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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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From an old article I wrote for the Hamakua Times newspaper TROPICAL TASTE By Sonia R. Martinez More Salad Days! Salads don’t have to be just lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes with a store bought dressing. You can make a salad... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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One of my favorite Cuban snacks is croquetas...not sure why I don't make them more often, since they're so easy to do! Although originally from France, croquettes were soon adapted to Spanish Cuisine and became croquetas...In Spain they're seen most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Fat Tuesday, which is today, marks the end of all the carnival revelry and celebrations. In several cities around the world, this is the last day of Carnival or Mardi Gras. During the early days of Christianity, the six-week period... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Eggs are one of my most favorite foods. Eggs are still fairly inexpensive, easy to cook in a variety of ways, many of them fast. They can be eaten fried, boiled, coddled, deviled, in soufflés or as a part of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Where did the year go? I know it's a cliché, but clichés are based on reality...and the reality is that the older we get...the faster the years seem to fly! Our New Year's Eve was simple and quiet... We prefer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Snow on our maunas Sunny and bright It's a coolish Christmas morning... Palm fronds swaying... Let's go sledding! A sled, loaded with gifts and tasty surprises on our Christmas Breakfast table Sunny Orange Juice, Coffee, 'Snowflakes', Spice, Applesauce, Pecan, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Although I am always up for Christmas and in the past started planning, making lists, hosting parties, and decorating fairly early in December....this year, Christmas almost caught me unprepared. Plans to get together with friends and gather greens for wreath-making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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For the last 3 years we have held this party at the nearby (to us) Kolekole Beach Park, but this year the park was closed for 'repairs' indefinitely...so we chose another beach park where we have held other parties... well,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The way some of us like to usher our Christmas holidays in Hawai'i...is foraging for natural material and making our lovely Hawaiian style wreaths... If you don't have some of the plants growing in your yard or a neighbor that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Anisette is a liqueur, cordial, or apéritif made with star anise and was a popular drink in Cuba to be served during the "tea hour", at weddings, and special occasions. Most people I know served it ice cold, but it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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We hosted a Christmas party a few years ago and requested our guests each bring cookies for an exchange...We had a delicious selection and everyone was pleased to notice there were no duplicates! Here is the recipe for the ones... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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...can you believe it? Eggnog has been a associated with the Christmas Holidays for ages... It was known as 'posset' in 14th Century Merry Ole England (later on Shakespeare made Lady Macbeth use it nefariously to drug the guards outside... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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In spite of it's French name, Crème de Vie is a popular Cuban-style eggnog which literally translated, means “cream of life.” It is a traditional after-dinner drink, usually served in sherry stem glasses and commonly enjoyed during the holidays. Often... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
From a blog post made December 5th, 2006: For years we have been putting together holiday gift baskets for several friends and neighbors. We collect unusual bottles, baskets and vintage linens or make large napkins with colorful tropical fabrics to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My original article appeared in the Hamakua Times of Honoka'a in November 2008 For many years I have been encouraging my readers to think about making your own holiday gifts instead of rushing helter-skelter shopping for items at the last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Excerpts from an article I wrote for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald's December 2, 2003 edition. Many years ago, I received a little cookbook as a gift that I found charming and very helpful. The title is 'The Perfect Mix', written by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My husband and I used to entertain a lot, especially around the Holidays and hosted a yearly Christmas Party at our river home. This was my signature punch but had to always caution everyone........it goes down like silk and you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Excerpts from past columns written for the Hamakua Times and for the Hawaii Tribune Herald...many years ago The rituals: In the last few of years I have noticed that I am spending less time with the hustle and bustle associated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The Holidays seem to bring out the creativeness in me. Even though I use to be quite traditional about Thanksgiving and Christmas menus I always liked to experiment with at least one dish each year. Through the years, this led... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Getting a bit ahead of myself here, but it is never too early to plan if you wish to entertain during the Holidays...The following are excerpts from columns written for The Hamakua Times newspaper. December 1, 2016 As you drive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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(Originally published in the Hamakua Times newspaper - Honoka'a, HI) Do you usually feel like you’re completely overwhelmed when it comes to getting ready for the holidays? Back in the day when I hosted large holiday get-togethers at our home,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The year has been a long one in many ways and yet, the month of November has caught me by surprise... this is the time when I have to seriously start getting our Holiday gifts together and send to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: The judges Today, my son and I again participated as judges in the annual honey challenge. This was the 8th for this event...my 7th and his 3rd time participating in this fun and 'sweet' event. At the bottom of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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During these really hot days of summer (I wonder why they're called 'dog days of summer'?) we like nothing better than tall, ice cold glasses of refreshing and thirst quenching 'agua fresca'. Agua = water Fresca = fresh (spelled fresco... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Potlucks are a popular way to entertain or to gather a group of friends in the islands...with our year 'round climate being so nice - usually no lower than 60 or higher than 85 - potluck picnics are the way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii