Elaine Johnson
Curious cook, avid griller, camper, gardener, and mom

Recent Posts By Elaine Johnson

Buying the King of Chiles at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

“Chimayó is to chile as Havana is to cigars. After centuries of selective breeding, and irrigation from a particular mountain stream, there’s an unmistakable complexity to the chiles here, a citrus tang, a depth and richness you can’t find elsewhere.”

Pie à la Road: The Best Macadamia Cream in Hawaii

How far would you travel for a good piece of pie? If you answered 58 miles from Kailua Kona, plus a flight from the mainland if necessary, I’d have to agree with you. In the tiny town of Na’alehu near the southern tip of the Big Island, the unassuming Hana Hou Restaurant and Bakery serves up a macadamia cream pie that’s […]

A Visit to Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Heading to the Big Island? If you’re interested in food, agriculture, and old Hawaii, be sure to catch the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. It was fun to see the way coffee used to be grown and processed, but the compelling part for me was the stories the docents told of the everyday life of the Uchida family, the Japanese-American farmers […]

This Summer’s Most Gorgeous Stone Fruit

At least once a summer I make a pilgrimage to Andy’s Orchard in Morgan Hill, CA, south of San Jose. Andy Mariani grows hundreds of varieties of the most stunning, delicious—and in some cases rare—stone fruit you’ll find anywhere.