In the previous post, a poll was created exclusively to ask the loyal readers of this blog whether or not you approve of having a guest blogger, along with a one week deadline that’s ended today. To which the majority of you clearly voted in favor of it. Here’s the final numbers from that poll…
Poll: Featured Guest Blogger(s) on The Tasty Island?
• Sounds great! It will bring added dimension and flavor to an already interesting blog! 43.01% (43 votes)
• I’m OK with that. 25.81% (24 votes)
• It doesn’t matter, either way. 2.15% (2 votes)
• I prefer only to read what this blog’s original author has to say. 15.05% (15 votes)
• Heck no! 9.68% (9 votes)
• Other (I’ll elaborate in a comment) 4.3% (4 votes)
Total Votes: 93
With that, introducing our new Tasty Island Hawaii guest blogger, Kendra Thornton! following is her complete bio:
Kendra Thornton has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she visited the Bahamas at 3 months old. She comes from a family of travel agents and founded Thornton Public Relations LLC in April 2005 in an effort to bring strategic and low cost public relations to start-up and established travel, consumer and technology companies. Ms. Thornton also appears regularly as a travel expert on ABC, CBS, NBC and CW affiliates across the country to share travel trends, tips and deals with millions of viewers every year.
Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Thornton was the Director of Corporate Communications at Orbitz.com, one of the nation’s largest travel agencies. In this role, Ms. Thornton was responsible for the company’s external communications strategy and program execution. With a proven background as a creative and results oriented media strategist, Ms. Thornton successfully planned and executed public relations campaigns for Orbitz that covered new product/service launches, crisis communications, executive positioning and brand and product marketing communications for business, trade and consumer audiences.
At Orbitz, Ms. Thornton acted as print and TV spokesperson to extend the company’s brand authority in both leisure and business travel. She’s been quoted frequently on travel trends and issues in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and appeared regularly on the ABC, CBS and CW networks and affiliate stations across the country to discuss travel.
Ms. Thornton grew up in the travel industry with parents who own Royal Travel & Tours, the largest travel agency chain in north central Illinois. The family business afforded her the opportunity to travel the world and experience first-hand the evolution of the industry – from OAG being the single source for airline schedules to airlines first cutting commissions to the birth of the Internet for booking travel – over the past 30 years.
Ms. Thornton’s 15-year professional career has been in communications where she’s worked with high-profile companies in travel, technology, consumer products and food and beverage. Her resumé includes successful stints at some of the world’s largest public relations firms, including BSMG (now Weber Shandwick) and Golin Harris. In some instances, Ms. Thornton acted as a spokesperson on behalf of her clients in print, TV and radio interviews.
Ms. Thornton received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She’s active in a number of professional and philanthropic organizations, including the Society of American Travel Writers, Young Professionals of Chicago and the Junior League of Chicago.
Presenting Ms. Thornton’s debut guest post for The Tasty Island. Enjoy!
Molly’s Smokehouse Pulled Pork & Beef Brisket platter – Photo courtesy of Yelp
A True Taste of Hawaii: Pulled Pork and Hawaiian Sauce
By Kendra Thornton
If you have ever traveled to the lovely shores of Hawaii, you have seen its majestic waters, felt their tropical breezes, and have undoubtedly witnessed their scenic views; all encompassing with their vibrant, blossoming colors. However, one thing that truly sparked my interest and left me with a fabulous memory to travel home with was their exotic cuisine!
I wanted to be able to replicate this bold, simple and yet flavorful pork sandwich I had at Molly’s Smokehouse right in Wahiawa. I stayed in one of the top Hawaiian hotels; however I wanted to venture out of the complex and explore some real, cultural food!
When I found this low-key spot, Molly’s Smokehouse, I fell in love with their tantalizing barbeque flavors and wanted to bring this very taste of Hawaii home to my family and find a recipe that could get them drooling over the very same kind of meal I had. Like all pulled pork recipes, it produces meat that is tender and flavorful, and that is even before you add the delicious Hawaiian sauce! If you are someone who is invested in trying some of the unique flavors of Hawaii, give this crock-pot recipe a shot.
The easy do-it-yourself
Hawaiian Island taste of Pulled Pork:
3-1/2 pounds pork shoulder
1 cup of teriyaki marinade
1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ cup of chicken broth
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons of molasses
¼ cup of soy sauce
½ cup of chili sauce
2 diced carrots
1 6-ounce can of pineapple juice
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped raw ginger
3 teaspoons chopped raw garlic
To make the rub, mix together the teriyaki marinade, the paprika and the pepper.
Rub it thoroughly into the pork shoulder, being sure to coat as much of the surface as you can.
Use a whisk to combine the chicken broth, the sugar, the molasses, the soy sauce, the chili sauce and the pineapple juice. This produces the water for the slow cooker, so set it aside for now.
Make a bed of vegetables in the slow cooker by placing the diced carrots and the diced onions into the slow cooker first. Then place the pork on top of the veggies, and pour half of the broth mixture on top of it.
Cook these items on low for about eight hours. This recipe requires patience, but it’s worth it! When you are done, the meat will be amazingly tender and juicy.
Prepare the Hawaiian sauce by simmering the olive oil over medium heat and sautéing the garlic and the ginger until it is soft. Then add the rest of the pineapple and cook over a low heat until it is thick.
Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.
Serve the pulled pork on buns with a generous slathering of the Hawaiian sauce! There you have it, bring that Hawaiian Island feel to your own home in a matter of no time! Enjoy!