Drinks and Dips and Miscellaneous….

Ice Cream Bread

3 cups of self-rising flour 4 cups of your favorite full-fat ice cream, softened Mix ingredients, smooth into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes: test for doneness with a knife Don’t have self-rising flour? Add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to each cup of all purpose flour, mix Continue reading


Ok, so I have learned to love my homemade guacamole.  I have also lost 60lbs….by NOT eating homemade guacamole.  So I found this stuff, with veggies for dipping, is a guilt-free-satisfier-of-my-snacking-need treat. Ingredients •2 cups chopped fresh broccoli, cooked and chilled •1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream •1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion •1 tablespoon Continue reading


It’s all Christy’s fault.  She was waxing ecstatic over our abundance of avocado trees and their great potassium supply. So, though DH and I have never been fond of the things, I made some guacamole for pupu dip when she and Brion came to visit.  Alright, it’s good.  Oh, alright, it’s damned addicting: 2 ripe Continue reading

Malay Apple (Mountain Apple) Pickles

Malay Apples are called Mountain Apples here in Hawaii, and it is thought the first Polynesian explorers brought seedlings with them when they inhabited these islands. They are apple shaped with deep red or pink skins. The white flesh is similar to a pear. And they are in season now. “What should we do with Continue reading

Hot Seafood Dip

8 oz minced shrimp, crab or imitation crab. 1 onion, minced 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups mayonnaise 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley Pepper to taste 1 loaf hard-crust bread, hollowed out. Mix together all ingredients. Spoon into the hollowed out bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until dip is thoroughly Continue reading

Combo Tea

Well, it’s a diet thing……..can’t drink coffee without cream and sugar, but Grandma R taught me to drink my tea black. So, when trying to lose weight, I give up coffee for tea.  We found a hole-in-the-wall restaurant today, tucked in the back alleys of Hilo. And this place-“Garden Snack Club“-serves not only Thai recipes Continue reading