Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | Hawaiian Punch the Exotic Fruit Drink of the Tropics

Hawaiian Punch Booklet

As I sit here preparing tomorrow’s post, the sounds and smells of Summer’s anticipated arrival tingly waft through my open windows. My wind chimes tinkle in harmony while the children’s chant and screech in the distance. Klop, Klop, klop, an Amish buggy fades over the mountain. Now they are laughing and I smile to myself knowing the reason why. The sun is out, the grass is in need of yet another mowing and today after the “chance of showers” arrived as predicted, there was a rainbow. (beat me with a wet noodle my camera needed charging)

I picked peonies today, lots and lots of peonies!!!

Peonies & Roses

The house is intoxicated. Marion and I don’t mind in the least. We may change our minds once I close the windows…the aroma can become a bit overwhelming, I know, but it does:) We don’t have a large house but when I tell you each and every room has it’s own bouquet of peonies, I kid you not. Both baths, the plant room AND the rather large garage have all been peonied!


I'll be sharing these intoxicating Peonies with Pam's Garden Tuesday. Did you see her Mailbox Flower Bed? Gorgeous!

I thought you would get a kick out of the Hawaiian Punch leaflet I’m sharing today. It just so happens, according to the Hawaiian Punch website, that on June 9, 1938, the U.S. Patent Office gave Leo's Hawaiian Punch its trademark. The "Leo's" was dropped several years later. If you miss those two characters Punchy and Opie, you really should visit the website. Scroll down to Quick Sips, I bet you’ll feel all nostalgic when you come back:)

Who can forget that infamous Hawaiian Punch tagline, ”How about a nice Hawaiian Punch?" which was trademarked back in 1964. What a punchline, lol…

How many of you remember when Hawaiian Punch was a thick gooey concentrate sold in large glass bottles? The story goes, it was originally a syrup only sold to food service outlets as a topping for ice cream. Someone diluted the syrup with water, wha la, an “exotic” fruit drink was born. If you look the picture below carefully, and read the recipes, you’ll see. I personally don’t remember the base mixture, probably because that “stuff” would have been forbidden in our house:) I do recall the ready mix cans of Hawaiian Punch. I have a feeling that may have been from when my kids were little:)

Retro Hawaiian Punch Recipes

More recipes for using Hawaiian punch are below. Unfortunately, this booklet is soooooo outdated, it isn’t much use in the recipe department. (not unless you want to boil ready made Hawaiian punch back into a syrup:) No Hula Highballs for us, lol…(for those of you unfamiliar with Hawaiian punch, it had a base combination of pineapple, guava, papaya and passion fruit)

Retro Hawaiian Punch Recipes

Don’t be sad, after digging out this Hawaiian Punch leaflet, I got an attack of the tropical itch. I remembered I had these blank cards of assorted exotic drink recipes from Hawaii’s finest hotels.

Assorted Exotic Drinks From Hawaiian Hotels

I’ve chosen three to share with you today, just to whet your whistle:) Here’s a recipe to quench that itch, the Tropical Itch courtesy of Kahala Hilton Hotel. (apparently when the Tropical Itch was served at the hotel, it came with a wooden personal back scratcher:)

Tropical Itch | Kahala Hilton Hotel

Do you like Piña Coladas? I sure do!!! Meet the Chi Chi Tiki Drink courtesy of the Halekaulani Hotel. It’s a Piña Colada made with Vodka instead of Rum! I was going to include the Sundowner here but you know who did a glowing post a while back. That would be John @Kitchen Riffs. Splendid John!

Chi Chi Colada | Halekaulani Hotel

Last but most certainly not least, the Kumu Tiki from Ala Moana American Hotel. Cheers!

Kumu Tiki | Ala Moana American Hotel

Cookbook Give-Away

And the Winner is… Geraldine! Her favorite sweet memory was of making fudge with her Dad! She was the fudge tester!!! Visit Geraldine’s Southwest Kitchen to congratulate her!

Marion wasn't up to her picture being taken but she happily pulled Geraldines name out of her favorite hat! 

You could be next:) First, let’s see what books I’ve chosen to celebrate the anticipation of Summer.

First up, two cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. (titled Cheap & Easy, this book only measures 5-1/2 X 4-1/4, but it’s oh so charmingingly reciped:)

Cheap & Easy Recipes | Gooseberry Patch

From the publisher:

With the recipes we’ve collected in Almost Homemade, you can make yummy, fresh-tasting dishes using menu helpers from the cupboard and fridge…products that have already done all the chopping and shredding, whisking and stirring for you. It’s a snap to start the weekend off right with Rise & Shine Quiche and Blueberry Puffs for brunch. Or treat your family to Caesar Coleslaw, Chicken Comfort Casserole and French Market Squash for dinner, topped off with scrumptious Chocolate-Cherry Cake.

You’ll be the most relaxed hostess ever when you set out Texas Caviar, Crispy Crunchy Snack Mix, Creamy Artichoke Pizzas and Can’t-Eat-One Bacon Swirls for party snacking…enjoy spending time with your guests instead of time in the kitchen.

Almost Homeade | Gooseberry Patch

Vineyard Seasoning by Susan Branch is another charming book darned with lovely illustrations and words of wisdom. Unfortunately for some, it is now out of print.

Vineyard Seasons | Susan Branch

Vineyard Seasons was inspired by the four seasons on the New England island of Martha’s Vineyard where I live. In this one, the fans go crazy for the Lemon Noodles and my mom’s yummy Spareribs and Juice, just to mention two. Vineyard Seasons also has a special section for Tea, which is where you’ll find the recipe for my famous delectable melt-in-your-mouth Orange Cake, with Orange Icing, and Orange Filling. 2-die-4!

Vineyard Seasons | Susan Branch

If you would like to add this collection of delightful books to your cookbook collection, just leave your favorite Summertime childhood memory in the comment section below. Now, now, none of this “I have so many” excuses, lol…share one:) I apologize but once again, these cookbooks can only be shipped in the U.S. (not to worry, next week, the cookbook give-away will include everyone, everywhere! (well almost everyone, tune in:) Remember, once you win a give-a-way you won't be eligible to "play" again:)

The Picnic Game

I have a sneaky feeling we’ll be playing the Picnic Game once again this year. Yippee!!! For those of you who have played before, you know that we need 26 people to cover each letter of the alphabet. So far we have about 12 future picnickers so it’s looking good, real good. Once again I ask, if you are up to the picnic game this year, leave a comment below and I’ll add your name to the list. (don’t pick a letter yet) If anyone out there has never played the picnic game before and wants to know more about it, email me acalenda {at} gmail {dot} com with your questions. I will be happy to show you how to play and you too will be reciting, I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” It’s really fun and easy too!!! (you can also visit my Pinterest Online Picnic Game board which has many of the dishes we have enjoyed at previous picnics)

Next week will be the Wednesday before International Picnic Day, June 18th. I’ll explain how to play the Picnic Game in more detail then. We’ll also be having another give-a-way open to everyone, everywhere AND celebrate Lobster Day if time allows. “See” you then, Louise:)

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