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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 »

Passion Fruit Lemonade

Passion Fruit Lemonade

Lemonade is a summer staple in my kitchen. It’s just the right blend of tart and sweet to be perfectly refreshing on a hot day. It also pairs well with the fresh fruits and berries that I like to keep on hand in my kitchen during the summer! This Passion Fruit Lemonade is a variation on traditional lemonade that you probably won’t find at your ... Read More »

Egg Separating Whisk

Egg Separating Whisk

Separating eggs is one task that almost every home cook or baker will need to do at some point. Eggs must be separated so that you can use the yolks in custardy desserts, like panna cottas, and the whites in airier creations, such as angel food cake and souffles. Even if you don’t bake that much, you’ll probably make an egg white omelette or two ... Read More »

One Bowl Zucchini Bread

One Bowl Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of the fastest-growing vegetables you can plant in your garden – or, at least, it certainly seems like it at times! My zucchini plants start producing beautiful zucchinis early in the season and hang in there for months. I appreciate the bounty, but it can be difficult to keep up with the crop. One of my go-to recipes during zucchini season is ... Read More »

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