Orzo bake!!!!

A couple weekends ago, I made a random dish with orzo pasta. I’ve never had orzo before and was curious to make this Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole dish by Betty Crocker. However, I, of course, changed the recipe, a tad bit. Ok, maybe by a lot! It turned out really delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it!!!!

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BAM! Another success!

I altered the recipe:

  • 1 package (16 oz) uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glenโ„ข organic diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bag (5 oz) baby spinach
  • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled- I used two 8 oz feta cheese containers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup Progressoโ„ข reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)- I used Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 11 tenders)ย I used ground chicken and turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoningย I used authentic balsamic vinegar from ITALY!!! That was some thick vinegar!
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel- I zested the lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
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I need to find this the next time I am in Italy!

Happy new week!

FS

Pokey, pokey!

We celebrated one of my auntie’s birthdays earlier this month. I was researching dessert ideas and I came across a poke cake. I was intrigued and tried it out!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/gelatin-poke-cake-53184.aspx

Of course, I modified the recipe, as I always do, to make it my own!

You can basically use any type of box cake mix. I choose Rainbow Chip and poke holes in them after the cake cooled.

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See the rainbow chips in the poked holes? Awesome!

Then, I mixed strawberry Jell-O, but instead of mixing the gelatin mix with regular water, I used strawberry sparkling water.

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Hi Dave! He’s my auntie’s fave minion!! Haha!

…And TA-DA!!!! I poured the mix over the cake and refrigerated it overnight.

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Yummy!

We really enjoy it! The sweetness was just right! Time to make more poke cakes with different Jell-Os and cake mixes! I’m excited!

Have a great week!

~FS

 

Mother’s Day weekend grinds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, and aunties out there! Hope your day is full of relaxation and happiness.

This weekend, my boyfriend, sis, her boyfriend, and I cooked dinner for my family, as we celebrated Mother’s Day last night. We made ground turkey pot pies, cornbreads, and strawberry butter. Yum!

I’ve made chicken pot pies from this recipe in the past, but we’ve altered the recipe last night. We used ground turkey, sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables for the pie filling. It was very good. We used a lot of potatoes, which helped sweeten the flavor. It didn’t need much seasoning, like salt. The potatoes’ sweetness was a perfect substitute.

Next, we made strawberry butter and two different types of cornbread to pair with the pot pies.

We whipped a block of unsalted butter and strawberries to make the butter.

We used two recipes to make the cornbreads: left picture and right picture in animal shapes. Cute, huh?

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Our feast!!! The filling made four pies- whoo hoo!

My cousin, who couldn’t make it last night, made my late auntie’s famous pound cake. O.M.Gosh! It was awesome! Tasted exactly like hers. He’s got her baking touch/gift! Yea!

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Today, we had our Mother’s Day luncheon with my boyfriend and his family at his mom’s favorite restaurant, Palazzo!

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Linguine with meatballs, mixed with white wine butter sauce.

Palazzo Ristorante Italiano
99-080 Kauhale St.; Aiea, 96701
https://www.yelp.com/biz/palazzo-ristorante-italiano-aiea

2017 23rd Honolulu Festival recap!

Last weekend was the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival. It was a wonderful event, that ended with a BANG- literally! Here are some highlights.

I tried and bought cookies from Kava Kookies. I tried her: chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, cornflake cookies, peanut butter cookies, and almond cookies. They were all SO, SO yummy and addicting. I love cookies. I should call myself the next cookie monster- haha!

I also participated in a traditional tea ceremony for the first time. I was so excited! I learned a lot from that 10-minute demonstration. Initially, we are presented with Japanese sweets that we are to eat first. Then, the tea ceremony begins. There are a lot of rituals involved in a traditional tea ceremony. See a clip below.

 

Before they served us the tea to drink, we had to rotate the bowl three times, admiring the beautiful designs, before drinking it, and doing the same ritual after we finished drinking the tea. It was so good and refreshing. I loved that it was organic.

There was also sake tasting at the festival.

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L-R: Kubota Koujyu: Junmai Ginjo; Yoshio-no-Gawa: Junmai Ginjo; & Yoshio-no-Gawa: Echigo Junmai.

I didn’t know there were different types of sake! It’s like a whole new world! Below are descriptions of the sakes I tried.

Junmai Ginjo : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice milled 40% with 60% of each grain remaining.

Junmai : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice that has been milled 30% with 70% of each grain remaining.

Here’s the website that explains the other types: http://www.truesake.com/pages/sake-types.

I enjoyed the sakes. They were all very smooth, and the blue bottle was slightly sweeter than the other two.

The Honolulu Festival is a great event to explore and learn about different Asian cultures. I can’t wait to attend next year’s festivities.

Have a great rest of the week!

FS~

Today calls for ฯ€!

It’s 03/14- Happy Pi Day!

Pi, 3.14 (ฯ€), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. This brings back memories of grade school… Haha! Oh, math… how interesting and complex you are…

There’s a website for Pi Day! http://www.piday.org/learn-about-pi/

Well, to celebrate, this day calls for PIE!!! Yum! I made a no-bake strawberry-cheesecake pie, topped with strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Oh.my.goodness! It was so good! I made it for my boyfriend’s birthday the other month (can you read the blueberries above? Haha).

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The ingredients needed for this FAB dessert!

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Ta-da!!!!

Here is the recipe that inspired me to make this marvelous dish. I didn’t follow the recipe to the tee. I went by taste. That is the true secret to cooking and some baking.

Celebrate Pi ฯ€ Day with pie!!!! Happy eating!

FS~

 

It’s National Strawberry Day!

Happy National Strawberry Day!

I LOVE strawberries! I have to say that it’s my ultimate favorite fruit!

Tonight, I am sharing my homemade strawberry shortcake cups that was inspired by Church’s Chicken strawberry shortcake cups. Their dessert is super ono! So, I wanted to replicate my own.

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My main ingredients: homemade whipped cream, biscuits, and strawberries (from Japan). Ooh!

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Biscuits are done!

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I melted and drizzled my boyfriend’s aunt’s homemade lilikoi butter as a topping, as well as sprinkled brown sugar.

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Ta da!!!

Visit Church’s Chicken and try their strawberry shortcake dessert. I’m not sure if it’s only exclusive to Hawaii.

They have various locations. I usually go to the one at Pearlridge Center.
98-1005 Moanalua Rd.; Aiea, 96701
(808) 488-9588

Love Day calls for Vday cookies!

Happy Love Day! Last week, my client and I made Valentine’s Day cookies. She chose Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme cookie dough. I’ve never seen that dough before and we were both eager to bake it! It was good! I love the candy bar. One of my faves.

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Here’s some facts about Valentine’s Day, one of my fave holidays!!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/13/us/valentines-day-fast-facts/

Enjoy this special day with your love!!

FS~