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…

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…

Beet Salad with Fennel & Grapefruit

Beets are a great staple in my kitchen. I buy big bunches of them at the farmers market, toss them in the fridge, and forget about them. Since they keep for pretty much ever, I get way more than I need for any one recipe. That way, I always have an interesting ingredient ready at…

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…

Beet & Goat Cheese Tarts

I love butter. No matter if it’s cooked into things or slathered onto things. It’s that simple. I just love butter. There is something so satisfying about the smooth luscious texture butter brings to dishes that other fats just can’t mimic. Pastry isn’t the same without butter. Just try and picture a baked potato without…