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Hurricane Ready in a Whole Foods Home

Last week, Hawai’i was warned that two hurricanes, Iselle and Julio, were expected to hit the islands over the weekend.  From what it looked like in the weather projections, Iselle in particular was heading right for us, and this would be the first time in about 20 years that a hurricane would make landfall.  In […]

Brain Food

Blueberries protect your brain because of the flavonoids they contain.  The blue color is a flavonoid called an anthocyanin.  According to the American Academy of Neurology, those who ate foods with anthocyanins were less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. Other anthocyanin rich foods are eggplant, plums, bananas (yep), red cabbage, kidney and black beans, peaches, and cherries.

A Beautiful Summer: Naturally

Keep your skin healthy in summer (and year ’round) with these beneficial plant foods: Vitamin A Apricot Broccoli Butternut squash Carrots Cantaloupe Kabocha Kale Mango Spinach Sweet Potatoes Benefits: Improves skin texture and reduces age spots. Vitamin C Bell peppers Brussels sprouts Cauliflower Kale Lemon Papaya Parsley Strawberries Benefits: Key to the production of collagen […]

Neighbor Island Adventures: Kauai

In May, my parents were on the island visiting, and we went to Kauai for about 5 days of pure bliss. The air seems to tingle with energy there. During those 5 days, we were pretty busy doing nothing! We slept, ate, hit happy hour with our books and watched the sunsets, explored the south […]

Eat Well, Live Well

I always wanted to be a contributing author to edible Hawaiian Islands and this dream came true with the launch party that happened in early 2014 at Taste. The name of my featured article is Eat Well, Live Well: A Game Plan for Health The photography (and actually everything) in this issue is really spectacular. […]

Year in Review

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to review my accomplishments.  It’s important to validate one’s progress and also set new goals. For me, 2013 brought gifts and challenges, and overall was very experimental, as I had lost my regular space for cooking classes and sought other options. […]

Special Vegan Dining Experience

This weekend I joined the women of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Hawai’i Chapter, to celebrate their birthday at the Sheraton Waikiki. The original menu was not something that I would have normally eaten, so the Dames President of the Hawai’i chapter arranged for me to get a special vegan course menu, and it was absolutely scrumptious. […]

Summer Cooking Style

In summer, plants ripen and reach their growth.  At this time we can begin to use foods that have more active expansive energy, such as leafy green vegetables, summer squashes, sweet corn, and locally grown fruits.  Fresh salads can be served more frequently in summer or enjoyed in the form of marinated, pressed, or lightly […]