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Tlacoyos with Quelites and Noplaes

Tlacoyos with Quelites and Noplaes

Every trip to Mexico City is a fantastic experience for one reason or another. This last time was especially memorable for me beacuse I learned a new way to prepare filled masa and was introduced to quelites-  leafy greens, usually amaranth, but can be a number […]

Clams in Miso Ginger Broth

Clams in Miso Ginger Broth

This past weekend we stopped by our local seafood shop and picked up quite a variety consisting of whole fish, shrimp, shellfish, and fish ribs. It was quite a haul. This time, I thought we would try something new and since I really don’t cook […]

Chicken and Herb Dumplings

Chicken and Herb Dumplings

Chichen and dumplings… just like mom used to never make. What can I say, I love this dish for all of its comforting qualities- soft, shredded chicken, vegetables, and light puffy dumplings bobbing in a tasty soup. For someone who did not grow up eating […]

Locro

Locro

We are in for a treat. Today’s post comes to you from K in which he shares how loco for locro he was. After some tweaking, we have nailed down a recipe that works for us. It’s hearty, comforting, and delicious. Two times. That was […]

Chochoyotes and Black Bean Soup

Chochoyotes and Black Bean Soup

Cold weather calls for savory, hearty, warming soup. Today, we are taking the time to make chochoyotes-  tiny masa dough balls with an indentaion in the center to catch the garnishes for an extra tasty bite. And, since it is cold and rainy, we are […]

Chicken Tomatillo Tacos

Chicken Tomatillo Tacos

As the nights get a bit cooler, the grill gets far less action and the slow cooker makes its grand appearance. I love my slow cooker and am always looking for new recipes that practically cook themselves. I tend to prep everything at night before […]

Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Simplicity is key when one is pressed for time. As much as I enjoy an occasional fancy coursed out meal, it’s about hearty flavors and simple preparation that steals the show on a daily basis. Besides, most of us are beyond busy and weekday cooking […]

Nanzan Giro Giro

Nanzan Giro Giro

Tucked away in a miniscule strip off of busy Kapiolani Boulevard, there is a gem of a restaurant hidden in plain sight. Locals pass it on their way to run errands, some peer into the windows in daytime, others drive by without noticing there is […]

Oahu: Casual Eating Guide

Oahu: Casual Eating Guide

It’s finally vacation time and you have some days to yourself. Whoo-hoo! Perhaps you’re making pit stop for a few days in Hawaii en route to a farther off destination. Or, maybe you have only a few days on this quick get away and want […]

Spot Prawns with Cilantro Lime Butter

Spot Prawns with Cilantro Lime Butter

Sweet and rich like lobster but miniature in size. Now is the season for enjoying San Diego’s locally caught spot prawns off the La Jolla coast. We picked up a handful of these guys still alive and kicking with their waving antennae from Catalina Offshore […]

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