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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

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

Flourless fruitcake emphasizes positive elements

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:50 am
Retired orthopedic surgeon Argyl Bacon was no particular fan of fruitcake until about 30 years ago, he said, when a nurse handed him a fruit-cupcake. He was impressed and got the recipe. Read More

$5 scores recipes, helps feed those in need

Updated on  November 24, 2017 at 12:21 am
Send in five bucks and you’ll score the top five “By Request” recipes of 2017. Read More

Slow cooker a big help during holidays

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
At Thanksgiving a slow cooker can be your best friend. When the turkey’s in the oven and the stovetop is busy boiling potatoes, a slow cooker can be calmly and quietly producing a side dish. Read More

Smoke adds interest to drinks

Updated on  November 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm
It might not sound like a good idea to play with fire while handling alcohol, but in this case I think you’ll be OK. Read More

Salad with ulu a winner for KCC student duo

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:48 am
The Kahala Nui retirement community hosted its seventh Art of Healthy-licious Cooking contest, inviting Kapiolani Community College culinary students to submit recipes designed to be healthy and simple for seniors to prepare. This year’s featured ingredient was breadfruit, or ulu, from the Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative. Read More

Bread for Day of the Dead makes lively project

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:48 am
Over many years of Octobers, I’ve presented many recipe ideas for Halloween. This year I thought I’d turn to the root of Halloween, Mexico’s Day of the Dead and the traditional pan de muerto, bread of the dead. Read More

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