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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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Instead of going into the woods to chop our tree, we drove up and down some of our backroads to snip our greens. There are not many conifers that grow in Hawaii that are appropiate to use as Christmas trees... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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For dinner last night I cooked one of the roasting chickens we buy from a nearby local farmer. I like to cook chicken in my Romertopf clay pot. There is no need to add liquids to the pot, but you... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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(Photo: Our table last night. The wreath around the candle was the one my son made last Wednesday during our Wreath Making Party; the red banded dishes were a gift from my friend Maritza several years ago. The white polka... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Starting our Christmas Season with special little dinners as the mood hits me... Last night's dinner featured very easy, but quite delicious crab cakes...a combination of several recipes found on the Internet. There are no quantities, I just played with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Hawaiian Christmas Wreaths are some of the pretties wreaths I have ever made. I first learned how to make them my first year living on the island and have always enjoyed the whole process. They are not hard to make... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Several of us set up yesterday as a day to go up to the slopes of Mauna Kea to gather native greens and mosses for Christmas wreath making... We gathered early morning at Brenda and Kevan's home, which is on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Continuing to recycle some of my old Holiday columns from long ago... HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (December 23rd, 2003 for The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo) THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS Besides the obvious reason... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Continuing to share some of my old weekly columns in the Hawai'i Tribune Herald newspaper HELE MAI ‘AHA ‘AINA (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (December 3, 2002 - Hawai'i Tribune Herald of Hilo) 'Tis the Season for Baking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Pastelitos de Carne are one of the most satisfying snacks in the world...and so easy to make! If you use a pie pastry dough, they can be fried, as you would empanadas, but I prefer to bake them. Some cooks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Continuing the recycling of my Holiday columns from long ago... (Photo: Hawaiian style wreath using foraged native materials) HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (December 9, 2003 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo) The Colors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Continuing to recycle some of my long ago holiday columns... Photos are all from public domain/stock...cannot believe I didn't have any of my own photos featuring eggnog! HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (December 21,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Recycling earlier Holiday Season articles from my weekly columns in the Hawai'i Tribune-Herald some years ago. (Photo - Vanilla Sugar, Homemade Vanilla Extract, Seasoned Alaea Salt, Liliko'i Syrup, Lemon - Ginger Jelly and Vanilla Beans - some of the homemade... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Recycling some articles I wrote years ago for my weekly Hawai'i Tribune-Herald columns... HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez December 7, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo) A Season for Joy Lately as I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I am so thankful for so many things...among them are the beautiful place where we live...the bounty that surrounds us and for friends who are our 'Family Of Choice'...and when you live in a place so far away from your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Yesterday was a gorgeous day...perfect for a festival... so we headed for the Nani Mau Gardens and the 2014 Honey Festival... Vendor Row - I was able to pick up a couple of little gift items... Apiary products Be a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Final share of my original series of 'Thanksgiving Countdown' articles from The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo (Photo - Dressing (recipe at bottom) baked in muffin molds served with carrot -ginger sauce and cooked homemade cranberry sauce) HELE MAI `AHA `AINA!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Continuing to share seasonally appropriate old, recycled newspaper articles from when I was the weekly food writer for the Hilo paper Enjoy! HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (November 16, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I have decided to take out some of my old articles that appeared in my weekly newspaper columns from my files, dust them off and share them again... There are three in particular that are appropriate to share at this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Last Tuesday I was part of a group of nine judges who participated in tastings for the 5th Annual Natural Honey Challenge. The Challenge is sponsored by the Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA). This year there were a total of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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There are “Food Critics” and there are “Restaurant Reviewers”. There is a big difference between the two. For several years my son and I teamed up and were restaurant reviewers for a local twice a month newspaper. Many people still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 2nd Annual Liliko'i Festival took place this past Saturday, October 25th at the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. Many different activities were held throughout the day with something for everyone; vendors of arts & crafts, value-added food products,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This past Saturday, October 25th the 2nd Annual Liliko'i Festival took place at the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. There were all sorts of activities to keep everyone busy during the whole event. After the Cooking Contest judging was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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There were lots of different events taking place during the Saturday, October 25th Liliko'i Festival at the Nani Mau Gardens. Above: "Coconut Chris" Carter had a table where he displayed bushels of different varieties of liliko'i and was giving them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 2nd Annual Liliko'i Fest was held at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo this past Saturday, October 25h. The day started out rainy but as it usually happens in Hilo, it ended up beautiful and perfect for a festival.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range has come and gone for another year, but it still leaves lingering memories of the food tasted. Photo above: the bracelet / tag all participants and media wear at the taste. If you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii