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Around our house, persimmons — so sassy and festive, and with a sweet, naturally spiced flavor — are the fruit we associate most with the holidays. It started a few years ago when a friend gave us a bag of them from her family's tree...

Hey! How was your Thanksgiving? Right now we're writing to you from among the air-sweetening plumerias, fiery crotons, ti and taro of Kauai, Hawaii. Oh yes. Papayas for breakfast, purple Molokai potatoes with coconut for lunch. Wild chickens everywhere. Fifty gigs on Ryan's camera and counting. So...

You might remember a certain trip we took to the beach last spring, when we brought home a wagon brimming with several varieties of kelp. That afternoon back in June, we combined approximately 10 pounds of rinsed seaweed with water inside a 10-gallon Rubbermaid tote and...