After an entire season of overindulgence, I found myself craving something very simple for dinner tonight. I defrosted some Safeway rotisserie chicken that I had broken into pieces and frozen right before we left for Carmel, set the rice cooker to boil up some brown rice, and made up a batch of kinpira gobo. Gobo is the [...]
The fall season in the bay area has its benefits. Days (the occasional effects of global warming aside) turn crisp, toasty wood-burning fires fill the air with a cozy and welcoming aroma, and leaves turn a rich gold and vibrant orange. Now I can add one more autumn perk to the list: The Fig. Last month, [...]
Hi folks! Sorry for my long absence – I was out-of-state with no access to a decent camera or lap top, so haven’t been able to post. I travelled to two of the farthest points of our country over the past few weeks – from Hawaii to Georgia. I have some material from my recent [...]
Picture this: It’s mid-week, you’re looking for a quick fix for dinner, and you need a way to use up a couple of half-full bags of mixed greens in your refrigerator before they turn into a complete lost cause. I faced the same dilemma last week.(The mix above includes a half-used head of red lettuce, [...]
Lately I’ve prided myself on finding ways to use up leftovers in the refrigerator, and assembling them into something that could actually be called a bona fide dinner. On occasion, when I feel especially motivated, I will plan my grocery list around a main dish, in addition to the second dinner I think I’ll make out [...]
Last week, I mentioned that my Aunty had given me a case of Hoo Roo Rook Korean style instant noodles. I ended up having a pack for dinner tonight, and it couldn’t have been faster (or easier) to prepare. These are different from the Cup o Noodles you may have had growing up. The broth is lighter and cleaner, and has [...]
AboutI like Zip mins, spam musubi, and the butterfish misoyaki at The Cal. I've never been a fan of the loco moco but, now that I'm 3000 miles from my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, nearly everything from the islands makes me salivate. I currently live (and cook) in the San Francisco bay area, and have inevitably fallen in with "buying local" and organically-grown foods. I enjoy recreating the foods I grew up with - recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation in my family. And, as a working home cook, I try to prepare a lot of fast and healthful meals. Part recipe book, part cultural memoire, and travel journal, here is where I document all of my gastronomical experiences. I think of my kitchen as a blend of past and present, and I believe that where we call home is what we serve on our plates. Questions or comments about anything here? Feel free to post your comments directly, or email me at email@example.com.