Russ, Peanuts, and Life

I went to a funeral for a friend of mine who had a long, full life. He recently passed away at the age of 89. There is a long list of contributions he made to the community that he loved. He loved Hilo not just because of its beauty but because of the beauty of its people. You could hear from all the speakers at the service about the loving spirit that my friend lived his life with and it reminded me about making sure to try to live my life with that same loving spirit. Have fun, spend time with family and friends, do what you can to make your community and the world a better place and do it with a smile.

img_6222I especially love that his funeral program had a recipe included with it. In addition to the memories I have of Russ, I am thrilled to have a recipe of his to add to my collection. I have recipes from my grandma and my mom that make me feel connected to them in a way that I feel I can share with others. Cooking and food bring people together. I haven’t made Russ’s recipe yet, but I will share it with you so you can share Russ’s spirit too.img_1906

Russ’s Peanuts   (Click here to get a printable recipe.)


Raw peanuts, shell on
1 small paper lunch bag

Step 1:
Grab a handful of peanuts and place into a paper bag.  The small lunch paper bag works the best.

Step 2:
Fold the opening of the paper bag over a few times to close the top.

Step 3:
Place the paper bag into the microwave. Rest the bag on its side so the peanuts are lying flat and not on top of one another.

Step 4:
Microwave the peanuts for one minute on high. When the time is up, shake the bag. Allow the bag to cool for one minute.

Step 5:
Repeat step 4 to complete the process.

Once the peanuts are cooled, shell and sample a peanut to ensure it is heated through. If it is not done to your liking, repeat step 4 one more time.

Step 6:
Allow the peanuts to cool slightly and enjoy!

img_7500Note from the family:  Russ was not the cook in the household until recently. During this time, he perfected microwaved peanuts. He enjoyed making them and giving them away. Mostly he enjoyed eating them while having a “toot” at the end of the day.  (Toot was Russ’s nickname for a cocktail.)

dsc_0422Do you have a recipe that reminds of you of a special person or time in your life? Share it with others and share those special memories while making new memories with those you love.  Living Hilo Style.


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