Endless Summer Rum Punch

Long weekends and warm summer nights are great excuses to invite friends over for some delicious food and even more delicious drinks. I like to make drink recipes that serve a crowd when I’m entertaining, rather than cocktails that need to be mixed up one at a time and take me away from the party. Sangrias filled with fresh fruit are always a safe option, but I find myself making rum punches even more often these days ....more

Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Shave ice is one of my favorite Hawaiian treats. Unlike “shaved ice,” shave ice is made up of impossibly fluffy ice shavings that melt almost instantly on your tongue. The tiny shavings really hang on to the syrups, so you get a lot of flavor in each bite, not a cone of ice and a pool of syrup at the bottom ....more

Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, HI

When you are hungry around lunchtime in Hawaii, you want to look for a place to grab a “plate lunch.”...more

Leonard’s Bakery, Honolulu, HI

Hawaii is known for many foods. They’re known for having amazing fish, hearty plate lunches, a love for SPAM...more

Hawaiian SPAM and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

When you think of Hawaii, you probably think about tropical cocktails, fresh coconuts and lazy afternoons on the beach. Those things are all easily available in Hawaii, but they’re not the only foods that locals love. SPAM is one of the islands’ most beloved foods, and residents of Hawaii consume more SPAM than any other state – and Hawaii is only the nation’s 40th most populous state! ...more

Bites from other Blogs

My new book, Tiki Drinks, is coming out in just a few weeks (it’s available for preorder on Amazon right now) and today’s recipe roundup is inspired by some of the same tropical flavors that you’ll find in the book. The tropical muffins that My Friend’s Bakery made probably have one of the stranges muffin names you’ve ever heard: Monkey Farts. The name might make you laugh, but the muffins will have you saying “yum” when you take that first bite ....more

Passion Fruit Lemonade

Lemonade is a summer staple in my kitchen. It’s just the right blend of tart and sweet to be perfectly refreshing on a hot day. It also pairs well with the fresh fruits and berries that I like to keep on hand in my kitchen during the summer! ...more

Egg Separating Whisk

Separating eggs is one task that almost every home cook or baker will need to do at some point. Eggs must be separated so that you can use the yolks in custardy desserts, like panna cottas, and the whites in airier creations, such as angel food cake and souffles. Even if you don’t bake that much, you’ll probably make an egg white omelette or two once in a while ....more

One Bowl Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of the fastest-growing vegetables you can plant in your garden – or, at least, it certainly seems like it at times! My zucchini plants start producing beautiful zucchinis early in the season and hang in there for months. I appreciate the bounty, but it can be difficult to keep up with the crop ....more

Pies and Tarts for Dinner and Dessert

When you think of pie, what type of pie do you think of? If you are like me, you probably think of rich chocolate cream pies or perfectly spiced fruit pies topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Though dessert pies come to my mind first, dessert isn’t the only meal where you can enjoy a pie ....more