Fall pastas come together easily when you cook the veggies ahead

The secrets to carefree weekday pasta dinners? First, stock the fixings. Dried pastas, tinned tomatoes, hard grating cheese, fully cooked meatballs or sausage, dried herbs and olive oil. Second, prep a few things in advance. I roast vegetables, make sauces, saute onions and mushrooms, slip an extra ear or two of corn into the pot, even cook ground meat a day or two ahead. At dinner time, I simply reheat ingredients and boil water.

Island Life: Getting ready

A bunch of bananas burst from the inflorescence of the pseudostem, soon to become tasty treats. (Jeri Gantley/Community Contributor)

Hawaii Island famous for its palms

When we think of the tropics, the first trees that come to mind are coconut palms gracing white coral sand beaches. Truly, these palms have been carried by humans throughout the tropical world over thousands of years.

Russian-US crew welcomed aboard the space station

MOSCOW — A trio of space travelers blasted off to the International Space Station on Wednesday, using for the first time a fast-track maneuver that allowed them to reach the orbiting outpost in just a little over three hours.

Island Life: urchins under arches

An urchin clings to a subsurface arch found beneath the waves of the north side of Kahaluu Bay. (Reiko Sekine/Community contributor)