Friday, April 3, 2009

MYO Dishes: Step by Step

Hosted by "Designs by Gollum"

There are a lot of MYO or "Make Your Own" dishes that you assemble before eating. Like tacos, nachos, and the like. They are delicious and fairly inexpensive. Today, I am sharing another MYO dish that though it is so easy to make and I've been married for over 12 years, I have only made this three times since January, this year. Please don't ask me why, I can't even begin to tell you why. ("Brain" tells me not to blame her, she has nothing to do with it. She thinks it's very yummy!)

Hawaiian Haystacks
1 lb of chicken breasts
2 cups of water
2 tsp cornstarch
1 can of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken
2 stalks of green onion, tiny slices
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 can of mandarin oranges
1 can of pineapple chunks
1 large tomato, diced
1 tsp. sea salt
Steamed rice

Variation: Pulled roasted pork
Parboil chicken breasts in 2 cups of water, chicken broth, sea salt.
Pull out chicken and dice or pull into little pieces. Set aside. Keep broth heated in low.
Add cream of chicken to the broth. Bring up to boil.
Add in chicken, stir to smooth out broth and add pepper.
Braise for 20 minutes, turn off heat.
Mix cornstarch with some broth until smooth and mix back into the chicken. Stir well.

Cut up all the veggies and open the canned fruits. Set them in separate containers. Start assembly.

Put the chicken at the bottom then add steamed rice.
Add in the cheddar cheese then the coconut flakes.
Add green onions then the crunchy chow mein noodles.

Lastly, add the diced tomatoes, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks, and "voila!"

You have a delicious and economical

Hawaiian Haystacks!

A very big bundle of thanks to Michael Lee for hosting another week of delicious photos!

TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain" must have been hungry to come up with this...) Make a MYO dinner buffet where the food toppings are on different levels, acting as your centerpiece! Better yet, have a separate table to do this on so you can just enjoy everyone in full view for a great evening of conversations and memory-making on the main table! Great job on this one, "Brain". Let's do this soon!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me enjoy this yumminess! Try it and you won't be disappointed! It's a great meal to go with your tropical table!

I've been asked these questions way back, but since I'm a bit overloaded, I had to reread every post to find them again.

"Do you set tables for other people, or is this just a hobby?"

The answer is, for now, it is a hobby, but yes, I have set tables for other people before that weren't captured on digicams, so when I come across those pics, I will post them and have you see the ones, I've done prior.

My goal is to setup a business to help bride and grooms have great hostess tables for their weddings without having to spend a whole lot of money coordinating the rest of the guest tables. I will be renting out my dishes to them so they can have a beautiful and unique table while the guest tables coordinate for a lot less. This is an economical way to have a beautiful reception without sacrificing their style and theme.

"Where do you keep all of your dishes?" "How do you keep them all organized?"
I used to have a china cabinet that housed most of my sets, but since we live in an apartment right now and don't have much space, I do the following:

Place many of my dishes in the highest shelf of the pantry. Dh stacks them up nicely for me.
I use Corelle for everyday as they stack nicely. I use plastic drinkware as I have small children.
I keep two sets on shelves in the dining room for two upcoming holidays and I swap each month. I use all of my dishes to test out their versatility.
Seasonal sets go with the seasonal decor.
Solid colored sets often get used as chargers.
I assign a minimum of two holidays per sets I purchase. It guarantees that I will use them and will eat on them.
I take pictures of each one and have an inventory of manufacturer and pattern name.
I have dh stack them up according to size and weight.


  1. Hi Chandy...

    Just wanted to stop by to say thank you for coming by to take a peek at my Dollar Store tablescape...and thanks for your sweet comments! I really did have fun doing this one!

    Well my friend, I have never eaten a Hawaiian Haystack! I just read through your recipe and it sounds delicious and easy to make! I really would like to try it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Warmest wishes,

  2. Chari, you'll love it! Thanks for visiting me again my friend!

  3. Thanks for a great recipe and congratulations on your upcoming graduation! I know your family is proud! You are one busy lady!

  4. It sounds and looks delicious. And quite easy too. There are no special ingredients so I think I'll just find them here :-) Thanks for sharing Chandy, I will definitely have to try this one. Perfect for a meal cause we always have rice here every meal, but you already know that :-)

    The business idea you have is wonderful. And you have beautiful dishes. Aren't we lucky that you get to share your ideas.

    .... Just dropping by

  5. We have done the Hawaiian Stack for several years and just love it. Your take on it sounds delicious! Thanks for reminding me of it...

  6. I loved your haystacks, Chandy, and I loved all the answers to your questions. Great job on this post! I wish I could just reach through the screen and help myself to that delicious haystack this morning! :-)

    Happy Foodie Friday!


    Sheila :-)

  7. Hey this sounds really good. I think I actually have all of the ingredients here and I'm going to give this a try. ~ Robyn

  8. This looks like a fun dish and good to serve when you have guests with food allergies or picky eaters. Can't believe how organized you are with your dish storage! I'm still looking for spots after moving 3 1/2 years ago! Nancy

  9. I have to try these haystacks. They look very good. It was fun reading this post.

  10. Great post and I havn't made haystacks, but I will now. They sound so good and I love it when everyone can make their own meal. Hugs, Marty

  11. Your Hawaiian Haystack looks delightful! It was so nice that you showed us step by step..makes it much easier for "challenged cooks" like me ! lol

  12. The haystacks look fabulous. I love the idea of an entree where family members or guests can "build their own." Your ideas about storing china are great. Your hubby is so sweet to stack them up high.

  13. This looks so GOOD.I'll bet you are a fabulous cook.You have to be.Us regular ole joes,don't know recipe's like this.I am impressed...Ann

  14. Thank you ladies, but honestly, I learned this from a 21-year old family friend when she visited last time in January. It was an immediate hit with my fam so now, I've made three times since then!

    Love all of your comments, it so makes my day!

  15. They look delicious and so colorful! I would substitute soy for the chicken since I don't eat it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and yes you can use veg. broth in place of wine.


  16. I bet you never thought your foodie post would make someone misty! Well... you have in a good way. Tears of reminiscent joy. Hawaiian Haystacks were my boys favorite growing up. It's the most creative way to get veggies in your kids when they're young. I haven't made this dish since those days...I think when they come for a visit next week I'll surprise them.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Sweet Wishes,

  17. Amy, thank you for answering my question. And yes, tofu, lightly browned would be a perfect substitute!

    Sara, oh you sweetheart! Thank you and yes, you should! Let me know how they remember it!

  18. That Haystack looks very yummy!!

  19. This sounds wonderful and I have to try this when my grandson comes for dinner.

  20. Ellen and Joyce; it is very yummy and I hope you do try it!

  21. YEA! Haystacks Recipe!!! I've been wanting one forever!! THANKS!!!
    P.S. Love the Bordallo Pinheiro-Purple Bunny...darling! I think my addiction to dishes is being fed by this site! I get all giddy just clicking over here!!!! Wooohoo!

  22. Momza, I'm so glad I can help! LOL

    Enjoy the haystacks, it is so delicious!

  23. Chandy,
    The Haystacks look delicious!!! Can't wait to give this one a try. What a fun way to get everyone involved in dinner.
    Happy Foody Friday!!!

  24. I know I'd love your haystacks. All great flavors!

  25. The haystacks look great! Thanks for the step-by-step. Great combination of flavors.

  26. Ladies, thank you and enjoy!

  27. Chandy, the haystack looks delicious! I will be making them soon. YUM! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  28. Your haystacks look delicious, I could dive right in!

  29. CR and Kathleen, it is very delicious!


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