Category Archives: Savory Stuff

6 Wonderful Recipes for Watermelon-Lovers

6 End-of-Summer Dishes for Watermelon Lovers

Watermelon is a summer fruit that makes many appearances in my home during the season. Every bite of the juicy melon practically screams “summer.” The end of melon season is bittersweet because it means that I’ll have to wait several months to get my hands on a fresh crop – but I make the most of it by enjoying watermelons as often as possible as ... Read More »

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 »

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