Pamela-A-Nut Spread

I discovered the four-by two inch booklet in a bookshelf and covered in dust; it was full of recipes and notes scribbled down while working in the kitchen as a work scholar at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in 1997. One scrap was titled, “Charlie’s Nut Pate.” My script nearly unintelligible between oil stains …

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Three Cilantro Pesto Variations

Driving north on the highway a few weeks ago, I pulled over to take a call and noticed a big box on the side of the road with green bundles exploding from its shattered edges. What a find! Dozens and dozens of cilantro bouquets. I shared with friends and then spent a morning divining variations …

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Souper Bowl — A New Way to Party Hearty

Fun and easy are criteria for parties we host. One idea for the perfect Super Bowl party fare is a thick and creamy soup that clings to the golden crust of a grilled cheese sandwich. Skip pupu platters, salsa and chips. Make a vat of soup, buy loaves of your favorite bread and a variety pack of sliced …

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A Sweet Digression: Persimmon Muffins

We were surprised to discover locally grown persimmon being sold at a health food store in Kapaa, but they were so anemic and sad I couldn’t bare to buy them. This bright pulp is from the half dozen we found at a local chain store. They were silken sugar encased in a cheerful pixie lantern and served …

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Mexican Carmel Bars For Mom’s 85th

To comment visit our Facebook page. Happy birthday Mom. Remember the day I had you posing with the cacao pod? Well you’re about to get a taste of Kapahi grown cacao from this very yard. With some luck and excellent postal service, you’ll be picking carmel out of your dentures on your birthday. I’ve made these …

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Quiche Me Quick

Quiche arrived in my mother’s kitchen in the late 70s, joining the ranks of her other one dish staples: crockpot meals, casseroles and stews. This, however, is not my mother’s quiche. It was a meal at Art Cafe Hemingway that inspired this gooier delight. Jana’s quiche is in the French style: Less egg and more cream …

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Amaranth Porridge: Music to My Ears

For how can one know color in perpetual green and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness? –John Steinbeck,  Travels with Charlie Amaranth. A hot cereal when days are still hovering at 85 degrees with equal humidity? Really, sometimes one wishes the summer would be done already. Last month I was in …

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