Malie Profile - (18299047)

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Home Town: Kalaheo, Hawaii, USA
Living In: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My father was a restaurant chef and my mother is a terror in the kitchen. When my parents divorced, I became the head chef in our household and have been cooking ever since. I love to experiment with recipes and find inspiration in my dozens of cookbooks and the food network channel. I cook for friends, family, parties, and the occasional wedding, though not professionally. I truly love cooking and could spend my entire day in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook healthy and healthier alternatives to popular dishes. I make my breads, pastas, pastries, and sauces from scratch to eliminate as many preservatives as I can. I also use all my own herbs from my garden.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I once won a newspaper contest about family food traditions with the story of my first New Years family party as head chef. I cooked a gorgeously browned turkey which my mother skinned while carving in order to cut some fat and cholestrol out of everyone's diet. The family was presented with a "naked" turkey which has become an unusual but favored family tradition ever since.
My cooking triumphs
My husband is the envy of his work place because of his awesome lunches of left overs.
My cooking tragedies
When first starting out, I misread tsp for Tb and ended up with a batch of extremely bitter muffins. I also once forgot something in the oven and had to air out the entire house of smoke.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
I love cheesecake and have made dozens over the years. This is by far the best recipe I've come across. The best results come from following cheesecake tips, wrapping the pan in foil, placing on a cookie sheet, adding water to the sheet, baking 1 hour then cooling 1 hour without opening the oven door. I've tried variations of this cake with blueberries and blackberries and they all come out excellent! I don't think I'll every try another cheesecake recipe again!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2011
Summertime Sweet Pickles
This is a great pickle recipe! I've made three batches so far since my family just loves these. The first time, I followed the recipe to the T. Subsequent batches I omitted the onions and added hot chili peppers to give the pickles some spice. They get better the longer they sit in the brine and I love that they keep their crunch!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2010
Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)
Tried this recipe on the family just because it sounded different. It was great! Everyone loved it, including my hates-new-things brother. I've given it 4 of 5 stars because it really needs fresh fruits (preferably berries) to bring out that extra star quality. It's a great basic chocolate cake alternative recipe that I'll definitely make again, possibly with chocolate chunks and raspberries stirred in.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2010

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