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Friday, July 25, 2014         

Electric Kitchen

During the holidays, gatherings abound with everything from family parties to work potlucks, and selecting the perfect dish can be fun and creative.

Get a free tree Saturday at the Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. Up for grabs are variety of popular fruit trees, flowering shrubs and native plants.

With the fast-approaching holidays come the holiday parties. Be prepared for any get-together with these easy, last-minute appetizers that economize on time yet go long on flavor.

This year's Waimanalo Country Fair features a circus troupe, live music and a celebrity dunking booth.

Paprika is a spice bursting with rich color and flavor, which can range from sweet to fiery hot.

Kanu Hawaii's July Energy Challenge encourages us to reduce household combined electricity and gasoline use by 25 percent.

Experience Korean art, dance, music and, of course, food at the 10th annual Korean Festival this weekend.

The hot summer months are here, but you can stay cool with these frozen recipe treats bursting with the ripe flavors of summer fruit.

In Hawaii, summer means mango season.
It once seemed like there was a mango tree in every yard, and bags of fruit would be passed out to family, friends and neighbors. This season, mangoes are scarce, and we relish it when friends can share a few.

Summer is the season for camping, so take out your gear and spend time outdoors in Hawaii's beautiful weather.

Now that school is out and summer is here, you'll likely find your house full of children and mouths to feed.

Have you ever used miso in a recipe and then wondered what to do with the rest of it?

With the three-day Memorial Day weekend coming up, what better way to celebrate than a cookout? So get out the hibachi and charcoal, pull out the coolers and create a menu of fresh summer salads and side dishes to complement ono grilled entrees.

Chives are a commonly used household herb that often serve as a condiment for fish, potatoes and soups.

With graduation season just around the corner, we've got some crowd-pleasing potluck ideas that are also quick and easy.

She cares for you year-round, so no one deserves a special day as much as Mom.

"May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii." So starts the song about a popular local tradition that began more than 80 years ago when Hono­lulu newspaper reporter Don Blan­ding thought Hawaii should have a day set aside to recognize the custom of giving and receiving lei.

Easter is the perfect time to host a brunch. In addition to traditional breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, sausages, fruit and pancakes, your table can include pastries, quiches, roasts and cold seafood. Here are a few ideas for a colorful brunch buffet.

Buying fresh, locally grown produce supports health and helps sustain our local economy.

Hawaii's waters are home to more than 7,000 forms of marine life, nearly 25 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Celebrate Hawaiian culture, native plants and sustainable lifestyles at the Grow Hawaiian Festival, presented by Hawaiian Electric from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Museum.

Fish is a healthful alternative to meat and a great source of protein. As well as being low in saturated fat, fish is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

An estimated 113,000 people in Hawaii have diabetes, and babies born in Hawaii after 2000 have a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime.

Last week, Manoa Valley Theatre opened "Avenue Q," a sharp-witted coming-of-age parable satirizing young adulthood. The musical, inspired by PBS' "Sesame Street," combines a cast of humans and puppets.

In Hawaii, we celebrate Hina Matsuri, also known as Girls' Day, every March 3. Hina Matsuri, or Japanese Doll Festival, was brought to Hawaii in the 1800s by Japanese immigrants who settled here to work on plantations.

Chocolate lovers will be in heaven at the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, where local farmers, businesses, educators and government gather to showcase chocolate products made exclusively from Hawaii-grown cacao beans.

Whether hosting a few friends for dinner or taking an appetizer to a party, dips are a tasty and simple way to dress up vegetables, fruits or crackers.

Treat your special someone to a Valentine's Day gift of a home-cooked meal. To help, we are featuring two flavorful recipes — salmon with an interesting Asian flair and beef in a savory sauce. Dessert caters to chocolate lovers with a decadent chocolate torte. Happy Valentine's Day!

Not only will the Urban Garden Center's plant sale on Saturday feature native plants, vegetables, palms, herbs and fruit trees, the Honolulu Rose Society will be selling roses as well for those planning to celebrate Valentine's Day.

The Chinese year 4709 begins on Feb. 3, and it's the Year of the Rabbit. Chinatown will host New Year's celebrations Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring firecrackers, drums, a lion dance, food and entertainment.

Love French toast but short on time? Problem solved: The following recipes allow for preparation beforehand and baking in the oven.

Rainy days of winter have us yearning for comfort food, and nothing fits the bill like a steaming hot bowl of stew. We're sharing three very different recipes for stew this week, but each is hearty and tasty.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii has many festivities lined up to pay tribute to the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit.

Need fresh ideas for New Year's pupu? We can help. These offerings support resolutions to eat healthy in the coming year, and they're satisfying and refreshing as well. Happy New Year!

This week we're featuring easy dessert ideas for your holiday parties. Peanut butter is a popular favorite with all, which makes the Whipped Peanut Butter Pie a crowd pleaser. And anyone who likes custard pie will enjoy Leche Flan. But because there's no crust, it's easier to prepare.

Need new ideas for holiday entertaining? How about making something tasty and relatively diet-friendly? The nice thing about these delicious recipes is they're fast and easy, giving you more time to enjoy your guests.

Chances are, you'll be going to at least one holiday potluck party. How about taking a dish that everyone can enjoy without guilt? Here are several salsa-type dips that are easy to prepare and relatively easy on the waistline.

It's the gift-giving season, and we're sharing a couple of tried-and-true favorites that are sure to please anyone.

"Flavors of Home," a new cookbook sponsored by Families and Friends of Castle High School, is a fundraiser for Castle's Project Grad 2011.

Makahiki, the Hawaiian New Year, honors Lono, god of peace, rain and agriculture. During this time of the year, Hawaiians maintained a pono, or proper, relationship with the earth and gods, which gives people and the land time to rest and rejuvenate. Waimea Valley continues this tradition with hula, arts and crafts, games, food and guided tours of the valley.

Juggling your family schedule yet want to make delicious and healthy meals? Hawaiian Electric Company's "Wiki Recipes -- Quick and Easy Favorites" is the cookbook for you. It is filled with recipes from our employees, families and friends. Plus, energy-saving tips are sprinkled throughout.

In celebration of Arbor Day, Hawaiian Electric Co. and its partners will give away 3,000 native and exotic trees and shrubs at six sites on Oahu on Saturday. Pick up a free tree -- one per family -- while supplies last.

October is Energy Awareness Month and Children and Youth Month. Give a nod to both by reducing your electric bill with help from the younger generation.

These old-time recipes were favorites some 20 years ago. They were delicious and easy to prepare then and are probably even easier today.

Back when microwave ovens were the newest modern appliance, there were scores of recipes for microwave meals. These days, most people use the microwave for simple tasks such as reheating, popping popcorn or heating a cup of water.

Celebrate Hawaii's fishing heritage at the Fifth Annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival. The fest promotes marine conservation and highlights our seafood industry. Events include workshops, tours of fishing vessels and the fish auction facility, gyotaku printing and cooking demonstrations.

Hawaiian Electric Co.'s annual Live Energy Lite event puts a spotlight on Energy Awareness Month. Enjoy entertainment, games and prizes while learning about Hawaii's precious resources and the exciting plans for the state's energy future. Here are five great reasons to check it out:

Kanu Hawaii's "Eat Local Challenge" -- a weeklong campaign featuring locally grown and raised ingredients in markets, farms and restaurants across the state -- begins Sunday, with the theme "Harvest to Table."

Now that school is in full swing and sports and after-school activities are keeping families bustling, it's great to have simple meals that can be made ahead and reheat nicely.

Football season has officially started, and that means it's time for tailgate parties and football potlucks in front of the television. This week, we're featuring favorite recipes that are easy to prepare and are sure to please your football fans.

Share Uchinanchu aloha this weekend at the 28th annual Okinawan Festival. Kapiolani Park will be filled with the tantalizing aroma of fresh andagi (Okinawan doughnuts), Okinawan pigs' feet soup, Okinawan soba, champuru and the famous Okidog and Andadog. Also on hand will be a market to purchase specialty foods.

Enjoy "all things Greek" at this weekend's Greek Festival, featuring authentic food and lively entertainment.

It's back-to-school time, which means the family schedule is a bit more hectic. To help ease the stress, we're featuring family-friendly recipes that can be made ahead of time and will reheat nicely during the busy week.

Tired of the same old breakfast? Try new twists on familiar favorites.

The hottest days are still ahead, but you can stay comfortable, conserve energy and manage your electricity use with simple tips from Hawaiian Electric's updated "Cool Tips" brochure.

Warm summer days are the perfect excuse to make up a batch of cool treats that are big on taste yet sparse on kitchen time.

Summer's in full swing, and that's a perfect excuse for a cookout. Hawaiian Electric Co.'s latest cookbook offers delicious recipes from the company's employees, families and friends.

Summertime means picnics and parties galore, so it's always good to have some handy dip recipes on hand. This week we offer several.

See live Korean dance performances, tae kwon do demonstrations, a Korean song contest and cultural exhibits of Korean artifacts and memorabilia at the Ninth Annual Korean Festival.

Manoa Valley Theatre is presenting one of the late Lisa Matsumoto's most popular musicals. Unique to MVT's production of "Once Upon One Time" will be intimate staging afforded by the 150-seat black box theater, plus live music.

Summer is officially here, and that means it's mango season! The season varies each year, depending on climatic conditions, but these luscious fruit generally begin ripening in April and are available until September or October.

We've been seeing kale more often these days on grocery shelves and at farmers markets. When it comes to healthy foods, few can top the nutrient profile of kale. The dark leafy green is a good source of dietary fiber; vitamins A, C, K and B6; and calcium, potassium, copper and manganese.

Bring the whole family to Ma'ili Beach Park for Sunset on the Beach.


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