September Is Often The Hottest Month Of The Year In California.
Sometimes temperatures soar up to 90 degrees or higher!
For many CA families, it’s not a problem because they own an air-con – but many of us don’t have an easy way to save ourselves from the scorching heat.
During these times, a Hawaiian shaved ice can serve as a huge relief for yourself and your family. I remember a time when my family was hit with a heat wave and this recipe saved us. It became a favorite recipe of mine and my children from then on.… Read More
The greens of our beautiful forests and the pleasant wind of the ocean surrounding us are two things that I sorely miss.
More than that though, I miss our amazing Sunday family meals. Before going to bed, I’d turn off my alarm and wait for the aroma of my Grandma’s Pineapple Fried Rice to wake me up from slumber. It had a punch of color, too.
It’s been several years since those days, and now that I have grown up I still make it at times when I feel like I want to … Read More
It was raining hard and cold yesterday. And I was alone in the house – the kids were in school and my husband was at work.
I was craving hard for something I couldn’t quite put a name on. I wanted something salty, something crunchy and something I could nibble on while watching a movie I had downloaded. It was me time, and I needed a treat.
Hmmm… french fries. They’d be perfect for this weather!
So I combed through the cupboard and the fridge to see if we had the ingredients to make the dish. I was lucky: … Read More
A chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake is an easy, quick way to serve a crowd something special – without killing yourself in the kitchen! I like this recipe that J&J put together years ago. It’s simple and straightforward. You can substitute a butter cream icing or my favorite – sprinkle it with chocolate peanut butter hard shell topping to add an extra crunch!
1 ½ (18 ounce) packages chocolate chip cookies 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 ½ cup hot fudge topping + some for drizzling on top 2 quarts vanilla ice cream Cherries, for garnish
Cooking has always been a favorite past time of mine, since early childhood.
There’s something special about making your own treats, giving friends and neighbors a plate of homemade cookies, and providing for your family.
As a Californian mom, I love baking with my daughter and teaching her all the cooking skills I can. On a good day, we have a great time and have success with our recipes. And, on a bad day, we usually still have fun – or at least eat something nice!
Some of our favorite recipes involve tropical foods and spices, so we’ve recently started … Read More
It is no secret that I love Asian cuisine and tropical-flavored cooking.
So you might think Ponzu would be a household name in my home.
However, it was not my fetish for exotic recipes and ingredients that introduced me to this delicacy. My first Ponzu date happened by accident, when I was shopping for Japanese soy sauce in a food mart in California. It was not until I got back home that I realized what was in my shopping cart was not soy sauce but ponzu sauce. WTF is that, I asked?
Chock-full of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron and anti-oxidants, asparagus is an awesome veggie that you can use in many tasty recipes.
You can only find fresh asparagus in the spring. In the past, it has been used as a medicine due to its diuretic properties and special aroma. Believe it or not, the asparagus has been a favorite among people since 3000 BC, first mentioned as an Egyptian staple.
Asperge is made of 93% water and it’s very low on calories as well as sodium. It is a great source for magnesium, calcium, zinc or vitamin B6 and … Read More
Looking out the window I could see the warm blue water sparkling in the tropical sun. My husband and two kids and myself are here to visit relatives. It is our Christmas holiday and the excitement of the moment wraps around me. It is going to be two fun filled weeks of family and friends. My kids hardly ever get to go to Hawaii, so they are excited about it.
Kauai is one of the main Hawaiian islands in the chain. Located in the Pacific ocean, Kauai is known as the garden … Read More