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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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Certain plants are known in Hawai'i as 'Canoe Plants', meaning plants brought by the early Polynesian voyagers when they settled in the Hawaiian Islands. The Same Canoe Local Food Challenge is an ongoing project of the non-profit group, One Island... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A friend shared an easy recipe for an Italian Easter Pie, and I decided to make one for today. We called a few friends and invited them to a small, last minute picnic at one of our Hilo parks this... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Resurecting an old article I wrote for Edible Hawaiian Island Magazine 9 years ago... 2017 celebrates the 54th year of the Merrie Monarch Competitions in Hilo! Note: I've added some photos that did not appear in the original article. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I made these a long time ago and am planing on making them again for Easter. Spinach Tomato Jam Cheese Tyropitas These are delicious and MUCH easier to make than you might think when you read the recipe instructions… My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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One of the fun things about writing a blog is hearing from readers... Sometimes I wonder just who actually reads whatever I happen to post on any given day...and if anyone really does... then out of the blue comes an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Hawaii is a true melting pot. We have a melding of as many foods, holiday traditions and observances as there are ethnic groups who call these islands home. Back in the mid 1800’s when the early wave of Chinese, Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Made this for dinner tonight - haven't had it in a while. Turned out wonderful! Bistec en Cazuela is a typical Cuban meat dish - Bistec is the word for steak (actually a 'cubanized' and shortened pronunciation of beef steak)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I picked up a little book at the Hilo Library a friend had recommended after we were discussing fruitcakes...how some people love them and some absolutely hate them (or claim to hate them) and I mentioned that my very first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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When my husband and I visited Spain in 1987, one of the dishes I fell in love with was garlic soup...I had never heard of it and found it on the menu in both Northern Portugal, during a very short... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My friend Renée is also my past editor at Ke Ola Magazine...and we're working on a project. She called me to see if we could meet this past Friday to talk about the project and discuss some ideas...since she had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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New Year's Day 2017 dawned wet and cold...we were meeting friends about mid-day for their traditional First Sunday of the Month Beach Day, and this Sunday just happened to also be the first day of the year... As usual, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Just us two, to celebrate and welcome the New Year...my taste buds were calling for seafood, so that was on our dinner menu. Tray: Sea Scallops sautéed in blood orange infused olive oil Slices of Meyer Lemons 'Ahi Sashimi drizzled... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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serene sunrises... a bright year ahead... the gift of today... a glass half full... joy each day... a heart filled with love... simple beauty... a warm hearth... inner peace... a happy song... dreams fulfilled... I wish you... more... Happy New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Before Christmas a year ago, a friend made some creamy limoncello and shared it as tastings with several friends...It was love at first sip! My friend Janet and I decided we were going to make some for this Christmas and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Seems as if I have been cooking for a crowd...even though it's just the two of us...although I've prepped and cooked for three days and accomplished three holiday meals, it didn't seem too crazy, since the dishes were all fairly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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In keeping with our 'back to our roots' food for this Christmas, I prepared a breakfast 'casserole' that was a play on a typical Cuban food combination...guava and cream cheese pastelitos! Cream cheese and guava go together like love and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Christmas is a time of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace...a time of reflection and the perfect time to think of all our blessings, big and small...a time to treasure our families and friends...Even though we're so far from our own,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Believe it or not...the 'Save the Date' invitations went out August 9th. Our friends are very busy during the month of December and we wanted to be the first ones on their Holiday Radar. SAVE THE DATE - Sunday, December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Anthony Louis Martinez - September 20th, 1938, Cienfuegos, LV Cuba - November 30th, 2016, Winston Salem, NC USA I cannot even remember a time before my brothers were born... one of my first memories is going from one crib to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Any time is a good time to be thankful for our health, our family, our friends and for all we've been given, but November is the traditional time to outwardly show our gratitude. One of the ways we express our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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These are the last 5 entries in the Liliko'i Festival's Cooking Contest. Congratulations to ALL the contestants for such amazing creativity! Liliko’i Coconut Pie – Destiny O’Hara of Pahoa 3/4 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup fine shredded coconut... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: Part of the Puna Taiko group during their performance which followed the festival's opening pule ceremonies There is a story written by freelance reporter Crystal Richard about the Liliko'i Festival that can be read on-line at the Big Island... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: People waiting to get in the Cooking Contest tent for the Public Tasting of entries...and this was the end of the line...dozens had already come through when I thought to step outside and take the picture! All three second... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: Spicy 'Ahi & Cream Cheese Wontons: the Spicy Liliko'i Sauce was not drizzled until ready to taste so the wontons would stay crispy longer The First Place Winner of the Sides - Soups - Salads - Sauces - Preserves... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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It never ceases to amaze me the creativity of the entries in cooking contests...and more so, the many uses that can be found for liliko'i (passionfruit) in recipes...I mean, what cannot be done with liliko'i? During yesterday's 4th Annual Liliko'i... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii