Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

My husband and I heard about the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival last February from our waiter Kurt (Aukai is his Hawaiian name) at The Olelo Room at Aulani. This festival was very intriguing to us because: we both love good food, I love great wine and what could be a better location for a food and wine festival than Hawaii? Kurt explained that the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was founded by Hawaii's own James Beard award-winning Chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong as well as Roy's wife, ...

Staying fit on vacation

Healthy Vacationing in Hawaii - How I do Gourmet Done Skinny in Hawaii Staying fit on vacation? Sometimes people think I'm crazy for even talking about healthy vacationing. For many people vacation is a time to go crazy - eat and drink whatever you want, relax on the beach and do nothing. However my husband and I have learned over the years that if we do this, we feel sluggish, lazy, stuffed and generally not good. It causes stomach issues, sleep issues and we wonder why the heck we ate all ...

Hearty Healthy Mushroom Soup

For all you mushroom lovers out there, even though this creamless mushroom soup recipe is healthy, it's still very decadent and filling - so comforting on a cold day. You can eat it chunky, or use an immersion blender to make it creamy- it's up to you! It's super easy to make and you can do it on the stove or in the Instant Pot. I've included directions for both. Only 197 calories or 4 WW Freestyle Points! Before creating this healthy mushroom soup recipe, I checked out a few on line to ...

Homemade Spicy Chicken Sausage

Updated October 17, 2019; originally published on October 26, 2017 This healthy Homemade Spicy Chicken Sausage is a big hit at my house. My kids will even fry it up on their own because they love it so much. It's great over nachos, delicata squash, rice, and zucchini noodles. It also makes a fast appetizer in my Lasagna Appetizers. This recipe is pretty spicy, so if you don't like spice, then dial it down a bit by using less of the spicy seasonings. Cheaper than buying it in the ...

Healthy Instant Pot Pork Chops with Onion Gravy

These tender and moist Instant Pot Pork Chops with Onion Gravy are a huge hit at my house. You won't believe how easy they are to make! Learn my secret to moist and tender chops! Even my keto following husband loves them! Some of you know how I love to brine my chicken, well, the same goes for pork chops! They are more moist and tender than other recipes and cooking them in the Instant Pot takes such little time. You end up looking like a rock star for so little effort! Serve them with a ...

Olive Harvest in California

Have you ever seen olives on the tree right before harvest? The trees are loaded with bright green olives, just waiting to be picked. So beautiful! The color of the olive tree leaves themselves is such a unique silvery greyish green. The buds on the trees start sprouting in May and harvest occurs typically in September up until November. Harvesting olives in California Last May in Utah at the Everything Food Conference, I was fortunate enough to meet olive farmer Ed Curiel and his ...

Easy Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Broth

This easy Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Broth is a combination of parmesan broth and the base for my chicken noodle soup. I wanted to create a quick and homemade parmesan broth made with a whole chicken that I could have on hand in my freezer. Adding parmesan rinds to broths, sauces and soups adds so much flavor! You’ll love this one! What can you do with Parmesan broth? The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few! Use this broth as a base for soups such as my Healthy ...

Instant Pot Tomato Bacon Jam

This delicious savory easy Instant Pot Tomato Bacon Jam is made by cooking fresh tomatoes in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. You can serve it over eggs, burgers, chicken, pork and more! I also love to serve it as an appetizer over light cream cheese or my favorite is layered with ricotta, pesto and tomato jam on top in a Ricotta Jam Jar or layered in a dish (recipe coming soon!). In case you're wondering about the wine, the Saxon Brown Grenache came in my wine club selection from ...

Oven Roasted Cedar Plank Vegetables

These Healthy Oven Roasted Cedar Plank Vegetables are super easy to make, taste delicious and will impress your guests. All you do is soak the planks at least 15 minutes, arrange vegetables, season and bake. That's it! Gorgeous fresh tasting vegetables without the fuss! No mess either! Just throw the planks away when done. Serve them as a side dish or toss them over salads for a main dish. Plan to do them alongside your main dish These vegetables are so easy to make and go well with ...

Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli

This easy, tangy, fresh healthy Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli is great just about over everything. I particularly love it with my Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon. Use it as a dressing for salad and for dipping fresh or baked vegetables too! It's also great over fish tacos! Very versatile! What exactly is Aioli? Technically the Oxford definition of aioli is mayonnaise seasoned with garlic. Both mayonnaise and aioli are emulsions meaning they contain 2 or more liquids that are typically ...