This is what happens when you use Ko Hana Rum to make Karaage Chicken & Waffles.
Kohana Rum, Chicken Karaage & Waffles...Oh My! It was time for another visit to the Sunrise Hawaii News Now set. [bctt tweet="It’s great when you can find locally sourced items to throw into your recipes. #ShopLocal @kohanarum" username=""] With Ko Hana Rum, they provided an enjoyable ingredient to integrate into a classic dish. Chicken & Waffles...or as we enhanced it a bit, Chicken Karaage & Waffles with a Kohana Rum Butter Syrup. (Mouthful, I know...but trust me, it’s simply delicious!) [caption id="attachment_8241" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Image by Kō Hana Rum[/caption] A little talk story about Kohana Rum. Manulele Distillers-home of Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Wait, what’s Agricole Rum? is the French term for cane juice rum, a style of rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses. [caption id="attachment_8240" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Image by Kō Hana Rum[/caption] “Cherish... Read more
The Most Epic Field Trip with the Bees
A FIELD TRIP to a quaint apiary (Bee Farm) was a great break away from the hustle and bustle of Oahu for some of my staff. A small group met up with my good friend Jenn and also got the pleasure of meeting Robin from Kauai Nectar Co. who is one of the few young, female beekeepers worldwide who loves sharing this ancient practice with people of all ages and backgrounds. [caption id="attachment_8211" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image Courtesy of Kauai Nectar Co.[/caption] They settled into having fun sweating in their special suits to protect ourselves from what they came to encounter. It’s truly quite fascinating to watch the process of these hard-working insects. Pollenate = Help Plants Grow = Produce Food. That’s the simple but super important math to how they are vital to our world. [bctt tweet="Pollenate = Help Plants Grow = Produce Food. #SaveTheBees " username=""] [caption id="attachment_8213" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image Courtesy of Kauai Nectar Co.[/caption] You know that I lov... Read more
Crab Luau Leaf Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms
Crab Luau Leaf Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms for the Win! It was Superbowl LII (aka 2018) this past year and one of our Managers from Tiki’s Grill & Bar had made some fantastic crabbed stuffed mushrooms and thought it was a great way to showcase these mushrooms from SmallKine Farms in Waimanalo for this Kitchen Creations showcase. The versatility of this recipe Mushrooms are so versatile and can be used for so many things. Make this dish your own! Put what you LOVE in this. From meats to other veggies, there are so many different ways to make a stuffed mushroom your own (in my experience, cheese always make things tastier). Using locally sourced ingredients supports your local farmers and is a great reason to get out and shop in a different way. Talk about Farm to Table, right! What’s a crimini mushroom, you might ask? It’s just another name for a baby portabella, so don't be shy about using it if you haven't heard of it before. Remember, have fun. Challenge yourself and see what others around you are making, and put you... Read more
#MakeTime with Wente Vineyards
Do you make enough time for yourself and connect with those in your life? I love the message that our next Wine Dinner's vineyard embodies with their #MakeTime Campaign. We know people are happiest when they make meaningful connections with one another but with so much competing for our attention, it’s easy to overlook things that truly matter. That’s why Wente Vineyards has been committed to making time for one another since day one, crafting wine and wine country experiences that bring friends and family together. We invite you to choose to make time for each other too. So creating this exclusive dinner pairing 6 fantastic courses with 6 amazing wines from their vineyard was a must. Wente Vineyard has never been to Hawaii and will only be at the dinner due to our special relationship. I'm excited to showcase our team's talent in creating new and exciting menus and these wine dinners are a great door to getting to the next level for me and my team. Tickets are still available. Come join us. It ... Read more
What’s my definition of a flavor punch in a meal? I would say that it's like it sounds...a "PUNCH"! Bold and strong, not subtle. Not just something that enhances flavor like salt or pepper but a primary flavor like anchovies, miso, a pungent cheese, fish sauce, capers or even chocolate. When trying to recall my first 'flavor punch' meal, I couldn't really narrow that down but I definitely was intrigued with Asian ingredients not being the norm from my childhood. Hot Chinese mustard, fermented foods & seasonings, kimchee etc, all very bold. [bctt tweet=" Get people excited about your dish! #ChefRonnie" username="@tikisgrill"] I encourage you to get people excited about your dish! Use buzz words to generate interest & anticipation. Make food EXCITING! When doing this interview with I used words like..SIZZLING HOT, SPICY KO CHU JANG, FRESH WAIPOLI LETTUCE, HIGH-SPEED BLENDER. You get my drift. Tell me your favorite "Flavor Punch"? Delizioso!! Chef Ronnie [yumprint-recipe id='6']... Read more
Localicious is back!
[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://treehousechef.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kitchen-Creations-w_-Chef-Ronnie-Nasuti-of-Tikis-Grill-and-Bar-Maui-Nui-Venison-Burgers.mp4"][/video] - Mahalo to Grace and the HAWAII NOW KGMB/KHNL/KFVE for featuring Chef Ronnie Nasuti Localicious Hawaii! is back again and we are supporting the cause! They promote participating restaurants who are committed to buying local and features a “Localicious Dish”. During the month of March buying, that dish supports AG education in our public schools (Veggie U Kit). Every “Localicious Dish” ordered, the restaurant will donate $1! Localicious Hawaii is a part of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation whose mission is: “to support and sustain Hawaii’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawaii, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa. This involves educational and outreach programs in the community, as well as direct marketing, tec... Read more