Plantain Chips

Craving a culinary vacation? In twenty minutes you can be eating homemade plantain chips to transport your tastebuds to the Caribbean! I was feeling a little blue that my 2020 Caribbean trip was cancelled, so I decided to have a little vacation at home with plantain chips and guacamole by the pool, inspired by my…

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

If I may say, I make the best coconut shrimp. That’s why I named the official recipe The Best Coconut Shrimp! Here I’ve added a delicious mango sauce, chunks of pineapple, avocado slices, and white rice for a ten minute dinner that feels like an instant vacation! My mom and I could not have loved this…

Salmon Pineapple Poke

My salmon pineapple poke has thinly sliced crunchy cucumber, pineapple chunks, sesame seeds, chives, sushi-grade fresh salmon, a delicious sauce, and pineapple rice. Yum! The best part? It takes mere minutes to throw together. I adore poke, especially in the summertime when I don’t want to turn on the oven. People are intimidated to make…

Macadamia Nut Bacon

Meet your new favorite bacon Rose Table reader (and personal friend!) Suellen traveled to Hawaii a year or so ago and emailed me a photo of her breakfast bacon asking me to recreate it because it was the best bacon she’d ever had. A year later, I’ve finally tried my hand at it and the…

Pineapple Yogurt Bowl

Go on a backyard vacation with my easy pineapple yogurt bowls! I am missing my beloved Caribbean terribly today and was inspired to take a little vacation in my own backyard with a tropical breakfast: pineapple yogurt bowls. My dog Gabby was into it. My longtime readers know that I adore pineapple. It’s one of my…

Pineapple Pork Skewers

I have long loved skewers. If it’s on a stick, I’m probably a fan. If you love sweet and savory together, you’ll love this easy dish that can be used either as an appetizer or main course. I served these skewers at Disney Dinners: Moana as the appetizer. Pork is popular in Hawaii (sorry, Pua!)…

Ahi Tuna Poke

Poke (rhymes with okay) is a popular dish in Hawaii that consists of super fresh raw fish tossed with sushi rice, and whatever extras you’d like. It comes together in a snap if you have chilled rice in your fridge. (You can use room temperature rice, but I prefer cold.) I served ahi tuna poke…

Mini Pineapple Cheesecake

If you love pineapple, you’ll adore this dessert. The mini cheesecakes are rich and creamy and the pineapple is bright and cheerful. Pair with caramel sauce, coconut whipped cream, crunchy macadamia nuts, and toasted coconut, and you’ve got a luau-worthy dessert! I served these cuties at Disney Dinners: Moana and am proud to say that…

Coconut Muffins

I don’t want to be hyperbolic here, but this is the best muffin recipe on planet earth. I first ate this perfect morsel of coconut goodness at beautiful Montpelier Plantation and Beach on the Caribbean island of Nevis. I loved them so much that I begged my friends at Montpelier to give me the recipe,…