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Friday, October 20, 2017


It's that time of the year again, Harvest season, the fall holidays, the winter holidays, and the new year. Man time is flying!

These are the times we need to start reflecting on what the hell happened so far this year? I like to do this now, instead of waiting until 2018. The news is horrible, it seems there's so much hatred going on, it's insane! So let's all do good things, like make a few loaves of pumpkin bread for our family and friends. This is easy.


Wet ingredients
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree (why make it when you can buy it?)

4 whole eggs, organic would be nice

1 cup of vegetable oil

2/3 cups of filtered water

3 cups of white cane sugar

Dry ingredients 3 1/2 cups of A.P. flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Preheat your oven to 350 deg F, and take (3) 7"x3" loaf pans and grease the bottoms with butter, or some Pam. Sprinkle some flour on each bottom.

Mix the wet ingredients in a stainless steel bowl, and do the same in a separate bowl of the same material for the dry ingredients. Once mixed, add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and blend but do not over-blend. Then pour into the pans evenly.

Place the loaf pans on to the center rack and bake for approximately 50 minutes. To see if it's cooked stick a knife or toothpick into the center of each loaf, when you remove it, it should be dry, if not it has to bake a little longer.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BEEF CHOW FUN @ Mike's Hong Kong Bistro

Lunch time in Wailuku, Maui. What did I want to grine? I wanted some chow fun, and being on Maui, it really ______ ing sucks! Food is lacking in variety here. Nothing like Chinese food in Honolulu, or San Francisco. But the best we can muster up is Mike's Hong Kong Bistro in Wailuku.

There's like different kinds of chow fun noodles, some are steamed rice noodles that comes in sheets, originally luk funn, and sliced in widths according to the chef's specs. To be quite honest, I had no idea what kind of chow fun noodles me and my buddy was eating. It was OK, not the greatest but it was tasty. 

Here's a few pics.

As you can see it looks really fresh, I mean it came out steaming hot, just the way any wok stir fried food should be. The beef was thinly sliced, and flavored, with hints of oyster sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. With thin sliced veggies. It was good, don't get me wrong, it was totally edible, but not the greatest chow fun in the world, however Mike's did good. In other words, it was OK, enough for me to buy it again, and again.

So if you want some local style Asian, not necessarily all Chinese, MIKE'S Hong Kong Bistro is OK, they have a small spread where you can pick what you want like fried rice or chowmein noodles, as your starch, and as much as 3 entree selections. These include, roast pork, kau yuk, teriyaki meatballs, teri chicken, sweet sauce pork and shrimp, roast duck and other stuff. And the fresh to made menu consist of hamburger steaks, kalbi ribs, ramen, won ton min, and other popular Chinese and Asian local fare.

OK, that's it, because I'm still stoked that the LA Dodgers just one the NL Pennant, and we are 4 games out of the Word Series Championship!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017


Ron's (me), Steak Sandwich is all about being as freeking juicy as can be! I mean, this is going to mess you up, it will make your white dress shirt stained with food stuff, oh yeah baby!

Ever went to your local Subway and was disappointed? You don't have an awesome deli nearby that has juicy hot sandwiches, so you settle for that toasted stuff. Well if you are not lazy, let's do this.


1 lb. of chuck steak (you can make one huge sandwich or make two)

2 tbs of vegetable oil

2 tbs of sea salt

1 tsp. of coarse black pepper

1 tsp. of garlic salt

1 tsp. of onion powder
Mix all of the salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder in a mixing bowl, then dredged the steak on both sides. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes.


1 foot long Italian loaf, cut in half, buttered with real butter and toasted for a minute or two under the broiler.

These are your toppings, add whatever you like, but I like this stuff. 
Mayonnaise to your liking

Dijon mustard to your liking

Creamy Asian blended salad dressing (store bought)

Shredded lettuce

Thin sliced red onions

Thin sliced green bell peppers


Over medium high heat, set a large stainless steel pan, and add in the vegetable oil.

Place the steak on to the pan, and sear each side for about 2 minutes each or longer if you like, I like my steak somewhat red.

When done, place on a cutting board let sit for about 5 minutes, then using a sharp knife, slice it thin.

Place the sliced meat on to the buttered bread, and top it with all of the ingredients in whatever order you want.

Bon Appetit!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Here's a simple recipe for Lilikoi Butter Sauce. It is no doubt a sweet rich sauce, one can use to spoon over any food item really. Such as fish, chicken, steaks, or desserts.

1 cup brown sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup freshly strained lilikoi juice 
4 eggs, beaten
5 tablespoons butter


Using a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat, mix the sugar, lemon juice, and lilikoi juice; stirring the sugar until sugar is dissolved. Gently whisk in a small amount of the lilikoi mixture into the eggs to temper it, then return the whole mixture back to the saucepan, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spoon. Remove from heat, add butter, and stir until melted. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. Refrigerate after it cools down. Ideally I like to use this after it is cooked because it is a fast sauce to make. 

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It's time to brush up on some mixed drinks, do some mixology chops if you will. All you alcoholics unite! Just kidding. Seriously, if you have a drinking problem, turn the page.

The Negroni, is a simple drink to make, all you will need is three bottles of liquor. Gin, vermouth, and Campari. And some ice to be stirred, and a strainer a COUPE GLASS and an orange peel for a garnish. Easy.


1 oz London dry gin

1 oz sweet vermouth

1 oz Camapri

Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir for 20-30 seconds, then strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with an orange peel.

over ice

According to what I've read online, this drink was concocted by this dude named Count Negroni. He was a Count, like Count Dracula I guess. But he went into some bar, and told the bartender "Hey man, I want this drink stronger, put some gin in here!" Or something like that.

What is gin? 
Gin is a spirit, acquiring its predominantly flavors from juniper berries.
80 Proof in the United States
40% ABV
London Gin is obtained exclusively from ethanol of agricultural origin.

Distilled Gin is redistilled ethanol of agricultural origin.

What is Sweet Vermouth?

Used in mixed drinks, it is generally speaking a fortified wine.

What is Campari?

It is a aperitif, generally it is served before a meal, it has a bitter, spicy, and sweet personality.
20.5-28% ABV

Served popularly with soda water and or with a citrus juice.

WARNING: This blogger is not responsible for any hazards this drink may cause the reader if the reader makes this drink and consumes it and gets drunk.

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Back to basics on soups from scratch. The cheapest cuts of meats, chicken, fish, seafood, and scraps of vegetables can create an inexpensive but rather filling soup. With a creative artistic mind, the presentation can be ├ęclat.

The cooking revolution is in full swing, I mean home cooks are that much better period. Thank you Food Network, home cooks are kicking major ass. Look at all the different cuisines that are promulgated on television these days it is amazing. Italian, Indian, Pac Rim, Hawaiian, Southern, Asian, it is endless! So for those of you that want to quit using the instant mixes for soups I'll go over some tips that can make you keep up with your counterparts that are becoming self proclaimed master home chefs. I'll post a few Youtube videos for you too. But let's get into some basics.

Chicken Soup

Tools- sharp knife, medium size stainless steel stock pot, slotted spoon, wooden spoon.

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 whole chicken, 3 1/2 - 4 lbs. (Legs, wings, breast removed) But keep all parts it will all go into the pot
Kosher salt
2 inches of fresh ginger chopped (optional)
3 large round onion, peeled cut into quarters
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
6 stalks of celery chopped
Water to cover the entire pieces of chicken (Filtered)

1. Take your pot at least 6-8 quarts, place it on the stove over low heat. You want to prime the pot, low heat gets it going as you prep.

2. Using a knife that's sharp, remove the legs, separate the thighs, and drumsticks, remove the wings, and cut off the tips, remove the breast and cut in half, save the back bones.

3. Put the vegetable oil into the pot, turn heat up to medium high.  In home cooking, there's not need to use super high heat you will smoke out your house, and possibly ruin your cookware.

4. When hot, toss in the ginger, round onions, carrots and celery, cook for about 10 minutes really melt that down, so all of that flavor comes out.

5. Add in the chicken pieces, sprinkle generous amount of salt, then cover. Sweat out the chicken juices, cover for about 20 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn heat down to medium low, or low. 

6. Uncover pot, add in room temperature filtered water to cover all of the chicken pieces, leave about 3 inches of room from the top. Cover again. TURN UP HEAT TO HIGH AND BOIL, then bring it down to low and simmer over low heat for about 2 hours.

The Finish

Once the simmering is done, uncover pot, let cool completely. Remove all of the chicken pieces and shred them into-shreds and set aside, remove skin an bones, save meat, this will go into your serving bowls. Remove all vegetables and toss it out.

To prevent food poisoning, once the pot is cool to the touch, cover the pot again, and place in the refrigerator overnight. Soups are usually prepped a day before, or even a few days before.

So what is in your refrigerator?
Shredded chicken meat & The liquid (broth/stock)

Are you ready to serve soup?
OK, now the fun part, you are ready to serve soup to your family. Take out the shredded chicken meat, keep covered, set aside.

Take out the pot, you will notice that there is a lot of stuff at the top of the soup pot, well this is all that scum, not good, lots of fatty stuff, and pieces of bones an flesh. Use the slotted spoon to remove all of this into the trash. What's left should be a clear pot of broth.

Get your serving bowls out, let's say 4 people. Put about 4 oz. of shredded chicken meat on the bottoms of each bowl.
You can have fresh vegetables cut, or herbs. Such as watercress, cabbage, scallions etc. whatever you can get.

For other seasonings you can use more salt, peppers, etc. hot sauces, soy sauces, sky is the limit, have it at the table.

Heat up the cold soup over high heat until it boils, then turn off heat. Safely spoon hot broth over the chicken shreds in each bowl. Voila! Soup.

This is just the general rule for making soup, once you get the method down, practice with different flavorings, and be creative. Watch a lot of Food Network, find cooking blogs online, and you'll be set for being the next Soup Nazi.

Here's a Youtube video on basic chicken soup making
What I wrote is just how I do things, by all means use
other's advice too. We are all learning. :)

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Thursday, October 5, 2017


The date October 3, 2017, a day that will live in euphoric phenomena. Whatever that means, I was trying to be like one of those documentary writers. Ah, what the hell, life goes on. OK, it was a good day on Maui WTF right?

The day started off at 7:00 am, I got into my nieces' Durango and headed out to the Kahana Mc Donald's. OK, not the best of foods for breakfast but you got to understand, logistically speaking that's the only______ ing restaurant open close to the Kapalua airport. My bro Peter Pao, owner of Prime Sandwiches was flying in at 8:30am. I got some time to drink a coffee and eat a high fatty high caloric Sausage Mc Muffin with egg. Which I did. It was alright. Not bad. I read some parts of the Maui News, you know the carnage in Vegas with that mass shooting. Then a friend stopped by my table to talk. Next thing I know, it's like 8:10am, I used the restroom and headed up the hill to JHM. 

I parked the car, and in a minute Pete's plane lands, and the first order of business was for me to take him to the new Monkey Pod restaurant located in the Whaler's Village in Kaanapali. He had to service some equipment in there. He also services and sells restaurant equipment. After that we head to Lahaina for another service call at Captain Jack's. Same stuff as Monkey Pod, a combi-oven needed some servicing.

Then it was close to lunch time. We decided to head to Mark and Judy Ellman's Honu Seafood and Pizza for lunch. We had a cool local brother from Lanai, Nick as our waiter. Peter ordered a whole deep fried Nabeta. Nabeta is a Japanese term for Peacock wrasse. It is a very good fish for deep frying. Nice and crisp, hell you can leave the scales on too. 

Peter saying grace? I mean what was he doing?
C'mon Peter grine brah!

Peter lays the fish on its side, you can see the slits the chefs
cut into the fish and the golden crisp meat.
Nick brought him some dashi, and it had a huge
ramekin of black bean sauce.

I was ready man, I had the Mahi Fish n Chips

Look at this, man was I a blessed man!

And of course always a pleasure when the man himself
Chef/Owner Mark Ellman stops by.

Woooo! What a day folks at Honu Seafood & Pizza. Check out the website

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