Peanut Dip

From Maui Cooks Again, by Gini Baldwin, Judy Bisgard, Zelie Harders, Carol Hartley, and Penny James

2 T. chunky peanut butter (use Jif or Skippy)
3 T. rice vinegar
¼ c. soy sauce
1 T. sugar
2 t. lime juice
Few drops Tabasco sauce, to taste
1 clove garlic, finely minced

Place all ingrediants in a blender or processor, blend until smooth. Adjust flavors as you like. Makes almost 1 c. dip; I usually double or triple the recipe.

Hawaiian Luau Menu

Pupus started off the feast:

Sweet and sour meatballs
Bacon-wrapped macadamia nuts
Mauna Kea shrimp with peanut dip
Wonton bows with mango salsa
Five pepper dip with root chips


                                  Then, dinner, buffet-style:

Teriyaki chicken
Kalua pork and poi
Orange roughy lau lau with lychee salsa
Chinese pea salad
Lemon ginger salad
Hawaiian potato salad
Uala maoli sweet potato casserole
String beans with cashews
Banana bread
Mango bread
Taro bread

Dessert followed in the dining room:

Fresh tropical fruit
Coconut milk ice cream with white chocolate and macadamia nuts
Plain coconut milk ice cream
Coconut squares
Pineapple-upside-down cake
Key lime pie
pineapple shortbread cookies
Birthday (carrot) cake

       The birthday cake was inspired by the famous Halekalani carrot cake – except that I used my own favorite recipe! My two kids helped decorate the cake with souvenir fish-picks from our vacation… A sweet end to a sweet party…

Coconut Squares

(from an old, now-lost recipe in the LA Times)

1)     Preheat oven to 350° F.
2)     Grease or spray an 8” x 8” baking pan.
3)     Utilize the dump method of mixing:  turn your standing mixer on and add the following ingredients in the order listed, beating VERY well after each addition:

¼ c. unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
¼ t. salt
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla
1½ t. baking powder
1 c. flour
1 c. coconutcoconut bars - batter

4)  Spread batter in pan (it will be thick) and bake for 35 mins.

coconut bars - baked

This recipe doubles well, baked in a 12” x 7” Pyrex dish.  Don’t over bake, or they will be dry!coconut bars - serving