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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An Apology, A Frittata and One Cat Musing

Forgive my not allowing comments at this time. I’m learning a valuable life skill as I muddle through anti-spam tutorials. Meanwhile, I’m home after a full month on the Mainland soaking up the love of dearest friends and sisters. In my absence, the dogs quickly shifted loyalty to my husband, while the cats just grew bitter. I walked into the backyard hoping for …

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