Let’s Talk Food: Cookbooks of the past

Margaret Shiba, like many others, is working from home during this pandemic. She started to sort through old boxes of files, some with recipes her mother wrote by hand as a young bride. She also found little publications, printed between the 1930s and 1950s, “all sponsored by big food corporations for the benefit of housewives around the time of the war. Such period pieces!”

Let’s Talk Food: Meals in bowls

Are you getting tired of being stuck at home and cooking three meals a day for the family? It seems to be a common complaint I hear again and again from parents.

Let’s Talk Food: Monosodium glutamate and other myths

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) was discovered by Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese chemist, in 1907 by extracting it from seaweed and calling it “ajinomoto,” which means “tasty base.” The flavors of the food with MSG explode on your tongue to make dishes taste even better.

Let’s Talk Food: National Noodle Day is today

Today is National Noodle Day, and Marugame Udon, based out of Tokyo, with a location in Honolulu, is offering customers to bring in their receipts for a free Kake Udon with a purchase during a future visit from Oct. 7-21. Marugame Udon also has locations in California and Texas.

Let’s Talk Food: Airplane food

As the state postponed the reopening of trans-Pacific travel until September, we will have to wait another month to the mainland and then, hopefully, abroad again, cautiously.

Let’s Talk Food: Using local products

During these times, I hope we are buying more local products. The CSA produce boxes support local farmers, and when we have a box full of fresh, wonderful produce, we will certainly find ways to make a great meal.