Swiss Chard Pesto

I have so much chard growing in my garden. I have actually had to ask friends to come and pick it. Our household just can’t eat it fast enough. Honestly, we have been getting kind of sick of it. Chard is one of those greens that just grows and grows and grows without any sign…

Beet Salad with Fennel & Grapefruit

Beets are a great staple in my kitchen. I buy big bunches of them at the farmers market, toss them in the fridge, and forget about them. Since they keep for pretty much ever, I get way more than I need for any one recipe. That way, I always have an interesting ingredient ready at…

Rustic Butternut Squash Soup

There is only one real benefit of hurricane season in Hawaii – soup weather. Before the storm, the weather is crumby and humid. After the storm, we are right back to our tropical sunshine. During the storm? Rain, wind, flooding, and no good reason to go outside. That means wine, friends, Netflix, and, most importantly…

Passion Fruit Mojitos

On hot afternoons, my friends and I love to sip cocktails in the shade to cool off. This is one of the simplest and most refreshing versions we whip up. The mint and lime keep the drink cool and crisp while the passion fruit gives the drink a nice twist. You can use whichever fruit…

Kimchi Cucumbers

When it gets hot, cucumbers always seem to come to the rescue. Cold cucumber water or cucumber slices with your facial? Sure. Little dainty cucumber sandwiches? Not really my style but okay. Pickles with your hamburger when you grill because you can’t bare to be indoors any longer? Now you are speaking my language! To…

Lilikoi Coconut Ice Cream

Lilikoi has got to be one of the most intense fruits I have ever experienced. No wonder it’s called passion fruit. The smell alone is enough to drive me crazy. Each wrinkly little fruit is just waiting to get broken open and spill its juices. The bright, tart, sweet flavor is the essence of tropical…

Beet & Goat Cheese Tarts

I love butter. No matter if it’s cooked into things or slathered onto things. It’s that simple. I just love butter. There is something so satisfying about the smooth luscious texture butter brings to dishes that other fats just can’t mimic. Pastry isn’t the same without butter. Just try and picture a baked potato without…