kruizing with kikukat

Monday, October 25, 2021

coffee mochi

Coffee Mochi

1/2 c butter
1 lb mochiko
2 1/2 c sugar
1 t baking powder
2 c coffee (brewed)
1 c half-and-half
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter, cool.  Combine mochiko, sugar, and baking powder.  Combine remaining ingredients and stir into ochiko mixture; mix well.  Pour into 9 x 13" pan.  Bake for 1 hour.  Cool

D2's Harvest: Ribollita

Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) does soups so well.  Her ribollita is just fantastic.

Recently, D2 worked in the school garden and brought home a tiny beet with green attached.  I was planning to make ribollita anyway, so I diced up the beet and added it with the vegetables.


     1/2 lb dried cannelini beans
     2 1/2 tsp salt, divided
     1/4 c EVOO
     1/4-1/2 lb bacon (anywhere from 4-8 Costco maple bacon slices), chopped
     2 onions, chopped
     1 c chopped carrots
     1 c chopped celery
     3 cloves garlic, minced
     1/4 tsp ground black pepper
     1 28 oz can plum tomatoes, chopped/pureed
     4 c coarsely shredded savoy cabbage
     4 c coarsely chopped kale leaves (rib removed)
     1/2 c chopped fresh basil leaves
     1 can beef broth
     2 cans chicken broth
     4 c sourdough bread cubes (3/4"), crusts removed
     shredded parmesan cheese

Beginning the night before, cover beans with cold water (water level should be at least 1" higher than beans).  Cover and store in refrigerator overnight.  Drain beans and place in a large pot with 2 quarts of water.  Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.  Add 1 tsp salt and cook an additional 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool.  Heat EVOO in a stockpot (6 qt or larger).  Add bacon and onions.  Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.  Add carrots, celery, garlic, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes, cabbage, kale, and basil.  Cook 10 minutes.  Remove half of cooked beans and 1/4 c of bean cooking liquid and puree in food processor (or use immersion blender).  Stir into soup.  Add remaining beans and cooking liquid to soup.  Add beef and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Add bread cubes to soup.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Sandy's Pickled Mango

I worked with Sandy around a decade ago in the office of human resources.  She has since gone on to bigger and brighter things.

She shared some pickled mango with us, and it was the best pickled mango i had ever tasted.

Sandy's Pickled Mango

     6 medium size green mangoes*
     2 c sugar
     1 c white vinegar
     1/4 tsp salt
     2 red li hing mui

Peel and slice mangoes.  Place in a clean jar or container, adding li hing mui among the mango slices.  Heat sugar and vinegar in saucepan unti sugar is melted.  Add salt.  Pour sauce over mango slices.  When cool, refrigerate.  Mix occasionally to distribute color from li hing mui.  Ready to eat in 2 days.

Almost Kuhio Grille: Creamy Dressing

Creamy Dressing

     1 c mayonnaise
     1/4 c cubed onion
     2 tbsp red wine vinegar
     1 tbsp sugar
     1/4 tsp salt
     1/4 tsp garlic powder
     1/16 tsp black pepper

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Chill 2 hours before serving.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Poor Man's Contessa: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I love the food Ina Garten (of Barefoot Contessa fame) makes.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

     1 lb elbow or cavatappi (cellantini) pasta
     4 c milk, heated in microwave for 2-3 minutes
     6 tbsp butter, divided
     2 tbsp olive oil
     1/2 c flour
     4 c shredded cheese (mac and cheese blend or a cheddar blend)
     1/4 tsp black pepper
     1/8 tsp nutmeg
     1/3 c bacon, optional
     1 c dry bread crumbs

Boil pasta according to package directions.  Drain and return to cooking vessel.  While pasta is cooking, melt 4 tbsp butter and olive oil in a medium saucepan.  Stir in flour and whisk until thick.  Gradually whisk in heated milk.  Remove from heat and add black pepper and nutmeg.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Pour sauce over cooked pasta.  Add cheese and bacon (if using).  Stir gently till well combined.  Pour into 9 x 13" baking pan.  Melt remaining 2 tbsp butter.  Combine with bread crumbs.  Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over macaroni and cheese.  Bake for 35 minutes.