Rosemary Sourdough Crackers

Sometimes taking care of sourdough starter is like having a weird, smelly, finicky pet. If you feed it too little, it suffers. If you feed it too much, the flavor changes. Too much water? No good. Too little? Gluey mess. Even if you get it just right, you still have to figure out what to…

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.…

Roasted Beet Hummus

With all the beets I cook and the recent success of my new watering plan to beat the Kaimuki summer heat, I figured it was about time to start growing my own. Thus far, it is has just been too hot and not wet enough for seedlings to make it through the first few days…

Rustic Butternut Squash Soup

There is only one real benefit of hurricane season in Hawaii – soup weather. Before the storm, the weather is crumby and humid. After the storm, we are right back to our tropical sunshine. During the storm? Rain, wind, flooding, and no good reason to go outside. That means wine, friends, Netflix, and, most importantly…

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…