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Horchata Panna Cotta

Horchata Panna Cotta

When you think of horchata, you probably think of a cold glass of sweetened rice milk spiced with cinnamon. This is the most prevalent variety in the US, available at many taquerias and Mexican restaurants. It is a delicious and refreshing drink, and perfect to…

Stovetop Chicken Nachos

Stovetop Chicken Nachos

Growing up, chicken nachos were my absolute favorite food. There was a Mexican restaurant about a fifteen minute walk from my house, and my friend and I would head over there after school to gorge on those glorious plates of chips, chicken, and cheese. The…

Tex-Mex Risotto

Tex-Mex Risotto

This recipe came to me after I fell into an obsession with arroz con leche. Arroz con leche is, essentially, Mexican rice pudding. There are some variants where it is made with sweetened condensed milk, but I prefer the simpler and less sweet version of just rice cooked in milk with spices and then lightly sweetened with a bit of sugar. That recipe is available on the website or in the cookbook and is not only one of my favorite desserts, I also feel totally comfortable calling it one of my favorite breakfasts as well. Continue reading Tex-Mex Risotto

Salsa Blanca

Salsa Blanca

This sauce might strike some of you as a bit strange. In fact, it will likely strike almost all of you as a bit strange. When I first discovered what was actually in it, even I, a lifelong consumer of this sauce, found it quite…

How To Bake Without An Oven (plus a stovetop pizza recipe)

How To Bake Without An Oven (plus a stovetop pizza recipe)

When we were planning our build, for whatever reason, we could not find any good information about ovens for vans or RVs. We found a few vanlife articles, but in every case, the person was installing a propane-fired oven that was explicitly intended only for…

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Poke (pronounced poh-kay) literally means to slice crosswise into pieces. Effectively, to cube. And its origins are every bit as humble as that name implies (at least compared to the profusion of variations now available).

The first poke was eaten simply as a means of quickly making up something delicious with freshly caught reef fish. Back in pre-contact times, the natives would cube the fish and flavor it with sea salt, various seaweeds, and kukui nuts (also called candlenut). This type of poke is still sometimes available, but there are many new variations which are more popular in Hawaii and elsewhere. Continue reading Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Loco Moco

Loco Moco

Loco Moco is comfort food at its absolute finest. A hamburger patty on a bed of rice, smothered in gravy, and topped with a fried egg. For me it screams hangover food (which I think other people call brunch), but it makes a dang good…

The Plate Lunch (Huli Huli Chicken and Mac Salad)

The Plate Lunch (Huli Huli Chicken and Mac Salad)

The plate lunch is as Hawaiian as it gets. You can find them all over the place, and they always have the same formula: a meat, two scoops of rice, and one scoop of macaroni salad. Common meats include Hawaiian favorites like kalua pork, huli…

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi is one of those dishes that could only come about in Hawaii. It stands as an example of exactly what is so interesting, comforting, and delicious about Hawaiian food.

In Hawaii, spam is a highly regarded food. Oahu is home to that famous navy base, Pearl Harbor, of which we all know the significance during World War II. Beyond Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian islands served an important role as a foothold and rallying place in the Pacific. Many battleships moved through there, and along with them came the wartime food. Continue reading Spam Musubi

How to: Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

How to: Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

There was a long period of my life where I was afraid to delve into Asian cuisines. It was not the strange ingredients or new flavors, no–it was simple ineptitude at cooking rice that kept me from exploring these amazing foods. Whenever I tried to…