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mauigirl


mauigirl
 
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 her.....so 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 467 reviews
Braised Beef with Shallots and Mushrooms
This is very yummy though I wasn't in love with the lemon zest in this recipe. I cooked the entire dish in a heavy dutch oven with wonderfully tender results. My market did not have shallots so I subbed small boiler onions. I also see no need to mix the stock, vinegar and brown sugar separately since the entire mixture is going to braise for two hours which would blend the flavors well. This recipe reminds me of a french stew recipe I have made for years that is highlighted by tarragon. Next time I will throw some in for additional flavor. I served this over creamy polenta with a crisp salad and braised carrots. Pour a good glass of Zinfandel or Cabernet and you have a delicious budget friendly meal fit for a king and QUEEN!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 27, 2015
Chef John's Summer Scrambled Eggs
Simple and tasty. I did not have any trouble with the wateriness described by other reviewers. I would change up the basil for tarragon in the future for a better punch of flavor combos.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2015
Sweet and Sour Jam - Not Just for Chicken
Love this. Did NOT change a thing. I served this over my customized recipe for Savory Blue Cheese Cake (Baking Nana) with crackers. Absolutely delish!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 9, 2015
 
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