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One Sunday In Perry
What the Army Taught Me
Not My Mother's Shopping List
Brain Calisthenics
The Pono Nano Diet
Oatmeal Jim-Jams
A Walk in the Park
Escape to California
10  Printer's Devil
11  Pono - The Addict
12  Monkeypodarrhea
13  Love in the Woods
14  It's a Small World
15  Culinary Crutches
16  We Want Sandin
17  Better With Age
18  Parallel Universes
19  Mårten Nilsson Finne
20  Hawaii Is A State
21  Shake-em-up Flashlight
22  The Use of E-mail
23  Normal American Schoolboy
24  Lake Gogebic Early Days



The other day I was chopping some Maui onions, cutting up a slab of sashimi grade ahi, and assembling the Aloha Shoyu and wasabe for a batch of poke, when it occurred to me that my mom would recognize the onions, but little else on the counter.

I went on to think about the items on my regular shopping list and it shocked me!  I was born and grew up (as it were) in the Midwest.  We were pretty much meat and ‘taters folks with fresh salads, but mostly canned vegetables.  We had our few somewhat unusual foods like pasties and potato sausage, but they too were meat, potatoes and onions.  Occasionally Mom did a salmon loaf or we would go out for fish fry, but not that often.

We did have a few things that I thought at the time were strange, but right now I can’t evaluate them for strangeness.   This group includes head cheese (I came home from school one day to find an entire pig head on the kitchen table – M and D were making head cheese), antipasto (M and D made and canned their own recipe), jellied veal, polenta, and of course rutabaga (a lifelong favorite of mine, sadly not to be found in the stores of Maui).

Anyway, I watched my shopping list for a few weeks to see what turned up that was not in my regular diet in my youth.  Depending on where you live, what your dietary habits are, what your life experiences have been, etc., you will recognize differing sets of the items on this list.  Mom would recognize some of them, but wouldn’t have used many of them.  They are in no particular order.


Coconut milk Sashimi
Shoyu Guava Musli
Poke Mango Palm hearts
Nam plaa Starfruit Zucchini
Massaman POG Lychee
Kalua pig Papaya Musubi
Rambutan Pupus Tortillas
Mahi mahi Norii Salsa
Bok choy Ono Macadamia nuts
Hummus Ahi Tofu
Artichoke Phu Pommelo
Arare Laulau Brie
Calamari Sushi  







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