Thursday, July 19, 2012

Foodie Friends Linky Party!

Welcome to another fabulous Friday linky party!  I just can't get over the amazing recipes everybody is sharing!  Here are the results from your voting!

#1 goes to Marly at This and That for her Lemon Lime Sugar Cookies!
#2 AND #3 go to Dawn at Spatulas on Parade for her Fish Tacos and Sock It To Me Cake!

For me, there were 2 recipes that caught my eye.  First is this recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread from Kendra at Our Homemade Happiness!  I just bought an automatic bread maker, so I am all about wonderful homemade breads!  I truly can't wait to try this one!

Another recipe I LOVED was this Spinach Alfredo Pizza from Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes.  If you follow my blog at all, you know I am a sucker for a good pizza, and this one looks fantastic!!  I will definitely be trying this with my homemade alfredo sauce!

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Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips
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Lindsey at Family Food Finds
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Chicken Katsu - Using Gardein

Maui is my favorite place in the entire world.  In fact, I have passed up the opportunity to travel to new places in order to continue visiting Maui.  I have gone so frequently, it is almost like a second home.  I know my way around the island about as well as I know my way around my home town.  A common meal in Hawaii is called a Plate Lunch.  It consists of a meat dish (usually terriyaki chicken, chicken katsu, mahi mahi, or breaded terriyaki beef, among others), hawaiian-style macaroni salad, and two scoops of rice.  

With a toddler and a baby, I am not venturing on a 5 hour flight any time soon, so I decided to bring the islands to me!  This meal is very simple and so tasty!  My husband says this is among the best chicken katsu recipes he has had - even though it uses Gardein vegetarian chicken!  Don't worry, this recipe can easily be applied to real chicken for you meat eaters.  :)  Want a mini-vacay?  This meal will make you feel like you are dining in Maui!  Aloha!

4 Gardein chicken scallopini fillets, thawed
3/4 C flour 
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-2 C panko flakes
1/4 - 1/2 C olive oil


  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Line up 3 shallow bowls.  Fill one with the flour, one with the eggs, and one with the panko.
  3. Dredge a fillet in flour, coat in egg, and dredge in panko.
  4. Place into the heated oil.  Fry until golden brown.  Flip and cook other side.  Repeat with all fillets.
  5. Serve warm with Katsu sauce.  

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Katsu Sauce

The quality of your katsu sauce is the most important thing when making chicken katsu.  Sure, you can buy a bottle of pre-made sauce at the grocery store, but it is never very authentic.  Besides, when it uses so few ingredients (that you probably already have on-hand), why not make it yourself?!  My husband will order chicken katsu at any Hawaiian restaurant he tries, so I consider him an expert on the subject.  He says, hands down, this is the best katsu sauce he has ever had!  Feel like enjoying a taste of Hawaii?  Start with this recipe!

1/3 C ketchup
1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C sugar
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a small saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat.
  3. Serve as a dipping sauce or spooned over the chicken.

Adapted from the Polynesian Kitchen

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Classic Caprese Salad

The classic caprese salad is a summer staple for me.  Farm-fresh tomatoes and basil from my own backyard make this dish an absolute delight.  It is such a simple salad to throw together on a busy night.  You can slice everything ahead of time to make assembly a breeze.  This salad can compliment most meals and is one I hope you will make throughout the summer season!

tomatoes, sliced
whole milk mozzarella in water, sliced
individual large fresh basil leaves
olive oil


  1. Start with a tomato round, then layer a slice of mozzarella.  Top with a basil leaf.
  2. Continue layering in that order until desired amount.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekly Menu

Happy Monday!  We picked up some wonderful produce at the farm for this week's meals!  The assortment includes tomatoes, romaine lettuce, basil, carrots, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet Maui onion, avocado, peaches, and plums.  Looks great, huh?  :)  I can't wait to use them in the following meals:
  • French Bread Pizzas with Caprese Salad
    • using the tomatoes, basil, and sweet Maui onion

  • Hawaiian Plate Lunch with Chicken Katsu, Hawaiian-Style Macaroni Salad, Rice, and Side Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing (my husband's favorite meal!)
    • using the carrots, romaine, and sweet Maui onion

  • We will be baking a batch of kale chips 
    • using the kale

  • My daughter has been obsessed with cheese sandwiches, so we will also be using the romaine, tomato, and onion for her lunch sandwich.

  • The avocado is for the baby.

We will be enjoying the peaches and plums for dessert.  :)