2 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs (about 2 1/2 packs)
1/2 cup of melted margarine (8 tbsp or 1 stick)
16 oz strawberry cream cheese softened
2/3 cups sugar
2 cups sour cream
4 tsp. vanilla extract
16 oz cool whip
Now come on! You all know I bought some ready packaged chi chi dango. However, there are some great simple recipes for homemade mochi out there.
What to do:
Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together and pack into 9×13 inch dish
Beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the sugar. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla until just combined. Fold in the whipped topping. Scrape mixture onto crust. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Cut your cheesecake into rectangles, try not to go ever 2 1/2 inch pieces (the mochi will be too thin).
Take your mochi rectangle and roll it out to a size that will lay nicely over your cake (like pictured).
**Note: you will need some potato starch to prevent the mochi from sticking to roller pin. You can also use some regular flour.
Garnish with some cool whip and strawberry slices (optional)
My family loves their burgers. I’m not much of a burger person but I do enjoy a good restaurant quality burger for sure. So when we decided on burgers, I did a little research on just how restaurant burgers taste so much better than fast food. Almost all the recipes I looked up called for the simple seasoning of salt and pepper and not to overwork the meat. Another little “trick” that seemed to be included in a lot of posts was to use your thumb to create an indentation in the center of the burger so that they don’t bulge and shrink as much. Clearly I was amazed that it was so easy. It was a hit! Die-licious! So here’s my “copycat” recipe with my own little twist. This recipe makes 8 burgers.
3 lbs. ground beef
A mix of Alaea salt (Hawaiian salt) & Fresh ground pepper
Sliced Cheddar cheese (I’m not an American cheese fan, but if you are then by all means)
8 hamburger buns
Sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, avocado and lemon mayo
Create 8 even balls of beef and form into a wide 1 inch thick patties.
Get that grill going on high.
Season one side of each patty with salt and pepper and place it on the grill seasoned side down.
After placing the patty on the grill use your thumb to create an indention in the center of the patty.
Cook for 4 minutes
Flip the burger and add salt and pepper and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Add sautéed mushroom and cheese on top at the last minute or so.
Assemble with whatever veggies and condiments you prefer.
My cousin Pili is about to give birth to her son any day now. Yesterday my Aunty Donna (her mother) threw her the cutest baby shower. It was at a friends beach-house in Ewa. First of all, the house is beautiful it’s like a modern day plantation style home right on the beach. Secondly, the theme was the cutest sailor theme. Lastly, the food was AMAZING! My Aunty had a private chef prepare all of the food, and a lot of it.
I wasn’t kidding when I said right on the beach. It was a little muggy yesterday but just looking at this scenery was well worth a little heat.
There were these little stations set up where we were able to make personalized onsies, guess mom’s belly size and there were also cards at our seats where we could write words of advice for raising a boy.
Here’s my onsie I created. I tried to keep the whole Beach Theme 🙂
Now let’s get to the good stuff…
I could hardly fit everything on one plate! Everthing was done by Tamura’s Corporate Chef Aaron Siguenza. Everything tasted die-licious. If you’re looking to cater or even have a private Chef come to your home I highly recommend Tamura’s.
Here’s a pic that the older cousins took with my Gram’s.
Now we just need the baby to come along so that we can meet the little guy. BTW my niece (baby’s big sis to be) insists that her brothers name is Lion!
Yesterday I took my two middle kiddies to Snow Factory. I didn’t realize that my kids have never had this! I felt so guilty because I’ve had it a few times. So, we all know what shave ice is right? You may also know them as snow cones? Well here in Hawaii shave ice is super popular, you can find it in just about every town, mall, and they even serve them in candy stores. The toppings are endless but one of the most popular toppings is condensed milk. At the snow factory they basically shave a block of flavored condensed milk which gives you this amazing texture and sweetness! OMG i can’t even put into words the party that goes on in your mouth.
Kuha’o had the Pineapple Li Hing Mui! Yesterday it was so hot and he honestly chose the perfect flavor. Of course Tea and I sampled it and agreed that we should’ve gotten the same.
Tea went with the Nutella. Another yummy one. I mean you can’t go wrong with anything nutella.
I had the Halo Halo. I love how the mochi balls get so chewy because of the coldness of the the ice.
They also serve this Pipe Ice Cream that we were really excited about but they ran out 😦 I told the kids that it just means that we need to visit again.
Pardon the terrible pic. It was taken right before consumption on a paper place mat under a flourescent light hahaa!
So the inspiration for this sandwich (which I take no credit for coming up with because it’s been around forever, I’ve just never tried it til making it myself) was when I ordered a spicy tuna roll from a sushi shop and ended up with canned tuna! I was so mad after biting into it and finding out that it wasn’t the raw fish I’d hoped for. But it didn’t taste bad, just not good with rice I.M.O. But I thought ‘maybe I’d actually like it in a sandwich’. Well, I do! This sandwich in particular I can eat all the time and not get sick of it. It’s good as both a Panini (which is how I made mine) or as a cold sandwich (perfect for packing the ingredients separate for the beach and putting it together whenever one wants).
What you’ll need:
Orange Bell Pepper
Bread and cheese of choice
Cilantro (I think this gives it that WOW factor)
(for those of you who have never made a tuna sandwich LOL)
Mix one can of drained tuna with a Tablespoon of Sriracha mayo (or more if you’d like) I like mine on the dryer side.
On one side of your bread layer the tuna mixture, cheese, sliced bell pepper and cilantro and top with other side of bread.
You can enjoy it at this point or put it in your Panini maker for 3-5 minutes.