Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hanky Pankies

After a summer hiatus, I was happy to see the new season of Rachael Ray shows with new recipes to try.  Of course I still have a lot of catching up to do since I was away for 2 weeks.  As you know by now, I love cooking with ingredients that I already have on hand or can be shared between recipes so when I saw Mario Batali’s segment promoting his new American influenced cookbook, I knew I had to make this. 
Ricotta Cheese – I bought 2 containers for my Baked Butternut Squash Pasta I have planned for this week so could easily spare a cup
Gouda Cheese – I normally would not have this but had some leftover from the German Style Creamed Spinach
Ground beef – I just made loco moco with half a pound and had the other half still leftover
Ground Italian Sausage – Again, bought some for the Baked Butternut Squash Pasta so grab some from that stash
Sliced bread – I picked up an extra loaf that I froze from the Farmers Market last month since they were selling 3 for $5 before closing for the night
Four slices may not seem like much but when loaded with ¼ lb of meat and ricotta per slice, it is filling. 
Mario Batali’s Hanky Pankies Recipe Rachael Ray Show -
Price:  $6 for 2 servings = $3 per serving

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Loco Moco with a Twist

It does not take a genius to know that I am missing Mau`i and going through withdrawal.  So when I just needed to make dinner for two without having to worry about having leftovers for lunch, loco moco popped into my mind.  Ironically I did not have even one loco moco in Hawai`i since I could not seem to give up my macadamia or banana pancakes with the mac-nilla sauce at 808 Grindz. 

Since we’re in the midst of autumn and my favorite holiday Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I decided to combine the best of both worlds and instead of adding chopped onions into the burger, added fried onions normally on green bean casserole on top of the loco moco.  Ono!! 

Ingredients – Burgers and Eggs

1/2 lb Ground Beef
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil
2 Eggs
Fried Onion
Cooked Jasmine Rice


  1. Form 2 hamburger patties with the ground beef and salt and pepper both sides
  2. Heat olive oil over medium to medium high heat and cook in frying pan for about 2-3 minutes on each side or you can also grill them – cook to your desired taste
  3. In a separate pan, fry your eggs to your liking, normally over easy but I like mine more over medium.
  4. Place rice on bottom, hamburger next, gravy over the rice and burger, egg on top, and fried onions to gild the lily as Rachael likes to say
Gravy – I used the thyme gravy that I used for the previous roast chicken recipe but any brown gravy will be just fine -

Price:  $4 for 2 servings = $2 per serving

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Oktoberfest Bavarian Bratwurst with German Cream of Spinach

I am constantly looking to expand my repertoire of dishes so have tried Matzah Balls for Passover, cooked up a bunch of Irish dishes over the years for St. Paddy’s Day, and last year tried my hand for the first time with German for Oktoberfest - 

A year later, I thought it would be fun to try a Bavarian bratwurst with another German side, this time German Style Creamed Spinach.  Since I have never had German food with the exception of a bratwurst sandwich at Little Germany in Epcot which I was reminded of yesterday, I really cannot say whether it was a success or not.  I would not say I loved it but would not say I hated it either.  It was one that sort of grew on me over the meal. 

I bought the fully cooked Bavarian Bratwurst from Trader Joe’s and only needed to heat and brown a little bit in a pan. 

German Style Creamed Spinach -

Note:  I only did a half recipe of the creamed spinach 

Price:  $8 for 2-3 servings = $2.67-$4 per serving


Friday, October 14, 2016

Spaghetti Squash Two Ways

One of my favorite part of autumn is usually easy access to butternut squash but a couple of years ago, I discovered a delicious way to make spaghetti squash -    Two years later at a dollar a lb, I loaded up on my fall squashes but since I had just returned from 2 weeks in Mau`i, my refrigerator was pretty bare so I had to improvise what I would toss my “spaghetti squash” with. 
Since my basil plant was still flourishing in my backyard and I do have garlic, parmesan, and pine nuts on hand, pesto it is.  But as I was looking for possible recipes, I also came across one from Rachael Ray that was essentially pepper, butter, and cheese, which tempted me to do a half and half so I can test both out.  Final verdict, ono!!  Which means delicious!!
Rachael Ray Show Recipe -
Price:  $2 for 2 servings = $1.50 per serving

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mau`i Cattle Company Steak Salad

Our friend had introduced us to Mau`i Cattle Company over 5 years ago but with the higher price for the local beef and not seeing it on sale since that first year I discovered it, it usually slipped off our grocery list in favor of freshly caught fish.  This year, I made it a point to reacquaint myself with the rib steak. 


2 Maui Cattle Company Rib Steaks (Long’s)
Kula Corn (Honokowai Farmer’s Market)
Kula Greens (Upcountry Farmer’s Market)


Grill the steak for about 3-5 minutes on each side to your desired doneness while watching the sunset on one side and rainbow on the other

      1. After the sun has set, let the steak rest while you boil your Kula Corn – place shucked corn in cold water, cover, bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes under tender (Kula corn is so sweet, it can be eaten raw so I don’t overcook it)
      2. Wash your Kula greens and create a bed for your steak and corn
      3. Slice steak against the grain and lay over the your Kula Green bed and add Kula Corn
      4. Enjoy on the lanai overlooking the ocean as Venus and Saturn appears in the twilight sky



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teriyaki Beef Sandwich Beach Style

Normally I would discover something towards the end of my stay and I would lament how I wish I had more time.  This year was the exception and boy am I glad it was.  An additional amenity at my home away from home this year was complimentary beach chairs you can check out for the day and when paired with the beach umbrella already in our unit, it was a perfect way to enjoy a day for free.  Imagine what I was missing staring at the pool, other guests, or my book when I could be watching the waves roll in with Lana`i on the left, Moloka`i and Black Rock to the right and the vast Pacific Ocean right in front of me.  Because of the beautiful views, the girl who reads over 60 books a year did not even finish one while there.  It was just another reminder of how we are often too go through life with our head down whether it is absorbed in technology or looking at the next thing to do vs. appreciating the here and now and what is right in front of you.  Lesson learned!!   Who needs to spend $50 to have lunch by the beach when I could just repurpose my leftover teriyaki beef into a sammie and enjoy it beach style!!



Monday, October 10, 2016

"Pool Pork" Roll

Lunch on our lanai is almost always a given if we are eating in.  However, once in awhile, we want a change in scenery or circumstances like scheduled housekeeping has us looking for a change in venue.  With so much to choose from, we really cannot go wrong so one day we parked ourselves in a cabana by the pool for half the day within jumping distance right into the pool to get in our laps, to cool down, and to socialize with our friends we have made over the years. 

With glass and plates understandably prohibited from the pool, we couldn’t exactly bring a full meal down so a kalua pork sandwich with a touch of BBQ sauce and a few chunks of pineapple makes it a “pool pork” roll to go and the only cooking again is just steaming the kalua pork we picked up from Times Supermarket. 

Price:  $8 for 4 servings = $2 per serving