The Miami Condiments You Should Have in Your Kitchen

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Condiments make the Chicago Dog.
There's a case to be made that the more diverse a cuisine's array of condiments, the better a meal is likely to be. Pho, the Vietnamese beef soup, is often served with bean sprouts, spicy-minty Thai basil, lime wedges, fish sauce, chili sauce, and hoisin. Condiments are the foundation of America's marriage to hot dogs. And without the layer of cheese curds and gravy, Canada's beloved poutine would be a sad plate of French fries.

Miami, with its strange blend of food and cultures, has its own condiments that are as welcome in your refrigerator as they are on your table.

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Bon Appétit! Celebrate Julia Child's Birthday with a Quiche Lorraine

Julia Child, Influencer
"I think every woman should have a blowtorch."

Today marks what would have been Julia Child's 102nd birthday. If not for Julia -- chef, cookbook author, television host, accidental feminist -- the food world wouldn't be what it is today. If not for Julia, Americans might still be eating TV dinners and boiled hot dogs.

To celebrate her, we've chosen to share a fairly simple and classic recipe we hope you'll try to recreate at home: quiche Lorraine. The great thing about the quiche is that you can make up your own concoctions, and as Julia said, "it is practically foolproof."

See also: Rolando Aedo Talks Miami Spice: "The More People Celebrating Food in Miami, the Better"

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ABC Restaurant Supplies: Outfit Your Kitchen Like a Chef

All photos by Zachary Fagenson
It's a culinary scavenger hunt.
Home cooks know all too well the woes of cheap kitchen equipment. There's the Dutch oven whose enamel begins chipping after only a few forays into a 300-degree oven; the sautée pan with the hot spot that burns part of your omelet and leaves the other half just barely cooked.

This isn't to say every kitchen should be fitted out with the over-priced, perfectly marketed doodads and useless tools that line the shelves at Williams-Sonoma or Bed Bath and Beyond. The rubber-handled mango pitter that both stores push like cheap freebase to itchy junkies is the most useless thing since vibrating weight loss belts.

What you want is quality stuff that can stand years of abuse. Look to the kitchen supply stores along North Miami Avenue just west of the Adrienne Arsht Center. Sure, they're a collection of musty warehouses without pretty displays or 20 percent off coupons. What they all do have, however, is a lineup of pots, pans, bowls and every other kind of kitchen tool imaginable all designed for the harshest environment: the professional commercial kitchen.

See also: Pans, Knives, and Tom Cruise on Miami's Restaurant Supply Row

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Make Vegan Milkshakes for National Ice Cream Month

Courtesy of Whole Foods Aventura
National Ice Cream Month (July, if you were wondering) can leave vegans feeling a little left out. Sure, we can snag a box of Tofutti or a pint of Rice Dream at the supermarket, but getting anyone to serve us a scoop or mix us up a shake? Dream on.

Luckily, Whole Foods Aventura has our backs. This Sunday, they'll serve vegan milkshakes for $5 from 1 to 3 p.m., in honor of the holiday. But even if you can't make it into the store, you can whip up your own at home with this recipe. Enjoy!

See also: Make Raw Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in Two Minutes

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Proper Sausages Now Offers Proper Pickles, The All-American For Your July Fourth Cookout

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Proper Sausages need Proper Pickles.
If you're planning your Fourth of July cookout, you might just want to make a pit-stop at Proper Sausages in Miami Shores.

The little sausage shop run by Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann that offers house-made artisan sausages from quality meats and spices, fresh bacon, craft beer, wine, and other picnic staples now sells house made pickles and mustards.

See also: Best Sausage Miami 2014 - Proper Sausages

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Rev Run's New Show Brings the Family Home for Sunday Suppers

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Rev Run and family friend Perry Jones prepare bison burgers.
Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons is a master of reinvention. From rap legend of Run-D.M.C., to minister, to reality show icon, Rev Run keeps finding ways to stay relevant in pop culture. His family was launched into the spotlight when Run's House premiered on MTV in 2005. The show ran for six seasons, spawning another family-based story, Rev Run's Renovation, on DIY and HGTV that brought huge ratings to the networks in 2013. Clearly, viewers enjoy watching Rev and wife Justine manage marriage, kids, and making it all work.

Keeping this gravy train rolling, Rev and Justine are starring in another show, this time using the kitchen to bring their now grown-up family back to the home. In Rev Run's Sunday Suppers, the Simmons clan comes together for family meals every Sunday. Each episode features different family members, from son Diggy and daughter Miley to Justine's parents, sister, and friends as they try to settle on traditional recipes, keep Rev healthy, and battle for who's boss of the kitchen.

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Cooked Author Michael Pollan: "We're Breaking Down the Sexist Stereotypes of Cooking"

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Author Michael Pollan
In Michael Pollan's most recent book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, the author discusses how the four elements -- fire, water, air, and earth -- transform plants and animals into the food that ends up on our plates. Best known for his bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan penned Cooked as a staycation for food. Why go to a restaurant when you can do it in your own kitchen? This Thursday, Miami Dade College will host the author at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, and Short Order spoke with Pollan about the new book, transformations, and the importance of home cooking.

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Easter Is Coming! Make Vegan Cadbury Cream Eggs (PHOTOS)

Photos by Hannah Sentenac
It's that time of year again. No, we're not talking birds and bees and March Madness and all that other spring crap. We're talking Cadbury Cream Egg time at Easter, coming up on April 20. Seriously, is there anything more awesome than seeing those indulgent little morsels on store shelves everywhere?

Sadly, the cream egg is (unsurprisingly) far from vegan-friendly. Luckily, it's not too hard to concoct a re-creation at home, sans animal products. You're welcome for the sugar rush you're about to experience. Check out the how-to after the jump.

See also: Konata's Restaurant Serves Inexpensive, Delicious Vegan Food

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Thanksgiving Help For Last-Minute Disasters

Don't let disaster strike. Help is on the way.
Thanksgiving is here, which means you're home from the turkey trot and about to get to work in the kitchen.

With so many dishes to make (including that darn turkey), unless you're Martha Stewart, you're bound to have a few kitchen misses along the way.

Not to worry. There is help. Here's your guide to fixing whatever Thanksgiving disaster strikes.

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Thanksgivukkah Latkes, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Leftovers, Danny Serfer Style

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Latkes for eight days (including Thanksgiving).
Thanksgivukkah eve is upon us and whether or not you're celebrating this holiday mashup where Maccabees meet turkeys, we can all agree on one thing:

Potato latkes are delicious.

See also: Thanksgivukkah: Turbrisket, Menurkey, and a Movie (Video)

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