Category: From The Kitchen

Hawaiian “Local Food” on the Mainland

Most traditional Hawaiian food came from somewhere else.

Early Polynesians brought taro, yams, coconut, bananas, sugarcane, pork, and chicken. Europeans and Americans built sugarcane and pineapple plantations, which brought immigrants and cuisine from China, Korea, Japan, Portugal, and the Philippines. There were Mormon Samoans, Mexican cowboys, and then American GIs who introduced islanders to the wonders of SPAM. Continue reading

Cheesy Chef Hacks

With June 4 being National Cheese Day and all, it’s only fitting that we’d share some cheesy chef hacks.

Grate Cheese!

Need to grate a semi-soft cheese? Freeze the cheese for about 30 minutes and it will be solid enough to grate with ease. Continue reading

Chefs Hacks: Knives and Things

Chef hacks are those cooking tips and tricks that experienced cooks come to know from watching mentors, teachers, and idols at work. You discover your own hacks by accident, sometimes as a result of injury, frustration, or lack of tools and ingredients.  Continue reading