Hawaiian Pineapple and Sweet Potato Recipe

A great tropical tasting dish that is easy to make. Great for a tropical luau or tiki party. A great comfort food with sweetness without a05c597f0fd5beafc6fa40acefae0330_Lthe fat.

Ingredients

• 6 large sweet potatoes
• 1 large can of crushed pineapple
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 dash of ground cinnamon
• 1 dash of ground ginger
• 1 dash of ground nutmeg
• 1 dash of ground cloves

Procedure 

Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Butter or grease a baking dish. Bring the pot of salt water to boil. Add potatoes and then cook them until they are tender but firm. Drain, and place in a large bowl to cool then peel and chop in quarters. In a sauce pan, combine pineapple, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Bring them all to a boil and then reduce heat. Place potatoes in a baking dish. Pour sauce over potatoes and bake for another 45 minutes.

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Hawaii: The Luau Menu

Bring your appetite and get ready for a buffet feast like no other. Lomilomi salmon. Chicken long rice. Kalua pork and all the sweet potatoes you could eat. Many of the dishes at a traditional Hawaiian luau offer a blend of Hawaiian, Polynesian and Asian-influenced flavors. So when planning for your own luau, try to include traditional favorites to give your guests an authentic luau dining experience. Whatever you settle with, one thingʼs for sure – everyoneʼs taste buds are in for a real treat.

MAIN DISHES 
Kalua Puaʻa
Teriyaki Beef or Chicken
Shoyu Chicken
Huli Huli Chicken
Baked Mahi-Mahi
Lau Lau
Chicken Long Rice
SIDE DISHES
Hawaiian Poi
Poke
Lomilomi Salmon
Pipi Kaula
Potato Salad
Squid Luau
Baked Sweet Potato
SALADS & BREADS
Taro Rolls
Tossed Greens
Spinach Salad

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The Hunky Healthy Multi-Cultural Jason Mamoa

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Jason Momoa—what an absolute gorgeous sight to see.  The part Hawaiian and German man star is on the path to great things including landing the role of Aquaman.   How does the Justice League’s Aguaman stay healthy and fit for his roles?  Inquiring fans want to know!  The Hawaiian native and former model, revealed that his fitness routine includes going to the gym, bike riding, rock climbing and kayaking to stay fit. He’s quite the outdoorsman! His upcoming role definitely suits him well.  Read More and See More of this former Baywatch Babe in a Bathing Suit.

When asked about how he got in shape for Stargate Atlantis he admitted working out at the gym regularly.  However, “…once we start rolling, everything dissipates, so by the end of the year, I am all ’Ugggh!’ until they come in and say, ‘Ummm, you are supposed to be the bulk of the show!’ then I would go to the gym. It is a good thing I don’t have to take my shirt off. I am so excited to wear clothes. I hate taking my shirt off!”

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Cinnamon Jerk Chicken Recipe from Guam

Summary: Deep rich and delicious flavors to make your chicken a family favorite.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 to 3 Pounds of Skinned Chicken pieces (I normally use skinless breast pieces, but legs and thighs are just as delicious).
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 large onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Can (6 ounces) tomato paste (Italian seasoning paste, if you can find it. If not, plain tomato paste is good).
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Olive OilDIRECTIONS
    1. Take a paper towel and pat dry all of the chicken pieces. Place chicken aside.
    2. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, salt and pepper well.
    3. Rub the cinnamon mixture, with your fingers, into all of the chicken pieces.
    4. Heat Olive Oil in a large nonreactive skillet.
    5. When oil is hot, place the chicken pieces in the skillet to sear (about 4 minutes on each side). If you do not have a skillet large enough, you may need to sear the chicken in two batches. A skillet with 2 or 3″ sides works best.
    6. When chicken has been seared on both sides, remove from skillet and place aside.
    7. Lower the heat to medium-high and add 3 of the minced garlic cloves and the chopped onion.
    8. Saute the onions and garlic, until the onions become soft and golden brown.
    9. Add 1/2 cup of water to the onions and garlic in the pan. Use a spatula or spoon to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom of the skillet and loosening any particles stuck on the bottom.
    10. When the water has mostly evaporated, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water, tomato paste, Italian herb seasoning and remaining minced garlic cloves. Mix well.
    11. Add the chicken back to the skillet. The tomato liquid should cover about 3/4 of the chicken. Cover the pot and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 – 40 minutes until chicken is tender and fully cooked.
    12. Place chicken mixture on a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Hawaii History: Kuhio Day

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    Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole created much of the Hawaii the world sees today. A prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kuhio was next in line to become king when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in 1894 bringing an end to the Hawaiian monarchy. Despite the overthrow, Kuhio’s determination and dedication to the people of the Hawaiian Islands never wavered. He served as Hawaii’s second congressional delegate from 1903 until his death in 1922, instituting government policies still in effect today. Because of Kuhio’s influence, we observe King Kamehameha Day each June 11—the only state holiday dedicated to Hawaiian royalty other than Kuhio Day. READ MORE

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    His Cultural Background and Places that Have Been His Home:

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    Island of Oahu: Photo by Crystal A. Johnson

    MCCN Editor in Hawaii

    Much of our talent has been sharing their photos from trips, family food photos and more.  One of my favorite trips ever was to the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  There is so much to do and see in this beautiful place where the beach meets metropolis.   Enjoy these photos and I hope you are inspired to visit. –Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

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