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Will Owen is NOT a genius...

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Will Owen is NOT a genius...

Will Owen | May 2, 2006 02:33 PM

...he just has a bunch of really good cookbooks! When I posted that recipe for Fake Kahlua Pig that y'all are raving about (as well you should - it rules!), I also told you where I got it: from "The Foods of Paradise" by Rachel Laudan, University of Hawai'i Press 1996, ISBN #0-8248-1778-8. Cover price is $24.95; Amazon probably has it for less. It's an excellent book, not just for the recipes, but also for the broad and well-written overview of Hawaiian food in general. The recipe is on page 240.

First time I made it we were hosting a Tiki Party for a friend's 50th birthday in Nashville. The red salt Rachel calls for was not available, nor were the ti leaves, though we did find frozen banana leaves at an Asian market. The use of a Reynolds roasting bag was my own idea, and a good one as it turned out. And I must correct the person who said that the salt and liquid smoke are to be merely sprinkled on: you're supposed to cut slashes in the meat all over, then massage the salt and liquid smoke into the flesh in a deep and intrusive sort of way...like, if you're comfortable doing this in front of the kids you probably aren't being serious enough ;-)

I appreciate the compliments, though!

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