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Kauai Vacation Activity and Auntie Phoebe’s Marinade Recipe

First, here’s a tourist tip for visitors on the south shore of Kauai. I was on Kauai with our youngest daughter to spend Easter with Jeff, Howard, and the rest of the family. It was great to be back and we had another fun field trip, but this time it wasn’t for the store. Our girls love to go to the Kauai Humane Society! I’ve been to a lot of animal shelters in my time but this is the best. It isn’t sad or depressing – the animals are so well cared for and the staff are very friendly. You can even adopt a dog for the day!! They give the dog a vest to wear so wherever you take them, everyone around sees they are adoptable and the best is taking them to the beach. I highly recommend single guys vacationing or living on Kauai pick out the cutest dog, adopt for the day, and go to the beach. It’s a great way to meet girls and an amazing way to give back to such a beautiful place and a wonderful organization. We weren’t able to do the adopt-for-the-day this time because we had too much going on, but we did spend a lot of time visiting with the dogs.

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We really had to work hard to maintain when we saw these guys! Not only are they brothers, I think they go to the same dentist. Haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. And one of them is named Keith! Ever met a dog-named Keith? And if you’re a feline lover at all, it’s so fun to go into the cattery (sounds creepy but that is what they call it!) to play with the cats. Fell in love with this guy because he was so sweet and loved his tail!! Anyway- going to the humane society doesn’t sound like a vacation activity but it really is on Kauai.

So on to my recipe – I think it’s best on pork and chicken both of which are available at our butcher counter at Living Foods. Our chicken comes from Shelton Farms and they have a really interesting history and story to tell. It is the best chicken I’ve ever had and I love cooking with it because it always seems to come out moist and tender. I think this result has more to do with the chicken than my cooking prowess. It’s hard to take credit for much when your nickname around the house is “Burn Girl.” We also have a great supplier for our pork and their meat seems to ensure a really great result when I cook with it as well. Plus it meets all our standards for quality. It always seems so easy to come up with marinades for beef but I seem to lose my creativity (as if I ever had any) when trying to come up with ideas for pork and chicken. It always seems to be the same – BBQ sauce – a million different types, or teriyaki.  I got the following recipe from my sister who of course is an aunt to our girls and my brother’s girls. Her name is Phoebe or Aunt Phoebe to our kids but on Kauai a better name is Auntie Phoebe. In Hawaii, the terms Auntie and Uncle aren’t just used for direct relations, they are used for neighbors, close friends and long time acquaintances to show respect, communicate endearment, and imply a familial bond. I love when I hear children use the terms because they are loaded with so much love and aloha. And so I’m calling the recipe Auntie Phoebe’s Marinade! She is the most creative cook and never uses a recipe as is. She always tweaks and bends it to fit the occasion. So the recipe she gave me years ago originally called for bourbon but in natural Phoebe fashion, she has decided, and brilliantly so, when on Kauai switch out rum for bourbon to make it more tropical and south-pacific tasting. And what better rum than Koloa Rum distilled right on Kauai and available at Living Foods (shameless plug!).

 Auntie Phoebe’s Marinade

  •  ½ cup Dijon-style mustard
  • ¼ cup plus 2 T bourbon, or rum, or tequila, or whatever!
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup minced scallions

Mix all of the above in a bowl, pour over meat and marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight in fridge. If you try this out, I think it will become one of your go-to recipes. We would love to see a pic on Instagram @livingfoodsmarket! – Liz Sacchini

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