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Flu Tea Recipe for A Sick Food Lover

Kauai ginger being harvested. Daniel Lane photo I never thought a love for food would make me sick. Truthfully, it wasn’t food that made me ill, it was the lengths I went through in the name of good food. After trying several remedies, my recipe for a simple tea was most effective at providing relief. The…

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March 25, 2017

Hawaii Coconut Rum Cocktail Recipe

Joey Gottesman, an Oahu-based mixologist. Daniel Lane photo. This Hawaii coconut rum cocktail recipe features Koloa Coconut Rum, an ingredient that eight chefs will use during the Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off. Since Koloa Rum is celebrating their 7th anniversary this month, I’ve also included four fun-rum events that save money and will tickle your palate….

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September 23, 2016

Kauai Chicken Soup

Kauai Chicken Soup with acini di pepe pasta. Marta Lane photo. As all visitors know, Kauai has a robust feral chicken population. While some local families capture and cook them, most of us prefer to buy our chicken at the store. You can find whole, organic chicken at Cost-U-Less, Costco and Safeway for about $20….

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March 4, 2016

Lilikoi Now at Kauai Farmers Markets

Passion fruit and Meyer lemon tart is perfect for the Hawaiian holiday table. Photo by Daniel Lane. Passion fruit, or lilikoi as it’s called in Hawaii, is making a second appearance at Kauai farmers markets. Juice from the tart and sweet fruit makes an excellent substitution for citrus, or a happy marriage. I’ve combined the two in this…

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December 18, 2015

Hawaiian Pumpkin Soup

The Hawaiian pumpkin is a mix of kobocha and European squash. Daniel Lane photo I planted Hawaiian squash in my garden and ended up with four beautifully smooth, pale orange pumpkins. The Hawaiian pumpkin is a mix of kobocha and European squash that resists Hawaiian wasp stings. I got my seeds from the bi-annual plant…

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October 23, 2015

Cooking with Breadfruit

  Mature breadfruit is hard and bright green. Daniel Lane photo. Breadfruit is considered a canoe crop, which was brought to the islands by original Polynesian voyagers who settled in Hawaii. The tree and its fruit were so valuable, saplings were tucked inside canoes that travelled thousands of miles. In the Pacific, breadfruit is a culturally significant crop that has starred in movies….

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September 11, 2015

For the Love of Good Food

(From left) Laura, Corinne, Maris, Addison, Limor, Christopher and Dan.   Childhood memories captivate my senses as I prepare a meal for my friends. While I make crust for a mango tart, I’m taken back to the holidays in my Colorado home. I see my mother’s hands rolling piecrust and hear the rustle of my father’s newspaper. I didn’t realize mom was loving…

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August 21, 2015

Kauai Tropical Tea

Hibiscus sabdariffa, commonly known as Thai roselle, is what puts the zing in Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger Tea. ©2015 Daniel Lane Last week, I bought roselle buds and local honey at the Kealia farmers market. Instinct and Mother Nature compelled me to combine them with a few things from my garden, which resulted in this…

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June 28, 2015

Ahi Tuna Tacos

Recipe for Tommy Bahama’s Fresh Ahi Tacos with Asian slaw, wasabi avocado salsa and lime vinaigrette. Happy Mother’s Day! Tacos and tequila are a classic culinary combination and in the hands of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, these favorites get a modern and slightly exotic twist. From now through June 19, Tommy Bahama Restaurant &…

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May 10, 2015

Kauai Farmers Markets – Beet Salad Recipe

Beets take 55 to 65 days from seed to table. Daniel Lane photo Kim and Jeff Shields moved to Kauai seven months ago. As a gift, their son bought them two tickets to our Kauai farmers market tour. The Shields were ideal guests with open minds, adventurous tastes and lots of questions. They had never…

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January 31, 2015