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Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures and foods from around the world. President Elect Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, so what better way to celebrate his inauguration than with this weekday winter luau from chef and mom Susannah Locketti.

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Susannah embraces President Obama's Hawaiian roots with this easy, healthy and fun menu the kids will love!

Island Turkey Sliders
8 small-sized whole grain dinner rolls
1.25 lbs lean ground turkey
1⁄4 cup finely chopped green onion
1⁄4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon mild curry powder or Chinese five spice
Kosher salt & pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon mayonnaise

Combine turkey and spices in a medium bowl and form into eight patties. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Cook the turkey sliders on both sides until cooked throughout. Serve on the dinner rolls topped with a teaspoon of mayonnaise and a tablespoon of the Rainbow Salsa. These sliders would go great with the recipe for baked Sweet Potato French Fries in my Halloween video.

Rainbow Salsa
1 can crushed pineapple, drained. (Reserve the juices for the dessert recipe that follows)
1⁄4 cup each of finely chopped green onion, red onion, green pepper and red pepper
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir and chill! This is also a great topping for grilled tuna, swordfish or shrimp.

Tropical Bananas with Angel Food Cake
1 Tablespoon butter
Reserved juice from crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4-6 ripe bananas sliced
Dash of nutmeg
1 store-bought angel food cake
Chopped toasted macadamia nuts (optional)

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add butter, pineapple juice and brown sugar.

Heat and stir until the brown sugar dissolves. Add the bananas and nutmeg, toss to coat and heat until the bananas are warm and soft. Serve bananas over a slice of angel food cake. Top with chopped toasted macadamia nuts for a decadent touch.

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