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Sake, sake, and some beer and shochu with Kadota Liquor!

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Kadota Liquor organized a sake tasting event recently. It was held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in their Moku Ola banquet room. We tasted beer and shochu in addition to sake. I love… Continue reading

Hurricane Lane/Disaster Prep

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Is your household prepped for a natural disaster with water, food, first aid, etc. for at least a few days?  Thankfully, I have a good-sized (but messy) pantry and a habit of buying… Continue reading

Russ, Peanuts, and Life

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I went to a funeral for a friend of mine who had a long, full life. He recently passed away at the age of 89. There is a long list of contributions he… Continue reading

Garden to Table: Summer Panzanella Salad

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My peppers are finally growing and starting to turn a pretty red color. I don’t have a whole lot of peppers to harvest but I do have enough peppers to add some pretty… Continue reading

Garden to Table–Bitter Melon (Goya) Salad

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My bitter melon vines are starting to grow and produce fruit. I’m so happy to be able to create dishes from produce I harvest from my garden.  I can’t wait until my eggplants… Continue reading

Garden to Table: Bittermelon with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

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We are in a bittermelon phase these days. One dish my husband loves is Chinese-style bittermelon stir-fried with beef in a black bean garlic sauce. It is such a quick and easy dish… Continue reading

Malunggay from Grace turned into Chicken Tinola

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My friend Grace has a green thumb. She grows lemons, calamansi, bitter melon, tomatoes, papaya, and I am not sure what else. One day, my daughter asked me to pick up Grace’s daughter… Continue reading

Garden Separation Anxiety

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I am preparing to go on a week-long trip and other than thinking about what I need to pack, I’m also thinking about my plant babies that I’ll be leaving behind for a… Continue reading

Is This For Your Husband?

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I stopped at Subway in Downtown Hilo to pick up some sandwiches for lunch today. I ordered sandwiches for my husband, myself, and my daughter. As I completed my order, the cashier asked… Continue reading

Kids are Growing Up and so is my Garden (Goya Champuru Recipe)

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Since my children are now in high school and fairly independent, I am finding that I have more time to indulge in some of my hobbies.  One of my hobbies that I am… Continue reading