Haupia Cake

Growing up and only being knee high to the bakery display at Zippy’s, I only knew haupia cake to also be topped with my favorite coconut pudding.Haupia (how-pee-ah), is a thick coconut pudding that is usually served as squares at the end of a luau buffet line, a perfect little sweet coconut bite to finish a heavy meal is perfect.The most modern interpretation of haupia is haupia cake, where it is used as a filling, in a white cake topped with whip cream icing.

Ono Butter Mochi

Butter mochi is a traditional Hawaiian treat, it is made with a high glutenous rice flour called Mochiko Flour. Like most Hawaiian food Butter Mochi is a fusion of different cultures who most likely met on in a plantation village. My guess on how butter mochi has come to be is that it is a hybrid of Japanese Mochi and Filipino Bibingka.

Spritz Cookies

I will warn you right now, you cannot eat just one of these at a time! It was both a blessing and a curse that my aunt gifted me a cookie press for Christmas one year, because that meant I didn’t have to wait for someone to make them for me.

Raspberry Lemon Eclairs

Mom confession, some times I “go to the grocery store” but really I’m just eating junk food in my van, my favorite shame food is a chocolate eclair. To keep my I car snack special I fill these with lemon curd, whipped cream then with fresh raspberries.

World’s Best Meatballs

I’ve tried everything soaking the breadcrumbs in milk, just egg yolks instead of whole eggs, I tried every meatball secret I could find. Until I fell I finally found the right ratio of beef to pork to breadcrumb to parmesan the minute it hit the libs I get like Remy in Ratatouille when he mixes the grape and cheese.

Balsamic Chicken

This an easy but impressive dinner that can also be a quick weeknight meal. I used dark meat so it doesn’t dry out, I added caramelized onions to add a bit of sweet and to add a bit of texture to the sauce, I finished it with butter to make the sauce velvety

Lamb Sausage Pizza

On a road trip through Portland, OR we stopped for dinner at a hole in the wall pizza place, where we tried an unconventional flavor that blew our minds! It was an olive oil base, roasted garlic, mascarpone and mozzarella cheese, and lamb sausage, we knew we had make it at home, and that’s just what we did.Of course we changed it a touch once we started making it at home, we replaced the garlic with caramelized onions, added chives for freshness, and made our own lamb sausage. Now we make this pizza almost every time we make pizza at home.