Island Life: 10-16-18

A line of spectators get their feet wet in Kailua Bay at they watch the Ironman World Championship athletes compete. (Donna Goodale/Community Contributor)

Our creamy scalloped potatoes has a browned, cheesy crust

In our experience, most recipes for scalloped potatoes take hours of work yet still produce unevenly cooked potatoes in a heavy, curdled sauce. This version is faster than most and produces layer upon layer of thinly sliced, tender potatoes, creamy sauce, and nicely browned, cheesy crust.

One-pot Mexican hot chocolate brownies are a real kick

Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (yup, got it) and often cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the heat. The combination of spicy and chocolate just plain works, and I wanted to see how it would translate into another beloved treat, the good old American brownie.