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  • How Many Grains of Rice?

    Ricegrains1500ppxWe asked you to guess how many grains of rice there are in one pound of long grain rice. We had many answers, ranging from around 8,000 to 1 million. We had six guesses that came in within our 1,000 grain cushion, and the two lucky winners who will each receive a Hawai‘i Book of Rice + rice paddle prize package are:

    Josh Schaeffer, who guessed 30,000


    Lori Hasegawa, who guessed 29,100

    The correct answer (as published in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice)? Approximately 29,000 grains of rice in one pound of long-grain rice.

    Congratulations to Josh and Lori! We hope you’ll make some delicious rice-ipes and share your results with us!

  • Chef Ed Kenney & The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook "Biting Commentary" Giveaway

    Chef Ed Kenney


    Chef Ed Kenney (Town in Kaimuki & Downtown at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum) and The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook - Vol. 2 will be featured on the next episode of HONOLULU Magazine’s Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn TV series, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, airing on KGMB9 on Sunday, July 17, 2:30 pm.

    In this episode of Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn, learn about Feed the Hunger Foundation, visit the farmers’ market (shopping with a chef is always fun!) and go into the kitchen with Chef Ed.

    For this episode, he cooks up Green Papaya and Pork Soup (a recipe that can be found in The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook - Vol. 2) and a Pork & Papaya Banh Mi Sandwich, demonstrating how using the same ingredients can result in dishes with completely different, yet complimentary, taste profiles. Chef Ed is passionate about food security and making the most out of (local!) ingredients; he’s become legendary for his “snout to tail” cooking, using all the parts of a single animal — pork from Shinsato Hog Farm in Kahalu‘u is a big favorite of his — and for his motto:

    Local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always.

    You can read host John Heckathorn’s account of the shopping and cooking experience at his “Biting Commentary” blog.

    Green Papaya & Pork Soup by Chef Ed Kenney


    To celebrate his appearance on the show, we’re giving away a copy of The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook - Vol. 2 to one lucky winner, selected at random. In this cookbook from The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Chef Ed and 17 other of the Islands’ top chefs (Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Vikram Garg, Hiroshi Fukui and D.K. Kodama, just to name a few) share their recipes for cooking with the locally-raised ingredients you’ll find at the farmers’ markets. Tell us in the comments below what your favorite locally-raised ingredient is. If you buy it at farmers’ market, tell us why you love shopping there. (We know not everyone has a chance to get to the markets, so we won’t count it against you for shopping at a regular grocery store; we’re just happy you buy local!). Contest closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 10, 2011; see the end of this post for additional contest rules.

    Tag along with Chef Ed and John on their farmers’ market trip and watch them in the kitchen this Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 pm!

    Special Deal: We’re so excited about Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn that we’re offering 30% off all our non-sale titles at our online store. Use coupon code BITEBOOKS to get your discount.

    Contest Rules: A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim.

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