“Cook the Calendar”

Everyday cooking can become an ordinary experience, but following a calendar of events to guide our menu planning can make it an extraordinary one! HI Cookery alternates among liturgical, world holiday and national food-related calendars. An appropriate recipe is selected to celebrate the occasion and becomes the topic of a post.

Liturgical Calendars

World Holiday Calendars

  • Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world, organized by holidays according to date, country and religion, and lunar phases.
  • Holiday Insights is an index of holidays around the world, including information about birthdays and anniversaries, with ads and sponsors and a general collection of recipes.
  • Web-Holidays is a site about daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal national and international observances throughout the year.

Food-Related Calendar

  • Gonn-ta-pott provides an extensive listing of holidays, including a national food holiday directory by day, month and season.
  • The Nibble gives a list of American Food Holidays on almost every day of the year.
  • Practically Edible is the Web’s biggest food encyclopedia with a food calendar.

Favorite Food-Related Sites

  • Britta – The Webmistress of the Dark cooks up creative cuisine for the theme events she hosts at home. It sure would be fun to party with her!
  • Cake Mix Doctor – Three of Ann Byrn’s cookbooks, The Cake Mix Doctor, Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor and The Cake Mix Doctor Returns, are on our bookshelf.
  • Cake Wrecks – We are amused by this site full of funny dessert disasters.
  • Catholic Cuisine – We are inspired by this site full of food ideas for the faithful.
  • Foodgawker – We are motivated by this site full of perfect pictures!
  • Wilton – Islander took cake decorating classes, spent too much money at the annual tent sale and won a cookie prize package from this company.

Fun Food TV Shows

Occasionally, we would watch programs on the Food Network. Ironically, we never got into the reality TV series of competing chefs (too much drama).  But, on other channels, we like:

Food Blog Resources

Below are some helpful sites for developing food blogs.

  • Food Blog Alliance – Provides expert tips for food bloggers.
  • Food Blog Blog – Lists numerous food blogs in alphabetical order.
  • Food Blog S’cool – Gives practical advice, forum-style, for food bloggers.
  • Food Blog Search – Allows a quick recipe search of thousands of blogs using Google technology and has a widget code.
  • Food Bloggers Unite – Focuses on food photography techniques.
  • Food Ethics – Promotes standards and responsibility with a code of ethics for food bloggers, developed by professional food journalists.
  • Foodista – Hosts events such as the international conference on food blogging, a food film festival and food blogging contests.

Blogroll and Link Exchanges

Go “site-seeing” with HI Cookery and check out these interesting links.

  • Ai Love Baking –  A local lady from the Big Island/Hawaii now living in California blogs about macarons and other beautiful baking projects. We especially enjoy the tropical touches she adds to her recipes!
  • M5 Cake – Margarita F., who makes amazing cookies, cakes and confections in her home kitchen in South Texas, is Islander’s baking buddy from the local cake club. They teach each other how to make macarons and frosted sugar cookies, share recipes and resources and get together to learn more about cultural cuisines.
  • Pioneer Woman  – Ree Drummond is a “web-celeb” from Oklahoma, where we used to live. She has delicious down-home recipes on her website and has authored colorful cookbooks with pretty pictures like those on her award-winning food blog.
  • Rubber Slippers in Italy – A local lady from Kauai/Hawaii now living in Italy shares her cultural and culinary experiences about an islander residing in and traveling throughout Europe.
  • Taste of St. Mary’s University – HI Cookery is a proud sponsor of a college competition where graphic design students learn how to publish a cooking-theme magazine every fall semester (Islander serves as a mentor/professional judge). Multimedia students also learn  how to produce short videos (“foodie featurettes”). Recipes are archived on the Taste of StMU site.