tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-26962488836088415072019-07-16T01:58:42.745-10:00Kahakai 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.comBlogger1889125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-18499272719865036042019-07-14T15:31:00.000-10:002019-07-14T15:31:17.694-10:00Middle Eastern Leek & Veggie Soup with Dilled Yogurt & Sumac for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI was going to make the Middle Eastern Leeks with Yogurt, Dill & Sumac recipe from Diana Henry this week for our Cuisine Spotlight at I Heart Cooking Clubs and ran out of time. Since I had the leeks, yogurt, dill and my big bottle of sumac to use up, I decided to turn the leeks into a soup and use the yogurt sauce as a topping. Diana's original recipe for the leeks and sauce is here. Below isDeb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-70146348718511505912019-07-12T10:58:00.002-10:002019-07-12T10:58:40.738-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Never Look Back" by Alison Gaylin, Served with Cinnamon Raisin Toast with Cream Cheese & Strawberry (Chia Seed) JamHappy Aloha Friday! I am excited to be today's stop on the TLC book Tour for a new mystery/thriller, Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin. I am pairing my review with Cinnamon Raisin Toast with Cream Cheese and Strawberry Jam, a dish inspired by the book. The jam is a simple homemade chia seed jam and there's a recipe included. So pull up a chair and a napkin and join me.  Publisher's Blurb: Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-15969403266875704902019-07-07T16:40:00.000-10:002019-07-07T16:40:06.454-10:00Yellow Bell Pepper Gazpacho: Cool and Refreshing for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysAnother humidity-combating cold soup this week. I was tempted by the bright yellow color of this Yellow Bell Pepper Gazpacho from Cooking Light.  I also love the fact that is a no-cook soup that is quickly made, blended and chilled. No effort. Yellow Bell Pepper Gazpacho By Julia Levy via CookingLight.com (Serves 4 to 6) 1 3/4 lbs yellow bell peppers (about 4 medium) 1 1/2 lbs yellow Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-21497366408690334692019-07-05T17:12:00.001-10:002019-07-06T06:33:29.331-10:00Giada's Caprese Pasta SaladJuly 4th might be over but it is still the holiday weekend and a summer full of potlucks and parties. Nothing says summer like good pasta salad, especially when it is a pasta salad version of a classic like Giada's Caprese Pasta Salad. I made a few small changes to the recipe--adding capers, using marinated mozzarella balls and stirring in about 1/2 cup of artichoke pesto I had on hand for Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-87978815974663754432019-07-03T11:25:00.000-10:002019-07-03T11:25:26.968-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Summer of Sunshine and Margot" by Susan Mallery, Served with a Recipe for Sautéed Mushroom & Chive BruschettaI love a short work week. Tomorrow is July 4th and I took the day after off for a rare-for-me four-day weekend. I have a delightful summery new novel to kick it off with as today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery. Accompanying my review is a tasty and elegant little appetizer for a summer night party, Sautéed Mushroom & Chive Bruschetta, inspired Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-10057343186979991442019-06-30T14:39:00.001-10:002019-06-30T14:39:19.274-10:00Red Curry Coconut Shrimp Soup with Jasmine Rice & Vegetables: Thai-Inspired Summer Soup for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysI love Thai flavors and Thai soups as I find the combination of coconut milk and lime juice cooling, even in humid weather. I was craving a red curry shrimp soup so I tossed it together with fridge, freezer and pantry ingredients.  Because I was lazy and only wanted to use and clean one pot, I cooked my rice in the soup. Easy-peasy. Red Curry Coconut Shrimp Soup with Jasmine Rice & Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-70506572501931462852019-06-28T18:57:00.000-10:002019-06-29T05:29:54.546-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here; A Review of "The Islanders" by Meg Mitchell Moore, Served with "Essence-of-Summer" Peach, Strawberry & Blueberry CrispsHappy Aloha Friday! It has been a long, crazy and rainy week and I can't tell you how happy I am that the weekend has finally arrived. I'm kicking it off with a summer-perfect new book, The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore as I'm today's stop on the TLC Book Tour. I've paired it with a recipe for tasty "Essence-of-Summer" Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry Crisps inspired by the book. Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-26120086180025228992019-06-23T16:34:00.000-10:002019-06-23T16:34:21.378-10:00Orange-Scented Chilled Tomato Soup & a Tomato Sandwich with Basil Mayo for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) SundaysIt has been so muggy and hot this week that although I eat hot soup year-round, it was time to roll out the first cold soup of the summer. I wanted something tomato-based but not gazpacho and thought I would give this Orange-Scented Chilled Tomato Soup from Giada a try, liking the unusual combination of the orange and tomato. Since the soup seemed like it needed an accompaniment and I had Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2696248883608841507.post-56970538077633039272019-06-20T17:18:00.002-10:002019-06-21T09:22:11.580-10:00The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "One Minute Later" by Susan Lewis, Served with a Recipe for Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea with Summer BerriesIt's been a crazy busy and very humid week and I have found myself longing to do nothing more than hang out lazily with the fans blowing, a good book in one hand and a cold refreshing drink in the other. Today I have both with a review One Minute Later, a new novel by Susan Lewis for TLC Book Tours, paired with a glass of Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea with Summer Berries. Publisher's Blurb:   Deb in Hawaiihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12753889028487254096noreply@blogger.com6tag: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.com1tag: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.com9tag: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.com6