Living in paradise (Maui Hawaii) has its advantages – lush palm and plumeria trees, pineapples, beautiful beaches, gourmet restaurants, elegant and fruity cocktails, hula dancing, ukuleles, and a friendly aloha spirit. We also enjoy something extra special – organic local produce, and Kumu Farms is one of the best on the island.
I recently bought some Kumu Farms organic beets at Whole Foods and roasted them as a side dish with our dinner last night. The beets were so fresh and flavorful, and flavorful that I had to do very little with them – just oil, salt, and pepper, and these wonderful root veggies. Every food has it’s unique flavor, and if it is good food, a cook shouldn’t have to do much with it. Simple seasoning is all that is needed. The beets from Kumu Farms could stand easily stand on their own. That is good food!
If you find yourself in Waikapu on Maui, check out their farmers market, and pick up some local produce. You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee it.
Last night, we wanted vegetables for dinner after a few days of heavier meals. Our refrigerator was full of beautiful fresh local and/or organic vegetables we’d bought at Whole Foods over the weekend. The local Kumu Farms beets were gorgeous and fresh, the asparagus was crisp, and the brussels sprouts were fresh and clean.
I’ve been on a lemon kick the past few weeks, and the other night, I made a Lemon Lolly Martini. Yum!
I am still working on this cocktail, so I don’t have a recipe ready to go yet, but stay tuned for updates!
Last night, I had my chance. I roasted them in a 450 degree oven for half-hour, and they were perfectly tender and delicious. Read More
Fresh, homemade applesauce – simple, sweet, slightly savory, and oh so good! Homemade applesauce is one of those recipes that you make for the first time and say, “why haven’t I been doing this my whole life?” Growing up, I was never a fan of applesauce. The store-bought sauce never appealed to me, and I never thought about making it myself. Until now.
Last night, I roasted gold baby beets and french baby carrots, and I pan-seared pork-chops for dinner. As I was prepping the ingredients for the meal, I thought about how I was going to serve the pork chops. I often come up with something fun on-the-fly because that’s how I roll – creating a recipe on-the-spot is exciting and a great challenge. I knew I’d have about a half an hour as I roasted my yummy baby root vegetables, so what could I do that was quick and easy and that would compliment the pork chops nicely. Apples – all spice – sugar – YES! Applesauce. Read More