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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

Only Easy: Chocolate Truffles

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When I say these are “only easy” I really mean it! This is a kid-friendly dessert and the variations are endless! When I made these with my students, we tried to keep it… 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

Only in Hilo: Kim’s at the Muni’s Mandoo

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By Misty I. I’m very lucky to have a wonderful group of friends. They are kind, gracious and very, very fun! They also support my mandoo obsession. True story! Recently, when I met… 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

Only Easy: Kim Chee Burgers

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By Misty I. This stuff is dangerous. One glorious weekend a year, these tangy Korean-inspired delights are sold at Walter Victor Baseball Complex here in Hilo. Yup…kim chee burgers baby! The umami-rich smell… 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

Only Easy: Misty’s Summer Berry Cobbler

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By Misty I. Need a ridiculously easy summer dessert for your Independence Day BBQ? Make this! It takes less than ten minutes to prep. I literally throw this together an hour before my… 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