mauigirl Profile - (10587678)


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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Jan. 23, 2015 9:41 am 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2015 1:50 pm
Aloha from Las Vegas! I needed to jump in and remind the AllRecipeeps that I will be hosting the 5th annual Viva Las Vegas blowout on Saturday May 2, 2015 at my home in Las Vegas. If you have never attended one of these gatherings in various parts of the country, you are missing a real… 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 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.
Recipe Reviews 443 reviews
Green Curry Thai for Kings
Made as written, this would def not be fit for my king or the queen for that matter. Doctored up as mentioned by others it was wonderful. Three stars as written and five stars with changes made equals my four star rating. I made as directed and realized quickly that this needed some help. I added about a quarter pound of fresh green beans to the chicken saute step because my fav thai restaurant always does. After tasting the completed dish, I added 1 Tablespoon fish sauce, 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons lime juice. I did NOT have thai basil so I added a handful of cilantro. The embellished recipe was delicious and I will edit and save this according to my taste. BTW I am a heat wimp, but my curry paste was mild (they vary in heat) so I used the full amount of curry paste gradually, tasting after each addition. Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2015
Light and Crispy Fried Halibut
This is just the kind of fish and chip breading we love. I used wild Alaskan Cod because halibut was $20 a pound (and I was being cheap...though I prefer halibut). I did cut the filets lengthwise so we could get more of that crunchy goodness all over. Next time I would salt and pepper the filets before I dipped them but otherwise PERFECTION!!! Crispy, crunchy (NOT greasy) with flaky and tender mild fish. Sparky has already asked for a repeat SOON. Thanks for sharing this stellar fish recipe!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 12, 2015
Strawberry Lemonade Muffins
I didn't have extract so I used the zest of a lemon and 4 tablespoons of lemon juice. I also used baking powder instead of soda because I like how the powder makes a nice crown on muffins. Thanks for sharing this yummy muffin!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2015
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