Yes, I know, that's beer, not pizza. But what goes better with pizza? I got a little thirsty just downloading that picture.
I tried out a Cheeseburger Pizza recently and it's just great. That will be in this week's menus. See the picture and instructions, below.
As I write this, we are checking out freezers in the sale ads. As you know, I have issues with my refrigerator, which includes the freezer. Mainly, it doesn't hold much. I would like to buy an after-Thanksgiving sale turkey right now, but I have absolutely nowhere to put it. We both grew up with parents who had giant chest freezers. I think my parents' possibly may have held some, uh, out-of-season venison. Mr. L says his parents' freezer contained a lot of freezer burn. If we get one, I vow to do better than that.
On the menus, this week:
Sunday: Roast Chicken, Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream and Garlic Chives, and Green Beans
Monday: Sirloin Stroganoff, Buttered Noodles, and Broccoli
Tuesday: Cheeseburger Pizza; Salad (instructions below)
Wednesday: Andersen's Pea Soup and Popovers (and if you are ever in California near a Pea Soup Andersen's restaurant, just GO, okay?)
Thursday: Sorta Swedish Meatballs, Pasta, Carrots with Dill (Note: I am using half of my turkey burger for the pizza, and the other half to make these meatballs. Use the leftover Newman's Own Sauce (see below) for the meatball sauce.)
Friday: Baked Chicken Thighs and Rice with Artichoke Hearts and Peas (throw browned thighs everything into a baking dish, add a can of chicken broth and a little vermouth, cover and bake)
Saturday: Quinoa-Avocado Salad with Chile-Lime Shrimp; Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Super-Easy Cheeseburger Pizza:
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Roll out a Pillsbury crust (any type). Top with Newman's Own Alfredo Sauce, one-half package of browned turkey burger, four strips of crisped, crumbled bacon, 1/2 cup of chopped dill pickle, and two cups of grated cheddar. Top with sliced tomatoes and 1/4 cup of green onions. Bake at 375 for about 30 - 40 minutes, or until browned.
Have a great week, everyone!
I’ve never been a big “bucket list” person, but last Saturday, as I was picking up lunch at Bear’s Coffee & Deli, I had an epiphany: It’d be cool to be one of the regulars, here. The waitresses know them by name. They pour the right coffee; they know how they like their eggs. I guess I have a start to my list.
Bear’s has been a Hilo landmark since 1983. Clean, cool, and comfortable, it’s one of those places where you just relax as soon as you step inside. Service is terrific. It changed ownership not long ago, but managed to maintain its friendly aura. It used to be my breakfast-after-yoga-class spot but when my class ceased, I got out of the habit of going.
That changed recently. Bear’s has been having specials, and an ad for one caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Since the demise of O’Keefe’s Bakery, I have been sorely missing their Chicken Mac-Nut Sandwiches. (If you have lived in Hilo for a while, you know the sandwich to which I am referring. ) I ordered one, as well as the Fish Plate (more about that, later). The Chicken-Mac Salad Sandwich ($6.95) was available as a wrap, on sandwich bread, or stuffed into a tomato. I opted for the wrap. It turned out to be an excellent choice. While it wasn’t the “same” as the O’Keefe’s version, it was outstanding and also contained fresh avocado and crispy greens. We also really enjoyed the Fish Plate ($9.95). The cook at Bear's has a great touch with fish, which can be easily overcooked. This was perfectly moist and flaky. It came with a terrific side salad, brown rice, and perfectly-steamed broccoli. We couldn’t even eat everything; about a third of it became part of dinner, later. On another visit, we sampled the Stuffed Tomato ($5.50) and the Ono Buffalo Burger ($6.95). Again, the ono was cooked perfectly and was well-seasoned. I couldn’t finish the stuffed tomato, which was huge.
Here are some more photos:
Owner Mary Coursey tells me they plan to keep the specials going, keeping some favorites and adding others. Bear’s also excels in selecting and serving fresh produce. Fruit is sweet; vegetables are crispy. Everything seems extraordinarily “just-picked” and very high-quality. I usually ignore garnishes, which tend to be sad, but at Bear’s, I eat it all.
I just realized I hadn’t even mentioned their coffee, which is excellent. Try it with one of their home-made brownies.
Also delicious are their steamed eggs. Steaming the eggs, Mary mentioned, is a lower-fat option, as no fats are added. One of my neighbors is a huge fan of the Eggs Benedict (Sundays, $7.95 for half-portions; $12.95 for full portions).
Local art (available for sale) hangs on one wall; another has fascinating old pictures of Hilo (including tsunami pictures). They are now featuring live music, too. Bear’s is family-friendly. Some outside seating is available.
See you there!
Bear’s Coffee & Deli
Address: 106 Keawe Street, Hilo
Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
I'm a little bit of a vintage car nut, so I was sort of surprised when I recently saw this car on Maui last week and couldn't figure out what it was. I had to take a photo of the name: An Astre SJ. Turns out it was a Pontiac version of Chevy's Vega. (Mr. L guessed correctly, so he gets points.) It was so beautifully and lovingly restored. Being a car nut in Hawaii is especially challenging -- finding parts and getting them shipped ($$$) is no small task. At one time I had some fun and exotic cars -- those days are over. If I can't get replacement parts here, forget it. Reliability is a big deal. Credit to its owner for his or her hard work. It's a beauty.
We had a Plan A and Plan B of restaurants to try out today, but both were closed. Since we still had to do our Costco shopping and were starving by 2:30, we decided we'd just pick something up there for lunch. I got the Turkey and Provolone sandwiches for both of us. Holy smokes! They are great! Just out of curiosity, I googled, them, and I'm not the only one who thought so. Here is one blogger who figured out the recipe. At $4, they are hard to beat. So yes, Costco is my "restaurant recommendation" for the week.
Here are the week's menus:
Sunday: (Naturally) Costco Flatbread Pizzas
Tuesday: Enchiladas and Green Salad with Avocados and Tomatoes
Wednesday: Scampi; Italian Salad (with Artichoke Hearts, Olives, and Parmesan)
Thursday: Salmon; Twice-Baked Potatoes, and Broccoli with Dijon-Mustard Sauce
Friday: Kabocha Soup with Rice, Chicken, Peanuts and Cilantro
Have a great week, everyone! - C. Ironing
Oh, heck no -- I didn't make those gorgeous spring rolls -- that was my pal Anne. Along with her husband, Brian, they cook amazing food and are consummate hosts. We just met up in Maui and I managed to avoid cooking the entire time. Pretty tricky of me. I think I needed a break to charge my "cooking inspiration" battery. Dishes like the one above do the trick!
It was a wonderful vacation, filled with lots of rest, visiting, reading, exercise, and excellent eating (see Exhibit "A", above).
A recommendation: Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu (not far from Lahaina). It's absolutely charming inside and their banana bread is great.
Speaking of Oluwalu, since the last time we visited, there is now a great-looking place to camp: Camp Olowalu, right smack on the ocean. Both cabins and camping sites are available. It looked seriously fun.
We still love the Ka'anapali area for its proximity to hotels, shopping, dining and of course the Maui Beach Walk. I believe Hilo has been trying to get something similar built. It's really nice to be able to walk in such a beautiful spot for such a long way.
No menus right now, as I'm busy testing things out for a Wise Bread post. I will resume this coming weekend.
Photos of pretty Maui are below.
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Hilo day! After all that rain, we deserved it!
Today I found myself in the mood for some Mexican food, so after finishing up the grocery shopping, I headed over to Lucy's Taqueria for some take-out lunch. They are located at 194 Kilauea Avenue. I arrived around 11:30, and it was filling up quickly.
Pictured above: My Fish Tacos (absolutely wonderful flavors). I wholeheartedly recommend them. Mr. L had the Fajita Burrito with Chicken. Although he tried hard, he couldn't finish the burrito -- not because he didn't like it, but because they are huge! There is parking. Bathrooms are clean. The place is kid-friendly (including a play area) and there is also a bar area. Staff is friendly and helpful. Ordering is self-serve - you order, pay, and pick up at the counter, and then seat (and eventually bus) yourself.
After that big lunch, I figured we'd better have a light dinner (and take a walk beforehand).
Sunday: Shrimp Cocktail with Celery and Cocktail Sauce; Crackers and Red-Pepper Hummus
Monday: Mushroom Burgers with Tomatoes and Lettuce; Fries
Tuesday: Kalua Pork (homemade) with Cabbage and Rice
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken; Yukon Potatoes with Herbs; Sliced Tomatoes
Thursday: Pasta with Pesto and Leftover Chicken; Spaghetti Squash; Tossed Salad
Saturday: Salmon and Mushroom-Pea Risotto
Have a great week, everyone! -C. Ironing
Aloha! Before we get rolling, check out today's lunches, above. First up is Mr. L.'s tempura shrimp roll. I had the Cobb Salad. Pretty spiffy, eh? True confessions: Both came from Sack N'Save. I added the avocado and plated them, since I'm not crazy about eating out of plastic boxes. They came to $14.98, which is a good deal when you consider the rather spendy ingredients in these (bleu cheese, shrimp, bacon, etc.). I'm not usually much of a "joiner," but I did join SNS's Meal Club. Once I fill up the seven little boxes on my card, I get a free meal of my choice.
Yesterday, we were headed to Kona, but were thwarted from our usual Saddle Road route due to a power pole being down. So, we turned around and decided we'd take the Hamakua route, instead. We hadn't been that way in about two years. It's very pretty -- lots of greenery, ocean, and then, closer to Waimea, bucolic pastureland. I'll pop a slide show in, below. From Hilo, it took a half-hour longer than the Saddle, but the sights made it enjoyable. Here is the slideshow. Menus will be posted below.
A good place to stop along the way: Tex Drive-In for malasadas.
Sunday: Corn Chowder with Chicken, Red Peppers and Potatoes; Popovers
Monday: Brown Sugar and Balsamic Pork Loin, Italian Potatoes, and Tomato-Mozzarella Salad
Tuesday: Mediterranean Crepes filled with Langostino, Feta, Olives, Green Onion, and Artichoke Hearts
Wednesday: Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Black Beans, Corn, and Tomatoes topped with Avocado and Sour Cream; Tortilla Chips
Thursday: Salmon, Zesty Fries, and Coleslaw
Friday: Pasta Bake with Meatballs, Peppers, and Mushrooms
Saturday: Split-Pea Soup and Crackers
Let's hope we get a break from this rain, soon. Have a great week, everyone!
Pictured above: The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art. At some point, we used to call this the East Hawaii Cultural Center, but I wasn't paying attention and the name was changed. I will probably continue to call it the East Hawaii Cultural Center, because I'm getting older, and that's what we do -- call locations by their original names. Really old folks around here call KTA "The Tokeshi Store" which can also be confusing. Comedian Frank DeLima tells a very funny story about that, if you ever get a chance to see his show.
Anyway, thank goodness for Mr. L, without whom I would be devoid of culture. He drags me occasionally to art exhibits, concerts, and generally keeps me from spending all my free time on Twitter. Yesterday we viewed the 28th Annual Trash Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (see, I am practicing). First amazing thing: 28 years. That's impressive. Second amazing thing: IT WAS SO COOL. The show's title kinda put me off ("trash") but one man's trash . . . right? And I would be thrilled to own some of the pieces. I made a slideshow of my favorites, below. The museum is located at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo. This show runs until October 28th.
Back to food. Here is how the menus are shaping up for the coming week.
Sunday: Grilled Pork Chops, Potato-Mac Salad, Sliced Tomatoes and Peas
Monday: Chicken in Sun-Dried Cream Sauce (from the Damn Delicious blog), Rice, and Salad
Tuesday: Roasted Red Pepper Soup; Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls
Wednesday: Sausage and Pepper Turnovers; Salad
Thursday: Shrimp in Newman's Own Alfredo Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta; Zucchini
Friday: Chicken Salad with Celery; Popovers
Saturday: Tomato Beef and Mashed Potatoes
Ironman participants and visitors, you can thank me later for this recommendation and frankly, you should. Just kidding.
The above pictures were taken at The Rebel Kitchen, 79-7399 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealekekua, Hawaii. (808) 322-0616. Pictured above are the BBQ Chicken Salad and the Blackened Ono Sandwich.
Y’know, I really like it when I eat something that is delicious and I don’t feel guilty, afterward. That salad made me feel that way. Ingredients were very fresh and simple. Think “clean eating” without sacrificing any flavor. The chicken in the salad was warm and very moist; the avocado was perfect. He shredded the lettuce in a “chiffonade” style which made it very light and fluffy. I thought it was a really big salad when it was brought out, but you know, I ate it all. Mr. L loved his Blackened Ono Sandwich. He let me have a bite. I’m having that, next time. He was worried but about being too spicy but it wasn’t, at all – just right. It came with their mustardy potato salad which was also outstanding. We washed it all done with Kona Brewing beers. There is both inside and outside seating. We were hot so we opted for inside, which was cool and quiet. Parking is on the street, and it’s usually crowded in the little town of Kainaliu, so just park where you can find a spot and walk. We went later (about 1:30) and there was a lot of room available.
Back to this coming week’s menus. You will see the chicken breast thing is on the plan, again, as is the Caprese Pasta Salad. Sorry about that; feel free to substitute from an older menu plan. Sometimes, I am just too tired to cook (and I know myself well enough to know that attempting it brings disastrous results).
Sunday: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cream Cheese, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (yes, I am going to play around with that recipe); Rice Pilaf; Broccoli
Monday: Caprese Salad
Tuesday: Kabocha Soup with Shredded Chicken, Cilantro, and Chopped Peanuts
Wednesday: Potato-Kalua Pork Fried Tacos with Guacamole and Salsa
Thursday: Leftover Lasagne (hurray for freezers); Tossed Green Salad
Friday: Kalua Pork Bowls over Rice with Corn, Black Beans, Cheese and Cilantro Dressing
Saturday: Roasted Chicken Thighs, Carrots, Popovers and Gravy
P.S.: I rarely throw in a cookie recipe, but these are really great, and I had to buy corn flakes for the aforementioned chicken recipe. Here is a link to an older WiseBread post when I mentioned them.
If you are on-island for the Ironman, welcome, and have fun!
I hope you had a nice weekend! We had a very wet one here in Hilo.
Before I get too far, I have to confess that I strayed from last week’s menu plan because I found langostino. What is langostino? Well, it tastes remarkably like a lobster, but it’s actually a “squat lobster,” which is neither a lobster nor a prawn. Long John Silver’s, in 2006, marketed them as a lobster and got into a lot of hot water. (Yes, I was going for a sort of a pun, there.) At any rate, they are considerably lower-priced than lobster, and I think equally delicious. The ones I found (at ChoiceMart, Captain Cook) were of course frozen and from Chile. I had a sentimental moment because they were a favorite of my mother’s; something she loved to buy at the tiny fish market in Arcata. I am very sad that I didn’t buy all of the packages and freeze them . Anyway, I did stray from the menu plan, and made a to-do-for fettucine with the langostino, red peppers, and Portobello mushrooms . I’ll put a picture below.
I’m also including a photo of the most recent squash recipe that turned up in the HELCO bill. It was yummy.
So what’s on the menu, this week?
Sunday: Guava-Sriracha Meatballs, Rice, and Salad
Monday: Shrimp Pad Thai; Kabocha Squash
Tuesday: Stuffed Peppers; Parmesan-Baked Zucchini
Wednesday: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Bacon; Noodles; Peas
Thursday: Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Capers and Balsamic Vinaigrette over Angel Hair Pasta
Friday: Baked Salmon, Israeli Couscous, and Green Beans
Saturday: Fish Tacos
Have a great week, everyone! – C. Ironing
We are still a little full. We really ought to share lunches. Pictured above: The Mahina Cafe's Fish and Chips. Below, please see the fish sandwich (fish of the day was ahi). The Mahina Cafe is located at 82-6123 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook, Hawaii. Phone is 323-3200. This cafe used to be a Mexican restaurant that we just loved, and we were very sorry when it closed. I don't know if I was holding a grudge, or what . . . but I was finally like why haven't we tried this place, yet? Dummies. It's delicious. Go. The fish above was done like a tempura which make it shatteringly crispy. We're sort of picky about fries, too, and these were so hot and crispy that I had to help Mr. L with them. Lots of them. I had the fish sandwich (also ahi) and as you will see in the photo below, they did not skimp on fish. It came with a ripe tomato (I hate it when they are unripe), lettuce, onion and tartar sauce. I had the potato salad and it was great! I have never had potato salad with black olives and now I have to. It added a nice, salty element to it. The last delightful surprise was that the server brought us a malasada to share for dessert, free of charge, and it was really great. They can be very heavy and greasy -- this one was quite the opposite. We ate very late -- around 2:00 -- so that is why the place looks empty in the photo, but it filled up again as we were about to leave. Bathrooms were spotless. Kitchen looked spotless. The servers were really nice and efficient. It was 91 degrees outside, according to our car, but inside it was cool and quiet. The lemonade and iced tea hit the spot. This will be a new regular stop for us. I hope you stop in.
Back to the business at hand: This week's menus.
Sunday: Pork Stew with Carrots, Potatoes, and Portobello Mushrooms Over Rice
Monday: Couscous with Sausages and Zucchini; French Bread
Tuesday: Ritz-Cracker-Coated Chicken, Yellow Squash, and Buttered Egg Noodles
Wednesday: Portobello Mushroom Burgers and Fries
Thursday: Tonkatsu, Rice, and Butternut Squash
Friday: Salmon Patties and Buckwheat Noodles; Greens
Saturday: Quesadillas with Cheese and Avocado; Pinto Beans
Let's hope this rain stops, pretty soon! Have a great week, everyone. -C. Ironing