Category Archives: Savory Stuff

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans are a wonderful addition to just about any barbecue or cookout. They pair well with everything from roast chicken to hot dogs – and everything in between. Most of us eat baked beans that come out of a can, though occasionally we dress them up by adding in a few additional ingredients, such as peppers or bacon. If you have a lot of ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Make Chicago-Style Dogs at Home

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Make Chicago-Style Dogs at Home

Chicago-style hot dogs are hot dogs that you could mistake for a sandwich, since they are so loaded up with toppings. The first time I had one was on a trip to Chicago, where they won me over with their delicious combination of flavors. A savory all beef hot dog contrasts with sweet and tangy pickles and relish, flavorful tomatoes, sharp onions and slightly spicy ... Read More »

Cook’s Cuff

Cook's Cuff

When I’m in the kitchen, I sometimes find myself consulting conversion tables to double check my measurements, especially when I am scaling recipes up and down for different serving sizes. How make teaspoons are in a quarter cup? How many cups are in a quart? The Cook’s Cuff is a lovely piece of jewelry that has some real utility to it – in addition to ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Roast Garlic

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Roast Garlic

Roasted garlic is my favorite way to eat garlic. While garlic has a strong, sharp flavor while it is raw, it also contains many natural sugars that can caramelize when exposed to eat. Roasted garlic has a rich, sweetness to it – as well as plenty of garlic flavor – but none of the sharpness that we usually associate with raw garlic. I’ve got a ... 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.”┬áPlate 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 »

Blue Ribbon Reuben Spam Roll-Ups

Ruben Spam Rollups

Everyone has a different reaction when they think about Spam. If you grew up in Hawaii, for instance, Spam might very well be a beloved favorite that you eat several times a week. Hawaii has the highest Spam consumption rate in the country and it has been a staple since WWII, when GIs brought over lots of shelf-stable products that could handle the long trip ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: An Easy Oven-Baked Fritatta

An Easy Oven-Baked Fritatta

As the weather warms up for spring, I tend to do a lot more brunch entertaining. Egg dishes are always a good choice for brunch, whether you’re talking about a simple plate of scrambled eggs or a quiche. One of my favorite brunch egg dishes is an Oven Baked Fritatta and I’m sharing my recipe over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!). The dish is ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 4 Ingredient Crepes

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 4 Ingredient Crepes

I love all types of pancakes, but there will always be a soft spot in my heart for crepes. These thin pancakes are versatile enough to be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert because it is easy to put both sweet and savory spins on the basic recipe. My favorite crepe recipe has just four ingredients and it will only take you one or ... Read More »

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