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Wahiawa Mike


Wahiawa Mike
 
Home Town: Rochester, New York, USA
Living In: Wahiawa, Hawaii, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2012
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am an active duty Army officer living in Hawaii. We have two kids, one an autistic boy who loves to eat, and the other a picky little girl. I just decided after the last deployment that I will dedicate my spare time at home to teaching myself how to cook for the family in order to give my wife a break and develop some dudely gourmet skills.
My favorite things to cook
We are trying to cook low carb, and when possible substitute glutein free foods. Therefore we tend to eat a lot of meat, vegetables, and fruit. I love grilling because it's easy to clean and a good excuse to drink beer outside. I like anything that I can fry in the black iron skillet because it's old fashioned cool. I like theme food because that gives me an excuse to play different music. You play mariachi when cooking Mexican, Country and Elvis when cooking Southern or grilling, or the Godfather soundtrack when cooking Italian. I don't like Asian music so I play heavy metal or Hawaiian when cooking Asian food. Its best when the dish has a component that the kids like, such as a mixer blade to lick clean, or a piece of fresh pineapple, so you can bribe them to stay away.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was little, I remember my parents both cooking together in the kitchen, and making a lot of things from scratch. There was a lot of fresh ingredients, cutting, and mixing going, on. the result may not have looked perfect but it always tasted great. At some point that stopped and we started eating a lot of easy to make quickie stuff. I miss people making their own food. I think that when they took the extra time to make it, they appreciated what went into the product a lot more.
My cooking triumphs
In order to accompany my first batch of home made salsa, I decided that the family would have tacos, but I had nothing besides hamburger. I looked up a recipe online, and the result was so good that I figured that I should never get store bought kits again.
My cooking tragedies
I like cilantro, so on my third batch of home made salsa I decided to just cut up the whole bunch and toss it in. There was so much cilantro in the bowl that, even though it was the only green ingredient, it actually turned the salsa green. I love cilantro, so that can't be a bad thing, right? My wife soon disabused me of that misconception.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Homestyle Kalua Pork with Cabbage in a Slow Cooker
Having been to a couple of luaus now, this effectively recreates the taste as well as you can without burying a pig in your back yard. We used a low sodium soy sauce, which was fine as their is more than enough salt in the recipe. We cooked a 4 lb butt in the slow cooker for about 8 hours, steaming with the cabbage for the last 30 minutes. The result was great. I served it with Guam styled fried rice, so it was a real gut buster feast. While buns or rolls are somewhat traditional, as a low glutein household we don't feel they are required. in fact, the first time I served this with hot dog buns the bread was ignored entirely, as everyone was perfectly full with pork, cabbage, rice and vegetables. while not anyone's idea of a health nut dinner, this is certainly a good option if you want a breadless meal.

63 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2012
Guam Fried Rice
OK, for us this was a side dish to kalua pork. I used brown rice instead of white and frozen peas instead of pea pods, worked out just fine. Our autistic 8 YO gobbled up a plate and a half of it. Why not, it has all his favorite flavors- rice and bacon! This is also a good way to sneak in vegetables if you are liberal with the carrots and peas. I guess the principle is that if you smother anything in bacon fat my kids will eat it up with a smile!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2012
Soft Mahi Mahi Tacos with Ginger-Lime Dressing
The ginger lime dressing is delicious, and could go with just about any fish taco, not just mahi mahi. I replaced the salsa recipe with my own, because I prefer tomatoes to avacadoes. Also, shredded cheese on the tacos is a good compliment. I would recommend adding shredded lettuce, beans, or rice to the taco in order to give it body. Even with liberal servings, just the fish and the topping doesn't do it for us.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2012
 
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