Gochiso Gourmet

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: To sous vide or not sous vide

Sous vide refers to that precise cooking application where food is placed in a vacuum-sealed bag, and then let to slow cook in a water bath not unlike that commercial water bath you may have used in chemistry class. Because you set the temperature at the exact point that a specific type of protein is […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Thanksgiving for one … or two

Now that we’re entering the traditional holiday season and you-know-what is still out there, there are several avenues we can take to return to some semblance of normalcy. We can throw caution to the wind and go out in public to congregate with those large groups of friends and family that we haven’t seen since […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: For amber waves of grain

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the general nutrition recommendation to include more whole grains in your diet to improve your health and well-being. (You could start by consuming more Cheerios or whole wheat bread). Whenever we consume whole grains, the additional fiber in the grain takes longer to digest so that the absorbable part […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The mixed plate

The mixed plate is a classic staple here in the 50th, one you’ll find at every local drive-in. It basically consists of two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad and your choice of mixed proteins, such as teriyaki beef, pork or chicken, fried tonkatsu or chicken katsu, beef stew or curry, chili or […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: When the livin’ is easy

I don’t think George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward envisioned a summer like this, though the tension in “Porgy and Bess” does mirror some of the social discord in the country. Between proliferating viruses and ongoing racial tension, you almost forget that it’s summer when we’re usually carefree and full of merriment. But even with social […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Summer downtime

It has been an eventful first half of the year to say the least. This year has been filled with one heartbreak after another, starting with those raging wildfires Down Under, followed by a global pandemic. And now the ongoing social issues that society never resolved during the ‘60s have only heightened with recent transgressions […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Honoring the ancestors

I pen this column having just returned from our annual sojourn during Memorial Day weekend taking Mom to various cemeteries to place flowers at the resting places of dear relatives. Our trip always follows the same pattern, starting at Honolulu Memorial Park, moving on to Nu’uanu Memorial Park then the National Memorial Cemetery of the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The new normal?

Even with some states judiciously re-opening for limited business, I don’t think we are ever getting back to the previous “normal,” at least not until next year, if at all. Of course, there are some states that seem to be recklessly re-opening at all costs, placing the economy squarely above public health. So, for this […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Involuntary sequestration

It is apparent that it’s not life as usual these days. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t even have had the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pass from animals to humans, but even in the perfect COVID-19 world, we’d shut down and sequester everyone for two to three weeks so that the virus would run its […]

The Gochiso Gourmet: Vermicular for me

Vermicular: adjective 1. like a worm in form or movement or 2. of, denoting, or caused by intestinal worms. When I first Googled the name, that was the exact definition, which certainly didn’t sound like an enticing cooking implement. But I later discovered that vermicular is also a form of graphite iron that,  while being […]

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