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The Strawberry Popsicles of My Dreams

Memories and experiences – especially from unexpected places – are my favorite ingredients in any recipe. I don’t know exactly what to call the state of being that was sitting on the porch, eating a strawberry popsicle as a kid. But it’s this experience…

July 25, 2017

Chicory and Nori Salad w/Avocado + Hazelnuts

Sometimes, the little inconsistencies of travel are what fuel my curiosity and makes travel exciting and fun. In Italy, “where will I find coffee?”  In Turkey, “how do I order a pastry?”  In Japan, “is this toothpaste or spackling for the tub?”  But sometimes,…

July 13, 2017

Double Vanilla (Vegan!) Marshmallows for Campfires

The little things are really big things. I’m not sure that this would have been the takeaway for the onlooker, peeking over my shoulder at Rapha Rides last weekend, but it was exactly what came to mind when I finally settled into my seat…

June 17, 2017

Fig + Prosciutto + Pecorino

I have been in Europe for two-and-a-half-weeks now. It is official – my body and mind have adapted completely to “the European way,” and, more specifically to “the Italian way,” primarily when it comes to the eating.  A little cappuchi + brioche in the…

September 15, 2013

Olive Oil Cake w/ Dark Chocolate + Rosemary

Early March seems to be the deadest of winter – apples and pears are gone, citrus is overwhelming and dwindling, berries are on the horizon but have yet to possess their sweetness. Bananas are, bananas. The pantry is longing for inspiration, but still the…

March 16, 2011

Ahi Poke w/ Chili + Ginger

Lighter foods seem to be part and parcel to life in the Islands. But so do vibrant, colorful and unique flavors and sharing them among friends. Our “family meal” here at Kai’upoho Place last night was no exception to these island rules. I will…

December 18, 2010

Passionfruit + Lilikoi Butter

The greatest part about being in the Hawaiian Islands is the ability to subsist (at least in mind) on tropical fruits alone. Pineapples and mangos in the summer, papayas in the spring, and lilikoi (passionfruit) in the fall and winter. Driveways are literally covered…

December 18, 2010

Panettone

Once upon a time, in Milan, there was a nobleman falconer named Ughetto, a beautiful bakers daughter named Adalgisa, and her struggling, but renown father Antonio. One day, as Ughetto was strolling through the piazza with his fabulous bird, allowing him to play high…

December 13, 2010

Chocolate a La Taza

One of my favorite parts of traveling are the inspirations, new eyes, and new flavors on the world that linger long after my suitcase has been unpacked. I take great joy in bringing home spices, special ingredients, and new recipes allowing them, and the…

November 9, 2010

Panellets de Pinyon

Wandering through the streets of Figueres, Spain last week – someplace between Fundacio Gala – the Dali Museum – and tapas to the Nth degree, I found myself wandering the streets of this charming, funky little town. My compatriots and I had spent all…

October 30, 2010