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Mother and son keep laulau tradition alive

Updated on  March 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm
Eleanor Dodds and her son, Ken Weir, estimate that they have made a million laulau together. Read More

Lotus a symbol of persistence, endurance, hope

Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 10:01 am
At the start of the year, we eat auspicious foods to attract good luck. Friday ushers in the new year according to the lunar calendar, welcoming the year of the Earth Dog. Read More

Grandson carries on Filipino traditions of family patriarchs

Updated on  January 24, 2018 at 10:20 am
Regino Ojano III grew up in Hilo eating two Filipino dishes almost every week. He thinks of his grandfathers each time he cooks these comfort foods: a version of tinola, or chicken and squash soup, and pinakbet, or vegetable stew. Read More

Vegan meals guided by good taste

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Eight years ago, Nuuanu resident Stephen Dung took a vegan cooking class after his wife and daughter requested more vegetables. Now he cooks a vegetarian dinner for his family at least once a week, and he has also taught vegan cooking classes. Read More

Homemade vanilla extract a versatile ingredient in kitchen

Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Roberta Chong Kee and Paula Ho‘opai remember their mother “curing” vanilla beans in rum in a dark kitchen cupboard. Chong Kee continues the tradition as a way of remembering the generous nature of their late mother, Nancy “Gladys” Teixeira. Read More

Sushi rice dish boasts rainbow of flavors

Updated on  October 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Sadao Takahashi takes the quality of his rice seriously when making bara sushi. He buys the best quality rice, washes it three times and lets it sit for 20 minutes to dry after draining before placing it in his special rice cooker. Yet with all of his exacting care, bara sushi is not an unapproachable dish. Read More

Pre-made products make spicy ribs a reality

Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Steven R. Lee might be retired, but he makes pork spareribs that are so delicious, all his friends ask for the recipe. Read More

Freshen palate with Persian cuisine

Updated on  May 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Persian food is rich, colorful and delicious, and it offers refreshing flavor combinations that are unfamiliar to many local palates. Read More

Family’s gau tradition a major outdoor affair

Updated on  January 25, 2017 at 4:21 pm
Each year for more than 50 years, the descendants of Jimmy Ng have gathered and worked for days to make a delicious symbol of the Chinese New Year: the sticky, steamed rice-flour dessert called nien gau, or gau for short. Read More

Oklahoma dressing is more than OK

Updated on  November 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm
Oklahoma-style cornbread stuffing offers a new option for the isle Thanksgiving table. Imagine the bold flavors of sage and black pepper, the sweetness of onions and the appealing crunch of cornbread. Read More

Sunday roast is a labor of love

Updated on  September 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm
Lani Parry of Waialae Nui Ridge shows she cares for her husband, Richard, by cooking the Sunday roast that he remembers from his youth growing up in Australia. Read More

Fix up Southern-style ham to go with buttermilk biscuits

Updated on  July 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm
When Tim Wong of Manoa makes a good breakfast, he cooks what his mother, Ava, would prepare for him: country ham and buttermilk biscuits. Read More

Airy, moist chiffon cake takes careful preparation

Many of us are lucky to have food that quickly brings up memories of family parties, sharing and laughter. Certain family dishes continue to be savored for generations. Read More

Seafood stars in showstopping, authentic paella

Updated on  May 24, 2016 at 6:10 pm
Paella, often called Spain’s national dish, is made there as frequently as teriyaki chicken is prepared in Hawaii. Read More

Don Ojiri’s chawan mushi recipe a treasure in a cup

Updated on  April 27, 2016 at 6:07 pm
For more than 15 years, Don Ojiri of Halawa repeatedly made the Japanese savory custard called chawan mushi, until it became known as his signature dish. Read More

Spice up your next fish dish with this Parsi-style mix

Updated on  April 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm
It’s easy to fall back on the classic Hawaii-style mahimahi preparation: Saute fish in olive oil and butter and serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. Delicious but commonplace. Read More