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…

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…

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…

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…

Labneh – Yogurt Cheese

We all have those moments when we find something at the back of the fridge that we forgot we ever bought. It hasn’t quite gone rotten yet and you have a little time to figure out what to do with it. Then it starts to eat at you. What the heck could you possibly make…

Grilled Bok Choy & Curry Shrimp

Here is an insanely fast dinner. In the time it takes for the grill to get hot, everything can be prepped and ready to go. Five minutes on a hot grill and, poof!, dinner! This recipe can be as spicy or as mild as you want. It totally depends on the amount of chili peppers…

Sweet Corn and Shrimp Soup

Today is the hottest day I have felt in a very long time. Yes, Hawaii is warm. We are in the tropics. But it is warm not HOT. Today is hot. Totally, unforgivingly, unpleasantly hot. The remnants of a tropical storm passing north of the islands have cut off all the tradewinds that keep the islands cool.…