Bring on 2018!

It’s almost 2018 in Hawai’i Nei! This year flew by so quickly, including tonight, New Year’s Eve! But I am ready to start fresh and begin a new year. I am grateful that we have an opportunity to start new again every January 1st. We can create new goals and improve ourselves. Be better than the previous year. I’m excited for what 2018 will bring us. It is going to be a great year.

We’re ringing in 2018 with these:

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Mmm, mmm! Can’t wait to cheer with these awesome drinks! They’re non-alcoholic, too!

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We had this moscato for dinner with my family. Not bad! The tropical passion fruit has a real kick to it!

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Bam! Dessert for my bf’s family. Made a peanut butter ice cream pie. Was super simple!

rice dream organic vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert rice pint 2015

Since I’m lactose, I tried this ice cream. Not bad! It’s rice-based. Interesting.

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And added a few scoops of this. Mmmm! I love PB! This powder is awesome!

I blended the softened ice cream, added the PB powder, and blended it all together. I poured the mixture in the graham crust and sprinkled walnuts on top before freezing it. So simple and quick! I think these ice cream pies will be my go-to desserts when I need a to make quick desserts.

I made the same pie for my family, but with soy ice cream. We’ll be having that tomorrow evening.

Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2018! Bring it on!!!

Merry Christmas Eve- a perfect posting for the season!

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Sunday! Almost two months ago, one of my dear friends got married at her dad’s cabin on the lake in Minnesota. We had a lovely, delicious dinner amongst family that I wanted to share. Perfect for the Christmas season.

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On her wedding evening, we had prime rib, with homemade mash, green beans, carrots, and sauteed mushrooms. Yummy! That piece of meat was HUGE! I tried my best to finish it all, but couldn’t. I was way too full. Too bad I couldn’t bring it home as leftovers to finish. Haha, back home to Hawaii.

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Carrot cake for dessert/their wedding cake! Yummy! Haven’t had carrot cake in so long!

What a coincidence, tomorrow we will be having prime rib for our Christmas dinner. Can’t wait! Be sure to lookout for another posting of that soon.

Have a beautiful Christmas with your loved ones. It’s my most favorite time of the year to celebrate with family.

Blessings,

FS~

 

The famous pies are back!

Happy Christmas Eve! Man, is it Christmas again already? Where did December go? It seemed like only yesterday when the month began and now we’re almost through with the year! My, my! I really can’t believe how quickly the holidays flew by. I do hope y’all are having a wonderful Christmas season. It has been tough “soaking” it all in, due to being so crazy busy. Hence, the MIA for a while…

Today, I was busy in the kitchen making dessert. Decided to make my famous tofu-jello pies for Christmas again, with the cream cheese. Apparently, I didn’t remember that I experimented and added cream cheese to last year’s pies, haha! These pies are the best! They’re so light and refreshing. We always enjoying eating them.

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The ingredients. I whipped my own whipped cream, instead of using Cool Whip. I find it healthier- haha!

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Trying this gluten-free pie crust on the right. Hope it’s good! Sounds very healthy.

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Bam! My two favorite jello flavors!

I also made homemade frozen yogurt, using plain yogurt and fresh frozen strawberries and bananas. I also added some agave for some sweetness.

Now… what to make for New Year’s… Hmmm!!!

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Eat, drink (responsibly) laugh, love, and be merry!

_FS x

 

The whole Thanksgiving meal!

I hope y’all had a lovely Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

As I promised, I’m sharing about our Thanksgiving meal!

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Bam! And these were just the entrées! L-R: My homemade stuffing, ham, pineapple ham, dark turkey meat, & white turkey meat.

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Gravy, mash, and yams! Mmmm!

We also had loads of side dishes: poke (raw fish), edamame (soy beans), toss salad, dinner rolls, etc. Too much food! We were so stuffed!

Can’t forget the wines! The Stella Berry and the peach Moscato paired well with our feast.

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And this glory- pumpkin/custard pie! All in one- yummy!

The stuffing was very simple to make. You need the following ingredients:

  • Stove Top stuffing mix OR any stuffing mix of your choice. I used Love’s Bakery’s stuffing mix this year.
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Chopped olives
  • Onions
  • Craisins or raisins
  • Pine nuts (optional, which I forgot to add this year)
  • Chicken broth

Sauté the celery, carrots, and onions together with either olive oil or butter. Let that cool. Mix stuffing mix, chopped olives, craisins/raisins, and pine nuts together. Throw in the sautéed veggies and mix together. Drizzle some chicken broth. Cover with foil, bake at 350° for 30-45mins. I like my stuffing loose and crunchy.

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Before it went into the oven. Doesn’t it look delish?

Let the holiday season begin again! Time to get cookin’! Whoo hoo!

Have a wonderful rest of November.

A day of Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, All! I wish you and your loved ones a blessed day to celebrate amongst yourselves, with food, joy, and laughter!

Just a preview of tonight’s menu… I was busy in the kitchen last night, cookin’ up some creamy mashed potatoes, blueberry/cranberry sauce, and prepping ingredients for the stuffing (which I will make tonight). My dad’s cooking the rest of the entrĂ©es: the big bird, ham, and yam. Mmm! This is the usual Thanksgiving dinner for my family and I. Not to mention the sides: dinner rolls, poke (raw fish), edamame (soy beans)…

I was inspired by The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, to attempt making a different style of mashed potatoes this year. I added these three ingredients to make it extra rich, creamy, and special: half-and-half, whipping cream, and cream cheese. I don’t think I’m ever going back to making mashed potatoes like I used to. These three ingredients changed the texture of the dish! So good!

Here is the recipe! It’s so simple, and you can add more of these ingredients if you please! I never follow recipes to-the-tee!

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Boiled a bunch of potatoes. I bought a 20lb bag from Costco last weekend. I’m down to a few potatoes left- haha!

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The ingredients to add to the mashed potatoes!

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And of course, you need to have seasoning!!

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Bam! There ya go! Creamy and rich! You can’t even taste the cream cheese (for those who don’t care for it).

Next, I made my blueberry/cranberry sauce. When I was growing up, I was always curious to know how fresh, homemade cranberry sauce is made. In the past, we had family friends make a container for us, or we would buy the canned sauce. NEVER AGAIN with the canned sauce- haha! It’s got to be fresh! A couple years ago, I finally decided to start the tradition in making my own sauce for the season. My family loved it; even those who didn’t like cranberry sauce.

I was inspired by two different recipes, but I stuck with this one: as simple as can be! All you need is cranberries, blueberries, sugar, and good ol’ OJ!

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There ya go! So simple, yet so good!

Maybe next year, I’ll try spiking it??? Hehe! We’ll see. I should make two batches, in case the experimental one doesn’t turn out, haha!

Another post to come after the complete meal is prepared, which will include my stuffing.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Eat lots of turkey!!!!

A simple soup, with some experimenting!

Happy Veteran’s Day weekend! Mahalo to all of our troops, active and retired, for their sacrifice to this Nation!

I was asked by one of my besties to make a simple soup on her wedding day to have for lunch, as her family and I were prepping for the evening’s ceremony and reception. The plan was to boil chicken broth and throw in some frozen mixed vegetables. But as I was mixing the soup, seasoned with pepper and garlic powder, I decided, “hey,” let’s see what it would taste like to add a few eggs, along with some lemon juice to give it a kick! You know me and experimenting! Well, the soup turned out pretty good! I enjoyed it and so did those who drank it. Mmm mmm! I am so making this again this weekend, and experiment even more!!!!

Happy weekend!

Escargot-go!

I love snails! Well, escargot, the French appetizer! Not so much the animal. Haha! We once had a family friend’s uncle who used to give us a huge bag of escargots every so often and my dad would prepare it for dinner. Memories! That was awesome! That was the only time I had escargot at home. We usually just order them at a restaurant. It’s hard to find escargot in the markets. I’ve only seen them sold at Whole Foods.

I always seem to classify this dish as part of the seafood family, but I have to remind myself again and again that it’s not. Haha! It’s a snail; it lives on the land, not the sea!

I found this cool article about the benefits of eating this wonderful dish: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-escargot-2364.html

In the last couple months, my BF, family, and I ordered various escargots off the menu from three different restaurants. When we see it on the menu, we just got to have it!

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Escargot from Le Bistro’s. A French restaurant in Aina Haina.

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Escargot from the Chart House in Waikiki.

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Escargot from Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Restaurant Row.

I have to say that all the escargots tasted delicious and very similar, with that garlic butter sauce. Mmmm! I liked Ruth’s Chris’s take on all that cheese covering the escargots. Yum! Having the bread on the side is a perfect pair, so we can soak up the sauce. We definitely can’t let that go to waste!

Le Bistro
5730 Kalanianaole Hwy.; Honolulu, 96821
808.373.7990
http://www.lebistrohawaii.com/

Chart House Waikiki
1765 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96815
808.941.6669
http://charthousewaikiki.com/

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Waterfront Plaza
500 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96813
808.599.3860
https://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/honolulu-oahu/

Happy weekend, y’all!

~FS x