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Honolulu Star Advertiser

Website collects and shares local-style recipes

By Joleen Oshiro

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Frank Abraham started cooking since small-kid time, making crazy sandwich creations with boyhood buddies, and he hasn't stopped since.

But there was a hole in his food world. Abraham, 47, moved to California for college and never returned to Hawaii — and he's homesick.

"I really miss the food and culture, and the restaurants here don't serve the kind of food I'm used to," he says of Hawaii-themed venues.

His solution: Cooking Hawaiian Style (www.cookinghawaiianstyle.com), a website he launched July 1 to share favorite local recipes with family and friends in the isles.

Three and a half months later, the site has taken on a life of its own, boasting "a couple thousand recipes" and more than 3,000 sign-ups. Many are former Hawaii residents who share Abraham's longing for home.

Several famous folks share recipes as well, including chef Chai Chaowasaree, singer Melveen Leed and comedian Frank De Lima.

Abraham says the recipe library features classic local dishes and "twists on old classics, like pork and beans with Portuguese sausage."

"One of my lifelong friends shared a recipe for brown gravy for hamburger steak. That's such a Hawaii-specific thing," he says.

Abraham is now seeking submissions from Hawaii residents. "As food culture changes, things evolve. I want to know what's happening now in Hawaii. I want to keep that culture going."

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