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Thursday, August 21, 2014         

The Little Foodie Premium

If California strawberries that stay in California are as good as residents claim, mangoes in Hawaii definitely rival that legend. The sweet and perfectly tender varieties grown on our island seem to dwarf those that are shipped in, still green and well packaged.

Last December, just before the holidays, we were eagerly awaiting our first batch of lilikoi from the tangled vine all along our chain-link fence.

In my culinary journeys I've come across a number of foods that elicit a "love it or hate it" response. For me these are usually items I don't find a bit offensive.

My son will eat carrots. People say to focus on the positive when it comes to parenting, so I am trying not to say that my son won't eat any vegetable of any color except carrots.

These days, we rarely encounter our food outside of four walls. At the grocery store, fruits are always in season, and vegetables have barely a scratch on them.

My husband and I disagree on the necessity of balancing the five tastes: bitter, salty, sweet, sour and umami. This is the guy that says he's going off sugar and then justifies eating frosted Pop Tarts because they're "not dessert."

Cauliflower has come a long way since its days as a steamed vegetable covered in thick, viscous and suspiciously yellow cheese sauce. I wasn't ahead of the trend in accepting cauliflower at my dinner table.

I’m not a person who puts up Christmas lights. In fact, my family has survived several Christmases without a tree or any decor notifying the world that we’re celebrating the holidays.

If there is ever any truth to the rumors of canned pumpkin shortages around holiday time, you can assume it has something to do with me. I’m eating anything pumpkin throughout October, November and December — especially pumpkin pie.

While in high school in Portland, Ore., I frequented a Lebanese restaurant off the beaten path. I was proud of myself for finding such a great hole-in-the-wall brimming with adults who seemed to know about food. This was a time before Yelp left no stone unturned.


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