Fast Food Friday with Linda, Hawaiian Bread and Blondies

A fun thing is happening this morning!  I will be joining Linda (“My Kind of Cooking”) on the radio, via telephone this morning during her cooking segment, “Fast Food Friday.” 

You can listen over the internet by clicking this link:  Passion Radio.  Click on the Listen Live button in the upper left hand corner of the website to connect.  We will be on around 8:20 a.m. mountain time, 9:20 central time. 

As you may have seen on my June 25th post, I won her cookbook in a drawing.  Linda mentioned my winning the cookbook on the radio program as I was listening.  And then to my amazement, she emailed asking if I would like to join her on the air. 

With that, I made two recipes and shipped the “goodies” to Linda in New Mexico.  I had a hard time trying to decide upon what to make that would ship well in this heat. 

The first recipe I made was Chocolate Chunk Butterscotch Blondies.  It is a recipe that Mom made and I did some substituting.  It originally called for walnuts, shredded coconut and milk chocolate chips.  I bake it with pecans, butterscotch chips and semi-sweet chocolate chunks.

These blondies are about the brown sugar though.  They are similar to a brownie but have a brown sugar base instead of cocoa like brownies.  Blondies are a sweet thing!

Chocolate Chunk Butterscotch Blondies


1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons vanilla
½ cup butterscotch morsels
½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chunks
½ cup pecans, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease or spray an 8” baking dish with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Beat butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add the brown sugar and beat 3-4 minutes longer.
Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Fold in the butterscotch morsels, chocolate chunks and pecans.
Spread the batter in the baking dish and bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Let cool about 15-20 minutes in the pan before slicing.
Makes about 16 bars


Now, for the second  ~ Hawaiian Pineapple Bread is a great sweet bread that a friend at our church in Louisville gave to me.  I love pineapple and macadamia nuts so this fit the bill!  It’s easy and a great moist bread.

Hawaiian Pineapple Bread


2 cups flower
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 beaten egg
½ cup milk
1¼ (8¼-ounce can) cups crushed pineapple, undrained
¼ cup butter, melted
¾ cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1-1/3 cups flaked coconut


Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or two 7½ x3½ x2-inch loaf pans; set aside.
In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Make a well in center of dry mixture.
In another bowl combine the egg, milk, undrained pineapple and melted butter.
Stir just until moistened, batter should be lumpy.
Fold in nuts and coconut.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes for the 9 inch loaf pan or 45-50 minutes for the 7½ inch loaf pans; until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Remove bread from pan and completely cool on the wire rack.
Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
Makes 1 large or 2 small loaves.

I would have never dreamed in a million years that Linda and her friends at KPCL would be eating my homemade treats in New Mexico!


  1. I tried to see if I can pick up the station from here in France but my connection is not fast enough and it did not appear to work, pity. Great choices you have made.

    Hope you enjoy the show and congratulations. Diane

  2. Pam, I was going to wait until I got to the radio station to see what you had made us but I couldn't wait, I had to get a peak at the yummy things you have prepared for us to try!

    I will post pictures on my blog later of the these recipes and put a link back to your blog.

    Talk to you soon! This is going to be FUN! :)

  3. The pineapple bread looks fabulous! Wow macadamia nuts in a cake!

  4. Both desserts look fantastic! LOVE the hawaiian bread, so good! Thanks!

  5. Everything looks fantastic Pam! Have fun with Linda on the radio! How exciting for you!!!

  6. Congratulations on the radio show! That Hawaiian Pineapple bread looks amazing. I will have to try it out.

  7. Yay, I stopped by just in time to be able to tune into the broadcast this morning. You are a celeb! How great is that.

    Have a wonderful 4th of July.

  8. Hi Pam,
    Two amazing and yummy recipes!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow, those are some great treats they are getting. How nice of you! How exciting for the radio chat too! I'll be tuning in....just a few minutes from now.

  10. How exciting for you. I hope you tell us all about it.

  11. I will be trying your Pineapple bread recipe the next time I make a trip to the store. We have some amazing looking pineapples in our stores right now. I love both pieapple and macadamia nuts, for me that's a win/win.

  12. The hawaian bread looks just fantastic..!! beutifull recipes and beautifull blog..!!

  13. Pam, you were FANTASTIC on the radio! We are still talking about you, your delicious food, and your beautiful blog!

    Thanks again for taking the time to be on my radio show!

  14. You guys sounded great on the radio...I was listening.

  15. Too bad I missed your broadcast. I will check and see if they have it taped:) Congratulations that sounds like fun! You picked two very delicious recipes to send. I am sure she was thrilled. Thanks for sharing these. They both sound great.

  16. Yum! I love anything brown-sugar based. ;)

  17. Wow, it was such a great experience to talk on-air. :) I hope you enjoyed it.

  18. Oh my! How fun, you're going to be broadcasted on the radio! Both of those cakes look good, but I have to tell you that I have a weakness for blondies. Those bars look so good!

  19. Congrats! How fun. Hope you have a great 4th of July, I'm sure it will include some delicious food!

  20. Whoa congrats on your radio feature! How super cool!

    I want those blondies. Immediately. Really. I'm drooling.

    I also wanted to let you know that I featured your pork loin marinade from the other day on my blog! It was fantastic. Most flavorful pork I've ever made.

  21. Hi Diane, so sorry you couldn't connect to it. It was a fun thing! Thanks so much!

  22. Hi Linda, I'm glad they arrived intact and am happy you enjoyed them! It was great talking with you. You and your co-hosts were so gracious and kind and made it easy! It was a thrill and I thank you so much again for your awesome cookbook and the opportunity to be on your show!

  23. Angie's Recipes, thanks! Yes, love those macadamia nuts!

    Debbi, thank you! They're good!

    Jenn, thank you! I did have fun with Linda on the radio! She's the best!

    Celeste, great! I hope you do try the Hawaiian bread, it's good! Thanks!

    Cathy, it was pretty great, a lot of fun! Thanks so much!

    Salsa Verde, thank you and have a good day, Lia! Love...

    Lyndsey, great! Hope you caught the show and enjoyed it. Thanks!

    M, it was really wondering talking with Linda. She is a pretty awesome lady! And her co-hosts were pretty great also!

    Carla and Michael, great! I hope you do try the bread. You can definitely taste the good macadamia flavor in it!

    El taller de Curra - Cartonnage, thank you! That's very nice of you and have a good day!

    Bo, awesome! I'm glad you listened; Linda is just as good at talking on her cooking segment as she is in writing her cookbooks! It was a fun thing joining Linda, Fareed and Stan on the radio. Thanks for listening!

    Raina, sorry you missed it. Thanks with the recipes; they were easy to ship and good for a treat. Thanks so much and you have a good day!

    Mo, me too! They definitely are rich. Thanks!

    Little Inbox, yes! It was lots of fun and I enjoyed it immensely. Linda, Fareed and Stan all made it easy; they're great!

    Fresh Local and Best, thanks! It was wonderful! Glad you like the blondies and have a great weekend!

    midwesttomidlands, thank you! I will enjoy celebrating the 4th and am wondering if you will be doing that since you're a midwest girl at heart, living in the UK.

    Joanne, it was super cool! Great with the pork marinade! I'm so happy you liked it and I will check out the post! Thank you and have a great 4th!

  24. how exciting for you! everything looks great. I absolutely love blondies!! (more than brownies actually. is that "unamerican" of me? LOL)

  25. Hi stopping by from Linda's blog. and I am now a follower!!

  26. The radio spot sounds like fun! The bread and the blondies both look fabulous! I really like the combo of the chocolate chips in the blondie! Yum! Happy 4th to you! ;)

  27. What fun that must have been; thank you for sharing those recipes; they look great!

  28. Danielle, it was exciting and a lot of fun! It's great that you love brownies and makes you very American!

    detweilermom, thank you and I will be checking out your blog shortly! Happy 4th!

    theUngourmet, thank you! The radio segment was wonderful and I really enjoyed talking with Linda, Fareed and Stan! Here's wishing you a wonderful July 4th!

    Sage. it was! Linda, Fareed and Stan were so kind on the radio and it was great to join them! Glad you like the recipes!

  29. Congrats on being honoured to participate it what seems to have been a very memorable event for you Pam.

    Love this recipe for coconut bread...will be bookmarking it for later baking ;o) was really nice recieving a visit from has given me a chance to discover a another passionate foodie like yourself.

    Have a happy celabratory day and flavourful wishes,

  30. Congrats!!! That is really neat.

    The goodies from both recipes must taste really good. I'll be baking the Hawaiian Pineapple Bread. Yummy! And Thanks!

  31. Foodessa, thank you! It was fun and something I will always remember.

    I'm glad you like the bread, it is really good with all the coconut.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a good week!

    JG, thanks! It was neat. Here's wishing you a good week!

  32. just found this one. Good grief - those blondies look seriously EVIL. I may just need to try some....

  33. Sarah-Jane, thanks! They were evil!


Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!
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