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…

Kimchi Cucumbers

When it gets hot, cucumbers always seem to come to the rescue. Cold cucumber water or cucumber slices with your facial? Sure. Little dainty cucumber sandwiches? Not really my style but okay. Pickles with your hamburger when you grill because you can’t bare to be indoors any longer? Now you are speaking my language! To…

Avocado Baked Eggs

With all the festivities of a holiday weekend, I always need a fast, filling, and most importantly, very tasty breakfast before the hectic days of adventure and friends. This one fits the bill perfectly. Just toss the ingredients together and finish getting ready for the day while it all cooks to a melty, gooey, wonderful…

Sweet Potato & Swiss Chard Hash

After the KCC farmers market, Roomie #1 and I are always starving. We go with every intention of getting breakfast at the market but usually end up leaving as quickly as we can to avoid the crowds. Today’s big farmers market finds were beautiful Big Island tomatoes for $3 a pound (those suckers are at…

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…