Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

Can you toast coconut in the microwave?

Toasting coconut

Toasting shredded coconut is a great way to bring out its flavor, just as toasting walnuts, pecans and other nuts brings out their nuttiness. Toasting gives coconut a beautiful brown color and takes it from soft to crisp, adding texture to your recipe in addition to color and flavor. It is easy to toast coconut in a skillet or in the oven, but it is ... Read More »

How to use fresh ginger

Fresh ginger

Fresh ginger is not as friendly looking as powdered ginger, which comes in a neat little canister along with all of the other dried spices. It goes into baked goods along with dry ingredients and requires no prep time. Fresh ginger, on the other hand, looks a little alien by comparison. The bulbous root is firm and it’s not obvious how to use it – ... Read More »

Roasted Tomatoes with Olive Oil

Roasted tomatoes with olive oil

I want to have a fancy name for this dish, but I just can’t bring myself to call it anything other than what it is: roasted tomatoes with olive oil. I make this all the time with fresh tomatoes in the summer and it is one of the easiest and best ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes – apart from simply slicing them and eating them ... Read More »

Peach Pitter and Slicer

Peach Pitter

Getting the pit out of a fresh peach or other stone fruit can be a pain in the butt. While they sometimes pop out when you split the fruit in half, those pits stick in there like glue more often than not – leaving you with some rather creatively shaped slices as you try to get around them. I wouldn’t have thought there was an ... Read More »

How to pit cherries without a pitter

Pile of pitted cherries

If you do a lot of baking with fresh cherries, a cherry pitter is a good investment. They are easy to use and allow you to pop pits out of whole cherries with very little effort. But cherry pitters aren’t necessarily must-have items if you plan to pit cherries only very occasionally and don’t want to spend the money – or give up the cupboard ... Read More »

How to choose the best fresh strawberries

Fresh strawberries

Although you can frequently find strawberries in the off season at supermarkets, it isn’t until berry season hits full swing in late spring that you start to see fresh strawberries just about everywhere. They’re hard to resist when they look like bright red jewels in their little baskets, waiting to be purchased – and there is no reason to resist them, because they’re just as ... Read More »

Ice Cold Coconuts, Kauai

Cracking a coconut with a machete

Driving up towards Hanalei Bay from Lihue, right around mile marker 24 and the Kahiliholo intersection, you might catch sight of a roadside sign reading Ice Cold Coconuts out in front of a small fruit stand on the right hand side of the road. If you do, stop by. This fruit stand is packed with all kinds of fresh tropical fruit and you can’t get ... Read More »

Dial-a-Slice Fruit Corer and Wedger

Dial-a-Slice Fruit Corer and Wedger

The most time consuming part of making an apple pie is prepping the fruit. The apples need to be cored, peeled and sliced – and when you’re talking about 6 or more apples, that turns into quite a bit of work! This is the reason that tools like fruit wedgers exist, to make it even easier to slice up those apples (or any similar sized ... Read More »

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