For those of you unfamiliar with the acronym of HELCO: It stands for Hawaii Electric Light Company, which we use for electrical power here on the Big Island. I actually think they try to make us use "HECO," but "HELCO" stuck and everyone just calls it that. Sorry, guys. Anyway, where was I going, with this? Oh, our bill. Our monthly bill came in the mail yesterday, and while there is always some trepidation about opening that sucker, I do look forward to their little newsletter, "Ho'ukui." They have safety tips and RECIPES. Lots of recipes. There is a little history here on their website. This month's recipe sounds delicious -- Spring Minestrone -- and because we are now seeing a lot of spring vegetables in the stores, I think I'll give that a go this week.
Here is the plan:
Sunday: Ahi Salad with Fresh Croutons
Monday: HELCO's Spring Minestrone; Punalu'u Rolls
Tuesday: Sloppy Joes (with turkeyburger and kidney beans); Salad
Wednesday: Kabocha Squash with Sausage and Kale; Chive Biscuits
Thursday: Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls via Damn Delicious; Pinto Beans
Friday: Ritz Cracker and Cheese-Coated Baked Chicken, Zucchini Sticks, and Noodles
Saturday: Pizza (purchased) and Salad
Apologies for the late posting. I see that many of you already checked today and I did not have anything up, yet! The day has just been very busy.
Pictured above: Last night's spur-of-the-moment ono dinner. I found some very nice ono over at Choice-Mart and was in a "Mexican food" mood, so I topped a tostada with the grilled ono, salad, salsa, pinto beans and sour cream. Um, maybe a little too much sour cream. Well, it was great.
For three weeks, I have been planning to get the garden going. I bought fertilizer, soil amendment, and seeds; apparently this ticked off the gardening gods. One of our former neighbors used to say, "Hilo gets 130 inches of rain a year. No matter what." He tracked it every day in his rain gauge and had years of records. I believed him. I can't garden in the mud, so that project will be put off again.
This week, I will have some tried-and-true items, and will also try some new things. Last week's biggest success? The mushroom burgers. They were great! I did make some minor changes, which I will discuss in another post. Here is what we have going, this week:
Sunday: Bobby Deen's Lighter Baked Spaghetti. I already made this and, because it makes a huge panful, took half to a sick co-worker. I also have some rolls and an Italian-style salad to go with.
Monday: I picked up a good-sized turkey breast, which I plan to marinate tonight and roast tomorrow. I thought it would be nice to have the leftovers for lunches. With it, I will make couscous and mixed vegetables.
Tuesday: We'll go meatless and have this Strata, along with some roasted broccoli.
Wednesday: I have not made Sam Choy's Meatloaf for a while -- I think we are due! I like the leftovers in sandwiches, too. Got to have mashed potatoes, carrots, and a salad with that.
Thursday: Try Something New Night. I will throw some chicken thighs into the oven, but the tricky part is that I want to try making some mushroom raviolis. I picked up some won ton wrappers and cremini mushrooms. Am thinking that if combine chopped mushrooms, cream cheese, and some thyme and salt in those little packages, good things can happen. Maybe. I am not good with dough so it may be a disaster. With that, those parmesan zucchini sticks that are all over Pinterest. You can't miss them.
Friday: Pork Chops with Dijon Mustard sauce, Brussels Sprouts, and Rice.
Everyone, have a great week!
- C. Ironing
Pictured above: New recipe experiment from last week, the Hash-Brown, Tomato, and Spinach Pie. It was very good. I threw in the rest of the ham left over from Easter. We cut it into big squares and also ate it, heated up, for breakfast. That's a "make-again," as Mr. L terms the winners. Here is a pro tip: If you try it, make sure your damn hash browns are defrosted. I went to make this and they were a solid lump. Chipping away at your hash browns is not a good way to go.
Onto the whining, which I will try to keep to a minimum. Not sure if I mentioned it, but my laptop of many years died recently. I bought a new one and am attempting to make friends with Windows 8. It is not going well, frankly. Mr. L warned me, but I had no idea. I am not great with technology. The old laptop and I understood each other's quirks. It seems too much to ask to have to re-boot this often. Whew. Done with whining! Thanks for listening.
Well, the Merrie Monarch has concluded, and from all reports, it was another successful Hilo event. Congratulations to all who participated. Here are some photos of highlights.
Sometimes, I am just in the mood for an old-fashioned Sunday pot roast, so that where we begin, tonight. Maybe I need comfort food after fighting with my computer.
Sunday: Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots; Apple Salad
Monday: Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce, French Bread, and Salad
Tuesday: Jambalaya and Corn Bread
Wednesday: Mushroom Burgers and Fries
Thursday: Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Friday: Calzone; Salad
Saturday: Angel-Hair Pasta with Bacon and Leeks; Salad
The coming week is going to be a busy one here in Hilo. Sunday is Easter, and then begins the Merrie Monarch. Hilo pulls out the stops for this super-bowl-of-hula festival. Here is a link to some photos of the arts and crafts offered. Enjoy!
I was given a couple of Energy Bars to eat the other day, and realized I had never blogged about them. Photos are below. I am not sure if they were originally developed by Hawaiian Electric, or if they just formalized the recipe. I had never seen them in the mainland -- but here in the islands, I see them pretty much at any bake sale that I attend. Crispy, yet chewy, they always have these characteristics: (1) They are cut into small log-bars, never squares; (2) They are always wrapped in wax paper, with the ends of the paper twisted. I am not a big fan of granola bars, but I could eat energy bars every day. They are a wonderful pick-me-up in the morning, reminiscent of a Rice Krispie (but with more goodies). The recipe is very easy. If you are visitors, and see a bake sale, look for them!
This week has an easy start -- Easter Sunday -- mostly because friend NJ invited us for dinner and is dealing with the ham. Here is the plan:
Sunday: Ham with Raisin Sauce, Deviled Eggs, Asparagus with Blender Hollandaise, Fruit Salad and Chive Rolls
Monday: Leftover Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, and Broccoli
Tuesday: Southwest Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing; Tortilla Chips
Wednesday: Baked Chicken Thighs with Pesto over Bow-Tie Pasta; Sliced Tomatoes
Thursday: Hash Browns, Spinach, and Tomato Pie; Salad
Friday: Oven-Roasted Salmon, Hapa Rice, and Fried Zucchini
Saturday: French Bread Pizza; Salad
Here are those energy bar photos. Have a Happy Easter and wonderful week!
- C. Ironing