Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds

Dark Choc Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranates are delicious fruits, but they are a little bit trickier to eat than, for instance, an apple, due to all of their jewel-like seeds. They’re not that easy to incorporate into recipes – particularly recipes for baked goods – unless you’re looking to use just the juice. Once, I bought a big bag of dried pomegranate seeds, planning to put them into some cookies ... Read More »

Nun-Baked Cookies from Spain

Nun Cookies

When I heard that I could buy nun-baked cookies in Spain, I couldn’t wait to track them down. For me, it sounds like such a novel item and certainly something that I am unlikely to find in the states. The cookies are exactly what they sound like: cookies baked by nuns. Different nuns at different convents seem to specialize in different things, but cookies seem ... Read More »

What is candied ginger?

There are many ways to get a spicy, gingery flavor into baked goods. One of the easiest is to add dried, ground ginger right into your batter or dough, just as you might add in ground cinnamon or any other dried spice. This adds a lot of flavor, but if you want even more of a gingery bite, opt for grating in fresh ginger, which ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Rates Chocolate Ice Creams

Cook's Country Rates Chocolate Ice Creams

 I usually suggest pairing baked goods with vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream goes well with just about any dessert. Just as vanilla extract can really emphasize the flavors in recipe, so can vanilla ice cream. But even though vanilla goes well with so many things, that doesn’t mean that other ice cream flavors don’t work in its place. In fact, switching to coffee ice ... Read More »

Why is there coffee in my chocolate cake?

Coffee and Chocolate Cake

When you bake enough chocolate cakes, or simply look at enough chocolate cake recipes, you’ll notice a trend: many of them include coffee or instant coffee as an ingredient. This isn’t because most people are looking for a mocha-flavored cake. Rather, coffee is commonly included because it is a great way to enhance the flavor of cocoa powder, resulting in a more chocolaty cake – ... Read More »

Hershey’s Kisses with Macadamia Nuts, reviewed

Hershey's Kisses with Macadamia Nuts,

One of my favorite things about Hawaii is the prevalence of macadamia nuts in so many food items. They’re in pancakes, cookies and breads, crusted onto perfectly cooked fish, and dipped in chocolate and packed into boxes for tourists to take home. Macadamia nut production is a big industry for Hawaii, and anyone visiting will benefit by finding the tasty, buttery nut in so many ... Read More »

Tropical flavor and hot dogs at Puka Dog, Poipu

A Puka Dog!

What is a Puka Dog? It’s not your ordinary hot dog, that’s for sure! Puka dogs are Hawaiian-style hot dogs served at, of course, Puka Dog in Poipu on Kauai. “Puka” is Hawaiian for hole – as in puka shell necklaces, where many small shells with holes in the center are strung on a necklace. Puka dogs start out with large buns that, instead of ... Read More »

Jo-Jo’s Anuenue Shaved Ice

Tropical Shave Ice at Jo Jo's

There are two shave ice places called Jo Jo’s in Waimea on Kauai. One, on the main street, will be busy and is full of tourists. The other, just off the main street and about 100 feet away from the first shop, will also be busy but it will be packed with locals. The latter is the one you want to go to. Jo-Jo’s Anuenue ... Read More »

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