-6542
Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine, 200 E Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL, 561-276-2502
Vietnamese Express Café, 531 USHwy 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Linda’s Favorite Gadget Gifts

garnishing tool by Microplane $19.95 www.microplane.comThe Pomegrante Tool, $19.95 at sur la table; Cookie Pan with Drop Zones $16.95 for 11.17 pan,; Silicone Baking Bowl, $15.99; Suction Based Grater $29.99;aerolatte hot milk frother, $110.00,; Tea Forte Iced Tea Brewing PItchers $39.00; Cannon Ball Ice Tray $9.99; Smart Kettle $49.95; Bartender’s Garnishing Tool $19.95,

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