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Sonia
Big Island of Hawaii
A foodiesleuth from way back!
Interests: food, herb gardening, writing about food, love my digital camera....!
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Our friend Holit has had a visitor from the mainland for a couple of weeks and they've done the island in style during this time, but had not had a picnic in a park, so last week we all decided... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our friends Flavia and Gordon have a tradition of inviting everyone they know to a big, informal 4th kind of bash at their place, up in the nether regions of Kaiwiki Road, on the Hamakua side of Hilo. This was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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We're spending tomorrow afternoon with friends who host a big Fourth BBQ every year - they cook all sorts of good stuff in the underground imu and guests bring sides or desserts...I will try to get some good photos to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I just finished making some quick, refrigerator type Bread & Butter pickles and they were a breeze to make...Took longer to score the length of each cucumber with the tines of a fork and cut them than to put it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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At first I had thought to host a small tea party at home to celebrate my birthday...but in the last month or so, too many things were happening and I was feeling overwhelmed. My son suggested holding it somewhere else...so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Tomorrow is Fathers' Day. Tomorrow is my birthday. My birthday and Fathers' Day are always tied in my mind, since they're usually either the same day or very close to each other...most times on the same weekend. Depending on where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Cloudy, soft on and off rain...the garden is just slurping and loving the moisture. Everything is thriving, including the weeds...I am almost giving up on them. I need to bring in loads of mulch but am worried about 'importing' little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I cooked a whole chicken in one of my clay pots for last night's dinner, and shared a post on Facebook. It generated comments about cooking in clay...I thought I would share some of my 'learnings' about the use of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Hydration is important. We're told our bodies can survive without food for 3 weeks but we cannot (normally) function for more than 3 days without water... We've been told countless times we need to drink at least 8 glasses of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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One of our favorite treats are Pastelitos de Carne. Because it is so humid where I live, I use store bought sheets of puff pastry. Here is my simple way to make the popular Cuban pastelitos de carne (meat pastries)... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I am so excited with how our garden is doing this time around (keeping my fingers and toes crossed!) One of three banana stalks! This is the largest one Thai basil...I keep snipping the blooms off and it seems like... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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It rained off and on most of last night and the garden is happy...but the sun keeps playing peek-a-boo...I took a little stroll through this morning to check how things were going.. Almost spent gardenias are still perfuming the air...... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I have had this fig tree (if you can call it a tree) for several years...in fact, I can't even remember when I got it... so long ago I have even forgotten what variety of fig it's supposed to be!... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I have been invited to give an 'author talk' about my cookbook "From Soup to Nuts" at the Hilo Library on Wednesday, May 18th from 5 to 6 pm... I will be talking about writing the book, the inspiration behind... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A couple of months ago, we planted 3 small Hawaiian Currant tomato plants in the pig through...or what we believed to be the currants... but it turns out they are a bit larger than currants...more like grape tomatoes. and in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The run of rainy days (and nights!) we just went through are beginning to pay off...the garden is grateful! The baby bok-choy plants are growing new leaves and filling out The red hot Hawaiian Chile peppers are just beginning to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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On my way home from a meeting down in lower Puna yesterday, I made a little detour to Rozett's Nursery to see what was available in the 'edible world of plants' that I didn't have and also was looking for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Last night, my friend Georgia and I attended a presentation by K.t. Cannon Eger about the beautiful Lili'uokalani Japanese Garden in Hilo by the bay. It reminded I had shared photos and information about our lovely gardens in Gather.com, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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"Words and Wine" is a monthly event held on the First Tuesday of each month at the Kona Stories Bookstore located in the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona (the west side of our island) where the public can come to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I have served as a judge or have helped organize quite a few cooking contests in the last 12 years or so...here are some facts and thoughts I would like to share Cooking Contest Definition There is confusion in many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The year started nice and easy...and continuing to write on my cookbook project (two and half years and seemed to not be getting anywhere) I don't make New Year's resolutions any longer...hate to break them but invariably, I do...instead I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Would you believe I slept in today? I never do that! I'm usually up between 5 and 6:30 am...this morning I did not open my eyes until 7:20!!! That is almost unheard of unless I'm sick...and I feel fine...I guess... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The table - tablecloth made and given to me last year by my friend Jorge in Saint Pete, FL... the monogrammed stockings I'm using with the napkins are a gift from my cousin Nancy in GA. The napkins: outside napkin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This month is passing by with a flurry of activity...and Christmas is upon us and for the first time in years, I am not quite ready for it to get here yet! With a business partner, we've started a small... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving and enjoyed delicious food. Too much has been going on this fall for me, so we had a quiet one, just the two of us. Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrot & Ginger Soup This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii