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I teach ukulele at Massanutten Resort. During the lessons some time I mention history. The history I've looked up about the ukulele is that many migrants from Madeira to Hawaii because they were having economic difficulties where they lived and the sugar plantations of Hawaii were booming. Madeira is an island off the coast of Portugal. The Madeiran migrants brought their culture and musical instruments with them. Particularly three of these migrants where wood workers and musicians. After their time on the sugar plantations they eventually opened up music stores. These three men are credited for the creation of the ukulele that is related to the various instruments they brought over with them from their home countries. Lili'uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii, and her parents were instrumental (pun intended) in helping to produce the popularity of the ukulele in Hawaii.

I bring this up because I watch PBS on Saturdays when I'm home. There is a good cooking show on there called Milk Street Television. They had a good barbecue recipe on there today from Madeira. The recipes on their website are free, but you have to give them your email so they can send you information. Your choice, it's a good show with lots of fantastic recipes. Here is the link to that particular recipe. If any of my ukulele students are reading this, I hope you enjoy this recipe you have a special connection to since you are a uke player. This is part of your uke roots. Anyone who likes to cook, I hope this is helpful to you. The website has lots of recipes, the show is very much about international cooking and recipes.

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