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,

Thanksgiving – no-fuss tips

Cory Vicens gives advice on how to choose, cook and serve the perfect turkey, no more lumpy gravy and smooth mashed potatoes and much more on Food News and Views Thurs. WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, 1:30-2:00 PM ET.  Also listen live at Also archived on that site. has videos with tips go to and type  Thanksgiving Hero Videos or just Thanksgiving videos. 

100 years celebration for Joe’s Stone Crab

Deeny Lorber’s book Waiting at Joe’s gives and insider look at how this famous restaurant trains and keeps their excellent wait staff. And more– Stephen Sawitz COO and great grandson of the founder Joe Weiss talks about how the history of Joe’s is tied to the historyof Miami. Food News and Views, Thursdays WLRN NPR 91.3 fm, live and archived at

Joe’s famous Mustard Sauce

1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise, 3 1/2-teaspoons Colemans dry mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershsire sauce, 1 teaspoon A1 Steak Sauce, 2 tablespoons light cream salt to taste

Gold Medal Skating Champion Brian Boitano Entertains Family and Frie

He went from Olympic Gold Medal Skater to cooking on the TV Food Network.  His show and book are What Wold Brian Boitano Make?  He gives tips on Halloween parties and other gatherings on Food News and Views, 1:30-2 PM ET WLRN NPR, 91.3 FM, live and archived at, click radio tab.

Ingrid Hoffmann – TV’s Delicioso

Join TV celebrity (Delicioso on Univision and Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel), Ingrid Hoffmann, on Food News and Views Thursday, 1:30-2 PM ET.  Streamed live and archived at  She gives tips on how to make your favorite Latin recipes with a healthy twist. 

Dining at the White House

Chef John Moeller describes his most memorable moments cooking for 3 First Families – Presidents HW Bush, Clinton and George Bush.  From cooking for heads of state to intimate family dinners, this is an insiders view.  Did Julia Child really write to Hilary Clinton that she was not impressed on several visits to the White House, but Chef Moeller changed that? What happened when a Congressional pic nic was cancelledo n 9/11?  What do you serve to such diverse diplomats as the Em;peror and Emprss of Japan, President and Mrs Yeltsin. My Food News and Views interview on WLRN NPR answers these and many other quesitons.  Thursday, 1:30-2 PM ET, streamed live and archived at

Linda’s Fancy Food Show Finds

Pomegranate Chips,, SRP $2.50   for 4 oz. bag

Nature’s Earthly Choice corn, rice and quinoa pasta, $5.50 for 17.6 oz package

Goodie Girl Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies, $2.99 for 7 oz package (8 cookies)

Nature’s Earthly ChoiceChia Seeds

Curry Ketchup by Herb n Zest, $6.99 for 8 oz jar

Traina Foods California Sundried Tomato Ketchup, $4.99 for 16 oz. bottle

Chobani Yogurt in a Tube, $2.99 for box of 8

Peach Pecan and Amaretto Preserve by San Sansaba, $7.95 for 11 oz jar

Smokey Sherry Onion Spread by Gracious Gourmet, $8.99 for 8 oz jar

Bacon Rub by Southern Culture Artisan Foods, $5.99 for 8 ounces

Maples Bacon Icing by Amoretti, $9.99 for 16 oz.

V Chocolate’s Almond Toffee, $4.95 for 2.5 oz box.

Twinnings of London’s Ice Tea bags, $3.99 for 20 bags

Hella Bitter’s Bitter Citrus and Plain Bitter, $18.95 for 5 oz bottle

Tabasco Jelly Belly, $2.50 for 1.5oz or $2.25 for Jelly Belly Tabsco Bottle





Miami Spice Months

It’s bargain months at Miami Dade restaurants- 12 annual Miami Spice months, Aug and Sept.  Steve Haas, owner of City Hall the Restaurant brought some of his Miami Spice selections to Food News and Views on WLRN NPR.  For more information go to

Restaurant Roundabout List


Miami Dade
Amici’s Trattoria Italiana, Hammocks Center, 1201 Hammocks blvc, Miami, FL 33196, 305-388-3787
Aromas del Peru, 1930 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-476-5886
Asian Fusion Café, 17043 S. Dixie Hwy, Palmetto Bay, fL 33157, 305-278-6888
Bahamian Connection Restaurant, 4490 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127, 305-576-6999
Bangkok Cuisine, 45 N. Homesteads Blvd, Homestead, FL 33030, 305-248-6611
Bulla Gastrobar, 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 305-441-0107,
Cipriani, 465 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131, 786-329-4090
Copper Box, 3328 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL. 33127, 305-392-0983,
Copper Chimney Indian Restaurant, 18090 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 33160, 305-974-0075
Evios Pizza and Grill, 12600 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181, 305-899-7699
FoodOozle, Food Delivery, 855-336-6953 (ext 101),
King’s Palace Chinese Bar B-Q Restaurant, 330 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Kouzina Greek Bistro, 3535 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, 954-394-4140
Lagniappe, 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miam, FL 33137, 305-576-0108
Lotus Garden, 318 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, 305-446-2360
Makoto, 9700 Collins Ave. Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-8600,
Oak Tavern, 35 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137,
Oishi Thai, 14841 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181, 305-947-4338
Tongue & Cheek, 431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-704-2900,
Rare Steakhouse, 468  W 41st St., Miami Beach, fL 33140, 305-532-7273
Schnitzel Haus, 1085 NE 79th St., Miami, Fl 33138, 305-754-8002
Soi Chinese Kitchen, 645 NW 20th St., Miami, FL 33127, 305-482-0238
Sea Grill, 3913 NE 163rd St. North Miami Beach, FL 33160, 305-945-7555
S&S Diner, 1757 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33132, 305-373-4291
Sweet Times Cupcakes, 8530 SW 124th Ave. #101, Miami, GL 33183, 305-270-0300

Argenti Pizza, 10012 W McNab Rd., Tamarac, FL 33321, 954-726-3900
Bravo Ristorante, 1515 SE 17th St. Causeway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33316, 954-523-9441
Hong Kong BBQ, 5301 N. State Road 7, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33319, 954-777-3832
Hot n Soul, 3045 N. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33036, 754-206-2155
Keese’s Simply Delicious, 4350 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the, FL, 954-776-4616
Oaki Steakhouse, 4391 N. Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308, 954-533-4218
Old Heidelbert Restaurant and Lounge, 900 W. State Road 84, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315, 954-463-6747
Royal India, 3801 Griffin Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312, 954-964-0071
Southport Raw Bar, 1536 Cordova Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316, 954-525-2526
Vito’s Gourmet Pizza, 1489 SE 17th St., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316, 954-463-4003

Palm Beach
Darbster, 8020 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-586-2622
Bad Ragaz Hall &  Biergarten 309 Via De Palmas, in the new condo-plaza at the corner of Woolbright and Federal;
Barrel and Grain, moved into the space that was Gratify gastropub. (125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-2767).

Ice Cream Month Festival

Rosa Mexicano’s Regional Executive Chef, James Cawley, offers me ice cream and home made cone on Food News and Views on WLRN. My favorite? creamy homemade vanilla ice cream laced with salty caramel made from goat’s milk.  My big surprise? Mexican Sour Gherkin and Jalapen Sorbet. Wine columnist Fred Tasker gave is drinks suggestions to go with ice cream.  Highlights: Dolce Dessert Wine fromNapa Valley’s Far Niente winery, $64 half bottle; Nonvintage Gonzalez byass Pedro Ximenez Dulce sherry from Sapin, $18 a bottle.

Fancy Food Show – 2013

Jacob Javitz center New York City — 3 floors filled with specialty foods – amazing display. Cheese was everywhere, so was gluten free and look at these amazing truffles.  My favorite finds at the show to come.

Man Bites Dog — that’s hot dog!!!

Whether you call them franks, wieners, or red hots, hot dogs are as American as apple pie. Food News and Views, WLRN NPR, Thurs, 1;30-2 PM ET and archived at (click the radio tab) talks about how the this unassuming street fare transformed into an American icon and what are the best hot dogs and toppings for your July 4th or anytime barbecue.

Love Cruising

I love cruising and am thrilled to be hosting a 4-day cruise from Miami to Key West, January 30, 2014 on the Celebrity Constellation.  We’ll have cooking demos — can you just taste the key lime pie – and a create your own Bacardi drink contest with prizes and much more.  Special offer – sign up by June 18 for a $100 per cabin on board credit with my compliments.  Join me for all the fun.  Call Kendale Lakes Travel 305-385-3191 or go to 

Heat Playoffs Hyde American Arena

Plan a Heat Playoff party with the help of Richard Post, General Manager of Hyde American Arena.  It’s the new VIP Lounge at the  Arena – great vibe, good food – perfect place to watch the games.  Join us on Food News and Views, WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, live, 1:30-2 PM ET,  Thurs. May 9. He’ll give us tips for our own home party.

Cinco de Mayo

It”s beyond nachos and cheese with Pati Jinich as she talks about real Mexican food and gives us tips on creating our own Cinco de Mayo party at home.  Food News and Views, WLRN 91.3 FM, 1;30-2 PM ET or live at  Also archived on the WLRN site. 

Rohan Marley and 1love Foundation

Rohan Marley produces coffee on sustainable farms with part of the profits going to Kicks for a Cause and the Marley 1love Foundation.  Learn more on Food News and Views WLRN NPR 91.3 FM.  Thursday 1:30 -2 PM ET, streamed live or archived on the wlrn site.

Cedella Marley Booker's One Love corn Meal Porridge
5 cups water
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 12/-cups cornmeal
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of cinnamon

Boil water. Meanwhile, slowly add cold water to cornmeal and flour until it becomes a thick batter.
Pour the mixture into boiling water.  Stir to prevent sticking.  Cook for half hour.
As mixture begins to thicken, dilute it with coconut milk.  Stir.
Add the soymilk, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, nutmeg combine the ingredients.  Serve in 6 bowls and sprinkle cinnamon on top.  Serves 6. 

Turffled Mac and Cheese

Bourbon Steak Truffle Mac and Cheese

1 portion

8 oz. cooked Macaroni, 4 oz veloute (see recipe below), 3 oz. cheese mix (Parmesan, blue cheese, white cheddar), 2 oz broccoli (blanched), 2 teaspoons truffle peelings(finely chopped), 2 tablespoons truffle oil, 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan, slat and pepper.

Combine veloute and cheese mix in a small saucepan.  Melt cheese down into veloute and then add broccoli and macaroni.  Heat all of these through and then add truffle peelings, truffle oil and truffle butter.  Season.  Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Veloute (1 gallon, 4  oz needed for recipe)

5 lbs. chicken bones, 3 white onions, 1 gal. cream, roux, sachet, salt and pepper

Saute chicken bones in a small amount of oil (no color).  Add onions and sweat till soft.  Add cream and bring slowly to a simmer.  Simmer for 30 min. stirring constantly to prevent scorching.  Add sachet and simmer additional 15 min.  Add roux and simmer 15 additional minutes.  Season. Strain through chinois and cool.

Hell’s Kitchen winner Christina Machammer b cellars Napa

What are some of America’s best wines and what foods go best with them? Plus, what is life like after winning Hell’s Kitchen.  This and more on Food News and Views, WLRN NPR 91.3 fm, streamed live at and archived on that site. !:30 – 2 PM ET, Thursday, March 28. 

Power Food For The Brain

Dr. Neal Barnard says yes we can increase our chances of avoiding Alzheimer and related dementia by changing our diet and lifestyle.  Discover more on Food News and Views, WLRN NPR 91.3 FM, streamed live at, archived on that site. 1-2 PM ET.

Linda’s Fancy Food Show Finds

Ethiopian Simmer Sauce

Ethiopian Simmer Sauce
Suggested Retail Price $12.99 for 16oz bottle
Satisfy You Soul
www.satisyyoursoul.comsee details below


Eat Your Vegetables
Suggested Retail Price $3.49 for 4.5oz bag

Danielle Fruit Chips
Suggested Retail Price $3.89/2 oz. bag

Rick’s Picks (pickles)
Suggested Retail Price $9.99 for 15 oz jar

New York Joe’s Onions
Suggested Retail Price $6.99 for 12 ounce jar

Safies Pickles – Banana Peppers
Suggested Retail Price $4.99 for 42 oz jar

Wild Planet Sustainable Seas
Suggested Retail Price $2.99 for 5 oz can

Gotta Cook Tonight
Moroccan Tagine Spice Package
877-UA-SPICE (827-7423)

Suggested retail price $6.99 for 9 oz package

Savannah Bee Company -honey pairing
Suggested Retail Price $12 for 12 oz jar

Wild Rata Honey
Suggested Retail Price $14.65 for 18oz. jar

Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast Chocolate Banana Jam
Suggested retail price $6.95 for 8.5oz jar.

Bissingers Campfire S’Mores
Suggested Retail Price $10.00 for 5-pice package


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