Brunch Waffles

My kitchen is on the small side , so I can’t keep a lot of unnecessary, one-use gadgets lying around. This challenge of limited space kept me from making waffles for a long time, until I purchased some lovely silicone waffle molds that were easy to wash and took up less space than a waffle…

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Vegan Creme Brûlée

Some of my all-time favorite foods have copious amounts of egg in them, such as quiche, creme brûlée, and flan. Since developing an allergy to eggs, I have turned to recipes that use various types of egg replacements, and often these recipes are total kitchen fails and end up tasting NOTHING like the original. Lucky…

Heart Healthy French Fries

An unhealthy weakness of mine is the temptation of golden, salty, crispy, oily, wonderful, fast food fries. I could snack on them all day long, if they weren’t so darn bad for me. Luckily, I’m good at recreating things, and French fries are crazy easy to put a healthier spin on, as well as one…

Island Magic Apple Pie

My association with this wonderful time of year is not just about pumpkin-spice-everything, turkey, and traditional acorn or butternut squashes. Oh, no, as a matter of fact, this is when our garden is over-flowing with a green, pear shaped squash, drooping from heavily-laden vines, known as a pipinola, or chayote. This crisp, versatile squash can…

Pizza Dough

Like a taco salad, pizza is the kind of thing that you can dress up anyway you want. It is a clean slate onto which you can build a slice of perfection to your own personal taste. It was especially helpful this past ‘Mostly Vegan Monday’, because I had on hand, olives, farmer’s market spinach,…

Zero Waste

The smallest implication of a zero waste lifestyle is a wonderful thing in itself. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing experience, and any waste reduction, small or great, will encourage a cleaner, sustainable future for all of us. The simple act of trying to reduce what you throw away is a real eye-opening…

Earth Day

After a much needed spring break, I have returned with my newest creative project and frugal living idea. On Hawaii Island, we have a ban on plastic bags, and are encouraged to bring our own reusable shopping bags to grocery and retail stores; therefore, it’s always handy to have a few in your car in…

Frugal Living

When you live in Hawaii, you really need to watch how you use your resources. My biggest way to save money is through cooking most of my meals at home. I spend a fair amount of time doing meal prep for the work week and I rely on some basic grocery items that are filling and…

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 O’ahu. I don’t eat SPAM every day, but occasionally I will…