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Hawaiian Bark with Kona Coffee, Macadamia Nuts & Coconut Flakes

Hawaiian Bark with Kona Coffee, Macadamia Nuts and Coconut Flakes

Chocolate Bark is a sneaky treat. See, it sounds fancy. But in reality it’s so easy to make that I’m almost embarrassed to share this Hawaiian Bark recipe with you. Almost

Chocolate bark is basically a homemade candy bar – topped with all your favorite ingredients. Pretty great, right? There are lots of great bark combinations using nuts, dried fruit, cereal, cookies and more. But I’m pretty predictable, and couldn’t help but top my latest creation with some of my favorite Hawaiian treats: Kona Coffee grounds, toasted macadamia nuts, and of course, coconut. 

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

My parents divorced when I was just a baby. WAIT – this isn’t a sad story, so don’t leave. See, they both remarried and had more children. After a few years, my father moved from Oahu to the Big Island, and I became what he likes to call  their “back and forth kid.” I spent weekends bouncing between airports to see my two families. Between the time I was 5 and 12, I flew as an “unaccompanied minor,” which meant my parents were able to walk me onto the flight (back in the days that your family could walk you to the gate, instead of leaving you at security. Remember that?!). Oh, and I had to wear those clip-on wings (which were embarrassing for longer than they were cool). Another perk was that I was almost always bumped to first class. See, when you’re a cute 5 year old with a Hello Kitty suitcase, and you fly every other weekend – and you’re probably the youngest member of the Aloha Airlines frequent flier club – flight attendants know you.

In first class, the inter island flights used to serve little packs of macadamia nuts. I’d spend the 26 minute flight sucking on the salty macadamia nuts. I never actually ate the nuts, and I’m sure I didn’t spit them out so discretely. Gross, I know you guys. But kids are weird.  I’m sure the flight attendants and the other first class guests – who had actually paid for their seats – thought I was a little nuts. Um, no pun intended.

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Tropical Chinese Chicken Salad

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We’ve had an unusually warm Spring in Oregon, and I can’t bring myself spend the evenings inside cooking dinner. That means we’ve been eating lots of salad and no bake meals. Over the weekend I pre-cooked a bunch of boneless, skinless chicken breasts to use throughout the week. I’ve used the chicken in a variety of ways, including Chicken Salad in an Avocado and most recently, Chinese Chicken Salad with homemade asian vinaigrette. With macadamia nuts, of course. Because by now you know that I can’t avoid bringing tropical to the table.

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