Jan Norris: Food and Florida

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Recipes: Writing, Submitting and Following

The Mechanics and Art of Recipe Writing

Writing a recipe is easy if you follow the basic format.

  • Title: If foreign, translate to English for us when possible.
  • Special notes and time required: If recipe should be started the night before or earlier, or needs to sit for 4 hours or more for marinating,¬†indicate so before the cook begins.
  • Ingredients: Always list ingredients¬†in the order they’re used in the recipe. For any canned or boxed products, give an ounce or size to the box or can. For any unusual ingredients, define them or suggest a place to get them.
  • Equipment needed: Spell out any special pots, pans or tools needed.
  • Method: Give the step-by-step method to making the dish. Don’t assume other cooks know how something is put together; spell it out. Give elapsed time when possible.
  • Servings: How many normal servings the dish makes. Spell out a serving size if you have it.
  • Nutritional info: If you have it, please send that along.

Credit Where Credit is Due

We don’t steal recipes and don’t want your stolen ones! You will get full credit for any recipes you submit. We want you to get the accolades. If you absolutely love a recipe that you didn’t develop yourself and wasn’t handed down, you may submit it, but please give credit to the source.

Search for Recipes*

Please search by recipe name or major ingredient.

*Note: Your recipes won’t show up on the site immediately; Jan does a brief edit for obvious errors before posting them. Check back, and if your recipe hasn’t appeared in 24 hours, contact Jan or re-submit it.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jackie elliott // Apr 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I would like to know how to make the feta cheese dressing, could you check this out.the store isLINDBURGERS. THANK YOU JACKIE

  • 2 sheila askenas // May 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Cranberry Almond Biscotti
    Sunsentinel 5/6/10

    Missing butter or oil?

    Mandelbrot variation has 1/3 cup oil.

  • 3 Dawn Galiardo // Sep 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    misplaced a recipe you printed in your column in the Sun Sentinel early July or June, 2010. Was from some South Florida restaurant. Please sent a copy if possible

  • 4 Michelle Waller // Dec 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Jan,

    I live in Greenville, SC but recently attended a holiday party at Anthony’s Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale. The food was incredible to say the least but their pistachio biscotti left me ready to kill for the recipe! Please HELP!



  • 5 Rita Parks // Apr 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I just have to tell you how much I love the recipe you developed for Rev Mark Jones . It was the Whiskey Blueberry Crumble as served at RiRa Irish Pub Louisville KY. It is so awesome I have served it 3 times and received raves. Kudos!!

  • 6 Timothi Kae Mahaffey // Jun 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I hope you can help me with this one. Years ago, I visited Orange Lake ,Florida where my grandparents lived during the winter. There was a spread that was thick and you put it on toast like a jam/jelly/marmalade, and I think it had honey, cocoanut (?), and orange flavoring.
    When I see apple butter-I am reminded of it. Even tho that was 47 years ago, I am hoping it is still available either to buy and/or make. It was fantastic item that reminds of Florida and the oranges we ate while there.
    Have you any idea what it could be? If there are several possibilities-let me know; I will make them and hopefully fill a memory. THANK YOU

  • 7 Tina Ward // Nov 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Can’t seem to find the chocolate cupcakes with coconut icing in the sun sentinel food section on 11/3/11. Would you please add that link so I can get in on my computer.

  • 8 tina ward // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    In the You Asked For It article on July 26, 2012, I think there is a “glitch” on the web site. Can only get the title of the recipe for Swedish Butter Cookies to come up on my computer. Would you be able to fix that so I can try those cookies. Thank you.

  • 9 Jan Norris // Aug 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

    No, Tina Ward – I have nothing to do with that column in the Sun Sentinel any longer. I also do not have anything to do with their web site. Please contact the Sun Sentinel newspaper’s customer service or web master. Thank you.

  • 10 Kathy // Oct 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I had a recipe for Pizza Time’s Balsamic Chicken..When I google it comes up under You Asked for it, however the recipe does not appear. Is it possible to e-mail to me. I would be grateful.


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