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Island Days........I mean daze 
May 23, 2013 12:00 pm 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2013 11:49 am

Most mornings dawn clear and bright on West Maui. The tropical birds wake me before the sun comes up and I am grateful for the promise of another day in paradise.

As it is on the mainland, my first stop of the day is to hit the switch on the coffee maker and while it is brewing, I scrounge around for a clean swimsuit and pair of shorts to complete my uniform for the day.

I pour my first cup of coffee and head down to the beach or just as far as my lanai to observe the usually calm ocean and the island waking up slowly....the little ones (still on mainland time) exploring the tide pools for treasures. Their parents.....snapping pictures of this precious vacation time to put into scrapbooks.......the canoe clubs rowing by in perfect unison. Their paddles cutting the water like a sharp knife and propelling them out of sight and then back again a little while later.

If I am not too distracted, I grab a towel and head to the pool for the water aerobics class. I visit with all my island friends and we give tips to vacationers who are asking guidance while exploring Maui for the first time. We then hit the hot tub and soak our muscles, but it really is just to talk story a little longer and watch the horizon for signs of change or a spout if it is whale season.

The days on Maui can easily slip away with such distractions. Miranda calls and wants to know if we can go have pupus and cocktails for lunch. Janet calls and wants me to come to a beach potluck this weekend or Kat calls and invites us to a beach wedding of a friend of a friend......Mir calls unscheduled check in.....can I get the condo clean and ready for her guest?.....and so the day goes :)

As many of you know, I am an avid cook, but Island living does not invite long days in the kitchen. The climate lends itself more to quick and creative cooking. The cost of living demands that I use the bounty of my environment. The day that slipped away causes me to conjure up a quick, light and satisfying meal in as little time as possible. This kind of lifestyle offers some wonderful dishes sometimes adapted from old family favorites from the mainland. Here is one that we love. It is quick, healthy and uses available island ingredients. It is also company worthy and I have served it proudly many times with a scoop or two of rice and a salad of greens from Kula all in an hour!!! Enjoy!

Maui Mahi Mahi

4 six oz. Mahi Mahi fillets

1 cup Sargento Artisan Blend Shredded Parmesan

3 Tablespoons Flour

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons Butter

½ cup finely chopped roasted Macadamia Nuts

1 cup Mango Salsa, or your favorite fruit salsa

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While oven is heating, add butter and olive oil to an oven proof pan and melt on low heat. Remove pan from heat.

Lightly salt and pepper the Mahi Mahi. Beat eggs in a shallow dish. Mix flour and Sargento Artisan Blend Shredded Parmesan in a separate shallow dish.

Dip each fillet in egg mixture, draining off excess egg. Dredge each egg drenched fillet in the cheese/flour mixture. Lay each fillet in the butter/oil baking dish and turn each fillet over to coat the fish with butter, setting the pieces slightly apart. Sprinkle macadamia nuts over each fillet. Bake, uncovered, until the fish flakes, about 7 to 11 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet.

Transfer fish to serving plates. Garnish each serving with ¼ cup Mango salsa.


Check out this recipe on Sargento

Here is a link to the Allrecipes version Maui Mahi Mahi

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with I received products from Sargento Foods Inc. as part of my participation in this campaign. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole thoughts and opinions of Julie McCuiston aka Mauigirl. That being said, my husband says I am the queen of everything and I KNOW what I am talking about.....and that is why we have been married for 42 years :)

View from my Papakea nest with Molokai in the background
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May 23, 2013 12:24 pm
What a beautiful way to spend the day, my dream life for sure. I am not a fish eater but I can bet doughnuts to dollars when I show Bill this blog and he gets to that picture there will be drool.
May 23, 2013 12:29 pm
Thanks Joey. This really does capture island life. This dish is delish and fresh and my Mango Salsa is yummy! I guess I should link my own published recipe ?????
May 23, 2013 12:35 pm
It is such a rough life, but someone has to do it. Mahi mahi is one of my most favorite fish. I will have to try your recipe.
May 23, 2013 12:54 pm
BSM I love this dish with any white mild fish. Can you come put your toes in the sand at the Oct. Maui Allrecipeeps roundup? Would love to talk story in person.
May 23, 2013 1:30 pm
Love, love, love the toes! Wish I were there....
May 23, 2013 1:53 pm
I wish I war there too Bibi. Just got back last Friday so I am here on the mainland again :) Dinner and a show with Marianne and her hubby tonight :)
May 23, 2013 1:55 pm
You know I can't let my wife see the pictures in your blog Julie but I can make the mahi Mahi for her - thanks for the recipe & the "read story".
May 23, 2013 2:06 pm
Beautiful pictures! What a life! The mahi mahi looks and sounds delicious.
May 23, 2013 2:18 pm
Oh my! What beauty! I'm trying to keep the dream alive. Love me some mango salsa :)
May 23, 2013 2:19 pm
Thanks Doug. Might you two make it to Maui for the October Allrecipeeps roundup? Would love to see you two.
May 23, 2013 2:19 pm
MotherAnn, I will take that as a compliment from a great blogger and photographer :) You do a great job on your blogs kid!
May 23, 2013 2:20 pm
LadySparkle, So want you on Maui with us......
May 23, 2013 2:37 pm
Oh my! I can't wait to try your recipe. It looks incredible. See you soon....very soon!!!
May 23, 2013 2:57 pm
Great blog, Julie, and the recipe sounds and looks divine. I have to admit that I am totally jealous, lol...True paradise!
May 23, 2013 3:19 pm
I can't wait to try the next time I'm in Maui and can get my hands on some fresh Mahi Mahi! Thanks Maui Girl
May 23, 2013 4:36 pm
Marianne, No fish at the Red Rock T Bones tonight :)
May 23, 2013 4:37 pm
Christina......come on over. You might go back to da mainland :)
May 23, 2013 4:38 pm
cookin.....Thanks....I KNOW you will get there soon. Your heart will always belong to the islands :)
May 23, 2013 6:14 pm
call me kermit! excellent show-off of a day in the ya julie!
May 23, 2013 6:37 pm
Congrats mauigirl on Sargento's and a great blog. Maui Mahi Mahi is on my to do list.
May 23, 2013 6:55 pm
MMMMMMMM....both to the food and the scenery -well not so much the toes :)Wish I was there!
May 23, 2013 7:23 pm
Nice pedi :) My toes are garden brown! Would love to try that fish. Still not getting on the plane!
May 23, 2013 7:36 pm
Wish I was there...I would get on the plane in a NY minute!
May 24, 2013 3:45 am
Congrats and good job. The AR link to the recipe will not work for me. My nephew and his GF live on Oahu and I keep thinking "some day..."
May 24, 2013 4:48 am
Beautiful lifestyle! Nice blog & pix! Can relate to easy meals, 5 months in Naples in the winter, I feel guilty being in the kitchen for long. And thank you for a delightful meal to add to the repertoire!!
May 24, 2013 6:38 am
gderr....PLEASE come in October. Maui is a bucket list kind of place and meeting you and your lovely bride is certainly on my bucket list!
May 24, 2013 6:39 am
bd wel, so have I talked you and your lovely bride into making the trip to Maui. Life is short....let's do it!
May 24, 2013 6:40 am
KGora....still want to get you to da island kid!
May 24, 2013 6:41 am
CatHill, Throw caution to the wind and get on the damned plane. We want you on the island!
May 24, 2013 6:49 am
Midwest Chef... We are having an allrecipeeps roundup in Oct and we would LOVE to have you. Check out my Maui roundup blog.
May 24, 2013 6:49 am
Yum, we eat so much fish and rice topped with some sort of salsa all summer long here in FL also. Fish is usually grilled to stay out of the hot kitchen. In fact we make your salsa often. Your photos are so beautiful!!!!
May 24, 2013 7:40 am
Wonderful Blog Mauigirl! I love the simplicity of your Maui Mahi Mahi dish. Your blog is inspiring and you live in such a beautiful tropical paradise.
May 24, 2013 8:15 am
Morning LoveBreezy...It worked yesterday but maybe they published it finally???? Thanks so much for stopping in kid and I will check out the status of the recipe.
May 24, 2013 8:18 am
mickdee, Naples is my favorite place in Florida. Have you hooked up with AR Naples yet? I think you will like this dish. I have done it with hazelnuts, pecans & almonds and it always comes out so nice. Actually I like it best with halibut but when I am on the island I try to buy the local stuff. Take care kid.
May 24, 2013 8:19 am
"Sherri" Thanks for the kind review on the salsa. I think it is a refreshing change of pace and the fruit options are endless :) Please come to Maui in Oct and I will cook this up for you :)
May 24, 2013 8:22 am
Lela, I live in Vegas full time now but I still go fact just got back, so I stay connected to my ohana and this lifestyle when I can. Might you join us on Maui in Oct for the Allrecipeeps roundup?
May 24, 2013 8:25 am
Not gonna happen! :)
May 24, 2013 9:04 am
Well! There you are..... "Living The Good Life!" Are those your "faux toes" in that photo? LOL! So glad you get to lay around. Recipe saved. Can't wait to make.
May 24, 2013 9:34 am
Hi mauigirl! Not much of a fish person, but your faux toe of it is gorgeous. I CAN, however, picture myself basking in the warm Hawaiian sun as depicted in your toe faux toe!! LOL Nice blog that (almost) makes you feel like you're there!!
May 24, 2013 12:07 pm
Mi being mi...can u bring Cat HIll with you? :)
May 24, 2013 12:07 pm
Candice..yep my toes :)
May 24, 2013 6:12 pm
not gonna happen!!!!!
May 25, 2013 6:48 am
Now that sounds like a perfect island-style recipe (with great eye appeal, too). Grouper is very popular in Florida, but mahi mahi is not far behind, and is served often in our restaurants. I only wish that people understood that mahi mahi is not that dolphin that's swimming by the boat.
May 25, 2013 9:33 am
lutzflcat....Love grouper too. I know so many believe that Mahi is "flipper" but I guess that makes more for us :)
May 25, 2013 12:17 pm
Beautiful pics kid! I am a huge fish fan, we try to eat fish once/week. Never tried mahi mahi, but I love the name of it, roles off the tongue like a cool drink. We are more northern pacific fish eaters-salmon, snapper, halibut- perch, pickerel and pike (from fresh waters). The odd cod hits the line on occasion. We just purchased a bigger boat-ocean worthy, our lake boat did fine on the ocean last year, but this one allows us to sleep out in the peaceful waters of surrounded by islands. It's not quite large enough to hit the Hawaiian island but our fleet is not finished growing. One day, Maui, one day. We will buy the boat that will take us to Hawaii, but for now, I have to settle on a return trip to the Pacific waters of northern BC, just south of Alaska again. The wildlife, scenery and fishing/crabbing call my name again this summer. Mango salsa on halibut is very tasty and makes a quick, light supper. Enjoy your island oasis:)
May 25, 2013 1:30 pm
redneck gramma....I am so excited to see you here. You can use halibut (my fav)or cod and I think snapper would be good too. Might you make it over for the allrecipeeps roundup in Oct? We would have a blast kid!
May 25, 2013 2:10 pm
We would have a blast painting Hawaii purple, I have always wanted to get laid in Hawaii-I know old overused pun but very true. I was just trying to explain to Joan all the work and lists that go into trying to leave the farm for summer vacation with the family. When we retire from here, sell the farm and move to our next operation of business, we will have time to travel in the winter. So I must be patient. How is your son, BTW? If you don't want to talk here, shoot me an e mail.
May 26, 2013 6:30 am
I could guarantee an amazing lei if you come to da island Redneck Grandma :)
May 26, 2013 9:23 am
Very nice blog! I can't wait to stick my toes in the sand. Maui better be ready for the AR invasion in October! Love the recipe too. :)
May 26, 2013 10:20 am
Baking Nana, I can't wait. I get a grin on my face every time I think about it.
May 26, 2013 5:04 pm
Beautiful!! It sure makes me wish I was there, and the mahi mahi looks really good, too!
May 29, 2013 11:29 am
wisweetp...would love to talk story with our toes in the sand :)
May 29, 2013 9:34 pm
That sounds num-my!
Jun. 5, 2013 5:57 am
OK Baglady....where are you hiding?
Jun. 13, 2013 12:07 pm
I think your recipe sounds fabulous!! I will check for your mango salsa recipe. I am thinking that I could use tilapia as Mahi Mahi is a little on the scarce side here in the desert.
Jun. 15, 2013 11:49 am
Cammy K, They have good mahi mahi and cod in the freezer section at Costco.
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