tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-26962488836088415072019-06-19T22:50:48.155-10:00Kahakai KitchenKahakai is a Hawaiian word for Beach. Living in beautiful Hawaii, I like to spend time at the beach and in the kitchen. This blog is about cooking, eating and living (mostly healthy) in Paradise.Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.comBlogger1880125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-47215081639884514962019-06-16T14:22:00.000-10:002019-06-16T14:22:09.523-10:00Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Chowder with Spiced Butter for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI could eat chowder every week in the summer. There is just something about the combination of good fresh sweet corn and potatoes and the creamy base that is so satisfying, even on a warm and humid day.  I have had this Ottolenghi recipe tagged for a while now, liking the idea of a drizzle of spiced butter on top of a veggie chowder.   Ottolenghi says, “I call this a chowder even though it Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-11553442619068874052019-06-09T16:17:00.000-10:002019-06-09T16:17:07.398-10:00 Slightly Spicy (Vegan) Peanut Ramen Soup with Mushrooms and Veggies for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysThe weekend after a long and crazy work week started off great, but Saturday afternoon had me running my cat, Max, to the emergency vet and spend a good part of the afternoon there as they worked to get his blood sugar stabilized. In the over six years he has been diabetic, he has never had dangerously low blood sugar and it was a scary and exhausting day for both of us. He is home today with a Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-18843495387136725242019-06-06T23:26:00.000-10:002019-06-06T23:26:41.714-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Song of the Jade Lily" by Kirsty Manning, Served with a Recipe for Tea-Soaked Hard-Boiled EggsI am excited to be the final stop on the TLC Book Tour for the World War II novel, The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning. Accompanying my review are some  pretty Tea-Soaked Eggs, inspired by my reading. Publisher's Blurb:  A gripping historical novel that tells the little-known story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai during WWII. 1939: Two young girls meet in Shanghai, also Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-68606606211093463742019-06-02T14:02:00.000-10:002019-06-02T14:36:31.399-10:00Rick Bayless's Quick Pozole: Made Vegan with Jackfruit for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysAlthough I eat soup in warm weather pretty much all-year-round, summer is when I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and when I look for fast and easy recipes like this Quick Pozole from Rick Bayless. A good example of pantry and fridge cooking that is very low effort for big flavor.  Since I don't eat meat and poultry (and wanted a featured ingredient that starts with "j"--see Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-50092559220393880932019-05-31T00:30:00.000-10:002019-06-14T12:49:06.508-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Shadow Writer" by Eliza Maxwell, Served with a Recipe for Shrimp TacosHappy Friday! I love a short week. I also love a good mystery thriller and I adore shrimp tacos, and this post has all three. I am happy to be the last stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell and I am pairing my review with some delectable Shrimp Tacos. Enjoy!  Publisher's Blurb: Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others. Aspiring author Graye Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-81753512245135914492019-05-28T22:20:00.004-10:002019-06-01T13:52:56.225-10:00Pickled Sweet Peppers & Pickle Juice Gravy with Biscuits for Cook the Books April/May Selection: Buttermilk GraffitiMay is wrapping up this week and so is the deadline for Cook the Books April/May book pick, Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee, a foodie memoir and journey through America's food scene hosted by Debra of Eliot's Eats. (See her announcement post here.) I was already a bit of an Edward Lee fan from his season of the PBS series, The Mind of a Chef and his stint on Season 9 of Top Chef, and his Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-71643017772801050362019-05-26T13:51:00.001-10:002019-05-26T13:51:51.215-10:00Green Curry Spinach and Coconut Soup with Grilled Shrimp for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) SundaysIt's Memorial Day Weekend and the weather shows it in the warmth and humidity, but still, any weather is soup weather for me. My tastes in summer soups are lighter and brighter. Thai flavors are a favorite because even though they can be spicy, they have such cooling elements in the coconut, lime and lemongrass that they are perfect or warmer days. I was attracted to Nigella Lawson's Spinach and Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-53361571629019637402019-05-19T14:14:00.000-10:002019-05-19T14:14:25.873-10:00Garlicky White Bean (Chickpea) Soup: 5 Ingredients or Less for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI had been craving a simple bean-based soup and our theme this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs: All Chef's Edition is 5 Ingredients or Less. Of course I turned to Mark Bittman and found his Garlicky White Bean Soup. Beans of choice, a bulb of garlic, rosemary, plus salt and pepper (not counted in our 5 or less) and olive oil for garnishing and that's it. Because I wanted chickpeas (even though Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-34370871502869862302019-05-15T23:41:00.001-10:002019-05-18T06:00:21.465-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "How We Disappeared" by Jing-Jing Lee, Served with a Recipe for Stir-Fried Choy Sum with Garlic Sauce and Rice with RadishIt's Wednesday and the week is sliding into the home stretch and the weekend and I couldn't be more ready. I am also happy to be today's TLC Book Tour stop for How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee, a compelling World War II historical novel that is haunting and beautiful. Accompanying my review is a simple recipe for Stir-Fried Choy Sum with Garlic Sauce and Steamed Rice with Radish.   Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-23376917100293833202019-05-12T14:47:00.000-10:002019-05-12T14:47:07.414-10:00Kerala Fish Stew with Lime and Curry Leaves (and Potatoes & Peas) for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays I stopped by Whole Foods the other night to drop something off to my friend and we ended up shopping together. Since I knew I would be making an Indian dish this week for I Heart Cooking Clubs, I checked the local produce aisle to see if they had any fresh curry leaves and ended up with a large bag. Luckily, Natalie took some from me because, although they can be dried or frozen, they are always Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-12295362117972916382019-05-09T08:54:00.001-10:002019-05-09T08:54:22.598-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Before She Was Found" by Heather Gudenkauf, Served with a Recipe for Cheese Pizza (with Pesto, Artichoke Hearts & Black Olives) One more day until Friday! I am excited for the weekend and excited to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for Before She Was Found, a new mystery/thriller by Heather Gudenkauf. Accompanying my review is a recipe for an easy Cheese Pizza. While the dish is inspired by my reading, I changed up to experiment with a keto-friendly egg and cheese crust and topped it with pesto, artichoke hearts, Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-57945283302991520442019-05-05T14:40:00.002-10:002019-05-05T14:41:44.641-10:00Easy Taco Soup: Vegetarian for Cinco de Mayo and Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI was undecided about what soup to make this week and decided that since today is Cinco de Mayo, I would throw together an easy and vegetarian Taco Soup.  To make this soup, basically a deconstructed taco, I happened to have a package of Lightlife Smart Ground Mexican Crumbles in my fridge, but if you don't do soy you could certainly use any ground meat or keep it veggie by chopping up and Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-36300415371842427932019-05-01T10:30:00.000-10:002019-05-01T10:30:00.822-10:00Blueberry Lavender Tea Infused Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits {#SipBySip Tea Party}I am very excited to be taking part in the #SipBySip Tea Party today, hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and sponsored by The Republic of Tea to celebrate the release of their Beautifying Botanicals line. (FTC Disclosure: I received free tea from the sponsor company for the purpose of reviewing and creating recipes. All opinions are my own.) I admit to already being a fanDeb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-59770950165809980862019-04-30T09:27:00.000-10:002019-04-30T11:30:27.975-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman, Served with Tropical Fruit Salad with Lime-Honey Dressing & Toasted Coconut ChipsI am very excited to be the final stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman. It's easy to tell from the books I read and review on this blog that World War II historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine and Ackerman's second novel is set here on Oahu, making it an even more tempting read. I've paired my review with a simple Tropical Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-3731467919812946322019-04-28T14:02:00.002-10:002019-04-28T14:02:45.642-10:00Jacques Pépin's Seafood Chowder with Salmon & Shrimp for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI wanted a simple chowder this week as I was craving fish and seafood. I found one in Jacques Pépin's Seafood Chowder from More Fast Food My Way. I like the mushroom and zucchini and also was interested in the mashed potato flakes as a thickener.  I made a few changes--subbing in coconut milk for the half-and-half and adding frozen corn for the sweetness, and leaving my shrimp whole. I also Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-23901576320350526292019-04-25T13:36:00.003-10:002019-04-25T14:11:02.794-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Eighth Sister" by Robert Dugoni, Served with a Recipe for Smoky Eggplant Spread, Marbled Rye Toasts & Pickled VeggiesI can't believe how quickly this week has flown by, and that it's is already Thursday. Just one more day until the weekend can begin. If you are looking for a suspenseful weekend read, try the latest Robert Dugoni book, The Eighth Sister. I'm reviewing it as today's stop on the TLC Book Tour and I am pairing my review with a recipe for a Smoky Eggplant Spread, accompanied by toasted marble rye Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-24464970974286581942019-04-21T14:32:00.000-10:002019-04-21T14:32:04.649-10:00Easy Miso Potsticker Soup with Crispy Snap Peas & Radish for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI was thinking about a carrot soup, or spring peas, or lettuce this week to celebrate Easter but I wanted something easy and I had pinned this very easy Miso Potsticker Soup with Crispy Snap Peas from Real Simple Magazine, so we can just pretend the veggie potstickers are bunny ears. ;-) I kept the recipe mostly the same, except that I used some no-sodium non-chicken bouillon cubes in place Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-30833240359242960952019-04-17T23:37:00.001-10:002019-04-17T23:37:46.459-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Beyond the Point" by Claire Gibson, Served with Hawaiian Ahi Poke and a Recipe for Avocado Salsa Happy Wednesday! I am very excited to be today's TLC Book Tour stop for the debut novel, Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson. My review of this story of three friends brought together by their time at West Point is accompanied by a dinner inspired by one in the book of Hawaiian Ahi Poke with Avocado Salsa and Corn Tortillas and Mango. Publisher's Blurb: Three women are brought together in anDeb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-76653324119206850812019-04-14T13:44:00.000-10:002019-04-16T10:33:32.501-10:00Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI wanted a simple soup this weekend, one that was quick to make as I spent all day yesterday at a writing workshop. I pinned this Heidi Swanson recipe a while back from Food52.com and had most everything I needed to make it today. Food52 says, "A spring vegetarian chickpea soup that's lush in all the right places (but won't lull you to sleep)."   Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-75220181440265981662019-04-12T12:40:00.002-10:002019-04-12T13:37:41.297-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Library of Lost and Found" by Phaedra Patrick, Served with Recipes for Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas & Dill MayoHappy Friday! I love books and I especially love books about books, so i am very excited to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick. Accompanying my review is a very Friday appropriate (and classic British-leaning) dish of Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas and Dill Mayo. Publisher's Blurb: A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks theDeb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-42366739961322126052019-04-07T14:25:00.001-10:002019-04-07T14:25:57.148-10:00Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Soup with Mustard Croutons for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI had a big head of cauliflower in the fridge that I hadn't gotten around to using this week so I knew it was destined for the soup pot. I googled cauliflower, soup and Yotam Ottolengi and found this recipe for Cauliflower Soup with Mustard Croutons online at his website. Like many Ottolenghi recipes, there are plenty of ingredients, but they are simple ones, and the soup is easy to put together.Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-7349246352247562802019-04-04T18:33:00.002-10:002019-04-04T18:46:20.003-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Glory Road" by Lauren K. Denton, Served with a Recipe for Quick Peach and Pear Crumble with Cinnamon-Pecan StreuselJust one day until Friday and then the weekend and I am more than ready. I am also more than ready to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for Glory Road, the new and third novel by Lauren K. Denton (a favorite of mine). Accompanying my review of this sweet Southern Alabama-set novel is a recipe for a sweet and homey Quick Peach and Pear Crumble with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel, aka "The Dolly"-Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-12914068609263745982019-03-31T16:15:00.000-10:002019-03-31T16:15:05.370-10:00Chinese Egg Drop Soup with Shrimp for Cook the Books Club: February/March Pick: "Crazy Rich Asians"So this wasn't the recipe I intended to cook for this round of Cook the Books, our virtual foodie book club, but I got behind in my reading, life and work got in my way and then I caught what I think is a doozy of a cold or sinus infection and have been laid up all weekend. So I decided that my Singapore Street Noodle ingredients, were going to morph into a soup, but curry and noodles just didn'tDeb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-1659235122688013862019-03-27T11:19:00.000-10:002019-03-27T11:26:09.377-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Within These Lines" by Stephanie Morrill, Served with a Recipe for Grilled Eggplant with Orange-Miso SauceI am very excited to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill, a touching and absorbing young adult World War II novel. Accompanying my review is a recipe inspired by my reading, Grilled Eggplant with Orange-Miso Sauce.  Publisher's Blurb: From Stephanie Morrill, author of The Lost Girl of Astor Street, comes Within These Lines, the love story of a Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-38589769552720228532019-03-24T15:35:00.001-10:002019-03-24T15:35:07.036-10:00Mark Bittman's Simple Miso Soup with Tofu, Mushroom, & Noodles for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) SundaysI pretty much always have miso paste in my fridge--usually more than one kind and love to stir up some easy miso soup when my body and soul is craving it. Sometimes I make a dashi stock, other times I use broth or water. Toppings and add-ins are whatever I have on hand. When Mark Bittman's email newsletter featured an article on miso and its many uses last week, he had me craving a simple Miso Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com1