Kris Bordessa

On my Honor

  One of the quirky, fun things about Hawai‘i is its abundance of roadside produce stands. These stands offer a variety of  fruits in season, like mango, liliko‘i (passion fruit), papaya, avocado, and more. Just about all of the island roadside stands have one thing in common: the honor system. Customers are invited to take the fruit […] Read More

Purslane is a great plant to keep around for chicken fodder.

Perfectly Purslane

I have to admit I felt a little silly transplanting a purslane plant from my neighbors yard into my own. You see, until recently, I had no idea that this "weed" was edible. Here's how it looked: In early spring I'd prepare my garden beds, plant seeds of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and bok choy, wait […] Read More


February in the (Hawaii) Garden

Experimenting with wintertime gardening, I planted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green onions, and beets a couple of months ago. You can see the brassicas (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower) in the upper left corner of the photo near the pile of compost. They're pretty happy; I need to thin them out. In the foreground are […] Read More

Making your own mayonnaise? Totally doable.

Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

  I've been avoiding famous mayonnaise brands because they're typically made from canola or soy oil, both products made from crops that are commonly genetically modified. I spent a small fortune on a "certified non-gmo" canola mayonnaise a couple of months ago, only to find it was terrible a really good replication of Miracle Whip. […] Read More

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A Fun Family Game From Recycled Gift Wrap? You Betcha!

Salvage wrapping paper and packaging bits to create a "gift ball" game that just might become a treasured family tradition.


Compost Tumbler for Invasive Weeds – Does it Work?

Depending upon your situation, a compost tumbler might be the answer for dealing with invasive weeds.

Rest in Peace, King Henry

King Henry, a docile bantam black cochin who was ever alert for a stray centipede or impending danger to his flock, died earlier this week at the hands of an intruder. In spite of his epic rooster skills, King Henry had a long rap sheet. Accused of disturbing the peace and breaking and entering on numerous […] Read More

Xanthan gum DOES make a difference!

Baking Gluten Free – Is Xanthan Gum Necessary?

I've been gluten free for a couple of years, my son for about a year. All of our baked goods are made in-house, but most gluten free recipes call for xanthan gum. That just sounds so unnatural and additive-y and certainly not something that can be harvested from somebody's farm. It's not as bad as […] Read More

Spicy Chorizo Soup

Recipe: Chorizo Soup

When people think about Hawaii, they generally imagine warm, palm lined beaches with an ‘ukulele playing Hawaiian music in the background. (Right?) But that’s not always the case. I live at the 1,000-foot elevation on the Big Island where it’s lush and green and mild. But it gets cool so I find myself serving soup […] Read More

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NPR: Busting Myths About GMOs (Or Maybe Not)

My son posted a link on Facebook to an NPR article, with his own commentary: "How much did Monsanto slide you for this one, NPR?" In Top Five Myths of GMOS, Busted, NPR addresses some of the misconceptions we might have about genetic engineering. I'm not going to go so far as to accuse NPR of biased reporting and […] Read More