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Monday, February 11, 2013

Recipe for Homemade Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie-Secret Recipe Club

This recipe is courtesy of Lynne at CafĂ© Lynnylumy SecretRecipe Club assignment for February.  Lynne is a photographer and lives in Savannah, Georgia.  She attended school at the University of Georgia.  I think I was meant to have Lynne’s blog as I also attended the University of Georgia and lived just south of Savannah on St. Simons Island growing up-my Mom, brother, and niece all live there still.  Small world, huh?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Recipe for Spinach Gnocchi

I was intrigued when I saw a recipe for Spinach Gnocchi in the New York Times Health section.  It sounded like one of those too good to be true recipes...good intention but bad result.  Not True!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!!

I hope you have a safe and happy New Year and may 2013 be everything you desire, and more!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Recipe for Holiday Biscuits and Ham

I hope you're having a peaceful and pleasant holiday season!  Growing up in the south, biscuits were a table staple.  There were more biscuit recipes than beehive hairdos!  Mayonnaise biscuits, butter biscuits, rolled biscuits, drop biscuits,... and one of my favorites, cream biscuits.

These yummy little cream biscuits, spread with some jalapeno (or raspberry) jam,  nestled around a piece of ham, and sprinkled with some lemon salt are sure to be a favorite.  I served them for both brunch and as an appetizer for a dinner party this holiday.  They can be made ahead of time and served room temperature or warmed briefly in the oven.  Be sure to use the biscuit cutting technique as described so the biscuits can rise properly and pull apart beautifully when you are ready to add the ham slices.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Recipe for Squash, Spinach, and Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto

Before I made this recipe I thought "no way can brown rice make a creamy yummy risotto."  Guess what? I still feel that way.  However, this rice dish was tasty and I was happy with all the veggies and the good nutrition in the recipe and that it was under 250 calories per serving. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Featured Favorite

You know those days?  The ones where you have good intentions but get derailed by either how busy you are, how good your book and the couch are working for you, or the lack of what you need at the store?  Here's one of my favorites for those situations...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Cooking!

Hope you are going to have a great Turkey Day!  Just a few teaser photos from prep day in the kitchen.
Above...all the fixin's for our dressing-good bread, onion, celery, apple, chestnuts, herbs, salt and pepper, stock; ready to be baked tomorrow.

And I hope we can stay out of this until tomorrow...
Chef Dennis's amethyst topping bubbling away-cranberries, blueberries, sugar, lemon, cornstarch.  Topping for cheesecake tomorrow.

The green beans are washed and prepped; the butternut squash is peeled and cubed; and the potatoes are washed and cubed-soaking in water until tomorrow.  Oh, and of course, Tom the turkey is all ready to go!

And finally, maybe most importantly to ensure a well rested and energetic cook tomorrow...reservations at the local tapas place for dinner tonight!  What are you prepping today?  Happy times in the kitchen!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Recipe for Herbed Pizza Dough-Secret Recipe Club

It's been a while since I made homemade dough of any kind.  I was making fresh bread every week for a while but events this year have had me away from home a lot, so no dough making for me recently.  It was therefore easy to pick the recipe from my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Recipe for Shrimp and Veggie Curry

Here's a recipe for a tasty, quick meal.  I always keep some frozen shrimp in the freezer.  They can be defrosted quickly in a bowl of room temperature water.  Of course, if you have access to freshly caught shrimp, use those. This quick to prepare curry is a little crunchy, a little creamy, with lots of intense flavor, but mild heat.  You can up the heat factor if you're a "hottie".  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recipe for Butternut Squash and Chicken Apple Sausage Pasta

Well, we're back from a long vacation and visits to see family.  After weeks of very little cooking, it's hard to get back in to the groove but I'm trying!  I thought I had misplaced my mojo for looking at what's in the pantry/fridge and throwing something together but I was pleased with how this turned out. Even though we don't have a real "Fall" here on Maui, cooking with butternut squash always makes me feel like we do. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Recipe for Green Goddess Asparagus

This is a versatile, easy recipe my brother and I put together for a picnic this summer.  I've done something similar with green beans too, but I think I slightly prefer the asparagus.  The secret to keeping the veggies nice and green is to sprinkle about a TBSP of baking soda in the water while cooking.  Cook just a few minutes until still slightly crispy and then quickly shock in an iced water bath to stop the cooking.  Marinate in dressing, add some seasonings (if needed) and chopped tomatoes and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Recipe for Cilantro Lime Pesto Roasted Chicken

I love all the fun pesto concoctions you can find these days!  Different nuts, different herbs...  I have my standby pesto recipe that I adore but I found a locally produced cilantro, lime, macadamia nut pesto here on Maui and wow is it good!  I had a nice organic free range chicken in the fridge and tried the pesto out in my usual roasted chicken recipe.  This was a flavorful, easy dish. 

This roasted chicken technique turns out perfect every time.  I did, however, almost drop this one transferring it from the pan to the cutting board.  Hence the torn up skin where I clamped down with the tongs!  Never fear, the chicken made it to the table just fine!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recipe for Fun Rice

While we were eating this, I was silently musing over what to call it.  Mr. ELEB solved the problem for me, calling it "fun rice".  I liked the name-it fit-so there you have it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Recipe for Inside Out Caprese Bison Burgers

From Mr. ELEB:  "that's another recipe you can make ANY time you like!"  In other words, I think he liked these caprese bison burgers.  If you don't have access to ground bison (buffalo), you can use ground turkey or ground beef (lean).  If you haven't tried bison, I highly recommend it.  You can read more about bison here (and order some really yummy meat).

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recipe for Crispy Pan Fried Mahi-Mahi

Including fish each week on our menus is pretty easy here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  And now with the increasing prevalence of high quality, sustainable, flash frozen fish in most grocery stores, anyone anywhere can too.  Fish that is processed and frozen right on the boat after being caught retains practically the same nutrient value and flavor as fresh fish (maybe more depending on how "fresh" that fish really is at your grocery store!)

The addition of pistachios to the panko made for a fun change of pace.  The flavor was subtle but worth the extra steps.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recipe for Curried Chicken and Rice Casserole

We have a great Indian restaurant on Maui and enjoy getting together with a bunch of friends to go stuff ourselves on curries, naan, tandoori meat, lentil dishes.....   If it's just the two of us craving Indian flavors, I'll throw together an easy curry.  This recipe is an adaptation of a wild rice and chicken casserole I used to make when my kids were small.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Recipe for Stuffed Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Mmmm, little pockets of goodness tucked inside a moist, delicious turkey burger!  These are a little too fragile for the grill.  They cook up quickly in a pan with a little olive oil for browning.  Make sure not to overcook or they will be dry.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Recipe for Sesame Salmon and Asparagus

I've made something similar to this before with capers, lemon, and dill over pasta which Mr. ELEB loves.  I didn't have capers, pasta, or dill but I did have some great sockeye salmon so I pulled out some alternatives and, voila', a great dinner was on the table in under 20 minutes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Recipe for Another Summer Super Salad Inspiration

We enjoyed the last summer super salad so much that I've pretty much added it to the weekly rotation.  This version has refreshing and juicy watermelon mingling with blueberries, feta and mint, a simple vinaigrette and a summer staple-grilled chicken.  Once again, Mr. ELEB did his magic on the grill and contributed perfectly cooked chicken breasts.  A quick vinaigrette whipped together in the blender, a toss together of the watermelon, blueberries, feta and mint, and dinner was on the table in just about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Recipe for Herbed Halibut Steaks over White Beans with Tomatoes

If you'd like to get a healthy, simple, and delicious meal on the table in under 20 minutes, I've got the recipe for you.  Check the source for your fish and be sure it is coming from a sustainable source and if you can't get fresh fish, look for flash frozen sustainable fish at high quality grocery stores in the freezer section.

We loved this simple dinner!

Servings: 2
Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 halibut steaks
  • 1 can white beans, drained
  • 1 can (good quality) chopped tomatoes
  • Mixed herb seasoning (I used Kirkland Brand Organic No Salt Seasoning)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil, finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment.
  • Sprinkle olive oil and herb mixture over parchment and over both sides of fish.
  • Bake fish for 7-8 minutes, until beginning to flake (don't overcook).
  • While fish bakes, heat together the beans and tomatoes, with salt and pepper to taste.
  • When beans and tomatoes are heated and ready to serve, stir in basil.
  • Serve fish over bean/tomato mix.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Recipe for Summer Super Salad Inspiration

Aloha all,
I'm starting to get caught back up from being away for so long!  Hope your summer is going well and you're enjoying some lovely fresh summer produce.  Last week, I was really in the mood for a salad of some type for dinner.  It was a hot, muggy day and my brain was just feeling lethargic-ever get like that?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Chunky Greek Hummus Plate-Secret Recipe Club

My first recipe post in a while (see yesterday's post for why) and it's for Secret Recipe Club reveal day!  This month I was assigned Linday's blog, The Lean Green Bean.  Not only does her website have fun recipes, healthy ones at that (she studying to be a Registered Dietitian) but also inspirational workouts and fitness information.

I chose Lindsay's recipe for Chunky Greek Hummus Plate, a recipe from one of Lindsay and her husband's favorite restaurants.  I love hummus and I love Greek salad so this was an easy recipe to get excited about.  It was also easy to throw together on the road, using prepared ingredients.  I will definitely do it again making my own hummus and Greek salad!  

Time: 5 minutes (using prepared ingredients)
Serves: 4 for an appetizer


  • 1 cup prepared hummus
  • 1 cup finely chopped Greek salad ingredients
  • Sprinkles of feta cheese, or (as I used) a tzatziki/feta dip)
  • Chips or veggies for serving (I used pretzel chips)


  • Spread hummus on plate.
  • Top with chopped Greek salad and feta (or sauce).
  • Serve with chips of your choice.

Thanks Lindsay for a fun appetizer!
To see all the Secret Recipe Club recipes for July, see below.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Missing In Action

Aloha everyone,
I'm back.  Sort of.  I've been MIA since the end of May.  Normally when we travel, I still post what I'm cooking (if we're staying in someone's house or a rental with a kitchen) or what we're eating when out at restaurants. June and July have been exceptionally hectic and I've been focused on a couple of family issues on the mainland that have left me with little time or energy to devote to the blog.

Fortunately, one of these is just about resolved and I'm hoping the other is headed that way.  My Mom has been very sick-2 major surgeries in the past six weeks.  I'm back home in Georgia and have been helping her to recuperate.  There are some ongoing issues, but I'm hopeful she is beginning to make progress.  I'm scheduled to go back to Maui next week, fingers crossed things continue to go well.

I'll have a lot of catching up to do so my posting will be spotty for now.  I hope to be back to a more regular schedule in the near future.  Thanks for staying tuned!

Tomorrow is Secret Recipe Reveal Day and I will have a post!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recipe for Green Chili Turkey Cheeseburgers

It's grilling season just about everywhere now.  Of course, we're spoiled here in Hawaii with the ability to grill just about any day we like!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon-Daring Cooks

I'll admit it.  When I first read through this month's Daring Cooks challenge, I thought "is all that really necessary for a beef stew?"  Well, maybe not necessary but definitely worth it-I'd say this is the best beef stew I've ever made!  Our May 2012 Daring Cooks' hostess was Fabi of fabsfood.  Fabi challenged us to make Boeuf Bourguignon, a classic French stew originating from the Burgundy region of France.

Oh, and did I mention it is a Julia Child's recipe, from Mastering the Art of French Cooking?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

A little sweet, a little spicy, a little smoky and a lot tasty!  That's how I'd sum up this great slow cooker recipe.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

Recipe for Quick and Easy Chicken Piccata-Secret Recipe Club

I was a little nervous when I got Barbara Bakes for my assignment for this month's Secret Recipe Club.  We'd just finished off the amazing Armenian Coffee Cake I made and really didn't want or need to have anything else tempting in the house for a while.  

I needn't have feared though.  Barbara has, in addition to all her mouth watering baked goods, a great selection of savory dishes.  Her chicken piccata recipe got my attention right away since it is a "quick and easy" recipe and one of our favorite chicken dishes to order at a restaurant. However, I'd never made it at home, which won't be an issue now I have her recipe in my files!

Barbara, like many of us, started her blog to share her favorite family recipes and her adventures in the kitchen. She also enjoys the Daring Bakers recipes as I do (where the Coffee Cake came from!).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Recipe for Chia Seed Pudding

Okay, I'll admit it.  I was a little dubious about all the buzz around chia seeds.  I mean, in my day, we all had chia pets-those ceramic pigs, dogs etc that grew fuzzy when you watered them.  Remember?

But, I kept reading recipes with chia seeds and articles about the health benefits of chia seeds (fiber, protein, omega fatty acids).  Dr. Oz is talking about them and says they are one of the five supplements we all need to know about.   So one day when I saw a bag at Whole Foods, I impulsively threw it in the buggy.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Recipe for Armenian Nutmeg Cake-Daring Bakers

Oh boy.  This is an Armenian version of a coffee cake, but not quite as sweet.  It is however, wonderfully delicious!  The original recipe called for nutmeg, which I used, but I also added some cardamom which just gave it the most amazing flavor.  

The Daring Bakers’ April 2012 challenge, hosted by Jason at Daily Candor, were two Armenian standards: nazook and nutmeg cake. Nazook is a layered yeasted dough pastry with a sweet filling, and nutmeg cake is a fragrant, nutty coffee-style cake.  I chose to make the nutmeg cake for this month's challenge, but have the nazook recipe tucked away for later.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recipe for Asian Salmon Patties over Sauteed Veggies

One of Mr. ELEB's favorite meals lately is my Sesame Salmon and Spinach which I usually serve over whole wheat pasta.  I wanted to do something similar but wasn't in the mood for pasta.  Hmmm.  I had book marked a recipe for salmon sliders a while back and used that as additional inspiration for this meal.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Recipe for Turkey and Veggie Casserole

This turned out to be a nice surprise...one of those things thrown together with not much thought that ended up being tasty and satisfying.  And got the hubby thumbs up, always a bonus!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Recipe for Banana Bread in a Mug

I've seen, and mostly ignored, all the recipes on line for cakes cooked in a mug in the microwave.  We just don't eat dessert much (other than the requisite square of dark chocolate after dinner).  However, when I saw this recipe for banana bread done in a mug on Kita's blog, Pass the Sushi, I book marked it for the inevitable time when I had some sketchy looking (brown spotted) bananas on the counter.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Recipe for Spiced Coffee Rubbed Pork with Cauliflower and Bean Puree-Daring Cooks

Once a month I join a group of adventurous cooks online in cooking up something new.  It might be preparing an unusual or unfamiliar recipe from around the world or trying out a specific cooking technique.

Our April 2012 Daring Cooks hosts were David & Karen from Twenty-Fingered Cooking. They presented us with a very daring and unique challenge of forming our own recipes by using a set list of ingredients!  The challenge was to cook using 1 ingredient from each list:

List 1: Parsnips, Eggplant (aubergine), Cauliflower
List 2: Balsamic Vinegar, Goat Cheese, Chipotle peppers
List 3: Maple Syrup, Instant Coffee, Bananas

Monday, April 9, 2012

Recipe for Scallops with Creamy Pesto Pasta-Secret Recipe Club

The blog I got to snoop around on this month for the Secret Recipe Club was Lisa's Cook Lisa Cook.  Lisa and her family (husband and daughter) live in the Atlanta area, near where I used to live and where I still have family.  She's a transplant from New England, her hubby from across the Atlantic, and their daughter all the way from China.  Lisa also writes another blog about their life as an adoptive family.  But on to this recipe-it comes together pretty quickly so best to be organized.  I used a commercial pesto sauce and it was fine but I do think this would be amazing with the fresh taste of homemade pesto-next time!  Lisa also used lemon pepper pasta which I could not find so I used my favorite multi-grain and added a generous squirt of lemon to the sauce.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Recipe for Thai Chicken Enchiladas

Like you probably do, I keep a folder of recipes to try.  Sometimes I get to them within the month, sometimes never, and sometimes like this recipe, I make it the next day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Egg White Ideas or how to use up those left over veggies

Consistently, some of my top read posts are those related to breakfast.  This tells me that like me, many of you are looking for quick, easy, and healthy ways to start your day.  As I've mentioned, I have an egg white breakfast treat 4-5 times a week so I'm always looking for new variations.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recipe for Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers

Last year, I made some Greek salad bison burgers that turned out great.  This recipe is similar but made with lean ground turkey.  These also turned out "really tasty" according to Mr. ELEB.  I would agree!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Recipe for Dutch Crunch-Daring Bakers

When I worked in San Francisco, our cafeteria had the best Dutch crunch rolls for sandwiches.  I never really thought about how the topping was made until this month's Daring Bakers Challenge. Sara and Erica of Baking JDs were our March 2012 Daring Baker hostesses! Sara & Erica challenged us to make Dutch Crunch bread, a delicious sandwich bread with a unique, crunchy topping. Sara and Erica also challenged us to create a one of a kind sandwich with our bread!

Sara and Erica told us "Technically, Dutch Crunch doesn’t refer to the type of bread, but rather the topping that is spread over the bread before baking. In Dutch it’s called Tijgerbrood or “tiger bread” after the tiger-like shell on the bread when it comes out of the oven. The final product has a delightful sweet crunch to it that makes it perfect for a sandwich roll. It’s a common option at sandwich shops all over the Bay Area and is often one of the first breads to run out."

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recipe for Onion and Toasted Pine Nut Olive Oil Tart

This is based on my friend Jeri's Olive Oil Onion Tart which is made with caramelized onions, olives, an amazing olive oil crust, and is delicious.  I was serving a Greek salad so had enough olives going on.  Instead I used Jeri's basic tart recipe, omitting the olives and adding toasted pine nuts instead.  It turned out very nicely. The slowly cooked onions, the great flaky crust, and the earthy tones from the fresh thyme made this a hit.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Recipe for Coriander and Paprika Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Hopefully it is getting close to grilling out weather where you are.  Don't hate me...we are fortunate to be able to grill out year round here and one of our favorites is pork tenderloin on the grill.  I'll often just pull a bunch of herbs or spices out of the fridge or cupboard, mix them up, rub the tenderloin down and then Mr. ELEB works his magic on the grill.  Such is the story for this recipe.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Recipe for Braised Scallops-Daring Cooks

The March, 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Carol, a/k/a Poisonive – and she challenged us all to learn the art of Braising! Carol focused on Michael Ruhlman’s technique and shared with us some of his expertise from his book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”.  While braising is often thought of when using less than tender cuts of beef, I went a different path and created a recipe for braised scallops.

Carol tells us that "Braising, from the French “braiser”, offers us a combination cooking method – dry heat followed by moist heat. Typically, meat is seared in hot fat which helps to add flavor and aromas, improves color (browning), and texture (crust). It is then submerged in liquid and cooked slowly and gently at low heat."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Recipe for Egg White Breakfast

I have some version of an egg white breakfast treat about five mornings a week.  They are so easy to make (2 minutes in the microwave) and very portable if you want something for on the go.  With a slice of homemade multi-grain bread, this low calorie, low fat breakfast can carry me to lunch time.