Tandoori — you spice up my life

I love tandoori and even without the traditional oven, I can concoct a spice mixture that passes for the real thing. Husband and I ate tandoori for days recently while I experimented — with a little help from Ka’iulani Spices. This Honolulu-based spice-blending company, owned by my […]

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Does your kitchen say aloha?

Is this you? If so, you just might be a local.             Whenever you cook, you cook too much.             There’s a rice cooker on your counter.             When it’s time to cook, you wash the rice. Because there’s always rice.               You put small-kine […]

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Nihon no Yoru (Night in Japan)

I wish I could show you the meal I made tonight when my husband’s new BFF and his wife came to dinner. But, well, we did it again: ate before shooting. Ex cept for one dish, the onigiri (musubi rice balls) above. For some reason—I […]

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Not just for chewing gum anymore

Somehow, I’ve been roped into doing a cooking demo at Whole Foods Kailua in August (date pending) featuring tropical fruit. My good friend Ken Love is in charge of a project to encourage grocery stores to stock some of the more exotic tropical fruit that’s […]

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You don’t know bananas about it

God was thinking the day He made the banana. To me, it’s the perfect fruit: no seed, peeling is easy, you don’t even need a knife, they’re sweet without being cloying and you can find them everywhere. You ever met anyone who objects to banana? […]

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Wahoo and Palm: The return of the can

Canned goods have never played much of a place in my pantry since I began a love affair with  “gourmet cooking,”  in the ’70s. “Exotics,” yes — sardines, smoked oysters, Red Devil liver paste, water chestnuts until I discovered fresh ones in Seattle’s International District […]

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