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…

Mango Jam

In Hawaii, late spring going into summer is MANGO SEASON! In my opinion this is the absolute best time of the year. My neighborhood is filled with mango trees and I count the days until the delicious fruits are ready. Finally, after months of staring at the unripe mangos, the time has come. Mango season…

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…

Jammin’ – Papaya Style

Sometimes I forget, having grown up in an old farm house in the middle of the Maine woods, that most people don’t know how to preserve things. Jam, for instance, is something I never really thought was a foreign thing for most people to make. Only recently did I realize just how out of the…