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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
I found the cutest little pumpkin, the kind we Cubans call ‘calabaza’, at the Hilo Farmer’s Market. Then and there I decided I wanted to cook it whole stuffed with ‘something’….but the something was eluding me until I realized that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our evenings and mornings are turning cooler and you can tell fall is definitely here...Yes, we do have seasons in Hawai'i...they're just not as defined as they are on the mainland, but after a while living here, you start noticing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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...and a lot has happened since... My computer crashed about a month ago and had to get a new one...I lost many of the programs I had installed in the other one...among them, Photoshop. I have the Photoshop discs...both versions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 6th Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge judging was held on Tuesday, September 1st at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. The honey judged comes in liquid, solid or as a slice of comb in glass canning jars. Honey jars from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Honoka'a is a lively little town at any time, but Mamane Street (the main thoroughfare through town) certainly jumps on First Fridays! I was invited to attend First Friday yesterday afternoon and evening by Edie Bikle, owner of Taro Patch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A few days ago I shared a post about my grandmother's flag, given to me by my mother which I had stored in a flag case. Now I am sharing a little story about another treasure, and though it did... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our island is one of the most bountiful bits of land anywhere....and the most remote from any other shore. That thought alone should dictate that we make more of an effort to either grow as much of our food as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii