Friday, September 19, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Back to School!

WHO: Stacy Dare Brady
WHAT: First Day of School (I believe this was Kindergarten or maybe first grade)
WHERE: E Street in Springfield, OR
WHEN: September 1974/1975

With the Hawaii trip and living with Aloha, I forgot that all the Keikis* have gone back to school.


* Hawaiian - Child

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Loco Moco - Charley's Style

I always have Loco Moco at least once when I am in Hawaii.  This year, I tried the signature Hawaiian dish at Charley's Restaurant and Saloon in Paia.

Established in 1969, Charley's is an award winning Maui landmark.  The restaurant is a reflection of the culture of Maui in the essence of its foods, and the warm spirit of entertainment and Aloha.

Paia is a former sugar plantation town.  It's known for its large waves, big surf and the community is based around that culture.  It's been a long time hangout for Willie Nelson, but in all honesty, you never know who you might be sitting next too....professional surfers, writers, artists and other rock stars.

Their version of Loco Moco was awesome.  Pasture raised, hormone free, all natural 1/2 pound burger patty, with a scoop of white rice, mushroom gravy, 2 fried eggs and crispy fried onions.  

I've thought of nothing but trying to recreate this treat since I here goes!




Serves 2


1 lb Ground Beef (80/20)
1/2 sweet yellow onion, finely diced
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef stock (you may need more or less depending on gravy consistency)
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
2 eggs, over easy
1 cup white rice, divided
2 tablespoons French's fried onions, optional


For the hamburger; mix burger with yellow onion and season with salt and pepper.  Form into two patties.  Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil.  Cook patties about 2-3 minutes per side until medium rare.  Remove from heat and keep warm on a plate, covered with tin foil.

For the gravy; add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan that you cooked the burger in (no need to clean the pan).  Add the sliced mushrooms and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, then add garlic and stir.  Next add the butter and stir, immediately adding the flour.  Cook the flour for 1-2 minutes then gradually add the beef stock, whisking away any lumps (you may need to add more or less beef stock).  Stir until gravy is thick, but smooth.  Add Worcestershire and season with salt and pepper.  I like to add my patties to the gravy to warm them up a bit and really coat them!

To serve; place 1/2 cup of rice on a plate.  Top with the hamburger and slather with the gravy.  Next place the eggs on top.  To garnish, top with onions.

This is onolicious, as they say in Hawaii.

In Hawaii, "ono" means tastes really good.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

37/52: Fence Project and Garden Update!

Thanks to our dear, sweet neighbors, we have a new fence at Rebecca Lane!

The project was completed in about 10 days from start to finish and the end result is a beautiful new fence.


The garden continues to produce 4-6 tomatoes a week (we eat a lot of BLTs this time of year)!

Finally, my acorn squash in coming along nicely.  I have two "hopefully" eatable candidates!

Duds this year included my basil, which I believe does better out of the direct sunlight.  Next year I will perhaps keep a plant on the front porch where it will get morning sun only?!

My broccoli bolted while I was in Hawaii, but some of the smaller limbs will continue to produce until first frost, so I cut it back last week, keeping only one plant.

I still have green onions which are getting quite big.  They are always nice in a salad.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: Mid September 2014

Welcome Monday and to the last full week of Summer 2014!

What were your summer highlights?  Are you ready for fall?

We have a busy week ahead but we are totally organized and ready to go!

Remember to head on over to Laura's site for more menu planning ideas!


Monday:  Garlicky Chicken and Broccoli with Jasmine Rice
Tuesday: Chick's going out and I am making Loco Moco Hawaiian Style
Wednesday: Pop and Rosemary come to town; dinner out at Stockpot in Beaverton 
Thursday:  57 Sauce Marinated Shrimp Kebabs with Orzo and Grilled Asparagus
Friday: Rib Eye Steak, Caesar Salad and 1/2 Baked Potato
Saturday: Girl's Day on 23rd Avenue!  Lunch and shopping!
Sunday: All Day Spaghetti Sauce; Garlic Bread-Sticks and A Big Garden Salad

Friday, September 12, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Aloha from Hawaii

WHO: Mom (Jennifer Dare)
WHAT: Visiting Hawaii
WHERE: Might be Kauai or Oahu
WHEN: 1975-76

Perhaps the love of Hawaii has always been in my soul.  I remember my parents going to Hawaii in the late 1970's and my Mom feel completely under the spell of Aloha.  I remember how sad and affected she was and missed the islands terribly upon her return.  This week, I feel that same loss in my soul.