Basil Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

Here is an easy Basil Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe. This dressing is great with spinach salad, a chopped salad, also awesome as a dip for veggie sticks. Ingredients: 1/2 cup mango puree 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (any oil will do) 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (Regular balsamic vinegar will do. Just the color will change.) 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves Add salt and pepper to taste Using a food processor or blender. Combine Read more…

Savory and Sweet Mangoes.

Mango trees can be found almost everywhere in Hawaii. Mango trees can be found in many people’s front or back yards of their home. Even my grandparents had a mango tree in their back yard. Growing up I remember my grandpa would pick the half-ripe mangoes with long sticks or poles with cloth bags attached to the end. They would use the stick with the bag to shake the mango loose, off the branch instead Read more…

Easter Meal Ideas.

Easter isn’t only about bunnies, candy, dyeing eggs and easter egg hunting. Easter has so many traditional dishes and treats. A few traditional Easter dishes include roasted lamb, baked ham, asparagus, green beans, potatoes and all those eggs. Keeping these dishes traditional is great, but adding a little flair and creativity is always great. Roasted lamb is a traditional dish during Easter because Jesus was said to be “The Lamb of God”. It may be Read more…

Love is The Secret Ingredient

Ever wonder why your parents or grandparents can make a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich taste like the most amazing PB&J sandwich ever made in the whole world. Is it the peanut butter? Is it the jelly? Or is it because you’re just hungry? What is it that makes it so delicious? It’s because they made it from their heart and they enjoyed making it for you. They always make the PB&J just the Read more…

Li Hing Mui Pineapple Skewers

Here is a really simple pineapple recipe using fresh pineapple and Li Hing Mui powder (salty dried plum powder). Li Hing powder is sour, salty and sweet. Perfect with chilled sweet pineapples. Cut chilled pineapple from top to bottom into sticks to be skewered with wooden or metal skewers. Sprinkle or dip pineapples with some li hing powder. That’s it. Eat and enjoy. You may also grill the pineapple to have a warm sweet sour snack. Read more…

Pineapple Upside-Down Taro Pancakes

Ingredients 2 8 oz cans of pineapples rings 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons brown sugar 8 maraschino cherries 4 cups taro pancake batter, from your favorite box mix or own recipe Make sure pineapple rings are dry but are still juicy. Heat a non stick pan or cast iron pan large enough to cook pineapple ring and be able to have enough space for pancake batter around ring. Heat pan to medium low heat. Add butter. Read more…

The Many Ways of The Pineapple

The pineapple has been around since 1490s. It was discovered in South America between Brazil and Paraguay. In early times pineapples were used as a sign of wealth and only used for display. Pineapples got its name because it looks like a pine cone in the early stages of growth. Pineapples are actually a bunch of berries fused into one fruit. It takes about 2 years to mature and ripe enough to eat. Pineapples also Read more…

Yesterday’s Quesadillas

Here’s a great basic quesadilla recipe. Easy to make. Simple to cook. You can use your leftovers. Ingredients 4 8-10 in. flour tortillas 1 cup leftover chicken, pork, steak, fish, and/or veggies 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or other leftover cheeses 1/2 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup caramelized onions  Lay down flour tortilla. Sprinkle cheese down first onto half of tortilla. Sprinkle tomato, chicken or other protein and caramelized onions over cheese creating a layer. Then Read more…

You Paid for Those Leftovers.

Everyone has had a lot of leftovers in the fridge and freezer. Many times saying we are going to eat them but we just store them until they get spoiled or old, then just throw the leftovers in the trash. That is your hard-earned money that just went in the rubbish. You paid for those leftovers, use them. One common problem that so much leftovers just get wasted is the way people reheat them. Just about Read more…

Being a great cook takes time.

Everyone has heard of a music protegé or a math genius that start at a very young age. Have you ever heard of a cooking protegé? No one is born with the gift of being a great cook or master baker. Cooking and baking skills must be thought by taste and experiences. It can be mastered then remastered. The learning cycle of culinary knowledge can be literally endless. These protegés or geniuses can learn every song Read more…