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Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Pork (in banana leaf)

Ingredients: 1 large banana leaf* 5 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder or butt (may need to cut in half to fit) 1/4 cup Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt 2 tablespoons mesquite liquid smoke 6 oz pineapple juice 6 oz water Directions: Line the Instant Pot with the banana leaf, leaving enough […]

Hawaiian-style Mac Salad

Ingredients: 1 lb dry macaroni (jumbo macaroni if possible) 2 medium carrots, shredded (I used rainbow carrots) 1/4 Maui onion, grated 1-1 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup milk Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni […]

Rachel’s Oh So ’90s Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Ingredients: 12 oz frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted and chopped 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, defrosted 8 oz cream cheese (or American-style Neufchâtel) 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sour cream 1/3 cup mixed shredded Italian cheese (I used asagio, Parmesan, Romano) PLUS some for topping if desired. 1/2-1 teaspoon granulated garlic […]

Tiny Burgers with Pickles and Onions

Ingredients: 1 lb 94% lean ground beef 1/4 cup minced white onion 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce sea salt freshly ground black pepper to serve: minced white onion soft dinner rolls, cut in half horizontally dill pickle slices (sometimes labeled “hamburger pickles”) Directions: In a medium bowl, combine the beef, onion, […]

Homemade French Fries

Ingredients: 3-4 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch wide, 3 inch long pieces peanut oil Directions: Soak the cut up potato in cold water for 10-15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Meanwhile, bring a heavy, tall sided pan* of oil up to 300. Add the fries in […]

Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Almonds

Ingredients: 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast 1/2 cup blanched, slivered almonds 2 stalks celery, diced for the dressing: 6 cornichons, minced 1 tablespoon tarragon white vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon celery seed 2/3 […]

Tomato Aspic

Ingredients: 3 cups bottled tomato juice 1 1/2 tablespoons unflavored powdered gelatin (1 little packets) 1/2 tablespoon sea salt salt 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seed 1 1/2 teaspoon dill seed 1 1/2 teaspoons spicy Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 black […]

Creamy Pimento Cheese

Ingredients: 8 oz shredded aged sharp cheddar 4 oz jarred diced pimentos, drained 2/3-3/4 cup mayonnaise 2-3 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Place all ingredients in […]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients: topping: 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon black rum 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 20 oz canned pineapple rings in 100% pineapple juice, drain and reserve juice for batter maraschino cherries* cake: 1 1/2 cups flour** 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature […]

Homemade Orange Julius

Ingredients: 12 oz frozen pulp-free orange juice concentrate 1 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cup very cold water 2/3 cup confectioners sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste 1 cup standard sized ice cubes Directions: Add the frozen concentrate, milk, water, sugar and vanilla paste to a blender. Blend until smooth. […]