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…

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.…

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…