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Food Blogger Makes Hawaiian Fusion Dishes

Food blogger Shanna Schad is an expert at putting a Hawaiian twist on just about any dish. Host Joey Fatone put her to the test when he challenged her to create a Hawaiian-Italian fusion meal. Can she do it?
Joey visited Shanna at her home in Las Vegas -- a place where you wouldn't expect to find Hawaiian food. Shanna clamins she can basically take any dish and put a Hawaiian twist on it.

"I love Hawaii. It is my home away from home. I love everything that has to do with the Aloha spirit. I have a food blog called 'Pineapple and Coconut' and I love to decorate my home to look like Hawaii as well," said Shanna.

Shanna spent her summers as a kid in Hawaii and she got married on the island so it holds a special place in her heart.

Since Joey loves Italian food, he challenged her to give a few Italian dishes some Hawaiian flavor.

She starts off the meal with a caprese salad, which is a traditional Italian dish. Combining Hawaiian pineapple with the mozzarella, tomato and basil is how Shanna puts the twist on this Italian classic salad. She puts the salad on skewers and tops it with a coconut balsamic glaze. It is the perfect appetizer.

Pineapples originated in South America but made their way to Hawaii in the early 19th century and then pineapple industry boomed. Shanna uses them a lot in her cooking.

Then, Shanna whips up one of Joey's favorite Italian dishes with a Hawaiian twist -- Cioppino, which is an Italian-American seafood stew. Shanna gives it that island flavor by using Maui onions and some Hawaiian seafood.

"It is a traditional Italian dish. Immigrants from Italy were working in San Fransisco on the docks and for lunchtime they would just use whatever seafood they had pulled off the boats. They would cook up a big stew and just throw in what they had. It is a tomato based broth," said Shanna.

She adds one of Hawaii's most famous fish -- mahi mahi. Along with the more traditional ingredients -- king crab, scallops, shrimp, mussels and clams.

While the stew simmered, Shanna's husband, Bob, made a batch of his famous Mai Tai cocktails. It was their featured drink that they toasted with at their wedding. He makes his with guava juice which gives it a sweet and unique flavor.

After they enjoyed their Hawaiian cocktail, it was time for the kids to join them in the kitchen. They helped make one their favorite treats -- pineapple coconut cupcakes.

Shanna passed Joey's test of creating a Hawaiian-Italian fusion menu! She was able to balance the flavors perfectly.

Segment 1
Kauai Pineapple Caprese Salad Skewers
Kauai Pineapple Caprese Salad Skewers
This is a tropical twist on a classic Italian salad. It is made into skewers for a perfect grab and go appetizer.
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Segment 2
Spicy Cioppino My Way
Spicy Cioppino My Way
This is a spicy and really flavorful version of the Italian immigrant seafood stew. It's perfect for any time of the year.
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Segment 3
Bobs Awesome Mai Tai
Bob's Awesome Mai Tai
This Mai Tai recipe is inspired by the signature cocktail at Shanna and Bob's wedding in Hawaii. It is made with rum distilled on the island of Kauai. It doesn't get more Hawaiian than this.
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Segment 4
Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
These gluten-free tropical pineapple cupcakes are the perfect Hawaiian treat.
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Photo Gallery
Photos: Hawaiian-Italian Fusion Meal
Food blogger Shanna Schad shows Joey Fatone how to cook a Hawaiian-Italian fusion meal.
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