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 464 reviews
Inside Out Oreos(R)
I made this one out of curiosity. I am not sure why one would mess with the perfect Oreo but this did nothing for the product. I used six double stuff for the experiment. Melting in the microwave took almost a minute to liquify the filling. The melted filling only covered 6 halves leaving me with 6 plain halves and no coating. I like the saltiness of the Oreo with the sweet filling. Putting the filling on the outside made them seem really sweet. freezing them was a slight improvement and actually if they were not frozen they would be difficult to eat. Guess this experiment is just not our cup of tea.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2015
Baked Cranberry Oatmeal
We really enjoyed this because it was not too sweet. Perfect blend of spices. I subbed pecans for the walnuts because that is all I had. In the future I will add two beaten eggs to up the protein. Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2015
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole
Five stars for simplicity. Three stars for overall flavor made as directed. Flavors were a bit bitter and lacked the sweetness of the mole I am accustomed to. After sampling the mole, I added a couple more tablespoons of peanut butter and sugar and a half teaspoon more of the cinnamon and it helped immensely. I also pureed the sauce in my food processor because I did not care for the chunky texture. My crockpot cooks pretty fast so this was done in 4 hours. Any longer and the chicken would have turned to dust. I will try this one again with my changes. BTW his made alot of mole sauce so I think you could either cut it in half or double the amount of chicken to use up the sauce. I froze the leftover mole to use in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 10, 2015
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