The homeless and elderly will have some place to go on Thanksgiving, thanks to Hard Rock Cafe and the Waikiki Health Center. At 11 a.m., Hard Rock will open its doors to the elderly and serve them turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Then, at 1 p.m., Hard Rock will welcome homeless people for their Thanksgiving yummies.
Have rockin' feast tomorrow
For families that don't want to fuss with the fixings, Hard Rock will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. Everyone can enjoy their all-you-can-eat, "family style" dinner for $9.99, which includes turkey, of course, mashed potatoes, veggies and pumpkin pie. Items on their regular menu will also be available.
Holiday pairings: Which wine goes best with turkey and stuffing? David Gochros will discuss various wines and what foods they match, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, JMD Educational Center. Participants will also have a chance to sample the wines and dine on light pupus. Cost: $45. Register at 956-8244.
Hip, hip, hooray: Dr. Jean H. Hankin is the recipient of the American Dietetic Association's Award for Excellence in the Practice of Dietetic Research. Hankin, a nutrition researcher at the University of Hawaii's Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, developed a multinational and multi-ethnic food composition database.
The database has become one of the resource's for the National Institutes of Health's dietary recommendations for cancer prevention.
Hankin also received an award from the National Cancer Institute allowing her to research the causal relationship between preserved foods and nasopharyngeal cancer.
Share your thanks and win: Ocean Spray is looking for the most heartwarming Thanksgiving story and an original recipe using their Whole Berry or Jellied cranberry sauce for their "Our Family, Our Thanks, Our Sauce" contest. Stories must have happened during Thanksgiving and must not exceed 1,500 words. They also must be accompanied with a recipe that contains at least 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce.
The grand prize winner will receive a stress-free Thanksgiving next year with Ocean Spray providing the set-up, serving and clean-up of a catered dinner. Runners-up will receive gift certificates from local supermarkets. A list of rules is available on the entry form. Call (888) 211-5051. Callers will also receive a free cranberry sauce recipe booklet for inspiration. Deadline for entries is Feb. 28. Winners will be notified by May 31.
Host.com: Here's everything you ever wanted to know about holiday hosting, thanks to the Reader's Digest Association. The association has launched a Web site that offers tips ranging from recipes to ideas to keep the kids entertained to Thanksgiving stories.
The site is divided into six sections: Classic recipes, tasty traditions, holiday host, projects and crafts, Thanksgiving stories and a bookstore with cookbooks and how-to-books list. The site is at http://www.rdthanksgiving.com.
It's a wrap: Reynolds Kitchens also is offering help online for cooks who need a little holiday boost - http://www.rmc.com/wrap. The site includes ideas, recipes and methods for holiday cooking. If you prefer the phone to the computer, you can telephone toll-free for help at (800) 745-4000 24 hours daily, now through Dec. 31. It offers advice on cooking turkeys and if you leave your name and address you will receive a free copy of "Turkey Made Easy."
A virtual advent: The Epicurious Food site (http://www.epicurious.com) is offering the following fun holiday tips this season:
The Create (and Print) Your own Holiday Menu, the 1-2-3 Gingerbread site, which teaches how to make gingerbread houses, a Hanukkah site for traditional recipes and menus for the Festival of Lights and a Virtual Advent Calendar.
Kosher style: Sometimes it's tough to retain traditions and stay healthy. But a new cookbook, "Secrets of Fat-Free Kosher Cooking" offers a few more options of how to balance both.
Written by Deborah Bernstein, this cookbook offers laws of kosher cooking as well as nutritional facts for those who want to make a fat-free change to their diet.
Among recipes offered are Old-Fashioned Chicken Soup, Potted Beef Roast, Potato Kugel and Latkes. The cookbook costs $14.95 and is published by Avery Publishing Group.