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Ulu (Breadfruit) Burgers

Ulu (Breadfruit) Burgers

Ulu, also known as breadfruit, is a versatile fruit beloved in many areas of the world, including Hawaii. I was excited recently to be able to harvest some for making these burgers, not just because it is a beloved local staple, but because it is […]

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Wasabi

Wasabi

This Aloha Friday I wanted to feature my newly harvested wasabi plant. It grows exceptionally well in Volcano, and once it starts sprouting keikis (offspring), it is easy to separate into smaller pots and start growing even more. Rumor has it that wasabi is hard […]

Greek Style Squid Salad

Greek Style Squid Salad

Some of the tastiest ocean-caught delicacies are mollusks, and I am just crazy about clams, scallops, oysters, and squid. Lucky for me, I live in Hawaii, where we eat at lot of the ocean’s bounty and we like to turn most of these fresh caught […]

Curried Manapua Minis

Curried Manapua Minis

This Lunar New Year I made these little gems to go with my baked, salt-crusted fish and green tea noodles. I enjoy using my bamboo steamer basket for many things because it’s super easy and it’s a great way to cut down on using oil […]

Island Sourced Food Colors My World

Island Sourced Food Colors My World

Pipinola Salad

Pipinola Salad

This plentiful vine can be used in so many delicious ways, one of those ways is used in a recipe taught to me by my Filipino friend, Rose. You may omit the fish sauce and instead use shoyu or soy sauce if you want to make […]

Big Island Beef Stew

Big Island Beef Stew

My family is generally pretty healthy, but sometimes we falter, and so we end up eating something not-so-good for us. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes I’m at a potluck and my options are at the mercy of others.  Sometimes the fancy organic “something-or-other” is […]

Local Flavors

Local Flavors

SPAM, glorious, SPAM. In case you didn’t know, Hawaii LOVES it’s SPAM, as a matter of fact, over seven million cans a year are estimated to be consumed in the Aloha State. We even have an annual festival for it on the Island of Oahu. […]