Strawberry + Liliko’i Ice Cakes

We’ve had a heat wave here in Minneapolis, which I’ve welcomed with open arms for two reasons: last year we were robbed of a fall (it rained and was cold and the sun rarely shone and we never got our bright, crisp, Autumn days) and I’…

Ice Cake

We’ve had a heat wave here in Minneapolis, which I’ve welcomed with open arms for two reasons: last year we were robbed of a fall (it rained and was cold and the sun rarely shone and we never got our bright, crisp, Autumn days) and I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet. I’m still drinking an Iced Americano through out the day, my windows are flung wide open from dawn to dusk, and I’ve tried to keep baking to a minimum so as not to have to turn the air conditioning back on (it just feels wrong in September). I also made these ice cakes from Alana Kysar’s beautiful new cookbook, Aloha Kitchen, to cool us off in the afternoons. I am enamored with Alana’s book – it is a gorgeous collection of recipes: favorites from her childhood growing up in Hawai’i, along with modern twists, and accompanied by her stunning photographs. She also gives a brief history lesson on the Hawaiian islands, the food culture of the islands, and some political history as well. Her introduction to the book has stayed with me for months; giving me much food for thought. She writes: “This Hawaiian word […]

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