Swedish Meatballs

Now I know there are debates out there whether Swedish meatballs are actually Turkish. Even Sweden is claiming that King Charles XII brought the recipe for meatballs back with him after spending years in a country that was under Turkish rule. Regardless of where these meatballs originated, when there's a plate of mashed potatoes topped with meatballs that are smothered in a creamy brown gravy and served with a side of perfectly sweet and tangy lingonberry jam, you won't care where they came from just where they're going, in your mouth!

Salsa Verde

I find salsa verde more versatile than salsa, it's great as an enchilada sauce, chilaquiles, slow braise sauce of a chuck roast for tacos, bonus if you add more sauce to the leftover chuck roast then you have an amazing tamale filling, or a dipping sauce for chips or better yet some creamy chicken taquitos. 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Right around the middle of February, I start chopping at the bits for some corned beef and cabbage. We traditionally make this for St. Patrick's Day but I've been known to toss a corned beef in a crockpot in summer don't let corned beef be something you only make once a year!

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.