Earlier this year, our lilikoi (pronounced lih-lee-koh-ee) vine gave us a handful of lilikois and I thought that was it because all the other flowers fell off and I thought there would be no more fruit. Months later, the vine is going crazy with fruit, so much that I have at least 60 from the last week! My mother-in-law had been asking about lilikoi butter, so Mr. Pikko asked me to make some for her. I’d never made it before or even tasted it, having mostly just drank passion orange juice or eaten the fruit
When I was growing up, we’d go over to my Grandma Mu’s house a lot and sometimes either her or my mom would have corn chowder for us to eat, which was really great because Hilo is a very rainy town. It’s cold and the air is very wet, leaving you feeling kinda blue, so the corn chowder I ate was always very comforting and delicious.
One time when I was old enough to remember, my mom told me their secret ingredient: a packet of Lipton Noodle Soup.
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