Whidbey Island Cobbler

A million and a half hours ago, I use to work at one of Seattle’s famous Seafood Restaurants. I was a forgettable busser. I had decided that I was going to try being in the “front of the house” (wait staff) for the first time, while I had friend’s from culinary school in the “back…

Swedish Pancakes

If you saw me, you would never assume that I’m Swedish. But I am very Swedish. Exactly 1/4th and my Swedish roots run deep. I’m kind of a genealogy nerd I love looking into my family tree. I have dug so deep into my Swedish family line that I’ve been able to trace my family…

Cheater Ramen

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I Love Ramen!! There are those days though, that I just don’t want the whole hassle of making ramen from scratch. I grew up on top ramen (Maruchan brand of course); ramen has always been a comfort food to me. My dad was the one who’d…

Furikake Popcorn

Every culture has their weird snacks and Hawaii is no different. The islands really are a melting pot of cultures, Theres a huge population of both Japanese and Filipino, as well as a mix of other Micronesian cultures and Chinese. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the snacks would also be a melting pot too….

Beef Phở

Is it me or has Phở just blown up in the last 10 years? Growing up in the Seattle area you quickly learn the difference between Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Vietnamese food. There have been phở places around for what seems like forever, but you still had to go find them. Then all of a sudden…

Lazy Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant is a very underused vegetable in my house, which is unfortunate because I love it. But I’m the only one who likes it in my family who likes it (insert world’s tiniest violin). I usually have to get my eggplant kick in the form of eggplant parmesan while at an Italian restaurant because sometimes I just get pizzaed out. The…

Landon’s Famous Gumbo

When my boys were 4 they were in love with the movie, Princess and the Frog (though I’m sure they’ll lie and tell you they weren’t). I think the fact that Tiana had a love for cooking when she was so young, they really related to that. I loved that this was their favorite movie, because…

Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole

My Swedish Grandma (we called her Marnie) raised 5 kids through the 50s and 60s, the age of frozen dinners, adding cans of food to other cans of food, and casseroles. During summer breaks, I’d spend weeks at time with my grandparents and other cousins at their home on Whidbey Island that is right on…

Hawaiian Fried Rice

As I sit in my kiddo’s Dentist office waiting room, watching Moana for the 14th time while he gets a filling. I feel 3000 miles away from Hawaii (because I am). I’m over hearing other parents say they’re now in the mood for “Hawaiian food” and how they should order a “Hawaiian” pizza for dinner….

Chicken Long Rice

To me, Chicken Long Rice is the most under rated luau food. Every one knows Kalua Pork, Mac Salad, Spam Musubi, even Haupia. Every tourist style luau on the islands have chicken long rice but it’s always over looked. Which is such a shame because it is delicious! It is one of my comfort foods….

Guava Cake

If you have ever been to Hawaii you have probably come across arguably what is Hawaii’s best cake, Guava Chiffon Cake. It’s the perfect dessert to follow Zippy’s chili, fried chicken, mac salad and, rice!! Or like me, a great breakfast the next morning after Zippy’s because I was too full for dessert. My dad was born…

Hawaiian Mac Salad

You cannot have a plate lunch without Mac Salad! Chicken katsu, 1 scoop of rice and, 2 scoops of mac salad is my go to plate lunch, but the mac salad has to touch the rice so the mac salad gets a little warm and the rice has have just a hint of mayo which…