A Different Sort Of Lei

Here’s how much we love our Spam® AND Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers

Oh my gosh!!  We make leis out of just about anything!  It started out as Cracked Seed or See Mui and now you’ll find leis fashioned of dollar bills or even small nip bottles of hooch!

You see that blue one to the left? that’s made with small snack-sized Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, love that too!

Now there’s a real Food As Gift idea

ALOHA!

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Aloha From Waikiki

No, this lovely tray of assorted Tropical Drinks was not all for us! HA!   😀

We went over to our favorite place to listen to live Hawaiian Music, the Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Hotel and there was a very large group of Japanese visitors having the best time.  It turns out they were a Halau, or Hula Dance Troop from Kobe Japan who were on Oahu to preform.  Anywhos, I say this large tray come over to their table and I thought, geez, that’s so beautiful, all of those colors and different aromas.  Maybe the next time we order a cocktail, I’ll rethink my standard glass of wine   😉

ALOHA!

Beautiful Day In Paradise, This Is Where I Come From, Hawaii

I’M HOME!

This is the Hilton Hawaiian Village  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, ONE  of our favorite places for catching some rays, relaxing, swimming, visiting with family and just generally hang out.

ALOHA!

Sunday Brunch Bumped WAY UP!

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared with everyone that my husband and I love our Sunday Brunch.  99.9% of the time it’s at home with me cooking.  One of the food forums that I participate in has a challenge each month with a different theme; this month it’s Brunch, HA!  😀   I racked my brain for something to enter when this Sunday I found myself making this:

Homemade Chunky Apple Sauce stuffed Pancakes, topped with Caramel Sauce, chopped Pecans and whipped cream

Scratch made Buttermilk Pancakes stuffed with homemade Chunky Apple Sauce, topped with Caramel Sauce, chopped Pecans and a dollop of whipped Cream.

Piggys in a blanket topped with homemade Blackberry Jam

Turkey Piggys in a Blanket, with a drizzle of warmed homemade Blackberry Jam.

Homemade Chunky Apple Sauce and Blackberry Jam

I make Chunky Apple Sauce all the time for my Mom … and the jam, well, the last time we went to see my  Mother, we brought back a MESS of fresh Blackberries … Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! In my world), they’re both so good!

What an amazing Sunday Brunch.  Did I mention that we shared these two plates …

Hatch Green Chile Relleno Casserole

I wanted to share what I made for our new neighborhood’s block party, Hatch Green Chile Relleno Casserole, really good!

This recipe is a riff off of a pal of mine (Mahalo Kathy) from one of the Food Forums that I follow.

Hatch Green Chile Relleno Casserole

1 ½ 27oz. cans (or 40.5 oz.) Hatch Whole Green Chiles
4-6 C. shredded Colby Jack Cheese (more or less to your liking 😉 )
1 C. Whole Milk
¼ C. Flour
¼ tsp. Baking powder
5 Large Eggs
8 oz. Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
½ tsp. Cumin powder
½ tsp. Oregano, crush with fingers

Preheat the oven to 350⁰.

Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan.

Reserve 1/2 cup of cheese for the top.

Layer the pan, alternately with Chiles and Cheese, creating three layers, ending with Chiles.

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In a bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder; then whisk in the milk and eggs until smooth. Pour this mixture gently into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

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Remove from the oven, and pour Green Enchilada sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle the cumin and oregano on top of the sauce, and cover with reserved cheeses.

Return to oven, and bake an additional 20 min, until the cheese on top just bubbles.

Allow the casserole to rest of 15 minutes before serving.

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I ran this recipe through my account on MyFitnessPal, and this is what came out:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 9.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20 g 31 %
Saturated Fat 10 g 51 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 159 mg 53 %
Sodium 917 mg 38 %
Potassium 78 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 14 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 17 g 34 %
Vitamin A 14 %
Vitamin C 38 %
Calcium 40 %
Iron 4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
WOW!

That’s not bad for a meatless dish.  I figured 9 servings can be had from a 9 X 13 inch pan, and I think that’s a generous serving.

This dish was gone in a hurry!  I didn’t know that there were so many folks here in the middle of the desert that didn’t eat meat, and did you see how low the carbs are?

Of course, you can change out the Hatch chiles for any sort you prefer, also the cheese.  I think that a Pepper Jack Cheese would be wonderful or even sharp Cheddar, MMM!

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

(**Note:this is a reblog from March 2016)

Enjoy!

Homemade Caramel Sauce, Kitchen Fail!

HA! 😀

Y’know, sometimes stuff  just happens in the Kitchen…

I saw on one of these new fangled social media thingys, Serious Eats Easy Caramel Sauce, Hmmm … I just got a carton of Tillamook Old Fashion Vanilla Ice Cream for the deep freeze (it is starting to get warm here in the middle of the desert 😉 ) and I do like Caramel Sauce.

It looked good

It smelled good

and it tasted GREAT!!

For dessert that night, I poured my homemade sauce over a nice parfait glass of creamy goodness and … the sauce froze up HARD AS ROCK!!!   😀

Oh well, the Ice Cream was good   😛

I gotta say, I do like Serious Eats, all of their recipes and videos, but this was my one and only fail from them.  I’m sure that I did something wrong along the way, sorry Kenji.

How Many Small Kitchen Appliances Do You Own?

This was a question that I posed on one of the Food Forums that I belong to.  Interesting.

For those of us who cook and do so often, we have a lot of “toys” that we play with.  Some more often than others, but we love them all equally.

I couldn’t resist; I just had to break out all of mine.  😀

We have two Keurig Coffee Makers.  The behemoth black model stays at home, while that Chili Red little cutie comes with us on our car trips.  We’ve gotten hooked on a certain brand of K-Pod coffee (thanks Mary Elizabeth 🙂 ).  We get a consistent cup of Joe every single time, DE~LI~CIOUS!!

In this group photo, two of my toys are used regularly, can you guess which ones? DING DING DING!!! My Rice Cooker is used probably every-other night and then the scale comes out multiple times in a day.

Now these guys are not utilized nearly as much as they should be, but such is life.

My husband saw the Espresso Machine and exclaimed, “HEH!  Where’s that been?  Can we have a cup?”

Sure!

Boy, it took me a minute to remember how to work this small kitchen appliance, it’s been so long.  o_O

Now, mind you, these kitchen toys did not just appear in my cupboards last night.  I accumulated these workhorses over many years time.  Some as gifts (Thanks Mom), and some I purchased over time.  A friend of mine suggested that I start looking in the thrift stores for some new acquisitions.  HMMM …

 

How many small kitchen appliances do you own

AND

How often do you use each of them?

Please let me know in the comment section below