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mauigirl


mauigirl
 
Home Town: Olympia, Washington, USA
Living In: Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Jun. 16, 2014 10:26 pm 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 6:41 am
If you think this is going to be another thoughtless blog brought to you by an Allrecipes sponsor and shilled by an unpaid ambassador, you would be wrong. (except for the shilling for a roll of  Reynold's aluminum part) Over the last three years, I have done some sponsored blogs with varying… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
I have been married for 43 years to the most amazing man on the planet. He is quiet and deliberate and I am NOT. We have one grown son (and his partner) that we adore. Because they work for the airlines they drop in on a flight frequently and we feel so lucky for that. We retired after 30 years at our careers from our native Olympia to Maui and now most recently retreated to Las Vegas to try to ride out this horrendous economy. We bought a small home here and I gutted it and am putting it back together, so I spend most of my time fine tuning the decorating and now I am plunging into a full tropical landscaping to remind us of our beautiful Maui. I miss the PNW, but NOT the weather. Miss the razor clams and the wild beaches of Washington and Oregon. Miss my friends too. Happy to have my friends from Allrecipes though. The four legged critter you see on my profile is a five year old yorkie/bichon who is the greatest little (9 lbs) girl ever. Quiet and calm, but so excited about life.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook just about anything...just mostly like the art of cooking and baking and sharing my art with friends and families. Love the smells that emanate from my kitchen and the familiar memories that come flooding back. The scents from my kitchen are probably my favorite thing in the house.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother used to like to make a big deal out of almost any holiday, so I have followed through with that tradition. Valentine's Day, Christmas, St. Paddy's day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Oscar night are just a few of my favorite cooking traditions. Birthday parties for all my loved ones are something I love to do too.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I mastered sauce bearnaise, or raviolis from scratch or my first perfect cheesecake or my first wedding catering job or meeting Julia Child (about 25 years ago).
My cooking tragedies
(See above) Well....Julia was so cranky and rude it ruined my love of her.....so I sold all my Julia Child cookbooks (some of them signed) at a garage sale for $1.00 apiece. Now I wish I would have kept them of course. I guess Julia was just having a bad day:( & I was foolish of course.
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Chocolate Cake in a Mug
This is the first cake in a mug that I have seen without any leavening so I was worried about it raising. Turned out fine. It was dense but not that spongy texture so many of these have. Just a tad too sweet for our taste but that could be adjusted. Thanks for sharing.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2014
Sweet Potato-Cashew Bake
Five stars without the marshmallow from the non marshamallow camp. Five stars from the Marshmallow camp. (I made two separate pans) That should be a ten! Really good recipe and not overly sweet w/o mm :) I usually use pecans but the cashews were a terrific addition. Will be making both again at Thanksgiving.Thanks so much for sharing.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2014
Fruit Cocktail Drop Cookies
This cookie reminds me of the kind my grandother made. She didn't have fancy ingredients or even the time to decorate her creations artfully but she made wonderful treats like this to make memories. My hubby is a diabetic so I used 1/2 cup brown sugar and substituted the rest of the sugar with Truvia baking blend. No other changes. They turned out perfect in spite of me. Thanks for sharing this old fashioned recipe!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
 
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