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We’re Cooking: Mediterranean Style Shrimp



Today is my mama’s birthday. In honor of her, a recipe I know she would love, as it has all the yummy delights that make her heart sing. And, as she makes my heart sing, I send this little treat to her and to you.
Mama, ask Raul to make this for you tonight!

Toasting the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea with a quick recipe filled with a pile of fresh veggies, juicy shrimp, and a hint of spice. We made this tasty recipe the other evening based on the veggies we had in our fridge, but you can easily add or subtract anything to suit your taste. But, the subtle licorice note of the fennel, married with briny capers, the heat of the red pepper flakes, the peppery flavor of the arugula, and the sweetness of the peppers and tomatoes, made for an incredible, super healthy dinner.


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We’re Concerned: Functioning In Our World Today


We normally start our posts with a “wine of the day” or a “we’re cooking” headline. Today, it seems more appropriate to start with a headline that touches on the reality of how we are feeling today. Quite simply, in the matter of a week, we have found ourselves in a time of great concern. Last week I was drinking wine in Napa with my husband and my sister. Today the thought of getting on an airplane is furthest from my mind….and I spend a lot of time in airplanes.

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What To Drink Now: Winter White Wines


Portions of this story were originally printed in “West Hawaii Today,” February 18, 2020


Though temperatures aren’t necessarily freezing on the Big Island this time of year, they are cooler than average, making this the perfect time to sip an unctuous white wine with luscious texture and beautiful character.

Chardonnay is a go-to white wine to warm you from inside, as the malleable variety easily absorbs vineyard characteristics while delivering a medium to full-bodied wine. When grown in warmer climates, like various parts of California, the wines offer tropical fruit flavors, mimicking some of our island favorites, like pineapple, mango, and guava, ideal for this time of year.

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