When I picked up knitting needles for the first time about two years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how vital the hobby would become to my well-being. Learning to knit was hard for me, but once I mastered it, the craft became addictive, in a good way: It calmed me and helped me to write and to deal with the frustrations of motherhood.
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Garden Guy, I have waited seven years for avocados to appear on my trees. Now there is small fruit galore. I have fertilized and mulched as you have suggested and the leaves are dark green with some new growth. But some of the lower leaves have reddish spots … the same thing is showing up on my one mango tree. Will the discolored leaves affect the fruit? Do you think my trees are diseased? Help needed in Hilo.
Despite the simplicity of this tart — the only ingredients are three vegetables and a few seasonings — it delivers big flavor in a beautiful package.
As the weather gets warmer, I cook lighter. And in The Husband’s taxonomy of food, crabcakes are relatively light. So I thought I’d employ of couple of seasonal stars — peas and radishes — to put a spring spin on them.
As we begin our annual Merrie Monarch festivities, it is important to remember that our Hawaiian ancestors pounded pa‘i‘ai from the taro they raised. Pa‘i‘ai lasts for months, so left in a gourd, it was the mainstay for those sailing for months in canoes. Fish caught was eaten with the pa‘i‘ai and they were able to survive the many months at sea.
Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy.
BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio recently unveiled a new inverted roller coaster more than 4,000 feet long with speeds up to 68 miles per hour.
SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill is famous for the wafting aroma of marijuana just about any day of the week.
Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that sprang up around the country — CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries.
W ASHINGTON — The most fragile and memorable beauty at Washington’s National Gallery of Art is on display only from November to Easter.
Four years of my professional life were spent working in hospice. Director of bereavement and pastoral care. Simply put, four of the best years of my life. Creative, energizing and a daily learning curve. A downer? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. More hopeful, inspirational, meaningful.
Here is some good advice that will save you trouble down the road.
Hollyn Johnson, the photographer for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, did a wonderful job taking photos at the 16th annual Hilo Culinary Classic on Friday, April 4, which were featured in the Tuesday, April 8, Grinds section. Her photos made all entries look so tantalizing!