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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I’m a new mom!

Well, that’s how it feels, anyway. My tiny sidewalk garden is growing: a couple of cuke plants, tomatoes just a few weeks old that already need transplanting yet again, a gaggle of miniscule carrot tops and a windowbox of mesclun-style greens. Got some worm poop […]

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More Maui adventures

Spent a long weekend on Maui, which explains the blog-less days of last week. My mother’s home is Internet-free. Every time I go there, I suffer severe withdrawal, though not quite severe enough to send me to Starbucks (or Wailuku Coffee Co.) every day. Best […]

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A tale of kale

Boy was I proud of myself on Valentine’s Day! For a while, anyway. I planned a red main dish: Indian butter chicken, which has a tomato-based sauce, accompanied by cardamom rice (1 cup long grain rice, steamed with 2 cups water, a tablespoon of ground […]

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Brother, can you spare a rib?

I’ve been wandering many recipe roads in the past few days: researching school-days dishes from the ’40s-’70s, brainstorming a cooking course I’ll be helping with at Grand Cafe & Bakery in March that will include some homey, old-style preparations. For people like me, reading about […]

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