Back Home In Hawaii ~ May 2019 ~ Part 3

Some place that I must visit when ever we’re back home in Hawaii Nei is Leonard’s Bakery.
On one of our daily treks to the beach, I saw this

Do you see that line to get in the door? 

Leonard’s Portuguese Donuts-Malasadas

I did finally get my fix though.

Pro tip:
GO EARLY!

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Three Bean Salad, My Way

My mother just loves Three Bean Salad and always had a coupla cans of the stuff in her kitchen cupboard as I was growing up.
We mostly would eat it in the Summer, chilled, as a side dish to pretty much anything my Dad grilled. 

Pro tip: try this Three Bean Salad with Fried Chicken. 

Not so long ago, Mom was saying that she could no longer find her Three Bean Salad in the Mega-Mart. So being the good daughter that I am, I did a search on the WWW and found this recipe:

Home Canned Three Bean Salad – Preserved Home

The first time I made this, I did a half batch and it was gone in nothing flat!
So today I made a second round, this time a full recipe and got 7 pints.

This time I switch it up a bit and rather than adding Green Bell Peppers I sliced up some Sweet Mini Bell Peppers, YUM!

Also, I used canned Beans, but fresh Green Beans. Oh and I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil, `cuz that’s what I keep in my pantry.

Total time from start to done was about 3 hours.
You want to give yourself ample time when home canning anything, don’t try to rush it.

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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Let Me Catch Y’all Up, AGAIN!

Gosh, I can’t believe that I did it again! 

I went MIA for FOUR MONTHS!

So real quick like, let me catch y’all up with what I’ve been up to.

Never have I ever … made Focaccia, no really!
Meh, it was okay I guess. I think we’ll need a re-do on that one though.

Never have I ever … made Chocolate Dipped fresh Strawberries!
Y’know, those real big ones that you can get every so often? Well, I took the plunge and bought a pint and did `em all pretty and tasty like 

I did some crafting over the past four months and this is one that I’m super proud of.

I had seen this idea on Pinterest and had been watching for a pair of inexpensive kids Rain Boots.

I finally bit the bullet and purchased an Air Fryer!
So far, I’m liking it, kinda. I haven’t been using for everything as other folks do, just a few items to start out.

Something else that I’ve been looking at for the longest time … a stand up Freezer!

YAY!!!

Now, that’s just a small snippet of what I’ve been up to; there’s so much more that I’ll post in the future, as well continuing my Hawaii 2019 trip, oops …

Stay tuned!!

Oops Sorry, I’ve Been Absent Again

I know, I know, I haven’t been posting-again, Sorry!
Life has been so incredibly hectic and busy here in My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert, but I promise to catch you all up.
WordPress has changed their formatting, which threw me a curve ball, I gotta say. So I’ve been researching how to do this in a “new and improved” way.
I’ll be back soon …

Meatless Quesadilla For Lunch

I was hunting around the kitchen for a different sort of dish for lunch for myself. I found about a half a cup of canned Black Beans that I had stashed in the deep freeze, along with some Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn, Hatch Green Chiles and some Flour Tortillas from my local Carniceria.

A Meatless Quesadilla!


I’m thinkin’ y’all don’t need a recipe per se for this dish, but for those of use who do …

Auntie Doni’s Meatless Quesadilla

2 large Flour Tortillas (our’s are about 9inches or so)
1/2 C. canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained well
1/2 C. frozen Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn, thawed & drained (or any one you have on hand)
1/4 C. Green Chiles, chopped and drained well
1/2 – 3/4 C. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded (you choose what you like)

In a dry 10 inch skillet, heat over medium-high until it’s good and hot.
Place one of the Tortillas in the pan, cover with the rest of the ingredients, starting and ending with the Cheese.
Place the second Tortillas over it all, pressing it down gently with a spatula.
Once the Cheese starts to melt on the bottom, carefully flip and toast the other side.
Remove to a cutting board and slice into either 6 or 8 pieces.
Plate and serve with your choice of toppings, or not. I just used more Cheese, `cuz there’s never too much Cheese for me! I would have loved some sliced Avocado, Sour Cream and Salsa 

I think next time I make myself a Quesadilla, I’m going to use this:


along with some shredded Chicken 

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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More Copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad

I’m just over the Moon!

Back in 2013 I posted the first of two installments of my Copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad.

https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedes…acaroni-salad/

If you’re from Hawaii, or you’ve been there and eaten at Zippy’s Restaurant, then you know! That is some of the best Mac Salad you’ll ever have, IMHO anyways.

Having retired and moved away from Hawaii back in 2007  I was on a quest to recreate this dish, along with many others. It has taken me YEARS to get it, but I think it’s there.

So why am I excited you may ask … well, two folks who “follow” me have read my posts and made their own Copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad for themselves!!!! 

Back in 2017, Krystle from Pictures & Plane Tickets, one of my original blog followers and fellow blogger, sent me an email with the photo above.

Big Mahalo Krystle!

The second response that I’ve received to let me know that another follower from a different Social Media Group that I am a member of, also tried it!  She made this rendition of my recipe AND is even interested in making it again, with my added twist of the Tuna and chopped Black Olives 

I love to make maybe half of the Mac Salad this was for a quick lunch!

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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Back Home In Hawaii ~ May 2019 ~ Part 2

Ya know when you go on a trip and you want to buy EVERYTHING to bring home? 

Yeah, NO!!

One must use restraint and NOT try to over do it!

I always pack a large, collapsible bag that I can jam all of our clothes in and then all the stuff  that I buy to bring back goes into the suitcase. This trip was no exception.

I had a bunch of frozen foods too, the usual suspects, S&S Saimin, Portuguese Sausage, etc… but forgot to take photos.

Now here’s the rub of this trip …


My husband has had his eye on this beautiful Koa Wood replica of the main Hawaiian Islands, FOR YEARS!


I had bought a hard-sided suitcase, small enough to take as a Carry-On, but large enough to pack-up fragile items to take back from Hawaii.


And that’s what blew out DH’s left bicep !!!

I had wrapped each ‘Island’ in Bubble-Wrap and very carefully packed these in the Carry-On bag, that we stashed in the overhead bin, for the Airplane ride back to Arizona.
It was easy going up, it was the trying to wrangle it back down that was the problem.

So ends this installment of our trip, but do please stay tuned as I continue through, backwards

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Never Have I Ever Made ~ #4 … Chocolate Truffles

I am one of those odd folks, who really does not care for Chocolate all that much 

I saw this recipe on Pinterest for Truffles made with Dove Promises!
I thought, what the heck, let’s try this.

We’ve been invited for a Couples Board Game Night, and you know me, I always take a snack for the entire class 

 

Basic Chocolate Truffles

9 oz. Dove Promises, unwrapped
1/3 C. Heavy Cream (sometimes it’s called Whipping Cream)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (or a nice liquor is nice too, like Kahlua)

Combine the Chocolate Candies and Cream in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low, stirring constantly, until the Chocolate is fully melted.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the Vanilla, keep whisking til you have a smooth texture.
Cover the surface of the Chocolate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.
Using a small disher, scoop out little balls onto a parchment lined sheet pan.
Roll each Truffle in the palms of your hands, gloves are very helpful here!

 

Set out in small plates, whatever types of coatings that you want to roll your Truffles in.
Once coated, refrigerate covered until you’re ready to serve.
These will keep in an air-tight container in the `fridge for about two weeks.
Or freeze them in a zip-top bag for up to three months.

So there’s chopped & toasted Macadamia Nut rolled Truffles, toasted Coconut Flakes and Health Bar Chips… our hostess is a self proclaimed “Chocolate aficionado” as she says 

This tray was history in no time flat! 

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own. 

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Back Home In Hawaii ~ May 2019 ~ Part 1

Geez, ya know what? It just dawned on me that we never talked about our trip back home to Oahu!  That was almost two years ago 

So let’s back this awfully strange train that we’ve been on ever since and start from the ending of our trip and work our way backwards. 

You’ll remember I posted that I had been absent for a time back then because my Dearest Husband had gotten injured, this was as we were dis-embarking our flight back to Arizona.

https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedes…e-to-chat-but/

Yeah, so …  moving … backwards

Whenever we do fly back from Hawaii, we make our last stop before hitting the airport, ZIPPY’S!!!!

I need that last hit, because we won’t be having this again very soon

Sorry, I couldn’t wait to start eating!

I got us each a Zip Pac® for our on-board lunch (sorry Hawaiian Airlines, I don’t care for your free meals very much) and as the drink cart came past us I ordered a locally brewed Beer that our friend had introduced me to on this trip … Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde
YUM!

That was ONO (that’s delicious in Hawaiian) !!!!
So that was the end of our trip, but do please stay tuned as I continue through, backwards

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What’s Your Travel Bucket List Look Like?

So we started to talk about our Travel Bucket List and I was thinking that this would make for a great
conversation!

It all started when I saw this, somewhere, I forget where :

I started marking off where I had been already:

… and tops on our future  travel bucket list is Horseshoe Bend!  It’s not very far from our house, so we’ve already got a plan ready to GOOOOOOOOO!

How’s about you?
Where would you like to go?
And it really doesn’t need to be in the US,
why not think global?

Of course this conversation is purely for entertainment sake.
In today’s World, we’re not going anywhere for a while 
but it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? 

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