Three Cheese Pizza with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Dean Helping Make Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Aaahh, Spring Break…  Always has been one of my favorite times of year. Well, at least it was, when I was in school. My 5 year old son is on Spring Break, right now, and I am not taking any days away from work, so I am a little [...]

Tsunami Tri-Tip & Tangy Garlic Bread

Photo by Karl Meinhardt, (c) 2010, South Seas Photography.

Recently, some friends invited us over for a casual supper. We were greeted by the warm ambiance of Karl & Gina’s tropical home, near Kailua Beach. We started with light pupus, including cheese and fruit, as well as having some of my favorite Smoked Ahi Spread.

Karl and [...]

Rosemary Lemon Chicken

Rosemary Lemon Chicken is my husband’s favorite dish. He would argue with that statement, but I know it is true, because it is what he asks me to make it more than any other recipe. In fact, he would like me to bake a chicken at least once a week and sometimes, I do.

There are [...]

Filet Mignon, Pupu-Style with Baked Garlic and Gorgonzola Sauce

I served this Pupu (Appetizer) on New Year’s Eve 2009 for a special treat for my family and friends, Tom and Holly, who were joining us. I had already pre-prepared my entree, Seafood Gratin, and it was ready to go in the oven. So, I could get started on the Filet Mignon Pupu.

Serving a filet [...]

Champagne Seafood Gratin: New Year's Dinner Part I

This year my husband had to work late on New Year’s Eve. Since President Obama is in Kailua, Marines involved in Homeland Defense all had to work overtime and split up the holidays. But I still wanted to make dinner special and memorable, even if late. So I needed something I could prepare in advance [...]

Herbed Garlic-Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib

This year we spent Christmas on Oahu. Just had a small gathering with a few of our friends and neighbors.  We missed our extended family, but it was still one of the best Christmas seasons ever. People in Hawaii are suprisingly festive, despite a lack of cold weather, and there are many events for the [...]

Pork Tenderloin & Warm Brussel Sprouts Salad

Well, it is hard to be a Weekend Gourmet, when you have even less time than usual. Having my husband deployed for a year was a challenge and studying for and passing the Hawaii Bar in the middle of it all (work and child) kept me busy. But I digress.

Getting back to cooking will be [...]

Meat Me In the Islands!

Wasn’t I just saying that beef was enjoying a new renaissance? Particularly, here on the islands, where McDonald’s sausage patties & SPAM are considered by some locals to be gourmet delights. Well, that was an understatement. Apparently, all red fatty meats are in vogue – as evidenced by the hot, new & much blogged recipe, [...]