Beet Cured Gravlax

Rich, salty, luscious salmon. In all its forms, it is one of my favorite fish to cook or, in this case, not cook. I love cured salmon but rarely can I bring myself to spend the incredibly high price to buy it in Hawaii. During a recent ravioli making night with my Swedish friend Nina, we…

Coffee Sugar Cookies

Early morning is one of my favorite times of day. I don’t love the actual getting up part but after that pain has passed, rushing around in the pre-dawn light is kind of exciting. The only reason to be up that early is if there is something important that requires it. As an adult with…

Pancetta

Pancetta. Bacon’s fancier Italian cousin. Good God, how I love the stuff.  Salty, luscious, slightly spicy, porky goodness that is the essential flavor in so many of my favorite foods. If I could, I would probably put it in everything. The problem is that it really isn’t very easy to find in most grocery stores…

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.…

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…