Category Archives: Savory Stuff

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are they beautiful to look at – cooked or uncooked – but they are delicious. I find that many people only eat artichokes when they are out, rather than cooking them at home, because they are slow to cook and can be a bit intimidating to work with when you haven’t cooked all that many. Let ... Read More »

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 »

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