Hot & Sour Soup

My mom sent me this picture this morning. She went for a walk on the mountain overlooking my childhood home. It was so beautiful but so desolate at the same time. In the winter in Maine, there really isn’t such a thing as a fresh vegetable. Everything is shipped thousands of miles. Yes, the peppers…

Manhattan Clam Chowder

While some people were watching the Superbowl, I was, as usual, thinking of food. I used to watch every football game I could find but since I moved to Hawaii, the games are just too early in the day to peak my interest. Coffee and football just isn’t the same as beer and football. Without…

Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Soup

I’ve been crazy busy with work and haven’t been posting much lately. It felt like I went weeks without ever being home in daylight – weekday or weekend. Oddly enough, I actually enjoyed being on the go without a break. It felt like every other fall in the campaign world. I thought when I took…

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.…

Fish Soup with Fennel & Dill

Yesterday was my birthday. I spent the whole day doing only things that make me happy. It was wonderful day! Beach, gardening, snacking, and just being lazy. In the evening, the roomies surprised me with dinner with some friends at a great ramen place that I had been dying to try. Everything was perfect. Great…

Kale & Sausage Soup

Yesterday evening it was raining. Okay, not raining but it was sprinkling. Living is hot, dry Kaimuki, that is enough for me to call it soup weather. Hey, I take what I can get! After an excursion to the Kapiolani Community College farmers market Saturday morning, I had a big bunch of kale that I…