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Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts

Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts

A dessert doesn’t have to be fancy to be delicious. In fact, there are some desserts out there that are much prettier to look at than they are delicious to eat. Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts is a cookbook that is packed with desserts, but each and every one of them puts flavor before the fancy – though they are also -beautiful too look at! Brooks ... Read More »

Individual Vanilla Bean Apricot Cobblers

Individual Vanilla Bean Apricot Cobblers

Stone fruits are always an excellent choice for making cobblers, crisps and other fruit desserts. Peaches and nectarines are the stars of the stone fruit world when it comes to desserts, but plums and apricots can be amazing in baked goods, as well. Fresh, ripe apricots have a floral, honeyed flavor that is unique and delicious – and that becomes intensified when the fruits spend ... Read More »

Endless Summer Rum Punch

Endless Summer Rum Punch

Long weekends and warm summer nights are great excuses to invite friends over for some delicious food and even more delicious drinks. I like to make drink recipes that serve a crowd when I’m entertaining, rather than cocktails that need to be mixed up one at a time and take me away from the party. Sangrias filled with fresh fruit are always a safe option, ... Read More »

Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Baking Bites at Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Shave ice is one of my favorite Hawaiian treats. Unlike “shaved ice,” shave ice is made up of impossibly fluffy ice shavings that melt almost instantly on your tongue. The tiny shavings really hang on to the syrups, so you get a lot of flavor in each bite, not a cone of ice and a pool of syrup at the bottom. Matsumoto Shave Ice just ... Read More »

Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, HI

BBQ Pork Plate Lunch at Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, HI

When you are hungry around lunchtime in Hawaii, you want to look for a place to grab a “plate lunch.” Plate lunch is a standard lunch in Hawaii, and it usually consists of a large plate or tray heaped up with white rice, mac salad (macaroni/pasta salad) and/or some other side dish, as well as an entree, usually a meat dish. The entrees range from teriyaki ... Read More »

Leonard’s Bakery, Honolulu, HI

Malasadas at Leonard’s Bakery

Hawaii is known for many foods. They’re known for having amazing fish, hearty plate lunches, a love for SPAM and lighter-than-air shave ice. They’re also known for malasadas. A malasada is a Portuguese donut, made of balls of yeast dough that are deep fried and coated with sugar. The yeast dough is rich and buttery, much more like a brioche dough than the airy dough that is ... Read More »

Hawaiian SPAM and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Hawaiian Spam and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

When you think of Hawaii, you probably think about tropical cocktails, fresh coconuts and lazy afternoons on the beach. Those things are all easily available in Hawaii, but they’re not the only foods that locals love. SPAM is one of the islands’ most beloved foods, and residents of Hawaii consume more SPAM than any other state – and Hawaii is only the nation’s 40th most ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

My new book, Tiki Drinks, is coming out in just a few weeks (it’s available for preorder on Amazon right now) and today’s recipe roundup is inspired by some of the same tropical flavors that you’ll find in the book. The tropical muffins that My Friend’s Bakery made probably have one of the stranges muffin names you’ve ever heard: Monkey Farts. The name might make ... Read More »

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