Choux Pastry

Crispy. Puffy. Airy. According to a good friend, those are the essential textures in any dessert. I tend to agree. Choux pastry is a great blank canvass for getting all of these. You can pipe the dough into lots of shapes depending on what you plan to fill them with. I prefer the classic cream…

Pumpkin Scones

Fall is my favorite season. Yes, that is a really vanilla flavored, bland, boring statement to make. You probably just pictured me wearing yoga pants, Ugg boots, and eagerly slurping down a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Totally expected for a girl from New England, I know. But what can I say? Fall is awesome and cliches…

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

Cookies can be breakfast. As long as they are relatively good for you…oh heck, any cookie can be breakfast! Believe in the health benefit of happiness and the occasional dessert for breakfast is actually a great thing. Be active, eat well, and make sure to do what makes you happy. If that’s climbing a mountain,…

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

I don’t make many desserts. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I do love making a good dessert for friends. As much as I seem to write only recipes about pie, I only really make desserts when I am having guests or want to write about something sweet. This particular cake I made…

Thyme & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

As usual, I put off my Christmas shopping until the very last minute. That meant braving the shopping complexes of Honolulu on the day before Christmas eve. Not a pretty picture. Anxiety and stress filled the air thicker than the tinny carols over the loudspeakers. Everyone running around frantically trying to find the last minute…

Gingerbread

With the balmy weather and endless sunshine, December in Hawaii is glorious but Christmas in Hawaii takes a bit of getting used to. There is all the same Christmas kitsch just repackaged to a tropical feel. Shaka Santa, Surfing Santa, Swimming Santa. Instead of a sleigh, Santa arrives in an outrigger canoe. Instead of the…

Cranberry Brown Sugar Tart

The holidays are a crazy time of year anybody but in my family, it can be even more complicated since we all live so far apart. Plane tickets and timing phone calls so no one accidentally calls Grammy at 2:00 am. Friends, family, and pretty much anyone we find are brought into the fold. Sometimes…