Aussie Bites

I am always on the lookout for new adventure fuel. To fit the bill, foods have to be healthy, tasty, and hold up well during travel. Recently, I fell in love with the Aussie Bites from Costco. The originals are great but they are a bit over processed and full of sugar for my taste.…

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…

Coconut Rice Pudding

Sticky rice and salty mango at Thai restaurants is pretty much my favorite sweet dish. I could eat it forever. Seriously, that stuff is heaven for me. The problem is making the sticky rice at home. I haven’t mastered it by any stretch of the imagination. Not by a long shot. That’s why I went…

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…