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Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

One of my favorite cookbooks...

to "drool" over. The Hali'imaile General Store Cookbook. (Yet another fabulous offering from 10-Speed Press.) One word describes this book...lush; just like the Islands themselves. When I saw this book in a used store in Glendale, I just had to have it in my ever expanding cookbook "stable."

I have always had this fascination with Hawai'i. I had such wonderful memories of my visit there, many moons ago, I still fantasize about running away there one day. Perhaps those strong feelings of desire colored my view of "the boyfriend gone horrendously bad"...his parents were from the Islands; his mother from Maui; his father from Oahu. Rose colored glasses...well, I've tossed them out regarding "dating"...but I've kept the positive feelings I have of the Islands' offerings with this delicious cookbook.

Just glancing at some of the recipe offerings bring thoughts of sampling them on a beach with a warm breeze gently caressing the table linens and the locks on your date's forehead. And, although one may presume that Hawai'i is just one long ongoing tourist season, Bev has broken down the recipes to showcase the tastes of the true seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. (Yes, there reallly IS a Winter in Hawai'i.) Ahhhh, but I desire these dishes ANY season, really! "Crab Cannelloni with Lemongrass-Ginger Sauce", "Sesame-Crusted Mahimahi with Coconut-curry Cabbage and Rum-Baked Bananas", "Crunchy Macadamia Nut Chicken over Tropical Fruit Paella", "Mango-Pineapple Cobbler", "Pineapple Pie", "Pineapple Shortbread Cookies", "Paniolo Ribs with Hali'imaile Barbecue Sauce and Coconut-Sweet Potato Cakes" and "Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie." (Hungry yet?)

The proprietress of The Hali'imaile General Store is Beverly Gannon, a former road manager for various entertainers, until she ventured off to Le Cordon Bleu in London. Bev then ventured off to other various places, including cooking adventures with Jacques Pepin and Marcella Hazan. She ended up in Hawai'i with her husband, Joe, a lighting designer for rock'n roll band shows, and together they started, not only a family, but a culinary "empire" of sorts. The Hali'maile General Store, Joe's Bar & Grill, Celebration's Catering and her work with Hawaiian Airlines.

I don't know where she finds time, but Bev also has a wonderful blog, "Bev's Blog"...stop by and say "aloha!" and also congratulate her for The Small Business Administration naming her Hawaii's Small Business Person of the Year!

Oh, yeah...and get the cookbook!

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