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Meloni Courtway
A trained pastry chef and food writer who often finds life in the heat of the kitchen.
Interests: Baking, cooking, family life, Hawaii, Wine Country, Writing, Military wife, local food, organic food, the environment, native plants, heirloom vegetables, love, laughing, and paddle boarding.
Recent Activity
There we were, with eyes all around gazing curiously at us - recognizing our difference; We were not Japanese, and we sure didn’t look “local.” Smiling nervously, we perched ourselves at the inner ring of folding seats, on our knees, because we hadn’t known to bring camping chairs. As my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at CreatingSpaceMakingHome
I like to add the "dot-dot-dot" to things I write these days. This is probably getting really annoying and overused, and sort of lazy looking, but this "..." has become my fall back. I have mom brain, moving brain, island... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at A Mouse in the Pantry
No, really, it can't. Honestly it has taken eight months, with lots of journaling behind the scenes about eccentrics, and bad food, and weird climates, and no friends, but living in Hawaii clearly cannot be all bad. So today I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Alright, this post has been way too long in the making (just like my waistline). But here we are nearing Lent, and Mardi Gras is on and Fat Tuesday is tomorrow and ... Thank you Hawaii for Malasadas! In complete defeat I share with you now...wait for photos because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Fat Bakeini
For real yo, that's what the title said. I'm sitting in my living room, doors closed, and the earth is rumbling. No, it's not an eruption from some ancient but totally epic volcano. No, it's not an earthquake, something I'm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Good lord. Start. Stop. Start. Stop. It feels foolish to even begin sometimes because I promise to begin all the time. In fact, I have had "this" conversation with my blogging audience way to often. How do I let myself... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Is it possible that our mouse family has been stationed on a rock in the ocean for five months now? Wow, it really doesn't feel like it's been that long, and for so many reasons I think I should know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at A Mouse in the Pantry
All I can say is thank the heavens for Kauai. From moment one, the food was, and I'm not exaggerating, fabulous. Ok, it helped that on this trip we sidelined to a farm to eat the freshest bananas, and dried banana and banana vinegars, and that there literally was fruit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Fat Bakeini
Four months ain't half bad right? Well, poor Mouse has been wearily traveling and searching for the perfect spot to set up her keyboard, and four months is what's it seems its taken to check back in. I can't lie,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Alright, so I went to this BBQ/camp-out as a day visitor and I'm telling you, when I showed up I knew something was going to be brewing that would peek my food fancy. This camp-out was held by a local Seventh Day Adventist church group and is a yearly ritual... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at Fat Bakeini
Perhaps, and this is only a possibility, the thick buttery insides of a homegrown avocado will be my salvation on this island. This morning, from our own tree, in our rented Hawaiian bungalow, I am having half of one enormous pale green avocado for breakfast. It is so large, that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Fat Bakeini
Well, last time I checked in here I was beginning this brilliant plan to bring you picture after picture, and word after word of all that I love about Petaluma/Sonoma/California. This seemed, at the time, like a small and important... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Well here we are, 10 weeks from lift off (approximately), and way more than 10 weeks of things to love about Petaluma (or fear about Hawaii...). This will be a truly bitter-sweet departure. Who doesn't want adventure in their lives?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Ok, as it turns out, using a line from an 1980's pop song as your main form of communication with someone who only speaks Japanese, is probably not the best way to start making friends in new places. And beginning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Well, there's no easy way around it - we're packing the Mouse den. The dearest chief is being transferred, and so with him we mice will move too. It's been six years here in lovely, lovely Petaluma. Six wonderful years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at A Mouse in the Pantry
It has swirled on and off my plate this last few months that I may, in all my endeavors be looking for my mother. Let me back up. I tend towards the domestic arts. And when I say arts, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
It was thanks to a surprise drop off of a slightly used New York Times food edition that I got to thinking about our family's meal time tonight. Writer Sam Sifton's "Why Does It Matter That Families Eat Together" article,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Mouse has sported her "super ego" alter ego, the Pie Hole, this last several weeks, and as such I've been blessed with the opportunity to teach the ancient art of fermentation via Sourdough Starter (along with baking hundreds and hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Start your steam engines, the 4th annual Handcar Regatta is chugging into town this Sunday, and Mouse and crew are on board for some Steam Punk Food Slinging Pioneer Homesteading fun. How on earth can all of that be included... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Meloni Courtway is now following Ruth Reichl
Aug 30, 2011
Taste of Petaluma is here again and if you've been at all inclined to try some new spots in P-Town, then this is the weekend to grab a ticket ( and generously support Cinnabar Theaters youth program!). It wasn't so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
My doctor recently broke the bad news to me that despite my recent efforts at superior health, genetics have gotten in the way and given me a case of very bad cholesterol numbers. And we're not just talking a tad... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Am I insane? Wait, before you answer that, let's run over Mouse's recent history in the world of food making. Signed on for enormous festival of six to eight thousand (selling desserts) - check. ~Thought making pie for six to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
Begin the day with fresh coconut, and anything can happen in Oahu! Ahi Poke from the side of the road. Crab Poke above. Shave ice below. Best Damn Pie Ever. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry
It may not sound very mouse like to be wasting away on a tropical isle, exposed to the elements, sipping on a tropical drink, but that is exactly what I, and my little brood of baby mice, have been doing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at A Mouse in the Pantry