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Sweet potato, mochi are pretty in purple

Updated on  February 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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  February 14, 2018 at 10:17 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  February 9, 2018 at 12:34 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  January 23, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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  January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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  January 11, 2018 at 12:10 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  December 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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  December 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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  November 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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  October 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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  October 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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

New cookbook features dishes from school cafeterias

Updated on  October 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm
A third “By Request” cookbook launches today. Read More

Fresh fruit ice cake a tasty adult treat

Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 1:07 am
Sweet, sticky ice cakes were a part of childhood for so many of us, yet I hadn’t given them a thought in at least 20 years. Read More

Baking scones takes some science

Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 4:26 pm
Recipes for scones are thick on the ground, but that bounty yields some variables. While the ingredients don’t change much, some of the finer points do. Read More

Use sesame stash in savory pancakes

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 7:12 pm
These crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside pancakes would be a nice addition to your next Chinese meal. Read More

Evaporated milk plays new part in frozen Lemon Crunch

Updated on  August 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm
It turns out evaporated milk, because, well, much of the water has been evaporated out of it, has a high enough percentage of protein to be whip-able, despite having considerably less fat than whipping cream. Read More

Beloved chicken recipe packs a gingery punch

Updated on  August 3, 2017 at 6:17 am
Kauai’s Hanamaulu Cafe closed in 2014 and some devotees are still in mourning. Read More

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