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…

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Cantaloupe. To me, it seems like the white bread of melons. No one really likes it but no one really dislikes it either. It’s just filler in a fruit salad. Nothing to write home about. For some as yet undetermined reason, I bought one at Whole Foods for the first time in, well, probably ever.…

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…

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…

Mango Ginger Sorbet

Mango season. That glorious time when fruit that tastes like pure sunshine is falling from all the trees in the neighborhood. It comes and goes so quickly that sometimes we hardly know it has passed. Everyone seems to come together in their love of mangoes. Even the odd person who doesn’t like them seems to…

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Thank goodness for cooking, friends, and renewed focus! At first, I was afraid that losing my job meant I would miss the hustle and constant business that was my life for the last year. It turns out that, stuffed far behind my always-on-the-go lifestyle, I had a wonderful life of friends and food just waiting…

Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones

There are some legendary scones in my awesome little neighborhood. I mean seriously fantastic scones that people come from all over to munch on. These are so popular that the store lists a daily scone menu online that you can make up your mind before heading into the shop. They really are worth the pilgrimage…