Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine”

This book came from the same school book fair that my tapas cookbook came from. I remember being so excited when I found it, because I had recently been gifted a bamboo steamer and wasn’t sure where to start. When I use this cookbook, I find that I will use it in stretches, and may…

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Cookbook Challenge: “Vedge” Part 2

Lucky for me I have been good about selecting recipes at random for this project, as they have, for the most part, turned out quite well. The second recipe from the cookbook Vedge was as equally amazing as the first. I selected the Oyster Mushroom and Corn Chowder recipe so I could use my favorite…

Cookbook Challenge: “Vedge”

This next cookbook, “Vedge”, was selected based upon what type of ingredients I had on hand, as I was stuck at home for several rainy days in a row and didn’t want to venture out. I picked this book up at the thrift store in Volcano and thought that it looked interesting because it is…

Cookbook Challenge: “Russian Food & Cooking” Part 3

For recipe #3 of my cookbook challenge, I chose Baked Cheesecake (or Zapekanka iz Tvoroga), because I wanted to do a dessert that I was semi-familiar with, and I just happen to really love cheesecake. I’m kicking myself for not trying something new because the cheesecake turned out like junk, and I’m not totally sure…

Cookbook Challenge: “Russian Food & Cooking” Part 2

This process of testing out recipes from cookbooks I rarely use is actually a pretty fun project and I’m learning a lot about my own cooking style. I’ll confess that I sometimes pick recipes similar to what I already make regularly, but this project is forcing me to try new things on the fly that…

Cookbook Challenge: “Russian Food & Cooking”

So it begins… my journey into cookbook world. For the next three or so weeks, I will be sampling two-three recipes from seven cookbooks to determine if the book should stay or go. The Lunar New Year is here and it seems like a good time to get rid of the old clutter and simplify…

The Cookbook Challenge

In an effort to simplify my life, I am attempting to declutter my house by 20-30% before the first day of Spring, or the Equinox. This year it falls on March 20th, so I have almost three full weeks to make it happen. I know I can pull this off, but the hardest part about…

Dining in Hilo

On the occasion of date night, it’s always worth the hour long drive to Hilo to eat at some my favorite places. In addition, I also look forward to having a date night (or lunch) in Hilo with my lovely girlfriends. In the spirit of frugality, I often suggest meeting for a ladies’ lunch at…

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 things into poke. (Pronounced: “Poh-Kay”) If you haven’t had it,…