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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Recipes: New Years Menu 2009

As we have for the past few years, Todd and I spent New Years Eve at home. Usually, we have a Caribbean dinner, but given that we went to Hawaii this year, we decided to have a Hawaiian dinner instead. It was a good time, although I have to admit that some things did go wrong. The good news? Everything was still delicious.

Oven Kalua Pork
Kalua Pig is the traditional roasted Hawaiian pork, and it was my favorite Hawaiian food while we were in Hawaii. It really is delicious. This recipe was good, and I think I could have done it better than I did. I will definitely be trying it again. I first figured I'd put it in the crockpot, but I soon realized (from Google Searches) that 5 hours in the oven is not the equivalent as 5 hours in the crockpot, so about 2 hours in, I transferred it to the oven. It was done enough, temperature-wise, and it tasted good, but I think it would have been more tender if I'd either done it in the crockpot correctly or just had the patience to do it in the oven to begin with.

Recipe: Oven Kalua Pork

Steamed Rice & Macaroni Salad
In Hawaii, you'll find places serving Hawaiian Plate Lunch. This consists of a meat (like Kalua Pig), steamed rice and Macaroni Salad. I went with the Cooking Light Macaroni Salad, which was not as mayonnaissy as others. I left out the cheese and ham since we were having it with pork. It was good, very full of veggies and much lighter than the traditional macaroni salad.

Recipe: Macaroni Salad

Grilled Pineapple
I took a little butter (maybe 2 tablespoons) and a little brown sugar (maybe 2 tablespoons) and a splash of dark rum. Cut the pineapple into rods and put it on the [indoor] grill. Melt the butter and brown sugar in the microwave. Let it boil a little. Add a splash of rum. Mix and brush the mixture on the pineapple as it cooks. Cook a few minutes on each side, until it is soft and sweet. Delicious!

Mai Tais
I read that a Mai Tai isn't really a Mai Tai if it has juice in it. So, I chose not to get pineapple juice to put in our Mai Tai. I went with the recipe listed at DrinkBoy, which was too strong (and just try finding orgeat syrup without doing a google search...). We ended up borrowing some pineapple from the grilled pineapple that we had with dinner in order to add it to the Mai Tai (pureed in the blender first). I give it a firm "eh."

Recipe: The Authentic Trader Vic's Mai Tai

Pineapple-Coconut Gelato

This was another error. Since our freezer is so crowded, we left the freezer bowl for the ice cream maker outside. This was fine and it froze, except we failed to notice that the temperature had risen outside and the ice cream bowl thawed too much. We ended up not having ice cream until New Years Day, but it was DELICOUS. Really, really good. If you are looking for a light and tasty ice cream, give this one a try.

Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Gelato

Rum Cake
I can't post the recipe because it's a family recipe, but I also made my sister's traditional Christmas Rum Cake. I messed it up - I didn't grease the pan quite enough, so the very bottom of the cake stuck. It ended up fine and the cake tasted good, but it wasn't totally as pretty as I would have liked. I love rum cake.

We did manage to stay up late enough to catch the ball drop (although I did take a nap). Todd had bought us real French Champagne - I think the first time I've had french champagne. It was good, although it got me drunk pretty quickly. We had a good time. I love the quiet nights at home with good food and good company.

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