From spewing lava to palm-strewn coastline, behold the park's most unforgettable sights.
1. Volcanic view: Molten lava pours into the Pacific near Kalapana, just east of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. Near constant eruptions-its eastern flanks have been erupting since 1983, Kilauea Caldera since 2003-make the park's Kilauea Volcano one of the most active in the world.
2. Kilauea Caldera: Clouds of steam rising from a valley of blackened lava-that's a classic view of Kilauea, heart of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. The current eruption centers on a portion of the caldera called Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.
3. Chain of Craters Road: This 18-mile road leads through the heart of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P., dropping 3,700 feet as it winds down the mountains to the Pacific. It comes to a sudden stop where the pavement was buried in lava in 2003; if you're lucky, you may get to see active lava flows yourself.
4. Kilauea Iki Trail: Lush tropical vegetation covers portions of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. This 4-mile trail leads
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2. Fill canner with water and heat it up. The canner should be two-thirds full for pint and half-pint jars; half-full for quart jars. Set rack on pan rim and cover pan. Over high heat, bring water to a boil (180° to 185° for pickles); this takes 30 to 45 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, wash canning jars and rings in a dishwasher and hand-wash lids; drain. For jam only, sterilize the washed jars too: When water in canner boils, place jars on rack, lower into water, and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and keep jars in water until needed.
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Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken Breasts
Pound the chicken breasts before you get to camp and put the marinade ingredients in a re-sealable plastic bag. Toss everything together 30 minutes before you plan to grill to give the chicken time to marinate.
Yield: Serves 4
1/2 cup lime juice (from about 4 limes)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves
1. Combine lime juice, sugar, pepper, oil, salt, and 1/4 cup water in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Set aside.
2. On a flat surface, lay 1 chicken breast half between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. Using a mallet or a small saucepan, pound chicken to an even 1/4- to 1/3-in. thickness. Put chicken in bowl or plastic bag with marinade. Repeat with remaining breasts. Cover or seal;
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As a restaurant critic, we--that's the royal, food critic "we"--visit more than 300 restaurants each year. And we still feel that expectant thrill every time we sit down at a new table--the thrill we suspect theater critics feel with every rising curtain. But as wide ranging as our tastes may be, and as sympathetic as we are to the difficulties of the profession, not every fad coursing through Western kitchens is worth celebrating. Here are 10 food trends of 2011 that drive us out of our minds.
1. "Changes and Modifications Politely Declined.": Passive-aggressive, vain-glorious, and thoroughly maddening, this disclaimer, found printed on menus of the sort of edgy small-plates restaurants where the fried pig's ears come with finger lime rémoulade, hits the trifecta of annoyance. And to a degree, we approve of it: In a world where customers feel entitled to ask for the alligator
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Not South Beach. Not the Zone. No diet plan encourages the
Kick off summer with our tasty takes on grilled chicken, meats, fish, shellfish, veggies, and more.
Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
The perfect picnic chicken! Soak chicken in a buttermilk brine for extra moist and tender results, and add subtle Indian-inspired spices for a go-anywhere feast that's miles from boring.
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1/2 cup chopped shallots
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 6 chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 lb. total)
- 6 chicken drumsticks (about 1 3/4 lb. total)
- In a large bowl, mix buttermilk, shallots, garlic, salt, sugar, cumin, and pepper.
- Rinse chicken thighs and drumsticks and pat dry. Trim off excess fat. Submerge chicken pieces in buttermilk brine. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, or up to 1 day (see notes).
- Lift chicken from brine; discard brine. Wipe excess from chicken
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Tangy and sweet, this drink pairs well with our luau, but is also good sipped solo.
Yield: Makes 6 cocktails
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Couple of lime wedges
About 1 cup sugar
Fresh pineapple, cut into 3/4-in. chunks
1. In a pitcher, mix pineapple juice, vodka, and lime juice, then chill until cold.
2. Rub lime wedges around rims of 6 martini glasses. Pour sugar onto a large plate. Dip rims of glasses in sugar. Divide vodka mixture among glasses. Push a few pineapple chunks onto each skewer and set one in each glass.
Char siu-glazed Pork and Pineapple Buns
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Chic cut-stone walkway
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A stylish optical illusion
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Space to unwind
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