The Ho’oulu Community Farmers Market, located on the grounds of the Keauhou Beach Resort/Outrigger Hotel - Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i Island.
As some of you know, I write a monthly feature article about a different farmers market, Farmer and/or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farmers on this island for the Hawai'i HomeGrown Food Network site.
There is an official market day on this island every single day of the week except for Mondays and Thursdays!
You can catch up with all Big Island Farmers Markets, Farmers and CSA features I've shared to date by clicking on the following links.
The number after the # symbol is the edition of the HHFN newsletter where the article can be found, but if you click on the live link it takes you directly to the feature or article.
Enjoy! and if you live on the Big Island or if you travel here on vacation, make it a point to visit some of our fabulous farmers markets or contact the nearest CSA farmer near you for weekly fresh produce!
Our 4th of July celebratory dinner; Southern Style BBQ Pulled Pork and BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, and Creamy Slaw - the dressing for the slaw was made with equal amounts honey and red wine vinegar mixed with just enough Greek yogurt to make it creamy.
I have always prided myself on 'my' baked beans, but started looking for a good recipe from scratch and couldn't find anything....Apparently everyone, including Bon Appetit Magazine uses canned beans as the base!
Many also call for cooking bacon first and then sauteing the onions and garlic, etc in the bacon grease. I did not want to add bacon since we're trying to eat a healthier diet.
By looking at different recipes I came up with this version...the idea of using the root beer came from an old July 2010 issue of Bon Appetit.
Root Beer Baked Beans
1 cups chopped onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tablespoon garlic infused olive oil
1/2 bag cannellini beans - white navy beans
1 cup root beer (preferably artisanal - found ours at the health food store)
1 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 Tablespoons strong-flavored (dark) molasses
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
Sea salt to taste - I added just a smidgen
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
I really didn't meassure the ingredients above; the amounts given are guestimates.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
I cooked the white beans on low setting in the Crockpot overnight following package directions. I did not add any seasonings to the beans at this stage.
In a pot with metal handles or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add onions to cook until beginning to brown, stirring often, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; stir about a minute. Add beans with barely any liquid, then add the root beer, vinegar, molasses, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper; mix well and bring to boil. Transfer to oven; bake uncovered until liquid thickens, about 30 minutes.
It turned out the best I've made...ever! They were rich, glossy and thick and we didn't miss the taste of bacon at all.
YIELD: 4 servings
SOURCE: Sonia's Kitchen with the help of several other recipes.
To read what led to the above recipe for baked beans and the meal served with it, read the previous two posts!
I had fun putting this table setting (or as afficionados now call it, tablescape) together...
When I started looking around I was amazed at how many things I already had that fit the tri-color theme. I did buy the little flags ($1/3) and the small buckets ($1/each) at Target, but everything else was something I already owned.
I did buy a 1 yard remant of 'patriotic theme' fabric ($1.49) at one of our fabric stores with the intention of cutting a section of it into napkins, but after I opened it up, it had such a nice border on both ends that I decided to just hem it all around and save it to use as a tablecloth for our 2x4 folding table...and use it next year ... and instead used my plain red napkins.
There is a place by the side of the road above the village, on the way up to Akaka Falls, where huge bushes of this variety of sunflowers are growing. We took a container with water and some clippers and cut a few to use on the table... Sunflowers go with the 4th of July in my opinion...they look like a burst of fireworks!
The flatware is some I've used mainly for breakfast. The cobalt plates are part of my cobalt glass collection. The red goblets are part of a set of 8 I gave my mother many, many years ago when she was going through her black and white with red accent phase - you can imagine how long ago when I tell you I got them with S&H Green Stamps! The Ball jar-mugs are some we've been collecting when we buy a certain brand of jams and jellies.
In my earlier post today I mentioned we bought some pulled pork and some chicken from one of the vendors competing in the Hilo Bay BBQ Competition. I served them with my homemade baked beans (recipe will follow in a day or so) and a creamy slaw.
From top left clockwise: pulled pork BBQ, Root Beer Baked Beans, Creamy Slaw and BBQ Chicken Southern Style.
For dessert we kept it light... raspberries and blueberries with ricotta sweetened with a touch of honey.
For the 6th year, Hilo has hosted a BBQ Cook-Off and this year's event got under way yesterday, Tuesday 3rd with the judging of the Poke and Chili competition. Today was the turn of the BBQ Chicken, Pork Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork and Brisket.
The event is sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association and serves as the Hawaii State BBQ Championship drawing competitors from around the island, the state and even from the mainland.
The commuter parking lot between Bayfront and Kamehameha Avenue served as the setting for the event. We didn't count how many tents were set up but there were at least 20. Several restaurants and quite a few individuals were drawing crowds with the delicious aromas wafting all over the area. We parked on the socker field across the way and could smell the combined aromas all the way before we even got out of the car.
The winners of this contest will represent the State of Hawaii in the World Championship Invitational Barbeque Competition in Lynchburg, Tennessee in October of this year.
The day was clear, sunny with a nice breeze blowing from the bay.
As we were walking along we met quite a few friends we hadn't seen in a while... and it was fun to people watch.
Anthony got recruited to serve as one of 10 judges in the BBQ Pulled Pork contest. He got to taste 16 different entries. He was invited to participate again next year.
We picked up some pulled pork and BBQ chicken to bring home for our dinner this afternoon. We could not stay to wait for the results of the competition but wish luck to all of them.
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Safe 4th of July!