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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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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Forgotten fruit?

An upcoming recipe competition on the Big Island will celebrate Hawai’i’s largely unappreciated one-time staple, ulu or breadfruit (see details below). Breadfruit, starchy, bland but filling, wasn’t Hawaiians’ favorite; they preferred kalo (taro) and ‘uala (sweet potatoes), but it was an important staple especially in […]

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Fulfilling a promise: hek-ka

Hekka is a dish you no longer hear of or see very often, even though chopped, across-the-bone cuts of chicken are still called “hekka chicken” at some Foodland stores. A few years ago, chef Mark Noguchi and I went on a mission to find out […]

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Another thing I know for sure . . .

I spent some time with my 16-year-old grandniece recently and marveled at how much she knew that I didn’t. She talked of books, TV shows, movies, actors, technology, apps, even developments in journalism since I left the stone age of print reporting two years ago, […]

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Gardening day in Kane’ohe

Today was a garden day at my cousin’s home in Kane’ohe. I’m the black thumb of the family (probably the black sheep, too, but that’s another story). If I so much as look too long at a plant it begins to droop or it develops […]

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