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The 50th and final state admitted into the Union, Hawaii is a series of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is the furthest south of any U.S. state, further south than the Florida Keys, on roughly the same latitude as Cuba. The first human arrivals to the islands appeared more than 1,000 years ago, having island hopped from Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Polynesians brought pigs and chickens. In the 18th Century, Captain Cook brought cows, goats, and horses. Edible plants like taro, sweet potato, coconut, pineapples, and sugarcane were all brought to the islands to be cultivated in the rich volcanic soils. Today, Hawaii is known for growing coffee, macadamia nuts (originally from Australia), sweet Maui onions, pineapples, Ahi tuna, and sugar cane. But perhaps Hawaii is best known for the luau, a traditional feast that centers on the roasted pig, which is buried in the ground and cooked slowly over white-hot stones.

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Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Living In: Englewood, Colorado, USA
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I've been cooking since I picked up my mother's copy of the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook and, at the age of 11 years, greeted my parents with my first pan of brownies. Since then, I've expanded by cooking repertoire, but in my chest still beats the heart of a baker!

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Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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Mom's Sweet Buttermilk Corn Bread

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2014 by MOMOFSNUGGLEBUG   view full review
We made this recipe last night to go with some taco soup that I had made in the slow cooker. ...

Creamy Italian Dressing I

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2014 by alexthomas58   view full review
Awesome. I just decided to try something new. The only thing I would change would be less onion.

Salsa Chicken

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2014 by msmo   view full review
Very simple. The taco seasoning was a brilliant touch.

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