Let’s Talk Food: Instant ramen noodles

When we were in college, instant ramen was often a meal. It was cheap and easy to make — just boil some water, add the dried noodles, then the flavor packet and you had a meal.

Let’s Talk Food: Tilapia farming at UH-Hilo

We had a great opportunity to visit the aquaculture laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Hilo facility in Panaewa and met up with Adrian Barnes, the technician in charge of raising tilapia there.

Let’s Talk Food: Thursday is Valentine’s Day

Thursday is Valentine’s Day. It’s a special day to show your loved one how much you care for them and also ranks as one of the busiest nights for restaurants. So if you did not yet make reservations, maybe you could fix a nice dinner at home.

Let’s Talk Food: Winter greens

There are certain greens that thrive in the cooler weather, called winter greens. However, I don’t think they would survive in the Arctic blast hitting the mainland. Look for locally grown winter greens at your favorite market.

Let’s Talk Food: Next Tuesday is Chinese New Year

Today is Chinese New Year, the 4,716th, and the Year of the Boar or Pig. If you were born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 or 2019, then you are born in the last of all the zodiac animals, the boar. You are kind, generous, warm-hearted and considerate with leadership skills.

Let’s Talk Food: Prebiotic foods

We have all heard of probiotic foods — those foods that have live cultures or bacteria such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and sourdough bread. But have you heard of prebiotic foods? They are the nondigestible carbohydrates that feed the good bacteria in our guts.

Let’s Talk Food: Merry Christmas to all

Today is Christmas Day, and it’s an exciting one, especially for all the children who have been waiting for Santa to deliver all their presents since they were all good boys and girls.

Let’s Talk Food: Food news

If you are like me and subscribe to Cooking Light magazine, you probably were as shocked as I was when I received December’s issue with the front cover stating that it was the final issue.

Let’s Talk Food: Happenings around town

The KTA Super Stores Kona Coffee Recipe Contest is slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Hawaii Community College’s Palamanui campus, 73-4255 Ane Keohokalole Highway in Kailua Kona. You can get to it from Kaiminani Drive, which is the street that runs perpendicular to Queen Kahumanu Highway that feeds into homes in Kona Palisades.

Let’s Talk Food: Trends and happenings in the food industry

It is time to check on your spices to make sure they are not moldy and mildewy before the holiday baking starts. Remember that ground spices start to lose their punch after six months and especially here in Hilo where our humidity is high, they may not last as long as in drier climates.