Blog & Recipes

  • Roasted Parsley-Crusted Pork Loin and Potatoes

    Easy Roasted Parsley-Crusted Pork Loin and Potatoes Set oven at 350 and bake for 45-50 minutes until the pork’s internal temperature reads at least 145 degrees.

  • Oven-Baked Bacon

    Are you one of us who becomes energized by the aroma of sizzling bacon? The pop. The sizzle. The aroma. It’s no wonder that bacon — with all its wonderful sensory qualities – has found its way from… Read More

  • Aroma and Sentimentality – Some of the Sweetest Memories are Made in the Kitchen

    Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel – Oliver Wendell Holmes I’ll never forget the aroma of rosemary and garlic that hung in the air… Read More

  • Trying to Grow Herbs from Cuttings

    On Friday, my boyfriend came home with a bag of goodies gifted by a friend of ours who has an epic garden in Upcountry Maui. Inside the bag, I gleefully spied bundles of fresh home-grown rosemary, basil, and… Read More

  • Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs — EPIC

    It’s Sunday morning. I wake up and sleepily shuffle into the kitchen, mutter a groggy good morning to my sweetie, Anthony, and I start making my morning pot of fresh sleep-zapping coffee. I run the water first to… Read More

  • Catching Up

    Time for some catch up, I think. This little blog has been on hiatus for quite awhile, and the time has come to catch up on a few things! Soon, very soon, I’ll leap back into posting my… Read More

  • It’s a rainy weekend and the perfect time for comfort food

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed!

  • Mushroom and Baby Spinach over Polenta and topped with Gremolata

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed!

  • pan-seared crusted pork chops

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Dinner tonight – pan-seared crusted pork chops atop kim chee puree, sautéed autumn-herbed carrots (topped with bacon crisps), smashed potatoes, and a side of kim chee with… Read More

  • Balsamic/honey chicken breast with basmati rice and balsamic-glazed sautéed brussels sprouts

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! So glad to cook tonight – Balsamic/honey chicken breast with basmati rice and balsamic-glazed sautéed brussels sprouts and apples. Also sharing on my @arthompson3529 #food #dinner #homecook… Read More

  • Polenta in Tomato Sauce

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! I love cooking with leftovers. Sauteed the polenta with onion and garlic and added tomato sauce and asparagus. I used four asparagus spears in this dish, and… Read More

  • Creamy Polenta with Asparagus and Blistered Tomatoes

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Shared from my personal Facebook page. Tonight’s dinner – creamy polenta with asparagus and blistered tomatoes topped with sweet pea tendrils. I am using up our asparagus… Read More

  • Thai curry chicken with jasmine rice, caramelized carrots, and grilled garlic lemon asparagus

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Another view of the Thai curry chicken with jasmine rice, caramelized carrots, and grilled garlic lemon asparagus. #thai #thaicurry #curry #meal #dinner #cooking #cook #homecook #maui

  • Thai curry chicken with jasmine rice, caramelized carrots, and grilled garlic lemon asparagus

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Dinner is served – Thai curry chicken with jasmine rice, caramelized carrots, and grilled garlic lemon asparagus. #curry #thaicurry #homecook #cooking #food #foodie #maui #thai #coconutmilk

  • Beef (marinated in beer and lime juice) tacos with sautéed onions and mixed greens

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Beef (marinated in beer and lime juice) tacos with sautéed onions and mixed greens – topped with homemade salsa. My eyeballs burn. Yes, I touched my eyeball… Read More

  • The Prodigal Blogger is Back with Sass!

    We rarely realize how much we love something, someone, somewhere until it is somehow missing from our lives for a spell. For 8 months, and have been on hiatus as I have adjusted to a career change… Read More

  • Tabouli salad with spiralized zucchini

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Tabouli salad with spiralized zucchini. #dinner #tabouli #lebanese #foodblog #foodblogger #cooking #plantbased #mediterraneandiet #hearthealthy #nofilter

  • Seared ahi with ponzu sauce topped with jalapeños

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Tonight’s dinner. I made seared ahi with ponzu sauce topped with jalapeños. #ahi #ahituna #searedahi #fish #ponzu #dinner #blog #nofilter #foodblog #cooking #foodblogger #cook #tasty

  • A Rum Fruit Salad – cocktail

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! A Rum Fruit Salad cocktail. Muddle 3 strawberries, a handful of mint, and a handful of chopped pineapple. Add to shaker. Add 2 ounces light rum, 1… Read More

  • basil tomato angel hair pasta

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! A savory fresh basil tomato angel hair pasta dish. The tomatoes broke down nicely after two minutes sautéing in olive oil over medium high heat and then… Read More

  • dairy-free peach & strawberry cobbler

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! I made a dairy-free peach & strawberry cobbler for dessert. If anyone has thoughts on how to make a lovely dairy-free crumble to top a cobbler, please… Read More

  • Totally Non-Dairy Carrot Cake

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed! Carrot cake turned out well! #carrot #carrotcake #cake #baking #food #foodblog #bake #cook #foodblog #blog #nofilter #love #spice #foodie #baker #homecook #spicecake #yum

  • Stuffed Red Pepper

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed!

  • Super Simple Sauteed Snap Peas for Two

    Running a site called Peas for Two, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a pea recipe from time to time.  Anthony loves snap peas, and I am happy to prepare a snap pea side dish for… Read More

  • Sauteed Asparagus and Broccoli with a Mushroom Port Sauce and Baked Potato

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed!

  • 2 Potatoes!

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  • Lemon and Asparagus are Two of my Favorite Ingredients

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  • Quick and Easy Rosemary & Lemon Chicken en Papillote with Potatoes and Warm Spinach Salad

    Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  This is great advice – if you follow it.  I love trying… Read More

  • Instashare: Tasty Chocolate Mini Crescent Rolls for two.

    Sharing a post from my Peas for Two @peasfortwo Instagram feed!

  • Easy Mini Chocolate Crescent Rolls for Two

    Do you love bread? I do! Bread, pastries, donuts, and rolls of just about any kind.  I love the carbs, but sadly, the carbs and their calories don’t love me –especially around my mid-section –so when I find a… Read More

  • Quick and Easy Honey Mustard Apple Slaw

    This bright and sweet-tasting apple slaw is quick, easy to make, and perfect for a table of two.


    Hello.  My name is Bonnie and I’m a chocoholic. It was destined to happen – my mother consumed some form of this delectable treat everyday of her pregnancy with me. My fate was being written with each chocolate… Read More

  • Mini Lasagna – Made Two Ways

    Before the other night, I’d never made a lasagna of any kind. Yes, you read that correctly. I admit that until I made mini lasagnas in a muffin tin on Thursday, I have never made anything even remotely resembling… Read More

  • Sneak Peek – Mini Lasagna Two Ways

    Tonight, I made Mini Lasagna Two Ways.  I made 12 miniature lasagnas – half of them made with won ton wrappers and the other half made with polenta slices.  The won ton wrapper mini lasagnas turned out best… Read More

  • Eat Well • Buy Local • Maui County Farmers Markets

    Thank you, Maui County Farm Bureau for providing such a detailed list of the local farmers markets. For those who prefer to buy fresh local produce, check out the farmers markets in the list below for some fantastically… Read More

  • Simple Sesame Zucchini Spirals

    I‘m such a fan of pickled foods! Last night, I made veggie mini spring rolls, and I wanted something tangy to sprinkle on top of them to add some acid to the flavors and balance them. Since I… Read More

  • Veggie Mini Spring Rolls

    I’m really starting to love won ton wrappers! They are light, versatile, and so easy to work with. Last weekend, I made a Valentine’s Day dinner (featured in my blog earlier today) Sage Butternut Squash Ravioli with Lemon… Read More

  • Sage Butternut Squash Ravioli with Lemon Sauce

    Julia Child, who is actually a distant relative of mine, is responsible for this phrase: “I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a… Read More

  • Turley Zinfandel for Two

    Ever experience that moment when the best wine you’ve ever tasted touches your lips, slides onto your tongue and tickles your tastebuds with delight?

  • Kaffir Lime Simple Syrup

    In one of my recent blog posts, Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails, I posted a standard recipe for Simple Syrup – which is 1 part water to 1 part sugar – typically one cup of water and one cup of sugar brought… Read More

  • New Mise en Place Stoneware Bowls

    There is an oft-uttered phrase, “a place for everything, and everything in its place,” or otherwise known in the culinary world as “mise en place,” which is French for “putting in place” or “set in place.” Mom says… Read More

  • Local Organic Vegetables at Kumu Farms

    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… Read More

  • Roasted Root Veggies with Pierogies and Asparagus

    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… Read More

  • Lemon Lolly Martini

    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,… Read More

  • Lemony Meringues – The Third Time Really is the Charm

    At last! I am happy to write that I have finally made a successful batch of Lemony Meringue Cookies!  Sunday, after wasting over a dozen eggs on batch #2 (sorry, Chicken Little) and washing and re-washing my equipment,… Read More

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  • Roasted Gold Baby Beats & French Baby Carrots

    This past weekend, our local grocery store had these beautiful gold baby beets and French baby carrots in their produce section, and I snatched them up with excitement.  I couldn’t wait to cook them! Last night, I had… Read More

  • Homemade Applesauce

    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… Read More

  • Cooking Tip: Play with Your Food

    I love food – the texture, the taste.  I love the possibilities I see when I look at a carrot or a piece of fruit.  What can I make with this? How will it taste if I combine… Read More

  • The Meringue Cookies – My Results of Trial and Error

    Here they are. The odd-shaped, yet tasty, results of my first attempt at making meringue cookies, and since I didn’t use a pastry bag, they are a bit disc-like.  Ok, a lot disc-like.  They certainly aren’t perfect, and I made them… Read More

  • Meringue Cookies – Trial and Error

    A phrase I hear consistently about hobbies or a craft of some kind is, “it’s a labor of love…” and that is why we do it.  Cooking certainly is a labor of love, but it is also an often… Read More

  • Caramelized Salmon with Wilted Bok Choy Over Rice

    I’ve cooked salmon plenty of times, but I’ve never caramelized it before. Today, I pan-seared it in salt, pepper, and brown sugar and once the fish was crispy and dark brown on the outside while still tender and… Read More

  • Choconut Rum Cocktail

    Last night, my sweet tooth took charge, and I pulled out the Creme de Cacao, Coconut Creme, Angostura Bitters, and dark and gold rum.  The result was a dreamy chocolate/coconut rum drink with a hint of bitters. Print Yum… Read More

  • Peas for Two’s Top 5 Coveted Kitchen Gadgets

    Kitchen instruments and gadgets! I love them, and Anthony knows it and often indulges my desire for new kitchen goodies.  For an early Christmas gift this past year, Anthony bought me one of my most treasured kitchen items –… Read More

  • Vegan Dark Chocolate Rum Cake for Two

    Dark Chocolate – I’m a fan. Cake – I am really a fan. Rum –I am 100 fans cheering in unison. Chocolate Rum Cake? Yes, please!  Since I don’t cook with dairy very often, and my sweetie can’t eat it, I rarely buy boxed cakes,… Read More

  • Corn Pops for Breakfast – it Happens!

    Corn Pops for breakfast? I create recipes and blog about food, but I chose to eat a saccharin children’s cereal for breakfast along with a cup of coffee.  It’s not that bad. While it provides very little nutrition… Read More

  • Salt and Sugar Mixes – Versatile Mix-ins or Gifts!

    Salt and sugar mixes are ideal for adding to recipes, sprinkling on dinner, rimming a cocktail glass, or even to give as gifts.  When I started building up our home bar and learning to mix drinks, I decided… Read More

  • Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Purple Cabbage with Red Apple Balsamic Glaze

    I love brussels sprouts, and as luck would have it, so does Anthony! With a gorgeous pop of color and a ton of flavor, my Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Apple Balsamic Glaze is one of my favorite side… Read More

  • Purple Cabbage – It’s Good for You!

    Ok, silly question, but do you see the shapes of animals or flowers or even people when you look into clouds? I do. Is it any wonder that I am also fascinated when I find a vegetable that has… Read More

  • Maui Tropical Salsa

    On Maui, we have an abundance of amazing tropical and non-tropical fruits and vegetables and herbs year-round. One of my greatest joys in life is combing fruits and/or vegetables into tasty dishes or condiments to serve alongside dinner…. Read More

  • Spicy Chicken Tacos with Tropical Salsa

    Anthony and I live on Maui, and succulent tropical fruits are in abundance out here. One of our favored food flavor combinations is sweet and spicy, so tonight, I made Spicy Chicken Tacos with a Tropical Salsa. With… Read More

  • The Rum Cocoa Loco Cocktail

    After making the Wahine Picante, I’ve been inspired to keep creating cocktails. Tonight, I was in the mood for something chocolatey, rummy, and slightly spicy. We stopped at our local Safeway to pick up groceries for Friday night’s… Read More

  • Cocktails – To Rim or Not to Rim and How

    To rim or not to rim – that is the question.  Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the… slings and… vodka…sugar…arrows of…salt – ok, before I plummet completely off-track and torture you with lines upon lines of… Read More

  • Spicy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

    A few days ago, I promised a fellow blogger, Brooke of The Babbling Brooke, that I would post my chili recipe and some pictures.  Recently, Brooke had posted a fantastic looking rack of ribs on the grill, and I… Read More

  • The Wahine Picante Cocktail

    I am a fan of spicy drinks. I’m also a fan of tropical drinks. Combine the two, and OH MY the result is the luau/fiesta of a lifetime! I love to experiment with food and drink, and after… Read More

  • Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails

    Love cocktails? Do you try to make them at home, and they just don’t turn out as good as the cocktail  the bartender served to you last night?  What is the secret? Well, obviously talent and years of… Read More

  • My Chili Comes in a Close Second to Jeremy Thompson’s Chili

    My cousin, Jeremy,  makes the absolute BEST chili I have ever had. He labors for hours slicing perfect tiny cubes of tri tip and simmers and prepares a chili that is delicious, spicy, savory, and meaty.  He once said, “beans… Read More

  • Caramelized Onion and Basil Pasta with Broccoli and Pine Nuts

    “It looks like something I would have made, ” my step mom text-messaged after I sent her a picture of the Caramelized Onion and Basil Pasta that I created last night. Of course it looks like something she would… Read More

  • Fluffy Dairy-Free Pancakes

    Pancakes!  We love them, we crave them, but for a person who can’t eat dairy, finding a tasty dairy-free pancake can be a challenge. I can eat dairy, so finding an excellent pancake for me is simple, but… Read More

  • Boxed and Out-of-the-Box Hamburger Helper ® – Dueling Dishes!

    Today, I’ve been craving comfort foods.  Maybe it’s because I blogged about my grandmother today.  Maybe it’s because I have an ear infection, and I feel under-the-weather.  Maybe it’s the change in weather from cold to warm in… Read More

  • Grandma Lee’s Chicken and Rice

    Grandma’s food – grandkids always seemed to love it. Maybe it’s the extra love grandmas seem put into it. It’s comfort food at its comfiest. Ok, I am getting a little goopy here, but you get the point…. Read More

  • Corona and Lime Marinated Steak Tacos

    Tonight, Anthony cooked dinner!  Since I do most of the cooking, it has been awhile since he’d cooked dinner for me. I couldn’t wait to get home. He’d mentioned his steak tacos in the past, and I was… Read More

  • Shopping for Two

    Grocery shopping!  Grocery shopping can be difficult for one person, not to mention an entire family.  Do you by one carton of eggs or two?  Three heads of broccoli or one? Shopping for two is equally daunting.  Here… Read More

  • Proper Knife Use – A Lesson from Dad!

    Dads are awesome.  They seem to know and understand their children even when their children have grown into adulthood. We grow, we learn, we experience, and yet, there is still a part of a gal who still needs… Read More

  • What is your biggest cooking challenge/fear?

    Question time: What is your biggest or craziest or silliest cooking challenge/fear? Mine is THE KNIFE.  I am terrible at making perfect and quick and precise cuts. I know I am supposed to respect and trust the knife, but close-cuts… Read More

  • Mustard Vinaigrette

    As I’ve mentioned so many times before, my dad and step mother loved to cook – they still do. They are both married to different people know, and in each household, their delicious dishes delight all.  Both of… Read More

  • Thyme for Rosemary Chicken Recipe

    When I was a little girl, my dad and stepmom used to make a baked chicken dish with rosemary and thyme.  I loved the aroma in the kitchen every time they baked this dish.  Olive oil, garlic, rosemary,… Read More

  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes – an awesomely savory side dish that used to be whipped up primarily for holidays; however, in the past several years the starchy side seems to have made its comeback. When I was a girl, mashed potatoes at my mother’s… Read More

  • Decadent 3 Minute Strawberry Sauce

    A sauce should be as wonderful as the food you top it with.  Think about it – a creamy and lemony butter sauce lathered over beautifully browned chicken breasts; a zesty marinara sauce over arugula pasta; or a… Read More

  • Vegan Almond Milk Drop Biscuits with Strawberry Jam

    When a member of the household has a dietary restriction (no dairy for him), modifying recipes becomes a regular and often challenging event.  Today is our anniversary, so to start the day, I wanted to make him a… Read More

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! Stay safe and have fun! 

  • Honolulu Coffee and the Grand Wailea

    Yesterday, I was sipping a slightly bitter and overly-strong Starbucks coffee from the Grand Wailea’s Cafe Kula, and today, I am happily sipping an earthy and bold farm to cup Honolulu Coffee from the same Cafe Kula. The… Read More

  • Sweet Thai Chili Turkey Lettuce Wraps

    “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” These wise words of Groucho Marx resonate as at 43 I begin thinking even more about the greying hair around my temples, my expanding waistline, and the extra… Read More

  • Awakening the Senses with Coffee

    A good cup of coffee is an awakening. It stimulates the senses and soothes the soul. I sit here this morning by my window in Kihei, Maui and feel the cool breeze drifting through the window.  A stark contrast… Read More

  • Filet Mignon with Raspberry and Port Wine Sauce

      A lean precious cut of beef known for its juicy tenderness, the filet mignon is a delightful steak to eat, but not always delightful to cook.  A filet mignon is a lean muscle without a lot of fat,… Read More

  • Smash Brown Potatoes – A Smashing Twist to Country Potatoes

    Cooking for two isn’t always as easy as it may seem.  Those of us who cook almost exclusively for two either modify a ready-made recipe using our math skills and dig into deconstructionist logic and/or we come up with… Read More

  • Shake that Shaker – Get it Clean!

    Oh boy – a home-mixed kick-ass Mai Tai to end the day and to pounce into evening.  The smooth rum, the acidic lime, and the sweet orgeat and pineapple juice.  That’s my kind of mai tai. The first thing I want to… Read More

  • My Spaghetti Marinara

    Because I love to cook, people are often asking me favorite food? I am a sentimental gal, and I must say that spaghetti marinara is my absolute favorite. I grew up with an Italian stepmother, so Italian food is… Read More

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays to all our friends near and far! May the holidays be happy and bright!  

  • Savory and Delightful Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

    I am always looking for new appetizers to serve at a dinner party or to take to a potluck, and because I love to cook and to experiment, I have this desire to bring something new and exciting to… Read More

  • Dairy-Free Vanilla Cupcakes!

    When some people hear the words “dairy-free dessert” they often imagine an overly-dense and boring dessert, and that assumption is perfectly understandable.  For so long, dairy-free foods have indeed been bland, heavy, and sometimes outright inedible, but it… Read More

  • Strawberry Delights

    Ever have that go-to ingredient for on-the-fly meals? You know, the one thing you can pull out of the fridge or cupboard and immediately make some mouthwatering delicacy to share with friends and family? My go-to of choice for… Read More

  • A Little About Me!

    My name is Angie, and I live in Kihei, Maui with my wonderful boyfriend, Anthony. By day I run a photography studio and a small non-profit theatre company. On the side, I love dining at local restaurants, trying… Read More

  • My Light and Fluffy Banana Bread

    I love bananas and I love banana bread. What I don’t love is the dense heavy type of banana bread that I find everywhere I go.  Recently, I baked banana bread and saw that I didn’t have the… Read More

  • Edmeades for Two

    The first time Anthony and I tried Edmeades, we were enjoying a pau hana (aka an after-work drink) at Sarento’s on the Beach  We loved it so much, we bought a bottle at Tamura’s Fine Wine and Liquors… Read More

  • Cooking at Home – Udon Soup!

    Sharing a blog post from my blog site. Udon at home!

  • When Dad Visits Maui for Thanksgiving…

    When Dad flies 3000 miles over the Pacific Ocean to visit for Thanksgiving, I want everything to be perfect.

  • Yummy Autumn Quick-Braised Pork Chops and Glazed Baby Carrots Recipe

    Sweet and savory are two of my favorite tastes, and combining them into one recipe is divine!  With a package of pork chops resting in my refrigerator and a craving for cinnamon and apricot, what is a girl… Read More

  • Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Bites Recipe, and They are Dairy Free!

    Cauliflower!  It’s that lovely, tasty veggie great for boiling, sautéing, baking, roasting, steamed, deep-fried, or even eaten raw.  With such versatility, it’s great as an appetizer or even an entree (think about tasty cauliflower steaks…) I am a… Read More

  • Welcome to Peas for Two

    Welcome to Peas for Two – a blog about cooking for two.  There are so many fantastic food and recipe blogs on the Internet, and I love almost every one of them that I come across in my… Read More