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Chewy cookies come together without flour

• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 12:18 am
It seems counter-intuitive that you can bake a cookie without flour, or at least some kind of starch. And yet, you can. Read More

Enjoy cookie goodness without the gluten

• Updated on  June 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm
These chocolate babies are delicious and easy to make — the only trick is to use an extra-large mixing bowl. The powdered sugar and cocoa tend to fly around when stirred, so you need a big bowl to keep everything contained. Read More

Biscuits, scones share close family connection

• Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 6:08 pm
In general, a scone should have some outside crunch and inside fluffiness. That’s not a universal standard, though. Some people like their scones a bit more dense, like a biscuit. Read More

Wasabi peas add crunch, color to chicken’s crust

• Updated on  May 21, 2018 at 4:36 pm
Wasabi peas have a bullet-to-the-brain spiciness that can clear your sinuses. Crush them and they lose most of that pungency. Their flavor is quite mild, yet adds enough seasoning to a dish that you don’t need anything else, not even salt. Read More

Old stack of recipes conceals a treasure

• Updated on  May 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm
Here at Crave we like mom recipes. They’re generally tried-and-true, user-friendly and they speak of family. Plus, Sunday is Mother’s Day, so it seems apropos that I pass on something from my own mother. Read More

Sodexo contest a little bit fancy, a lot delicious

• Updated on  May 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm
Six chefs from Sodexo, an international food-service company that runs 26 dining facilities statewide (including UH-Manoa’s), competed at a benefit for the Hawaii Foodbank and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. Each chef drew the name of a country and a protein out of a basket. Read More

Put mega-sized winter melons to full use

• Updated on  April 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm
A winter melon is a daunting proposition. It’s huge. The average Chinatown-market melon is around 10 pounds. Bring one home and you’ve got several meals in one giant melon package. Read More

Curb fennel’s strong flavor by baking into gratin

• Updated on  April 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm
Fennel is a white bulb from which emerge several thick stems and fluffy dark green fronds. It is common in Mediterranean cooking; not so much in Asian. It’s high in fiber, vitamin C and other positive nutritional elements, but many people are immediately put off by its strong anise, or licorice, flavor. Read More

Pick your part of this pineapple cake

• Updated on  April 4, 2018 at 1:59 pm
This recipe requires time and ambition. It came to me on five pages and at first frightened me, but I have since made friends with it in all of its complexity. Read More

A classic cutlet satisfies those plate-lunch cravings

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
Beef cutlet is a dish that comes in many forms. Read More

Korean tradition merges with Irish holiday

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
I looked at the calendar and realized St. Patrick’s Day was close, and I looked at the avocados and realized they were all ripe at one time. Putting two and two together, I got: green. Read More

Final respects to Colin Nishida, and a last recipe

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
When I inherited this food-writing gig, I also inherited a pile of reader requests. A number were for the pork chops and fried rice at a hideaway I’d never heard of called Side Street Inn. Read More

Sweet potato, mochi are pretty in purple

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
Okinawan sweet potato mochi merges one of the world’s great flavors with one of the world’s great textures. Read More

Veggie Dog barks about the new year

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
Veggie Dog is a scaled-down version of a Prosperity Salad, also called “yusheng” or “yee shang,” part of the new year’s tradition in Malaysia and Singapore. Read More

Caramels provide sweet indulgence for Valentine’s Day

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
Making caramel is time-consuming and sticky, but not all that difficult. Typical recipes call for sugar, cream and butter, but one can go with a simplified version that leans on corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Read More

Taste outweighs color in old-style beef curry

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
This stew is delicious, the meat tender and the curry flavor just right. It will remind you of a plate-lunch curry special, one of those dishes we’d call “local style” — maybe we can’t quite define that style, but we know it when we taste it. Read More

Peach Bavarian cake an only-in-Hawaii specialty

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:49 am
The peach Bavarian cake belongs to a class of only-in-Hawaii desserts that includes chocolate dream and chantilly cakes. Read More

Snackers roar over furikake animal crackers

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:49 am
This recipe is based on all the copies I received, plus a study of other furikake party mix recipes (sans animal crackers). I’ve added a bag of Diamond Bakery Hawaiian Chocolate Sea Animal crackers because buying local is good, and they add a pop of color and cocoa flavor. Read More

Help solve recipe mysteries

• Updated on  January 2, 2018 at 5:39 pm
This year, I’d like to start with a request for a party mix that apparently has been making the rounds — although no one has given me any yet. The mix is made with animal crackers and has a furikake coating similar to the ubiquitous furikake Chex mix. Read More

Slow-cooker cake spices up holiday

• Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:49 am
I am always on the hunt for new and better things to do with my slow cooker. It’s my culinary obsession. Read More

Library benefit cookbook celebrates old Waipahu

• Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
The Friends of Waipahu Public Library’s new cookbook mixes recipes with the memories of those who call Waipahu home. Read More

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