11 February 2017

Rice Cooker Ginger Chicken and Coconut Rice

With my weekday schedule I rarely have the time or energy to cook when I get home. I prefer to get my cooking done on the weekend and reheat leftovers throughout the week. However, I have a few recipes that take almost no time to prepare and this rice cooker chicken and rice dish is one of them.

18 January 2017

Food in Jars Mastery Challenge #1: Marmalade

I was first introduced to Marisa McClellan and her blog Food in Jars several years ago. A friend learned of my interest in making jam and sent me Marisa's recipe for blueberry jam from her first book. And from that point I was hooked. Her cookbooks and blog make canning very accessible. I also attended a class she hosted when she came up to Massachusetts a few years ago.

16 January 2017

Chocolate Haupia Pie with Toasted Coconut Crust

In a previous post I shared a recipe for chocolate haupia pie for a crowd. This weekend I was invited to a dinner and offered to bring dessert. Because my host always asks for this particular dessert, I decided to see what I could do to make it a little more elegant.

02 January 2017

Butter Mochi

Unlike most of my family I'm indifferent to mochi. If it's there I'll eat it, if not, I don't miss it. When I come home to Hawaii I don't feel the need to seek out treats from different family-owned mochi shops to take back to the mainland with me.

However, one type of mochi that I enjoy is butter mochi, something that I've only heard of in Hawaii and is another example of something delicious that comes from the blending of cultures.

31 December 2016

Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies

As I close out the year, and what a tumultuous year it's been, I can think of no better recipe to share than World Peace Cookies from the adorable and lovely Dorie Greenspan. As she shared on her site, "The World Peace Cookie lives up to its name: If everyone had it, peace would reign o’er the planet. I’m convinced of this." If only it were so simple.

22 December 2016

Family Reunion and a Backyard Pig Roast

One of the early highlights of this trip to Hawaii was a family reunion of my Mom's extended family. I got to meet/reunite with members from all branches of the family tree. Some folks I barely remember from small kid time, others I'd never met. But there was lots of hugging, laughter, singing, and, of course, food. The centerpiece of this celebration was a whole pig roasted over an open fire.

20 December 2016

Orange Coconut Cookies

The second new cookie recipe I tried this year I found through my Facebook feed. I almost ignored it primarily because it comes from Whole Foods ('nuff said?). The recipe also uses coconut oil rather than butter and everything in me just said, "Whyyyyyyy??" But I ended up trying them and they turned out quite well. I had a few people tell me it was their favorite of the cookies I made this year.