Apple Pastry Rosettes

Sometimes, I really want to make something beautiful. The problem is that I am NOT artistic in the classical sense. I don’t paint or draw or write poetry. I am creative…with food and with work (political strategy needs to always be fresh) but not artistic. A big difference in my mind. My food is usually…

Beef & Bean Sprout Stir Fry

I amĀ still working on eating all my bean sprouts from my recent, overly successful, sprouting attempt! Today, I wanted something fast, crunchy, healthy, and, above all, tasty. Stir fry. Yum! This one had the added benefit of using almost exclusively things I had grown or made myself. The gardenĀ is growing so fast that it can…

Fish Soup with Fennel & Dill

Yesterday was my birthday. I spent the whole day doing only things that make me happy. It was wonderful day! Beach, gardening, snacking, and just being lazy. In the evening, the roomies surprised me with dinner with some friends at a great ramen place that I had been dying to try. Everything was perfect. Great…

Mung Bean Sprouts

After many, many grocery store trips where I lamented the price of bean sprouts for my Pad Thai and Pho, I decided to try and sprout some myself. My mom recently sent me a wonderful cookbook, Bar Tartine, that has methods for making and preserving all sorts of great food products. When I saw the…

Cherry Muffins (and an Adventure)

These cherry muffins were fuel for another fun-filled sun-soaked Hawaii weekend. For this kind of weekend, you need a portable filling snack. Muffins are perfect because they don’t need to be kept cold and taste great even if you accidentally smash them in the bottom of your adventure bag! I hope they become a part…

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Sausages

As promised, here is the recipe for my super easy Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Sausages. I made this recipe a few days ago for a couple of reasons, 1) I had a lot of cherry tomatoes left over from my farmers market purchases and 2) Roomie #2 was cooking in the kitchen as well that…

Kale & Sausage Soup

Yesterday evening it was raining. Okay, not raining but it was sprinkling. Living is hot, dry Kaimuki, that is enough for me to call it soup weather. Hey, I take what I can get! After an excursion to the Kapiolani Community College farmers market Saturday morning, I had a big bunch of kale that I…