Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! This weekend, my husband and I “went holo holo.” As I mentioned in an earlier post on Yountville, holo holo is a verb we use in Hawaii to refer to going on a short (typically weekend) getaway. (It is typically prefaced with the words, “go” for present-tense, or “went” for [...]
When I saw this cute little guy sitting amongst his peers on a shelf at Tokyo Fish Market, I couldn’t resist putting him in my basket.The Kabocha pumpkin is a stout squash with a deep green skin and bright orange flesh, that cooks up very tender and incredibly sweet. It is high in beta carotene, [...]
A few years ago, my friend and I took a Mexican cooking class in Cuernavaca, Mexico (about an hour outside of Mexico City). It was a fabulous experience – full of road trips, site-seeing, and visits to farmers markets. We had the opportunity to fully appreciate authentic central Mexican cuisine and culture, since all of [...]
All right, so it’s not exactly Stanley Kubrick. But I cooked my first artichoke this past weekend (grown in my mother in-law’s garden), and let me tell you, all the fear surrounding these hard, alien-like vegetable has dissipated. While I’ll probably still resort to those oily marinated hearts in glass jars when pressed for time, I [...]
I got the idea for this quick weeknight meal from this month’s issue of Sunset magazine. Simply pan-fry your favorite vegetarian burger (I like Morning Star’s Griller’s Prime). Then assemble a Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozarella (the kind that’s still soaking in water), basil, and sea salt. Top each burger with one of the tomato/mozarella [...]
I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend.I know this hasn’t much to do with food or Hawaii, but we visited Fort Point over the Memorial Day weekend (my first time in several years living in the bay area!), and I wanted to share some of the amazing photos from this national landmark. It’s situated at the [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.