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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Low Sodium Brisket

If you need a healthy meal, and you do love meat, but need to watch your sodium intake, and if you don't cook, give me a buzz and I'll work out something, call me for a consultation, what flavorings you like, and we can come up with a good flavorful meal for you. I can also introduce you to vegetarian and vegan cooking that you may love.


Recently done a low sodium braised brisket for someone, all I did was show up and season the brisket and gave him the instructions to finish it off in the oven. Although he said it was good, I don't know if he was totally honest and didn't shower salt on it. But if you do need a specially tailored diet, call me and we'll work together to get you eating good food again.


At the corner of Dickenson St. and Front Street, art is huge. The town of Lahaina where I'm from has lots of history, from the days of ancient Hawaiians (Kanaka Ma oli), to the Whalers and Missionaries, to the sugar and pineapple plantations, to the modern computer age, Lahaina still is a quaint little town, lots of water activities, food, and drink. This picture was taken on April 28, 2010 in the evening in the front yard of the Baldwin Home, just south of this area, the huge block wide Banayan Tree waits for a picture to be taken, also the  historic Pioneer Inn Hotel and Restaurant and Bar.

THE MARKET PLACE IN LAHAINA corner of Lahainaluna Road & Front Street

If you want a tatoo, local plates, jewelry, cute clothing for the women (wahine), this little area is your typical Lahaina style shopping area, geared for the tourist, you can call it cheesy, but if you are a mainlander always stressed out on life, stopping in here is a totally different feel, right across the street is Cheese Burgers In Paradise.


Shops are open till around 10 in the evening with more bars and restaurants open till midnight and past that on the weekends. Find something to take back home, Front Street is the place to go, this picture was taken right at the coner of Dickenson and Front Streets, (makai) or towards the ocean or sea, the camera shot is facing south, west is to the right where awesome sunsets are God made from late Spring to late Summer time. Lahaina is a casual spot, women dress easy, men and kids just the same, flip flops and no shoes is O Rite!

If you find something on the menu in anyone of the restaurants in Lahaina but want a meal in your condo, and don't want to get out because you're too burned out, call me or email me and I'll see what I can do for you. Steaks, seafood, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, I can do.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


If you asked me what syle I'd be most comfortable with, I'd say Home Cooking, fun cooking from the heart, and if you ever need home cooking services, contact me.




Sunday, April 25, 2010


Chef Mark Ellman of Maui's Mala Ocean Tavern and Penne Pasta. Chef Mark does cook with organic produce and meats. As a professional chef and restaurant owner, when at home, he does cook from the heart. Always cook from the heart, home cooking is good cooking and can be healthier staying away from preservatives, and all that.



Teaching kids to cook is awsome, our sonny boy Scotty 8 years old and loves to hang out in the kitchen, he loves pizzas, tacos, and lots of fun foods, and he can eat! If kids love to work at it let them do it.

Call me and schedule a kids day of food and fun, we'll all learn together, and make some fun foods, breakfast, lunch meals that are safe and easy.




Ever wanted to just relax at home and pig out on local Hawaiian style plates? Call me and I do offer those services. Maybe you got a few family and friends at the house but don't want to go out and eat? (12) people max.


White rice & Macaroni Salad
Hamburger Steak w/ Brown Gravy
Teri Beef
Teri Chicken
Pork Cutlets
Miso Ahi (tuna)
Fried Shoyu Cod
Loco Moco
Shrimp Tempura
Beef Tomato
Tripe Stew
Ox Tail Soup (This I'll start you finish because it takes a long time to soften the meat)
Chicken Katsu
Pork and Won Ton soup
Beef Broccoli
Pork and Tofu
Chicken Hekka
Chop Steak w/ Onions
Beef Curry
Chicken Curry
Chicken Long Rice

Green Salads
Fruit Salads



Healthy meals at your home? Yes, big time yes, as a matter of fact, I'd rather do healthy cooking than regular cooking, this allows me to help make better a person's well being. What have I done to help someone? Well this one guy I helped had diabetes, and of course had to watch his sugar intake.

I made him a teriyaki beef meal, low in sat fats, low in sodium, and low in sugar.

I took a piece of bone in chuck steak, and trimmed the fat off, removed the bone and pounded it with a mallet, and what I did was soak it in some low sodium wheat free tamari soy sauce, some agave syrup, ginger, garlic, scallions, and some water, and a dash of herbs and some balsamic vinegar.

It tasted like regular teriyaki, but without all of the high bad for you contents.

Agave syrup doesn't raise the blood sugar a lot, the wheat free low sodium tamari soy sauce doesn't raise the sugar or blood pressure that  much, and the herbs are good for the health I use organics when possible.


Thursday, April 22, 2010


I just want to say that Ron has something up his sleeves at all times, I used to be a chef, and now I'm an old man, but he knows how to cook and he is very simple, he doesn't get too crazy with lots of spices unless you want it. But recently I have been diagnosed with Diabetes, and he just knows how to satisfy the taste buds, he charges reasonably, and being an ex chef in my younger days, I understand what he has to go through to make a special meal for anyone. I'm telling you, he gets to the point, and he can pull of lots of ethnic dishes that I can't, I came from the old French school of cooking, I thought I knew it all,, but watching and talking to
Ron with his simple but effective style really is something special.


I had a birthday and I was all alone because my guests couldn't make it, I already hired Ron to do the cooking which was just a roast, some appetizers and drinks. He stayed with me and we had a good meal together, it's just the way he was brought up, he cares so much about people, if you get a chance to work with him, do it, I urge you, he won't disappoint you, and he is on a mission to help fight hypertension and diabetes through his cooking, so give him a call if you have any health issues, he's fun to be around, and I am a cook myself, so he always respects your feeback, Ron is the best, I am not rich and can't afford personal chefs all of the time, but that one time I hired him, he made such an awesome impression.


My kids wanted hot dogs and burgers for a birthday party, Ron showed up and he told me what he was going to buy at the market, and of course it's all part of the cost, but he made some killer hamburgers that the kids just loved, and he went out of his way to purchase veggie burgers when I didn't ask for it, but he thinks ahead, and because there were several vegetarain kids? Ron is awesome, he is heads up man.

Mary Anne

My wife an I wanted Chateau Briand for dinner, he came over and just floored us with his style of cooking, he made it taste so good, so good! You know, I had doubts when he first showed up, he was dressed in some surf shorts and a tee shirt, I'm thinking, "What the hell is this kid? Is he gonna give me a surf lesson?" Well, he got out his stainless steel skillets, his knives and went to town! He really did. I can't cook to save my life so what the hell do I know? Ron is the best, he cares about people, and I tell you right now, you meet him, it's like he's part of the family, good job Chef Sambrano


My friends and I wanted some sports bar food, so we called Ron, and he made us some buffalo wings, some potato skins, some oyster shooters, some battered fish, some teriyaki beef, and some Hawaiian style poke or raw fish cubes it was so good! Yeah, you get a chance to dine in and got the money to do it? Ron's your man, he's ours for sure, and I'm telling you, he's a lot of fun, you not only get a chef but a pretty funny guy to go with the food


Last year my daughter had a yeast infection, not funny, but the doctor said for her to stay away from yeast, I worked with Ron for almost 2 hours trying to find a good menu for my daughter that she would like. Ron went out of his way on his own time to look up recipes for people that can't intake yeast. He baked a yeast free bread, he made us a pasta with ingredients that did not contain any yeast, he even told us what kind of products that are made special for people that can't have yeast. Ron is a good human being period! If you need help with food? I am serious, dead serious, call him, you will not be disappointed



Okay guys and girls, you want to break some ice with someone hot? Well, call me, and we'll script it out, I'll get to know key things about you, and cook for you and your hottie, sounds good? Of course it is, I'll be that friend of yours and he or she wont even know it's all scripted, you'll look good because I will make you look good.

Remember I'm a casual chef, I'll do gourmet but in a casual sense, I don't want anyone being to tense so if you want a fine but casual dining experience at home to impress someone? I am that chef and buddy.

"Ron and I got to know some things about each other, mainly sports, and some other things like family, when he cooked for me and my date, it was as if we were friends for a long time, and now? I got married to my date, thanks to Ron, he's like a Doctor Love and Chef Love, thanks buddy!"


I have a prepping service, for a fee, I'll stop by your home, and cut and slice all of your fruits and veggies, that is if you are a chef yourself but can't find the time to prep your ingredients.

Note: If you hire me for any services, an adult must be home in any situation. I refuse to be in a home unattended, for legalities.




This is a homemade soup that is a meal- call for a hook up. I can set up a pot for you and you finish up, maybe you want to impress some friends if you don't cook? I'll stop by and start it, and you finish it, and I'll be long gone babe!




Done with a homemade veggie broth for good health, low in sodium and filled with nice dark cruciferous, kale, cabbage, beans and herbs and spices to make it come alive, and of course nice succulent shrimp.

I can serve this for you if you just want soup as a meal, or soup as a side, if it's a meal? I'll have a huge pot going for you.



Special dinners for you and your spouse:

Casual is the best, you'll be at home, no candle light, just a fun time with fun foods!

You name it I'll do it.

Sea Food?
Raw Foods?

Call me for a very casual dinner at your place, I'll rock the different styles too, Japanese? Chinese? Mexican?
Korean? French? Italian? American? Indian?

Life's too short to not call me.




With families up to 12 people max, call me and I can come over on a weekend morning if I'm available and cook up a filling breakfast.

EGGS the way you like it

HOT CAKES with fruit




Classics Eggs Benedicts





Serving you with quality is my mission, only the best products will be shopped for, working with you the client will be the key to an awesome meal. Lately there's so many people coming up to me and asking for recipes to help them with diabetes, if we work together and understand your taste buds I bet we can tailor a meal just right and "Ono" or delicious!

I will be adding more information, check on the right side for titles that you will be interested in, I am working on more for menus, so keep in touch, also if you have any suggestions, contact me and let me know, you might have seen something or read about a particular dish that stood out for some reason, it's all good, I like that, we work together and learn as we go on in life. I can't make you an awesome meal if I don't understand you the client.


CHECK LUNCH MENUS for a small get together


Coffee in the morning from Royal Hawaiian Coffee, it is supplied in most convenient stores and supermarkets, it is pretty good for the price and for its convenience.


Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hey we all want to learn the finer things about wine don't we? Of course we do, food and wine is an essential when you want to impress a date, or clients.

I can schedule a tour with some of the most respected wine experts in the area, I'll accompany you and we'll learn together on what is in in wines, and other liquors.

This is an all day excursion call ahead of time to schedule a very educational tour.

We will:

1. Meet a wine expert and learn about the different wines on the market, how to purchase, store and utilize the right wines. And also how to pronounce the names of wines so when you are trying to impress your date or client at a restaurant you'll sound like a seasoned pro!
2. We will have a meal at a very upscale restaurant, and have a dish with the right wine selection.
3. We will visit a local book store and look at books on wines.
4. Then we will have a look at cheeses and how wines work well with cheeses.

Believe me, everytime I go on one of these I learn something new all of the time


Novice in the kitchen?

I can help you get into a groove, and after one lesson you'll be making some home made soups from scratch! I promise you or your money back. Student away from home? Housewife that doesn't cook but want to learn? Single men that has a kitchen but can't cook? Call me and we'll rock and roll soups, and before you know it, you'll be calling me and telling me what you've created.

Some of my pupils have become great home cooks, and they are now serious foodies!

Call for single price or group prices.



12 max.

I'll come over and prepare dim sum, steamed and deep fried Asian style dumplings.


Mandu (Korean style) aka as "half moons" poached or deep fried

Won Tons (Chinese style) poached or deep fried

Manapua (Chinese buns) steamed or baked
This has to be done from scratch because the bun dough needs to be worked this will cost more

Lumpia (Filippino style egg rolls) deep fried
1. Vinegar and garlic herb sauce; 2. Sweet chili sauce; 3. Fish sauce with lime juice

FRIED RICE- Wok seasoned fried rice with bits of pork or chicken or tofu with veggies

STEAMED VEGGIES WITH ASIAN DRESSINGS steamed yams, potatoes, carrots, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts in a creamy soy sauce mirin garlic and ginger dresssing

SEAFOOD SOUP Organic veggie broth filled with crab meat, scallops, and white fish, topped with lots of available greens

NOTE: I will not serve any alcohol, the host is responsible for any adult beverages being offered to their guests. I can only suggest what types of drinks that will go nicely with the meals.

"The Girl's Night is a special night and Chef Ron can make it happen!"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


My favorite food is fun food where you can use ready made sauces or condiments and the sport fan doesn't really care, all he or she wants is something to get into the stomach so as to line it for more beers.

Hot Wings
Seasoned chicken wings, baked to a crisp and dipped in an all butter and hot spiced jacked up sauce, served with celery sticks and ranch (home made ranch)

Sesame Oyster Wings
Seasoned chicken wings, Asian style with oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, scallions, sesame oil and baked to a crisp, the marinade is added to the pan about 10 minutes before coming out of the oven

Fish & Chips
White fish strips, seasoned with salt and pepper, and dipped in a beer batter and deep fried to a crisp, served with crisp spiced up potato wedges

Oyster Shooters
Oysters in a shot glass, with vodka, lime juice, and cocktail sauce

Big Ass Chili Dog Plate
2- quarter pound franks, seared in a pan with butter and garlic, then placed inside a toasted bun, then smothered with a quick home made ground beef chili. Served with fresh cut fries

The Zook Dawg
quarter pound frank, boiled to perfection, topped with garlic butter and parsley, smothered in sauteed zucchinis, served wtih home cut fries

The Italian Big Dog
10 oz. Italain sausage, seared in butter and garlic, placed in a toasted bun, smothered with marinara sauce, sauteed onions, and chopped basil

Open Face Chorizo Sandz
10 oz. of fired up chorizo sausage, with onions, and mushrooms, wet, juicy and place on an open face hamburger bun, served with home cut fries

Breaded Scallops
Nicely golden fried scallops, served with a home made tartar sauce

Bacon Burger
A home mixed ground beef patty 1/2 lbs. before cooking, seared on a pan with butter! Topped with cripsy hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and home made mayonnaise!

Da Gravy Shroom Doom Burger
A home mixed ground beef patty 1/2 lbs. before cooking, seared on a pan with butter! Topped with sauteed mushrooms, topped after that with a home made dark brown gravy, a burger you need a spoon to eat it with, served with home cut fries

Onion Burger
A home mixed ground beef patty 1/2 lbs. before cooking, seared on a pan with butter! Topped with sweet round onions that was also sauteed in garlic butter, for onion and garlic and beef lovers, served with home cut fries

Bocca Veggie Burger
A vegetarian burger, sauteed in safflower oil, and topped with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mustard and veggie mayonnaise. Zero saturated fats.


Stuffed Peppers
Medium size bells, stuffed with a mixture of tofu, bread crumbs, mushrooms, onions, olives, cherry tomatoes, sour cream, vegan mayonnaise, organic herbs

Veggie Stir Fry
Meaty portobello mushrooms, beef tomatoes, sweet round onions, organic onions, cooked in safflower oil, wheat free tamari soy sauce, organic sesame oil, herbs and spices

Mock Chicken
Tofu pieces all organic, baked with canola oil to a crisp, then dipped in wheat free tamari soy, and dusted in a mixture of mock chicken powder and nutritional yeast, tossed with chopped veggies that is available

Mock Chicken Salad
Mock chicken with vegan mayonnaise, mixed together and moist, use for sandwiches, or top over greens

Crisp Tof Soup
A tasty all natural veggie broth, cooked quick and tastful, topped with seasoned deep fried to a crisp tofu pieces

Spicy Tofu
Tofu cooked in canola oil with a spicy and hot chilli oil, with hints of garlic and ginger

Fried Basmati Rice
Cooked basmati organic rice, sauteed in seame oil with pieces of veggie bacon, onions, celery, spinach

Tofu Masala
Tofu spiced Indian Style

Tofu Tikka
Tofu kababs seasoned Indian style and grilled or broiled


Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Cake
Pound Cake
Custard Pie
Raw Avo Pie
Fudge Brownies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Orange Freezes


Welcome to lunch, in this section, I can actually do this anytime of the day, just call me in what you want, I'll let you know how much it'll cost you, and the way I cook simple is best.


Meat Loaf
Pork Chops
Country Fried Chicken
Baked Ham
Breaded Veal Cutlet
Roast Beef
Beef Stew
Salisbury Steak
Fried Cod
Teriyaki Beef
Teriyaki Chicken
Kalbi Beef Ribs (Korean)
Meat Jun (Korean)
Chicken Katsu (Japan)
Pork Katsu (Japan)
Beef Curry (Indian)
Chicken Curry (Indian)
Chicken Korma (Indian)
Chow Mein (Chinese)
Chow Fun (Chinese)
Stir Fried Beef w/ Black Beans (Chinese)
Lobster and Black Beans (Chinese)
Roasted Peking Duck (Chinese)
Pork Adobo (Filipino)
Pansit Noodles w/ Shrimp (Filipino)
Pad Thai Noodles (Thai)
Shrimp Tempura (Japan)
Vegetable Tempura (Japan)
Sweet Sour Spare Ribs (Chinese)
Pinacbet (Filippino)
Vinegar Pork and Onions (Filipino)
Chopped Steak and Onions (Filipino)
Dinuguan "Hog Blood Stew" (Filipino)
Mousaka (Greek)
Baked BBQ Chicken
Teriyaki N.Y. Steak
Pork and Eggplant (Chinese)
Scallops in Lobster Sauce (Chinese)
Meat Balls (Italian)
Pan Fried T-Bone Steak
Steamed Crab (Whole)
Steamed Lobster (Whole)
Steamed White Fish
Breaded Veal Marinara over Penne

Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Roast Beef Sandwich
Turkey Breast Sandwich
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Cheese Burger
Corned Beef Sandwich
Tofu Sandwich
Ahi Sandwich
Mahi Sandwich
Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich
Veggie Ham Sandwich
Hot Dogs
Veggie Dogs

Beef Tacos
Chicken Tacos
Fish Tacos
Beef Burritos
Chicken Burritos
Fish Burritos
*Refried beans, black beans, Spanish rice.
Spicy Chicken
Battered Fried Cod

Mexican Beef Soup
Oxtail Soup
Braised Beef Brisket
Braised Pork Shoulder
Braised Oxtails
Braised Osso Bucco
Prime Rib
Tripe Stew

* Some soups, stews, or braises will cost you more because it takes time to cook down to tenderize any tough meats.

The average time is 3 hours max, you will be charged accordingly. For stews and braises, I do this to save you money.

1. I'll come over to your place and prep all of the ingredients, I'll set up the stove or oven for you and give you instructions to follow, then leave.

2. You do what I tell you and serve the meal.

3. If you own a slow cooker, I'll set it up and when it's done cooking, you serve and eat.



Hot Cakes
Buttermilk pancakes topped with available fruit, nuts, maple syrup

Filled with you choice of cheese, fruits, sausages that is available

I can do eggs over easy, sunny side up, basted, scrambled, poached, omelets, benedicts, rumbles

I'll shop for whatever meats you prefer, various kinds of sausages, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Chorizo, steaks, chops you name it, if we can get, we'll get it

Tofu scramble is my famous dish that rocked the 2008 Haiku Vegan Holiday Fest on Maui, I take a block of tofu and break it apart, saute it in a pan with some safflower oil and garlic, add in chopped mushrooms, green onions, and then add in organic vegan sour cream, and organic Vegenaise TM, an organic vegan mayonnaise, with salt and pepper and turmeric to mimick the yellow orange of eggs, this has zero cholesterol, and is the Bomb healthy hearty breakfast.

We can work out what cereals you want, since it is really a personal dish, tell me what brands you prefer and if we can get we shall.



Wild Mushrooms & Sweet Onion Soup
Seasoned with herbs and spices. Served toasted bagquettes and Mascarpone

Creamy Tomato Herb Soup
Roma tomatoes, heated through with garlic, basil, oregano, and cream. Topped with crispy hickory smoked bacon

Lobster & Kale Soup
A vegetable broth made up of onions, celery, cherry tomatoes, with lobster meat, topped with fresh organic kale. Served with dehydrated crackers with cheddar


Warm Kale & Garlic Salad
Curly organic kale, sliced, and sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and red bell peppers

Spinach & Gruyere
Organic spinach, with sliced tomatoes, and sweet round onions, with a creamy Mediterranean dressing topped with Gruyere

Garbanzo & Cabbage
Likened to a slaw, soaked and cooked garbanzos with shredded cabbage, tossed with olives and cucumbers, with a creamy orange vinaigrette dressing


Spicy Won Tons (pork or shrimp)
w/ a soy wasabi dip

Stuffed Mushrooms (ground turkey, ground pork, or crab meat)
Organic whites filled with your choice of ground, seasoned carefully with herbs and spices. Baked to perfection with a homemade garlic ailoli

Salmon Patties
Freshly made salmon patties, seasoned with herbs and spices, pan fried in herb and garlic butter and drizzled with butter from pan, very tasty and old school


Roasted Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin
Tenderloin of Kurobuta Pork, a tasty juicy section of pork from Japan, marinated in an olive oil, garlic and herb concoction, simple is best. Coated with some herbs and roasted to perfection, this is a rather good portion, lovers can split this, or can save the rest for morning if you know what I mean. Pan is deglazed with red wine for your sauce, and served with sauteed zooks, and roasted herb potatoes.

Pan Seared Kobe Beef Rib Eye
Pan seared to your liking, a tender well marbled rib eye from Kobe, Japan. Served with a deglazed pan sauce with herbs and butter. Served with sauteed mushrooms, and rice pilaf

Baked Salmon
Baked salmon with fresh herbs, topped with a homemade mayonnaise with dill, served with garlic mashed potatoes

Seafood Pasta
Angel hair pasta, in concert with shrimp, scallops, crab meat, in a creamy white wine and herb sauce. Served with garlic bread topped with melted Mozzerella

Rack of Lamb
Pan seared and roasted to perfection, rack of lamb, served with rice pilaf, sauteed veggies, deglazed pan sauce made with cognac and cream

Lobster Thermidor
Whole lobster, steamed, meat removed and seasoned with herbs, butter, garlic, returned to shell and baked to perfection, served with roasted herbed potatoes

Seared Duck Foie Gras
Seared duck foie gras with a port wine, veal stock, honey, and balsamic vinegar reduction, carmalized onions on a baguette

Chateau Briand
All tender (Kobe Beef) Chateau Briand, pan seared with a brandy and cream herb sauce, served with roasted herbed potatoes


Pound Cake w/ Flambed Blueberries
Fresh pound cake baked at your home, topped with flambed blueberries.
(Even if you can'f finish this, you can have it after a good night of lovin)

I'm here to make your loving evening a memorable one, you live once, eat it while you can!


Welcome to my blog site, for IN HOME DINING, where I can come to your home, and cook and serve you a special dinner for two. I specialize in couples, or small families. I can do a gourmet dinner for two, complete with table settings, wine glasses, wine or champagne, soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts.

How it works is you contact me via email or phone, and set up a free consultation. Maybe you want a special date, but don't want to drive because you want to drink. Well this works out perfectly. Choose from the menu that is posted. For special Lover's Gourmet Nights check out the menu.

I also have other services such as breakfast for families, no more than 10, I like to keep things on a small scale. I do kids parties, if you own a grill, I'll marinate some meat, chicken, hot dogs, burgers and grill them up.

You want meals prepped for the week? I'll do that too. For instance you have kids and want sandwiches prepped for the next two days, I'll come over and do that for you, wrapped and sealed for freshness.

Seniors? I took care of two elderly parents, and their diets are special, I'll do that too. If someone has a specific diet I can do that too, low sodium, low sugar, I'll work with you just give me a buzz or email.

Here are some of the styles I do.

Check out each style and see if you want to give it a go. With each style there is vegetarian options, as well as I trained in Vegan and Raw foods as well. Check out those sections and see if you want anything there.

Prices vary, it's all custom made. There will be shopping fees if applicable, prepping fees, set up fees, traveling fees, breakdown fees. The more I'm asked to do you will be charged accordingly, so call and find out if we can be a good fit for your special meal.

Chef Ron