Coconut Mascarpone Panna Cotta, it’s been Hawaiianized!

Coconut Mascarpone Panna Cotta

While visiting my family on the mainland for the Summer, I find myself badly missing my friends and life in Hawaii. I miss walking everywhere I need to go, I miss the salt in my hair, I miss seeing Andrea and her cute little Tama often… and I miss the food. It’s true certain foods and produce are not as wonderful in Hawaii (like tomatoes which are pink and hard and shouldn’t even be called tomatoes) but other foods are pure bliss. We never had a day without eating at least one mango and one papaya for the afternoon gouter. Curry from Fiji and Pakistan were a weekly affair. All sorts of fish fresh from the pacific ocean were softly seasoned and sauteed before being presented at dinner… or skip the saute and enjoy the worlds freshest sushi!

Coconut Mascarpone Panna Cotta

Utah has a completely different food culture. Not in a bad way, it’s just different. Mexican and Texmex flavors dominate the scene (a good Mexican place is hard to come by on Oahu) and the fish will never be as fresh.  Often when I’m missing our life in the Aloha State, I do the obvious and turn to food to bring back the flavors and memories I love so much. Click here to Read More

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Banana Cream Cloud with Nilla Pecan Crust

Inspired by my mother in law who hands me a large jar of vanilla wafer cookies, with a request  to make something yummy for a family gathering- tonight. I love  a task like this. It feels like a challenge on chopped-use ‘this’ ingredient and you have X amount of time-go!
Hmmm… the night before there was a lot of talk about trifle, so I thought that would be an easy pleaser, but somehow I ended up with this concoction of layers. Starting with a baked vanilla wafer cookie crust with crushed pecans and brown sugar, followed by a cinnamon cream cheese layer, topped with loads of fresh sliced bananas between another layer of vanilla hazelnut pudding, a drizzle of caramel and finished off with a cloud of whipped cream! Click here to Read More
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Hawaiian Carrot Cake – GF

Hawaiian Carrot Cake, Gluten Free

Let’s talk Carrot Cake. As a young girl it disgusted me. I couldn’t believe people were willing to eat something so flat and dry and filled with carrots! At any family gathering I was horrified by this concept of vegetables in a sweet cake. Forget about it!

However, now that I’m all growed up, and a mature married woman, it’s time to face the facts: carrots and cakes are allowed to mix. It’s my husband’s favorite cake, especially cold out of the fridge the following day, so this loathed desert became something I was obligated to master. After studying roughly 50,000 carrot cake recipes over the years, and implementing a few ideas of my own, we’ve finally settled on what is the ultimate carrot cake from Heaven, a.k.a. from Hawaii.

Hawaiian Carrot Cake, Gluten Free

Now, although carrots and cake never felt like a natural option for me, Pinapple and cake certainly did. I could take this idea and have fun with it: Click here to Read More

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A New Chapter in Our GF Journey – Learn from a PRO!

Since it’s the weekend and Andrea and I are taking a break from sweatin’ it in the kitchen, we thought this would be a great moment to share with you our new section in our gluten-free living page. If a gluten-free (GF) diet is something that is important to you, if you or a loved one is going through food changes, or if you’re just curious what all the talk is these days with the GF movement, read on!

Larry Penner with grandson Tama (Andrea’s boy). Tama used to go by “Mowgli” because of his great hair and free spirit.

Larry Penner is Andrea’s father, and he is truly a pioneer in the world of food sensitivities. He has been living with sensitivities to foods and chemicals for most of his life. Today he shares with us all the valuable things he has learned over the years. So much wisdom is to be found from him, he’s experienced it all and has taken everything in stride with kindness and love. Our hope is to help others who are new on the same path, those who are seeking a community of understanding, and to educate the families of people with gluten and other allergies so they can better support their loved ones.

To read his amazing and truly inspiring story, you can visit his page here, or you can browse through the links below to discover what he’s learned in the specified sections. Click here to Read More

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Kahuku Grill-Where to Eat When Visiting Hawaii!

I guess it is time to let our little ‘family-ran, hole-in-the -wall, surfer joint restaurant’ shine. Ran by the 7 Brothers and their ma and pa along with the KG crew, this is a family ran, family friendly joint for all to come and feel welcome and get a taste of  Hawaii!

This is a video my awesome younger brother-in-law, Seek and his darling wifey, Bree made of the Grill! Arn’t they a talented duo? Check it out and get a taste of what the Kahuku Grill is all about.

Kahuku Grill, North Shore, Hawaii

Specializing in local fresh foods and oversized portions, making sure you get every bang for your buck helps make this a charming place on the North Shore to spend an afternoon or evening!

We’ve got specialty burgers with names like The Twice as Much, The Deep Blue, The Paneolo Burger, and The Bruce Irons to name a few. Only the freshest meat and ingredients are used everytime!

Oh and you can’t leave before trying the ultimate jumbo Coconut Macadamia Nut Shrimp with a Sweet and Sour Dipping sauce and the Home Style Cut Seasoned Fries…mmm to die for! Oh and I can’t forget my mother in laws Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with a Sweet Drizzle paired with ice cream, and more coconut and chocolate sauce drizzled all over makes for one scrumptious dessert! (Find the gluten free version recipe here)! Click here to Read More

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