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I know it's been a little over a month since they opened, but now that another little person has taken residence in my home, the outside life has been severely limited. So when a morning meeting in town recently got on the schedule, my mouth started to water with the possibilities for lunch.

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While brining a turkey, preparing Turkey Jook using the turkey leftovers, perfect Prime Rib, Portuguese Bean Soup, and Crab & Shiitake Mushroom Sushi "Casserole" remain top hits on The Tasty Island food blog, the recipe that's most popular of all, particularly during the holiday season is Big Island Smoked Pork.

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Dail Stuart, a friend of my family shared this recipe with me. She likes to create recipes and find handy ways to do things around the house. This recipe is perfect for the holidays and you don't have to eat a whole apple.

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For the fourth year in a row, Hawaii was in the spotlight as fans and stars gathered on Waikiki Beach to watch the premiere of Hawaii 5-0's latest season. And the Jonas Brothers are in the house!

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This dark, rich 100% Kona Bob's coffee concentrate is perfect for recipes. I used some of the concentrate to make lollipops and they turned out amazing. This chicken recipe makes a glaze that reminds me of Mauna Loa Kona coffee glazed macadamia nuts.

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The deep, delicious flavor in this chili comes from the unsweetened cocoa powder. The cocoa powder gives the chili a similar taste like mole (moh-LAY) sauce from Mexico which has a rich, smoky flavor. I also add some Cuervo Gold tequila to kick it up a notch...

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Join the rest of Hawaii as they celebrate our most cherished grain at the 4th Annual Rice Festival on Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers. Admission is FREE, so get your chopsticks out and bring your appetite for a one-day taste trip to kick off National Rice Month.

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It is rare to find fresh shark at the grocery store where I shop. At $3.99 a pound it is a good catch. Shark is similar to swordfish in appearance. It is a white colored fish, firm and has a mild flavor. I prefer to sauté shark in olive oil and Italian herbs with several cloves of crushed garlic. The fish browns nicely in olive oil when cooked on medium heat.

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Now that we're in the midst of summer, we've gotsta find ways of cooling off from that hot Hawaiian sun. One way, of course, is to slurp down a local fave known as "shave ice" - or "ice shave" if you're from the Big Island ;). The place I love to go to get my shave ice fix whenever I'm in town is Kaka`ako Kool on Queen Street, next to Fresh Cafe.

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It is with a heavy heart I write this month's recipe column. My beloved mother passed away several weeks ago. She was my biggest fan and commented on my Around Hawaii recipe column under the name of "Paradise" every month for years.