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The Lanai Specialty Sake Cocktail Recipe

October 1st is traditionally known as National Sake Day in Japan and marks the official start of the sake brewing season. Our Lanai ‘ohana decided to create a specialty cocktail to honor this renowned Japanese beverage and here is the recipe!

  • 2 small slices muddled watermelon
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • .5 oz St. Germaine
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Fill with approximately 2 oz of sake (we used Hana Awaka Sparkling Flower Sake)

Grab and Go Veggie Lasagne Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 5 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 8 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 boxes of lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups of blanched, well drained veggies (we suggest spinach, mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers)

Method

Blanch the lasagna noodles in salted, oiled water and then drain and toss lightly in a small bowl with olive oil. Mix the ricotta, eggs and spices in another bowl. Assemble the lasagna: Lightly oil the bottom and sides of roasting pan. Ladle a thin layer of tomato sauce, followed by the first layer of lasagna noodles, then spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture. Then add one cup of vegetables and a light casting of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat three times and end with a topping of marinara and mozzarella cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before you slice and serve. Bon appetite!

Hawaiian Rub Pot Roast Recipe

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Ingredients:

3 lb Chuck roast

4 carrots , chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 large sweet onion, cut into quarters

2 Hawaiian Sweet potatoes

4 red potaoes

1 can beef broth

1 ennvelope dry onion soup mix

1 1/2 teaspoon Salty Wahine Hawaiian Rub

1 tablesppon flour

1 reynolds roasting bag

Instructions:

Put flour in roasting bags as instructed on roasting bag box. Place roast in roasting bag into a baking dish. Add carrots, celery and onions all around roast. Then add potatoes on top of other vegitable. In a sperate bowl, combine dry soup mix and Salty Wahine Hawaiian Rub. Sprinke all over top of potatoes and roast., saving just a little on the side. Pour beef broth over roast, then sprinke the remaining Hawaiian Rub mixture over roast and potatos. Seal bag and poke 3 or 4 slits in bags with a knife. Bake at 350 for 2 hours.

Note: we also love to use turnips if we find them at the market. All root vegitable are wonderful in this dish.

January Highlights at Living Foods Market and Cafe

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Wine of the Month

Apryl, our wine expert suggests this Spanish wine Juan Gil 2014.  Lightly herbal and mildly spicy. This Monastrell is full and balanced, with a sensation of resiny oak to the palate feel. Pointed plum and raspberry flavors are oaky, spicy and drying on the finish. If you like Syrah, Grenache or Pinot noir, this Juan Gil 2014 would be a perfect next choice! Pairs well with pork chops, filet of beef, shish kabobs. All offered at our butcher department in Living Foods Market. $21.99

 

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Product of the Month

Kopa Kauai Sea Salt Soaps create a beautiful lotion-like lather and are super moisturizing. The minerals in sea salt help your skin absorb glycerine, a natural by-product of handmade soap, making for a smooth and refreshing bathing experience. Beyond being brilliantly moisturizing, these bars get hard like a pretty polished stone after they’ve been used a few times. They last a good deal longer than regular soap. They are made with delicious oils of avocado, mango, coconut and olive. $12.00

Auntie Phoebe’s Marinade Recipe

Auntie Phoebe (sister to owner Howard Warner) 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 our us years ago originally called for bourbon but in natural Phoebe fashion, she has decided, and brilliantly so, when on Kauai to 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.

 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. We have a fabulous butcher section that carries the finest and freshest cuts of meat that work perfect with this marinade!

Susan’s Cranberry Chutney Recipe for the Holidays!

Tis the season for parties, tasty cocktails and yummy holiday recipes. This month, we are featuring a cranberry chutney dish that has been created by our owner Susan Warner. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of cranberries
  • 12 oz tart apples – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ginger – fresh, grated
  • 2 tsp orange or lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar

Method

Boil, then simmer for a half hour until the mixture thickens. You can add dried cherries if you like. Bon Appetit!

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe for Thanksgiving

We love this delicious soup that is available on our special Thanksgiving Menu for November 23. This recipe blends tangy, sweet apples with mellow butternut squash; cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne creating vibrant flavors perfect for the holiday.

Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus 1 apple, finely diced and tossed in lemon juice, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 1/2 cups water, plus more if needed
  • Sour cream, for garnish (optional)

 

  1.  Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add squash, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock, and the water (just enough to cover). Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Puree in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth, and return to saucepan. Heat over low, thinning with more water if necessary. To serve, ladle into shallow bowls; garnish with diced apples, and sour cream if desired.

 

2017 Thanksgiving Menu Offerings

Living Foods Gourmet Market is excited to be preparing culinary treats for the holiday season. As Thanksgiving approaches, Chef Justin Kai and his team are busy finalizing new recipes, as well as old favorites for their Thanksgiving menu offerings.

For the third year, the market is offering free-range turkeys from the Diestel Family Ranch in Sonora, California. This particular ranch is known for their farming practices including feeding the finest one hundred percent vegetarian U.S. sourced grains, as well as never administering growth stimulants, antibiotics or artificial flavors. Pre-orders for an uncooked 10-12 lb. and 12-14 lb. turkey can be made at the market, or by calling 808-742-2323. Pick-up for turkeys begins on Saturday, November 18th through Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving Day)

If you are looking to enhance your Thanksgiving menu, Living Foods is offering unique side dishes including Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Maple Roasted Yams and Carrots, as well as Green Beans with Roasted Shallots. Classic favorites are also available like Stuffing with Dried Fruit, Celery and Sage, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.

If sweets are on the mind, you can order a Pumpkin Pie or or Cheesecake. All orders must be pre-paid by Tuesday, November 21st, and can be picked up on Thursday, November 23th from 8am until 2pm.

 

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IN CELEBRATION OF OUR NEW GLUTEN FREE PIZZA CRUST: A GLUTEN FREE COOKIE RECIPE!!!

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For the past couple years, I have made my best effort to eat gluten free but, since I don’t have celiac disease, I give myself the liberty of eating gluten when the situation calls for it.  Like when there are cookies anywhere within reach.  Definitely my kryptonite.  And unfortunately I haven’t found a gluten free cookie I like, probably because they are all made with a funky flour like rice or corn substituted for wheat flour.  But I did find a recipe on the back of my oatmeal from Trader Joes and it contained NO flour at all, just oats.  So I thought I would try it.  So good!!  Not a replacement for an old fashioned, crispy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside oatmeal cookie or an oatmeal scotchie from my childhood which, by the way, was mouthwatering for 2 reasons- the butterscotch chips and the fact that no one ever put raisins in oatmeal scotchies, but a whole new experience that is equally as perfect.  So if you’re craving a cookie and you’re trying to keep gluten out of your diet, I highly recommend this recipe.  A couple things I experienced- don’t overcook, 12:00 minutes seemed perfect and I noticed the chocolate chips don’t want to incorporate into the dough, which was very weird.  Almost like a science experiment where the dough repelled the chips but I persevered and overcame by pushing them back in to every scoop I put on the baking sheet.  I’ll be curious to see if anyone else has this problem!!

What is Gluten?

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If you haven’t heard of gluten by now, you have definitely been living under a rock. In Siberia. So what is gluten, why is it so bad, and why do people need to be free of it? I hate the term gluten-free. It sounds like you’re being held hostage by gluten. Why can’t we be gluten-less instead of gluten-free? On the other hand, anyone who has a real problem with gluten probably does feel as if they’re being held hostage because the symptoms are very uncomfortable and can be extremely serious, even life threatening for some.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and spelt, and the hard thing is, these grains are found in almost everything with carbohydrate in it. Although spelt not so much. Even if you try to use grains that don’t sound like these ingredients, you will find yourself eating gluten. Examples are couscous, tabbouli (bulgar), and triticale- these, which are all wheat products. Oats are supposed to be gluten-free but there can be cross-contamination in the facility where they are processed. Confusion. So you need to read labels carefully.

Why is gluten “bad”?

Well there is a condition called celiac disease and the simplest way to explain it is 2 different proteins make up gluten and can be identified by your immune system as invaders. This triggers an immune response that involves the digestive tract and can cause irreversible damage to your intestines over time. The symptoms of celiac disease are pretty severe and there are definitive tests to determine if you have it. The other condition that prompts people to go gluten-free is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This condition is much more vague and subjective but seems to be very real nonetheless. There is no real test for this, the best way to see if you might have it is to eat a gluten-free diet for at least 4 weeks and see how you feel. I did this about a year and a half ago and I did notice a difference but I would say it took about 3 months. My family says it’s all in my head but I have suffered from IBS my whole life and I do feel getting gluten out of my diet helped. The problem is, when I’m home in CA, raising our daughter and eating simply, I do fine eating gluten-free but when I go to Kauai, I can’t wait to try all the newest items at Living Foods and that includes pizzas, sandwiches, pasta, etc., all full of gluten! Fortunately we have a whole gluten-free section in the store filled with all kinds of gluten-free options. We’re even working on a gluten-free pizza crust but my absolute favorite gluten-free items are the crepes in the cafe. They are such a treat and they totally satisfy my craving for an ooey-gooey carbo bomb, especially the ham and melted cheese crepe.

The last thing I’ll say about a gluten-free diet is that it doesn’t mean you will lose weight. As a matter of fact, many people gain weight on gluten-free because, for some reason, they think that as long as a food is gluten-free, they can have as much as they want. The only way to lose weight is to expend more calories through activity than you consume. End of story. The other reason people gain weight is due to the fact that when you remove the grain that has gluten in it, it has to be replaced with something and frequently it is replaced with sugar, highly processed rice, potato, or corn flour, and fat. And because these flours are highly processed, they contain less fiber. So in going gluten-free, be sure to read labels to watch for the amount of fat grams, simple carbs, and calories if weight loss is your goal.

For more info on gluten, here are a few articles with easy to understand explanations and interesting information:

http://authoritynutrition.com/modern-wheat-health-nightmare/

http://www.livescience.com/37855-gluten-free-craze.html

http://www.gffoodservice.org/certified-directory/certified-food-services/

This last link is to a website that promises to list national food establishments/restaurants with gluten-free options but they are still working on it so check back!