Monthly Archives: August 2010

Grandmom’s Cheese Sticks

Best right out of the oven…

1 1/2 cups flour, 1 package yeast, 1 tsp thyme, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup extra sharp cheddar shredded, 2/3 cup water, 2 tbsp butter

Combine all dry ingredients. Add cheddar.

Warm water and butter in microwave until butter melts. Test temperature so that liquid is not too hot before adding to dry ingredients.

Knead lightly into small ball. Place in bowl greased with olive oil, Cover with warm moist towel and let rise – about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll dough into large rectangle. Cut into sticks and bake on greased baking sheet about 8- 10 minutes until browned.


How Heavy is Your Soul?

Sean Penn starred in the 2003 mystery/thriller 21 Grams – the measure of a  man’s soul.  Netflix calls it “gritty, dark, emotional.”

Wonder how they came up with the title?

Mary Roach – not a scientist – explores the idea of soul in  Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife from reincarnation theories to telecommunication – all in the name of scientific studies.

Chapter 3 explains how an early 1900s Massachusetts physician, Dr. MacDougall,  experimented with the idea that if the soul exists, it must have mass.  He thought it would follow that when someone dies, the dead body should weigh less – when the soul leaves the body.

Sure enough, he was able to show that one body – placed on a scale – did lose 21 grams at the moment of death.  His colleagues didn’t give much credibility to the experiment, since only one out of six bodies measured the loss. But the “gram” of an idea started – and the movie got a title.

Roach’s newest book should be just as irreverent and  fun to read – this time exploring Packing for Mars.

Check out her interview with John Stewart…

A Healthy Alternative to Marshmallow Krispy Treats

Just as tasty without the butter and marshmallows…

From Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet

Crispy Almond Butter Treats

You can substitute peanut butter, but the almond butter gives it the taste of those (sugary, not so good for you) treats that you remember.

1 box crispy brown rice  cereal
1 3/4 cups brown rice syrup
Fine sea salt
3/4 cup almond butter (unsweetened and unsalted)

Heat the syrup with a pinch of salt over low heat. When the syrup liquefies, add the almond butter and stir until well combined. Pour over the rice cereal. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

Turn the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Wet your spoon lightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool for an hour (if you can keep from eating them right away) before cutting into squares or bars.

Once you try these, you’ll never go back.

Good While It Lasted

Letter to the Editor of the Honolulu Star/Advertiser…

The Visitor Information Booth at the corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu is scheduled for demolition on August 15th.

Volunteers have run the booth for years, replacing maps at their own expense, making repairs when needed, and even doing a little housekeeping. When the electricity was turned off by the city, the kiosk continued to operate – plenty of sunshine, even on cloudy days.

Most of the volunteers have lived here for over 10 years – some speak other languages including French and Japanese.  Locals sometimes stop by for a quick question or bus route.  Visitors like the idea of getting information from someone who lives here – what bus to take, local places to eat and shop, where to walk, golf, drive, surf, dance, swim, hike.

99 steps up to the top

And answers to strange questions have always been answered with a smile:  Is there an elevator to the top of Diamond Head crater?

The volunteers will miss serving, but the goodwill they have spread over the years, as valuable ambassadors for Hawaiian ohana, will be missed more.

The Road to …