Island life: 03-13-18

A Milolii cane spider is magnified through a water bottle, almost doubling its size and grandeur, while also seeming to be inside the bottle, which it is not. (Community contributor /Karen Kudlo)

Nontraditional wines to welcome spring

I drink a glass of wine every day. It’s my passion, profession and often obsession. Each day I select the ideal bottle that’s juice will speak to me, telling the story of the land, the winemaker, the vintage, the soil.

Beef and cabbage perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday this year, so expect the green beer be flowin’ and the music and jigs be growin’ more than usual. Are you planning to celebrate, beyond wearing something green? Since it’s also National Corned Beef &Cabbage Day (big surprise) it seemed fitting to explore beyond the traditional corned beef and cabbage boiled dinner. Here’s what I found that might be fun to try.

Praline is standout in recipe for arugula salad

Here’s a salad fit to join the lineup for your fanciest dinner or holiday meal. Each of the ingredients brings its own unique taste and texture to the mix, but the standout is the praline. A hard candy typically consisting of sugar and nuts, praline was invented in the 17th century by the French (which is why it’s pronounced “prah leen,” not “pray line”). Here in America all these years later, there are two distinct versions of praline — the New Orleans version and the version made everywhere else. This recipe uses the non-New Orleans type.

Rum, pineapple chicken dish a flavorful add to dreary days

This chicken cooked with rum and pineapple is a recipe I found on a recent vacation to the Caribbean island of Martinique. The French/Creole cuisine there creates intriguing, flavorful dishes. Rum is part of their culture and they like to use old rum, but any rum will work for this quick dish.

Groundhog Day in the Hawaii Senate

You may remember Groundhog Day, the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, Murray played a Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, found himself caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.