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Pantry Must-Haves for Macrobiotic Cooking

For healthful and varied macrobiotic cooking, I recommend these following items. Don’t know what they are or what to do with them? Try a Google recipe search and see what pops up (or better yet, let me teach you how)! Stocking these in your pantry helps make cooking easier so you can just pull out […]

Spring Cooking Style

Spring The first leaves and buds of spring usually take several weeks to peek through the snow, unfold, and open (or if you live in Hawaii, the rain and chillier weather makes way for warm dry days again). In the same way, we can slowly modify our cooking as spring and warmer weather approaches. In […]

Welcoming Spring into Our Kitchens

Tips for Spring Cooking Add fresh greens to your meals (e.g., kale, collards, watercress, parsley, and other hardy greens) Use lighter cooking methods, such as short-time boiling, steaming, and quick sautéing Reduce the amount of salt and other seasonings slightly Use foods and pickles fermented for a shorter period of time Include wild grasses, sprouts, […]

Lucky Foods For The New Year * Osechi Ryori

When I lived in Japan, one of the tastiest menus that I learned was how to prepare the traditional New Year’s food. First introduced during the Heinan Period, osechi-ryori is basically a bento (boxed lunch) prepared in advance, stored in a cool place, and reheated when it is to be eaten during the first three […]

Big Island Personal Chef Work

Recently, I’ve had the super fun opportunity to travel to the Big Island for work. It’s an adventure to fly in, source the ingredients (and in the process, get to know the health food store Big Island Naturals), and then cook.  If you’re on a neighbor island and interested in having me cook for you, […]

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.