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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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 ┬áReynold'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 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 349 reviews
Becky's Mom's Cranberry Sauce
I love Grand Marnier so I was tickled to find this recipe. I made it a week ago and pulled it out to "taste" before the big day and I was disappointed to not taste that rich Grand Marnier flavor. Maybe I will try this with more G.M. next time

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Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2014
Rich Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
This has been my go to turkey gravy recipe for a few years. Yummy! I did cut out a pan this year though. I roasted the turkey wings and vegis in an 8 qt la cruset pan. Reserved the wings and vegis than proceeded with the wine in the same la cruset. Basically, the only pans I used were the La Cruset, a large bowl and colander for straining the broth. I also used an immersion blender to blend the carmelized vegis into the finished gravy for even richer results. I also add the rec. turkey drippings just before serving. I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!!!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2014
Terri's Tourtiers (French-Canadian Santa Pies)
I am the submitter of this recipe. I need to make clear that this is nothing like a pot pie. It is more like a pork "meat loaf" in a double crust. I also want to point out that the magazine published rendition of this recipe has been changed by the editors of Allrecipe magazine and you may notice that this online version (original recipe) ONLY calls for allspice as a seasoning spice. Enjoy!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2014
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