The Hawaii Professional Firefighters Foundation (HPFF) released its very first cookbook in 2015 featuring recipes from Hawaii firefighters, entitled “Recipes from Hawaii’s Firehouse Kitchens.” Initial copies were offered for sale to firefighters first and to the general public for $18.95 each. Proceeds helped fund the mission of HPFF, the nonprofit organization of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA), which supports firefighters and community projects statewide.
Although not credited in the cookbook, Daisy Canite and a cookbook committee comprised of volunteers, worked tirelessly with our firefighters, recipe tester and photographer Maryellen Markley, who also serves as HPFF Board President, and publisher Mutual Publishing to create a colorful recipe book that reflects Hawaii’s unique local flavors, as well as our firefighters’ personalities. Canite called it a “labor of love,” and is looking forward to a Volume II!
One of Canite’s favorite recipes was sent in by retired Honolulu Fire Department firefighter Renny Tsark, as follows, and perfectly reflects the cookbook’s “personality.”
Rookie Pork Butt
Renny Tsark, Retiree
Honolulu Fire Department
This is the dish I made the first time I had to cook as a rookie at HFD Station 2 in 1977. This was the test as to whether I would stay or be transferred…I passed!
1 can Campbells® tomato soup
1 can (same can) filled with shoyu
1 can (same can) filled with sugar
1 lrg. pork butt
Mix the tomato soup, shoyu, and sugar well in a large pot. Place the pork in the sauce and simmer uncovered for 3 hours, turning the meat occasionally. When cooked, the meat should be soft and break apart easily.
Shred the meat with a fork and place on a platter with steamed cabbage wedges. Pour the sauce through a strainer and put it back in the pot. Bring to a boil and thicken the sauce slightly with water and cornstarch. Pour the sauce over the pork and cabbage and serve.
Copies may be available at the locations and recommend you call in advance:
Barnes & Noble
BookEnds (Kailua, Oahu)
Honolulu International Airport (Oahu)
Island-X Hawaii (Waialua, Oahu)
Native Books (Ward Village, Oahu)
Pillbox Pharmacy (Kaimuki, Oahu)
Rainbow Bridge Gift Shop (Haleiwa, Oahu)
Waimea Valley Store (Waimea, Oahu)
Koloa Discount Variety (Koloa, Kauai)
Village Variety (Hanalei, Kauai)
Maui Ocean Center (Wailuku, Maui)
Basically Books (Hilo, Hawaii)
Waipio Valley Artworks (Waipio Valley, Hawaii)
Mutual Publishing (mutualpublishing.com)
Tropic Isle Music Co. (tropicislemusic.com)
And other stores and online sites.
ABOUT THE HAWAII PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
The Hawaii Professional Firefighters Foundation (HPFF) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA) to strengthen the support network of County and State firefighters, promote fire prevention and education, encourage social welfare in our communities, and foster preservation of Hawaii’s fire history.