Dips & Spreads

Blue Cheese Fondue Dip

Blue Cheese Fondue Dip

We were gifted with a box of delicious soft pretzels from Eastern Standard Provisions. The box contained pretzels of different shapes and sizes, mustard, and toppings. It's an amazing gift and was so unexpected. Around the same time we received the box, I was surfing...

Olive Rosemary Cream Cheese Spread

Olive Rosemary Cream Cheese Spread

This recipe is inspired by the "bread service" at Zaftigs Delicatessen, one of my favorite restaurants in Brookline, MA. Now that I can no longer drop by to have this treat, I had to come up with a similar version that I can whip up when the craving strikes. Waste...

Kamaboko Dip

Kamaboko Dip

As we close out 2022 I am sharing an easy dip to put out on your New Year's buffet table. It's simple and very typical of the casual yet bountiful feasting you will find at local Hawaii homes. What is kamaboko? Kamaboko, or Japanese fishcake, is usually a white fish...

Creamy Furikake Dip

Creamy Furikake Dip

One of my all-time favorite Top Chef contestants is Sheldon Simeon. He is such a wonderful ambassador for local Hawaii cooking, bringing together his Filipino heritage and the multiple ethnic influences represented in our islands. I couldn't wait to get my hands on...

Fromage Fort

Fromage Fort

As we came out of our post-holiday food coma, we found ourselves assessing the leftovers. Ham bones and turkey carcasses were used for stock. Roast beef and potatoes were turned into shepherd's pie. Roast vegetables were used in a frittata. There is little in the...

Whipped Feta & Ricotta Dip

Whipped Feta & Ricotta Dip

We always have some form of cheese in our refrigerator - sliced cheese for sandwiches, string cheese and cheese wedges for snacking, and lots of other cheeses that sounded interesting and delicious. One of the ever-present cheeses you will find is feta. It is great...

Julia Child’s Eggplant Caviar with Walnuts

Julia Child’s Eggplant Caviar with Walnuts

or la tentation de Bramafam One thing I miss about my life in Boston is Moveable Feasts. I miss the meals that lasted for hours, my friends that made me laugh and cry and laugh until I cried, and the delicious food. Over the years, Julia Child's recipes featured...

Curried Vegetable Dip

Curried Vegetable Dip

“Eat your vegetables” was a commonly heard phrase when I was growing up. I don’t remember outright refusing to eat something (did I have that option?) but there were times when it was a struggle to finish what was in front of me. I was a typical kid, veggies did not...

Smoked Salmon Spread

Smoked Salmon Spread

New Year’s Eve in Hawaii usually means a big gathering of family and friends and a pot luck with foods representing all kinds of cuisine – sashimi, fried noodles, siu ji yuk, sushi. Our family’s contributions are often fried mundoo and Okinawan sweet potato and haupia...

Warm Black Bean Dip

Warm Black Bean Dip

Years ago (we're talking 20+ years) a friend shared this recipe with me. I think it came off the label of a can. It's been a reliable, go-to recipe and I haven't changed anything over the years. It's easy to pull together and more than likely I have the ingredients I...

Corn Queso Fundido

Corn Queso Fundido

This recipe is easy, tasty, and great for a crowd. I first made it for the Super Bowl and have made it a few times since. I've made a few minor adjustments but the original recipe really doesn't need much. I enjoy more spice and am still experimenting to find the...

Bacon Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini

Bacon Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini

This year I've started sharing dishes that are the go-to recipes in my repertoire. These are dishes that I've made more than once that not only pass my own tests but those of friends and family. Several years ago I found a recipe for Bacon...