I used to live in Hawaii. My husband was stationed there in the military, and that’s where I moved to after we got married. Yeah, I wasn’t complaining about that! It was a wonderful two years. I learned how to surf and got a pink surfboard (let’s not get ahead of ourselves – I wasn’t that good and just liked the rolling baby waves), went foraging for banana lilikoi and strawberry guava fruits on our hikes, and hubby and I… Read more »

The first time I taught a cooking class, I struggled with timing. How long it would take to prep for the class (all that chopping, cleaning, organizing), how long it would actually take to prep the meal, and all that stuff. The guy I worked with during my first few classes said that he’s seen some people take a lot of time measuring ingredients out, following recipes exactly to a “T.” Oh gosh, I’m SO NOT LIKE THAT. I was… Read more »

This dish pretty much kicks butt. I made this one night, when it was getting colder and we needed a hearty “no-meat and potatoes” type dish. My hubs was so enthusiastic about this, which to me is great, because this meal takes no effort to put together! Roast potatoes with fresh rosemary, saute the seitan for a few minutes, then pour the seitan mixture over the potatoes. Done and done! I’ve made this with other root vegetables too, all with… Read more »

My mother-in-law has a kaffir lime tree in her backyard, and whenever she comes to visit us, I always get a baggie full of fragrant leaves to cook with (the rest I put in the freezer – it stores beautifully!). To me, there is no substitute for the leaves – they add such a wonderful, herby flavor to any dish that you can’t really make excuses not to have it. But don’t fear – they’re not at all hard to… Read more »