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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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My sister Sandra and cousin Sandy decided to host a party for their 'family pod' living in this area of NE Florida during my visit here...the party was yesterday. Sandra is still going through boxes and stuff after her move... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This article was originally published in the Hamakua Times of Honoka'a (August 2011 issue) The mango season has me singing a song that originated in my birth island of Cuba. The original song words use ‘mambo’ instead of mango…and ‘que... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Sorry about my finger in the pic... Friends from the mainland are visiting our island from Oregon...they've been staying on the Kona side but came over to join us for a picnic at Leleiwi Beach Park yesterday. Friends Galyn &... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A very low key 4th celebration at our house... Setting the table The cloth is a picnic quilt my sister made for us. The side shown is the underside. The red & white napkins have a tropical design. White bistro... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Meet my friend from my hometown in Cuba, Luis Pedraja. A fun story...our 'Cubans in Exile world is sooo small... This is the story of how two people born in Cienfuegos, Cuba...many years apart... (one living in Hawai'i and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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There is a little bit of interest in my cookbooks in one particular group on Facebook...and several members have asked for information. The info I shared a couple of years ago on this blog is already outdated (as far as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Decadent...but absolutely delicious! This recipe will yield 8 servings, but it can be cut by half, or doubled, for a larger crowd. Stuffed French Toast 1 (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided 1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Decadent...but absolutely delicious! This recipe will yield 8 servings, but it can be cut by half, or doubled, for a larger crowd. Stuffed French Toast 1 (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided 1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I am officially 82 years old! Every birthday I can celebrate now is a milestone birthday...I am trying to not take the days, weeks, months, and years for granted...for each is a gift to be savored... So Happy Birthday to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Warm summer weather is the perfect time to eat simple, light meals... This Chicken & Papaya Salad is light, filling and very satisfying. 1 12.5 ounce can premium white chunk chicken 1/2 cup cranraisins or dried cherries (*) 6 garden... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Mangoes, Mangoes and more Mangoes… I've written about mangoes before but mango season is again upon us and I'm surrounded by the lovely aroma of ripe mangoes. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I LOVE mangoes with a passion...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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BE PREPARED! Things we should all remember to do - By Sonia R. Martinez As we are all aware by now, hurricanes are unpredictable forces of nature that can cause at least severe if not catastrophic damages. The time to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A few years ago, the Wednesday Editor of Gather Writing Essentials ( a social media site that, alas...no longer exists!) sent out a challenge and this was my response. Originally filed in Gather Writing Essentials by Sonia R. Martinez on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Easter Sunday was a beautiful day in our neighborhood...albeit a quiet one for us... Had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, who left us a big basket filled with all sorts of surprises... enough to play with for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Taken from the website: When in the kitchen whipping up salads, soups, and stews, you typically pile up random scraps from freshly sliced veggies and fruits. Possibly, within that slurry of unwanted produce pieces, you have pits and seeds that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A group of friends gets together on the first Sunday of each month for 'Beach Day'... it's a potluck affair and everyone who can go is invited. We don't go every Sunday, but did the first Sunday and also attended... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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We were invited to the home of friends f... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Another quiet New Year's Eve at home...it was a bit too cool and breezy to dine in our 'dining area' on the back lanai, so we cleaned off the living room coffee table and set it up as our dining... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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One of the fun things about living in Ha... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My Meyer lemon tree has been producing lots of lemons the last couple of years. At this time we have ripe fruit, still green fruit and blossoms! Besides making Limonade, Limoncello, Spritzers, and Limoncello Cream there are lots of other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our table, before candles in the centerpiece were lit...I had the 'Joy' place setting... Anthony had the 'Love' setting across the table I love mixing plaids...don't you? After the candles in the centerpiece were lit... With our dinner last night,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Many years ago I had found a recipe in Southern Living Magazine for a Cream Sherry Bundt Cake from scratch that was delicious. As it happens sometimes, that recipe, along with others, was lost to me. In a Tea group... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This past Saturday & Sunday were very busy days for me... On Saturday I participated in a cookbook signing event at a bookstore on the other side of the island, so a 3 hour event turned into an all day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Yesterday we welcomed new friends when a small group of friends got together for a pot-luck picnic at one of our beach parks. Our host invited us to a late afternoon shish kebab cookout at our favorite little pavilion at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Recycling this post, because it never gets old! (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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii