Showing posts with label blog award. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog award. Show all posts

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sake Drops: A Refreshing "Simple Saturday Sipper" Cocktail

Ah, Sake Drops...these are my favorite summertime or really anytime cocktail to make at home. I actually have posted them once before, a year ago with a Japanese pupu platter for Blog Party #36 (here), but since they are so good and I was craving one I thought it was time to bring them out again. I first had these cocktails in Seattle while on a business trip/meeting, after-hours at a little sushi bar and restaurant near our hotel that had late-night cheap pupus, sushi rolls and these delicious cocktails. A few of us became a bit addicted to them and I figured out how to recreate them back at home. Just 3 ingredients; lemonade, sake and grenadine, plus a garnish. You can either make the lemonade yourself or use a concentrate or bottled lemonade if you are feeling lazy. They are tangy, slightly sweet and refreshing, a perfect Simple Saturday Sipper. 


Sake Drops
Adapted from The Dragonfish Asian Cafe, Seattle Wa

2/3 lemonade (make your own or use frozen "country style" concentrate)
1/3 sake (Dragonfish used Momokawa Silver Sake but any good, crisp, fruity sake will do)
a small pour of Grenadine to garnish (about 1/2 ounce)

Mix lemonade and sake together with ice in a cocktail shaker (or you can make up a larger quantity ahead of time in a pitcher and refrigerate until very cold). Pour into a martini glass and pour about 1/2 oz of grenadine into drink before serving and garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy by itself or with some pupus like sushi rolls, edamame or ahi poke (as in the picture below).



BTW: The delightful Kim at Stirring the Pot, kindly awarded some of her fellow bloggers with The Lovely Blog Award last week and I want to thank her for thinking of me and for putting me in such great company. I got to know Kim through Tyler Florence Fridays where she is a regular contributor and she has a great blog with lots of fun recipes. Mahalo Kim!


Happy Weekend Everyone!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's Saturday! An Award, a Meme and a Foodie Scenario

Oh Saturday! I waited all week for you to get here and you didn't disappoint me. I woke up early with rain coming down and a decision; Farmer's Market or no Farmer's Market? I decided to brave the rain because in Hawaii you are usually about 3 miles or 10 minutes from a change in weather. By the time I pulled into the parking lot for the market, the rain was over and bonus, not everyone was as brave as I was and it was much less crowded when the opening bell rang. Today seemed to be exotic fruit day and I gathered a lot of fun fruits, some I am familiar with and others I have not seen or tried before to share with you over the next week or so. Since it was a hard, long week, I also treated myself to these:


Beignets with some lilikoi (passion fruit) sauce. I don't do it often but they are so good and I deserved it! (OK my soul deserved it, my hips not so much!) A few assorted veggies and some herbs and I was done and out of there as the crowds started showing up. The same was true with my other errands, in and out of Costco, Post Office, Safeway and my neighborhood natural foods store and home by 10:00 AM. A plan in place to spend the rest of the day being lazy and catching up on reading and the Netflix movies sitting on my TV console.


My Post Office visit was to pick up my Blogging By Mail Box--what a treat to come home last night and find the package pick up receipt and see: Australia! My BBM box came from the wonderful Barbara at Winos & Foodies and while I love everything in there and I am sure that you want to see all the goodies, you must wait until Monday because I have some slightly delinquent "business" to take care of today:


First off, about a week ago the fabulous and funny Cathy from The Tortefeasor bestowed the Kreativ Blogger award on me with the attached "7s" meme. If you have not read Cathy's blog she is incredibly smart, talented and hilarious (I can never look at fennel in the store again without visions of Whitesnake because of this post) so getting an award from her is an honor. That being said, I guess I have to do the meme too, so here goes:

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7 things I did before
1. A 3 month stint at McDonald's until I turned 16
2. Worked at a pharmacy through high school, into college
3. Manager trainee at Mervyn's in the Children's Dept. (Note: Summer Super Sale + hundreds of children's swimsuits piled on dressing room floors = 7th Circle of Hell)
4. Training & development manager for department store
5. Office manager for Insurance office (may have been another circle of hell)
6. Store manager and training manager for retail coffee giant
7. Training & HR director for International department of retail coffee giant, opening markets around the world to help them achieve world-wide domination. ;-)
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7 things I do now
1. Head up HR for two restaurant brands in Hawaii
2. Partner in our company
3. Try to figure out what I want to do/be when I grow up
4. Cook and eat too much
5. Late night blogging = not enough sleep
6. Am owned and bossed around by a grumpy, very vocal, but still pretty lovable cat
7. Seriously, try to figure out what I want to do/be when I grow up!
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7 things I want to do
1. Plant an herb garden
2. Reduce my carbon footprint
3. Study nutrition and natural foods
4. Travel more
5. Do all the little crafty projects and organizing tasks I have saved up
6. Cook more things that intimidate me to challenge myself
7. Figure out what I want to do/be when I grow up!
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7 things that attract me about the opposite sex
1. Funny / sense of humor
2. Intelligent and interested in learning new things
3. Height (hey, I am almost 5'10")
4. Self-sufficient
5. Kind to others
6. Nice smile and eyes
7. Good manners
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7 favorite foods
1. Chocolate
2. Curry
3. Cheese
4. Fish and seafood
5. Potatoes
6. Mangos
7. Black pepper
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7 things I say most often:
1. Bugger!
2. Oy Vey!
3. Not printable
4. Not printable
5. Not printable
6. What do you think is in this sauce?
7. I bet I could make that

(OK, at this point I am supposed to tag 7 people for the award and meme but I'll do that at the end of the post).

Next up, two more great bloggers Gloria of Cookbook Cuisine (incredible, talented foodie & food writer) and Arlene of The Food of Love (fantastic foodie who lives in a log home--I have always wanted to do that!) both tagged me with the very interesting and difficult Dessert Island Scenario: "You are stranded on a desert island for an indefinite amount of time. You can bring along five food items and are allowed one sentence to justify your decision. It is an island, so assume plentiful fish, coconuts, and sea salt. Storage is not an issue, as you also have a large solar powered refrigerator." This is difficult for me because being a Libra, I can never make up my mind about anything and there are so many foods I want to take. I am lucky that I love fish and could eat it daily and am a coconut fan but still I am probably erring on bringing too many spices/condiments and not enough substance. but oh well maybe I can trade / share supplies with the others!

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1) Chocolate: Can't live without it and I will need a large selection of both milk and dark chocolate to get by.

2) Curry Powder: With all the coconut milk and fish on the island I will be making and eating a lot of fish curries.

3) Black Pepper: There is salt but I likes me some pepper on just about everything

4) Rice: For the curry--I am bringing a selection; brown, jasmine, wild, etc.

5) Capers: I am going to assume (declare) that this island has lemons and limes on it. I will be making some fish picatta with lemon and capers for some variety.

OK now for my 7 wonderful bloggers who get the award for having blogs I find creative, interesting and fun to read. Along with the award, I am giving you a choice of:

1) Take the award and do the "7s" meme
2) Take the award and do the dessert island scenario
3) Take the award and do both
4) Just take the award and do nothing (and I won't call you a party pooper I swear!) ;-)

1. Natashya at Living in The Kitchen With Puppies: my good friend who has an incredible blog with lots of wonderful food, beautiful photography and cute puppies. (I know she will share her dessert island rations with me--I hope she brings pasta and some kind of meat!)

2. Nate-n-Annie from House of Annie: I got to meet these two at a FoodBuzz sponsored dinner they organized a few months ago. A great team with delicious recipes and incredible photos. I want to see what they bring to the island!

3. Suzie from Munch+Nibble: A fellow Barefoot Blogger from Down Under, I have been really enjoying the recipes, writing and photos on her blog lately.

4. Michelle from Accidental Scientist: I can't leave out my local foodie friend Michelle, excellent writer and adventure companion, who has been bravely taking the Eat Local Challenge this month and is moving to a cool new island pad this week. (No worries about getting the meme or challenge done until you settle down Michelle!)

5. Brenda of Webbie's World: Another Barefoot Blogger's pal, Brenda is one busy woman who cooks and bakes a lot of great food. (And I am getting pretty good at the hangman game on her blog which I have to play whenever I visit!)

6. Kat of Our Adventures In Japan: I am always visiting her site to see what interesting things Kat is doing, the great things she is making or eating and marveling at all the beautiful pictures.

7. Laurie of That's Not What the Recipe Says: Laurie is a great food writer, mother of four, grandmother of 1 and has a blog full of great writing and recipes that I enjoy.

OK, hard to choose but those are my 7 award winners and the rest is up to them! To choose the meme, scenario, both, neither... and to pass on the award to some Bloggers they admire.

Hope you all are enjoying your Saturday. See you tomorrow for Souper Sunday and Monday, I reveal the contents of my Blogging By Mail Box! (You know you want to see what's under the scarf!)


Max says "Here's how to enjoy a Saturday!" (Oh wait, make that any day...)

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's Aloha Friday: An Award and You REALLY Do Need To Try This!


I love this food blogging community--the kindness, the support and all the recognition that everyone provides each other--it just makes you feel good. The wonderful Laurie at That's Not What The Recipe Says was sweet enough to pass on an "E for Excellence Award" to me, which means a lot when it comes from such a talented cook, writer and all around foodie! Laurie started blogging about the same time I did and she has some really incredible recipes and great photos on her blog. One of these days I am going to make her Holupki (Ukrainian cabbage rolls) now that I know how to make Kaldomar (Swedish cabbage rolls) so we can have a global cabbage roll battle (just kidding about the battle but her rolls really do look incredible--I think she would win!)

As always, the tough part is choosing who to give the award to as there are so many excellent bloggers out there deserving this award. I am going to go ahead and give it to two great blogs by two new blogging friends of mine. One of the reasons Laurie passed on the award to me was because of the COOK THE BOOKS club that I am helping to host so it seems fitting to pass the first two awards to the wonderful bloggers who really kicked the book club into gear:

Rachel of The Crispy Cook: Rachel has my dream job, owning and running a used and rare book store. She is a wonderful cook and a voracious reader so we have a lot in common. She cooks gluten free and has some wonderful recipes on her blog.

Johanna of Food Junkie Not Junk Food: Johanna is an archaeologist, lives in Athens Greece and has an amazing blog written in both English and Greek. The photos and food on her site are incredible.

Stop by these two great blogs for a visit and to congratulate them and consider joining us for COOK THE BOOKS and reading our first selection; La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lori Prior. You have until December 15th to read the book and come up with a recipe inspired by your reading. I promise it will be fun! For more details on COOK THE BOOKS go here.

Thanks again Laurie for the wonderful award!

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On another note:




OK, I know I have posted about this before (like here and also here) and it isn't really a "recipe" but you really have to try this combo NOW for a easy dessert or snack. You probably have all you need for it--a baguette, good olive oil, dark chocolate (or chocolate chips) and some sea salt. I made it for a snack for Mom and I tonight and although she was lukewarm about trying it because she thought it sounded strange, she ended up really liking it.

It's simple; toast the baguette, drizzle olive oil on it, place some chocolate pieces or chocolate chips on top and place in microwave for 15-20 seconds until chocolate is melted and spreadable. Spread chocolate so it covers baguette and sprinkle some sea salt slightly over the top. Eat warm and enjoy.

Happy Friday Everyone! Max says whatever your idea of fun is, go do it this weekend!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Miscellany--`Aha`aina Recipes, I'm a Chocoholic and Some Longan to Share


Happy Happy Friday! Since I have a few different things to mention, I thought I would do it all in one post today.


First off, my friend Michelle of The Accidental Scientist has posted more photos and a lot of the recipes from the `Aha`aina, or "Great Feast" that happened last Saturday. (See my post about this incredible event here) So if any of the pictures of the fabulous dishes we ate caught your eye, you can look for the recipes here on her site. Also if you happen to be cruising by Foodbuzz, see the 24;24;24 event posts and want to give the`Aha`aina a buzz, that would be very cool.
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Here's a few more pictures to whet your appetite!


Second, the wonderful and talented Teresa of two blogs: Mexican-American Border Cooking and Mexican Chocolate Lore and More has given me a very cute and appropriate award she created herself, the "I'm a Chocoholic" Award.
Hmmm...How did she know?!?
If you have not visited Teresa's blogs yet, I highly recommend them both. You can learn a lot and she has some wonderful recipes too. Thanks Teresa--I am "wearing" the award badge proudly on my blog!

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Finally, for the past two weeks my CSA box has had a bag of Longan in it and I thought I would share them with you. A Longan is a tropical tree, native to China, that bears a lychee-like fruit. Longan translates to "dragon's eye" referring to the way the peeled fruit's translucent flesh over a rounded black seed looks like an eyeball. The fruit is peeled and eaten fresh, can be dried and is also sold in cans of syrup in Asian markets here. The flavor is a bit less sweet than that of a lychee and I think it has more floral tones. In Chinese medicine it is reported to be good for the skin, rejuvenating and a good "sexual tonic." (oh my!) They make a nice healthy snack and I like to eat them when they are really cold.

I hope you all have an incredible weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2008

6 Random Things Meme and an Award


T.G.I.F.! Why did it seem like such a long week?! So you don't hate me too much, the weather did not look like this when I left work today--it was actually gray and dumping down rain which is supposed to happen sporadically throughout this weekend. The good thing about Hawaii however is that in between the dumping the sky will be blue with rainbows!

I have been a bit behind with a couple of things, a meme I was tagged with a few weeks ago and an award I received a few days ago. Why not post them both and ease my guilty conscience!
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The Meme:
Tinker from Tinker Culture tagged me with the "6 Random Things About Me" meme. Her blog is great, lots of yummy, mostly healthy recipes and her cat Tugger is pretty darn cute. I think I have been putting this meme off because of the intimidation factor: 1) Does anyone really want to know 6 random things about me? and 2) How to pick six random things that are not "over sharing" and don't make people think of me as that "really strange blogger from Hawaii." Trust me I have A LOT of little quirks!
OK...here goes nothing!
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1) I hate pumpkin! The smell, taste and the texture. (The seeds I like but that is about it) As a matter of fact, people think I am strange because my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving yet I have a dislike of a long list of fall and winter holiday foods: the aforementioned pumpkin, eggnog, gingerbread, nutmeg, allspice, mace, molasses, yams and sweet potatoes just to name a few.
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2) I read Pride and Prejudice every year in January--it's a tradition, along with watching Bridget Jone's Diary sometime during the New Years Weekend. I also own about 5 versions of film adaptations of the book. Jane Austen was a genius!
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3) Two places where I can hang out for hours and spend a LOT of money--good grocery or natural foods stores and bookstores. My overstocked pantry and bookshelves support this fact. Because the grocery stores in Hawaii are not great (except we finally got a Whole Foods this week but more about that later), whenever I visit my family in Oregon, I spend hours visiting the stores there. Actually anywhere I travel I love to go to grocery stores and look at the local/regional items even more than I like to go to museums or historical sites
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4) Although I often can't remember where I parked the car or put my cell phone, I have a strange ability to remember random facts and trivia especially about movies, books, celebrities and pop culture. I kick butt at Trivial Pursuit and any other trivia games. It is so bad that friends and family call me to settle arguments or to ask me who was in such & such movie and the vast majority of the time I can answer them.
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5) I once ate most of a bowl of raw chicken. I was in Japan with some people from work having dinner when a small bowl of thin sliced sashimi on ice was put in front of me. I started eating it and couldn't figure out the texture and quietly asked the waiter what kind of fish it was. He said: "No fish!" so I asked again; "No fish!" I tried one more time; "No fish! Chicken!" Down went the chopsticks--I couldn't help thinking I just ate a bowl of salmonella!!! Nothing happened; actually Japan, home of eating the deadly, poisonous fugu fish is probably one of the safer places to consume raw chicken meat but it was a bit much for me. I had a really hard time eating chicken for quite some time and it still isn't my favorite protein to cook or eat today.
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6) I am an incredibly fast reader. You can't tell since I am slow pretty moving on changing the currently reading and just read gadgets on the side of my blog but usually I am reading 2 to 3 books at once and have finished half a dozen or so before I change the gadget. When I was young one of my older brothers would never believe I actually read books because I finished them so fast so he would read a chapter and "test me" to see if I really read it. Of course by the time he finished that chapter, I was half way through another book--no joke. I read anything and everything and in addition to stacks of cookbooks you'll find all kinds of books of many different genres in the bookshelves and in stacks in my house.
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OK--that's 6 random and very wordy things about me! I am not going to tag anyone as it seems most of my food blogging buddies have done this one. But please feel free to leave a comment and tell me something random about you and make me feel better about my little random quirks!

The Award:
My friend, Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, presented me with the "I Love You This Much Award".

She said I make her happy and the feeling is oh so mutual! Natashya and I started blogging about the same time and she is a fun, talented blogger who I admire so much for her incredible cooking abilities and photography skills. She has a great sense of humor and we seem to agree on a lot of things! I love to get comments and emails from her and she has really become a good friend. If for some reason you have never visited her site, I suggest you go and check it out here and you will see what I mean!
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Since Natashya passed it on to two of us, I am going to repeat that process and pass it on to two deserving bloggers out of the many of you out there who continue to make me happy by your wonderful blogs and your support and friendship.

The first goes to Teresa at Mexican-American Border Cooking. Teresa is such a warm, friendly and supportive person to so many--she leaves me comments that make me feel happy. I love her site and learn a lot about Mexican cooking, history and culture from it, not to mention the delicious recipes. She has another great site, Mexican Chocolate Lore and More about one of my favorite subjects of course, that you should visit--but be warned, it will start some serious cravings!

The second goes to Foodycat. Like many of you, I started this blog to be able to connect and share my passion for cooking and the comments, feedback and good vibes that I receive really mean a lot. Foodycat is always out there, spreading positive comments and good cheer. She makes interesting and incredible dishes on her site and I love to dash over there for a peek at what she is up to. I have to have a tissue nearby to wipe the drool off my keyboard.

I love the sense of community out here in the food blogging world and these two are wonderful examples of it!

Max and I wish you all a happy Friday and a great weekend!

Monday, July 28, 2008

An El Premio Arte y Pico Award


I really feel lucky and special to receive the El Premio Arte y Pico Award from Teresa at Mexican-American Border Cooking. If you don't know Teresa and her terrific site, I encourage you to go visit as she has incredible recipes and pictures on her blog. In Hawaii it is difficult to find really good, authentic Mexican food so I like to check out Teresa's site to quell my cravings. I am so touched that Teresa recognized my Blog with this award. The fact that people even read it is amazing to me and getting an award like this is like icing on a delicious cake.
It is now my responsibility to pass this award on to 5 more bloggers who I feel deserve it for their creativity and design. (There is so much love out here in Food Blog Land--I can't believe it!) This is difficult for me because there are so many great blogs out there but here are 5 Blogs I truly enjoy and that inspire me. I leave it in their capable hands to pass on the award to 5 Blogs of their choosing.

The first award goes to Michelle at The Accidental Scientist. Michelle has been blogging for a while now and moved to Hawaii a few months ago. It has been fun getting to know her. Her incredible pictures, recipes and posts about life in Hawaii re-inspire me about this great place we get to call home.

Next we have Andrea at Nummy Kitchen. I am just starting to get acquainted with this wonderful site. I am not a vegetarian, although I often feel like I should be, but Andrea's recipes make me ready to convert. She made her Smoked Salmon Spread for Barefoot Bloggers hot and made it with corn and cheese instead of salmon--how cool is that?
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Heather from Randomosity and The Girl. I have gotten to know this site through the Barefoot Bloggers as well. Love the name, the recipes and the great pictures, including lots of step by step ones, which I usually lack the patience to take. Plus there is Charlie, her cute shih-tzu, taste-tester and an adorable ham for the camera.

Another find from Barefoot Bloggers is Kim from My Plate, My World. With a site full of great writing, wonderful recipes and beautiful photos, I get hungry whenever I visit. Plus I love her Barefoot Bloggers "badge", with her artfully designed toes!

And finally last but certainly not least, my hero, Stephanie from Dispensing Happiness. I am sure Stephanie has more awards than she has room for on her blog, but since reading her site and seeing all the fun things that were going on in the Blogosphere is what motivated me to finally start my own Blog, I would be remiss in not presenting her with this award. Blog Party, Blogging By Mail, and everything else she does, she is incredible and her site is one I visit and get inspired by frequently.
If you have not read some of these blogs, definitely go visit them and see what I am talking about. Don't forget to congratulate them--they deserve it!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Turkey-Falafel Burgers and a Blog Award!


I posted this recipe for Quick & Easy Shaorma back when I first started this blog. These fast and easy patties made from your favorite ground meat (I usually use ground turkey) and packaged falafel mix have really become a staple for me. My friend Natalie came up with the idea/recipe guidelines and now I make them ALL the time; if not every week, at least every other week. I eat them hot on top of cous cous, stuck in a pita as a sandwich, cold on top of a salad and I even occasionally eat one as breakfast in my car on the way to work. I just love the combo of the spices and the crunchy texture from the chick peas in the falafel mix when you pan fry them.

Nothing says summer like a burger, and I found the patties make a wonderful, Middle Eastern spiced turkey burger, when you want something different and a little more exotic. I made a quick and simple Lemon-Yogurt-Tahini Sauce to go with them.

Turkey-Falafel Burgers

1/2 box (about 5 ounces) Falafel Mix (I like the Cashbah brand). Save the other 1/2 of the falafel spice for another time
1 lb ground turkey or ground turkey breast
1 small onion, diced finely
2-3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like it spicy)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp dried mint
olive or canola oil for frying patties


Following package instructions, combine 1/2 of package falafel mix with 1/2 the water on package directions and let mixture sit for about 15 minutes to set and form a paste. Meanwhile finely dice onion and crush garlic gloves. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except oil and mix together well so everything is combined. (I find much like meatloaf, using your hands to mix is easier and more effective). Form patties out of the mixture. Heat a large pan over medium heat. When hot, add oil and cook patties until browned on both sides and cooked within. Usually 4-5 minutes per side--dependent on size of patty. (These stay together pretty well so you could probably grill them with no problem if you prefer).

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Lemon-Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Tahini (sesame seed paste)
juice from 1 lemon
1 Tbsp dried mint
salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together well. If sauce seems too thick you can thin it down by adding a bit of water until you reach the desired consistency.


Putting together the burgers:

I used a small whole grain bun, toasted. You can use any roll or hamburger bun or even a pita. I garnished mine with the Lemon-Yogurt-Tahini Sauce as well as lettuce, cucumber slices and red onion. If you don't have tahini paste on hand or are not a fan, hummus or tzatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce) would work equally well.

A easy and delicious way to shake up your burger routine!

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A Blog Award!



"Kahakai Kitchen makes you wish you could move to Hawaii, then move in with Deb and beg her to make you all her good food. Although she's so nice, you probably wouldn't even have to beg."


I was so excited to be given the above Blog Award yesterday from Prudy at Prudence Pennywise. It is my first Blog award and the fact that it comes from such a wonderful and gifted blogger makes it all the better. Prudy's blog and recipes are terrific and I appreciate how she always reaches out to others with such positive comments and feedback. (She's welcome to move in with me anytime--as long as she does some of the cooking too!)

The easy part and the hard part is going to be passing it on to 5 others. Easy because there are so many great blogs out there and hard because there are so many great blogs out there! Although I have just been blogging a few months, I have been reading them for a few years now and there are just so many wonderful bloggers doing interesting and incredible things out there. My 5 awards are going to the following fabulous blogs, all with delicious recipes and pictures that inspire me. The idea is that they will post the award and pass it on to 5 more fabulous and deserving blogs.

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Our Adventures in Japan: Having spent some time in Japan myself, I love this Blog about Kat (transplanted local girl from Hawaii) and her husband, Satoshi's adventures living in the Osaka area of Japan. Great recipes, incredible pictures and great writing--this is one of my very favorite Blogs to stop by and check out.
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The Barefoot Kitchen Witch: Jayne's blog is a treat, with lots of wonderful recipes, truly excellent photography and entertaining stories. I have to laugh at some of the things that come out of her kids' mouths--they are smart and amazing too!
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Ezra Poundcake: Rebecca is a baking and cooking machine and I want to have everything she makes. (Notice I didn't say I want to make it--I am too lazy and she's too good! But I can at least live vicariously through her mouthwatering photos)
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Smells Like Home: Tara created the Barefoot Bloggers--need I say any more? OK, I will anyway--this is a wonderful blog full of delicious recipes and living life in Connecticut--which always sounds ever so delightful to me!
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Living In The Kitchen With Puppies: Natashya is also a fairly new blogger like me and has the two most adorable dogs; Merlin and Bella (and an incredible pond and home for toads her husband built!). She is a total foodie and I enjoy her delicious recipes and the wonderful pictures on her blog.
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Tough to choose out of so many but all 5 of these blogs bring me much entertainment and inspiration. If you are not familiar with them, check them out. Thanks again to Prudy for the award! I will post it proudly!