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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Dish offers flavor of school fare

By Wanda A. Adams
Advertiser Columnist

 •  Juiced tomato

Aldeanne Pamatigan Sheldon wrote to share a recipe from her late mother, who was known as "Mrs. P." around August Ahrens Elementary School in Waipahu, where she was cafeteria manager. This is for C.S. Norita, who remembers several school-days dishes that he'd like to re-create, including this one, Spanish green beans.


  • 1 pound hamburger

  • Vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3 celery stalks, diced (OK to include leaves)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more, as desired)

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 can tomato sauce or 1/2 can tomato paste

  • 2 cans cut green beans, drained

  • Flour for thickening

    Brown hamburger in a little oil; add onion, garlic, celery and dry seasonings. Add tomato sauce or paste and an equal amount of water, followed by the beans. Simmer one-half hour. Make a paste of one tablespoon flour to one tablespoon water and drizzle and stir into the green bean mixture. Simmer another five minutes to thicken. Taste and correct seasonings. Makes 4-6 servings.

  • Per serving (based on 4 servings): 380 calories, 23 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 730 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 25 g protein


  • The orange coffee ring that the Alexander Young Hotel bakery made: for Beth Madinger.

  • A beef stew that tastes like Columbia Inn's: for Jo-Ann Nakashige.

  • The daikon tsukemono from Utage Restaurant in Kalihi: for Millie Sugimoto.

  • Japanese-style fried rice the kind served at ramen shops and that doesn't appear dark: for Annette Kahalewai.

  • Homemade aburage for making cone sushi: for Mary Bello, who needs it for relatives who live on the Mainland.

    Send recipes and queries to Wanda A. Adams, Food Editor, Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802. Fax: 525-8055. E-mail: wadams@honoluluadvertiser.com.

    For more information about our 150th anniversary cookbook, call 535-8189 (message phone; your call will be returned). You can pre-order the cookbook online.