Pancetta

Pancetta. Bacon’s fancier Italian cousin. Good God, how I love the stuff.  Salty, luscious, slightly spicy, porky goodness that is the essential flavor in so many of my favorite foods. If I could, I would probably put it in everything. The problem is that it really isn’t very easy to find in most grocery stores…

Pumpkin Scones

Fall is my favorite season. Yes, that is a really vanilla flavored, bland, boring statement to make. You probably just pictured me wearing yoga pants, Ugg boots, and eagerly slurping down a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Totally expected for a girl from New England, I know. But what can I say? Fall is awesome and cliches…

Rosemary Sourdough Crackers

Sometimes taking care of sourdough starter is like having a weird, smelly, finicky pet. If you feed it too little, it suffers. If you feed it too much, the flavor changes. Too much water? No good. Too little? Gluey mess. Even if you get it just right, you still have to figure out what to…

Aussie Bites

I am always on the lookout for new adventure fuel. To fit the bill, foods have to be healthy, tasty, and hold up well during travel. Recently, I fell in love with the Aussie Bites from Costco. The originals are great but they are a bit over processed and full of sugar for my taste.…

Dried Pineapple

Pineapples are the quintessential Hawaii fruit. Everything from their flavor, to their cultivation, to their image has left an impact here. They are relatively easy to grow, have large yield per acre, and ship well. Every “Hawaiian” thing you see on the mainland seems to have pineapple. 1950’s advertising campaigns and the American love of canned…

Roasted Beet Hummus

With all the beets I cook and the recent success of my new watering plan to beat the Kaimuki summer heat, I figured it was about time to start growing my own. Thus far, it is has just been too hot and not wet enough for seedlings to make it through the first few days…

Braised Lamb with Caramelized Shallots

Dinner parties are one of my favorite activities. There is something about a house full of people eating and drinking together that just can’t be beat for me. I love to cook a big meal while everyone settles in. The one problem is that means I might miss out of on catching up with my…