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Is "No problem" a problem?

True, paulj. I don't disagree. I was, however, required to follow the UPI style book, which set the standard that *over* is, as you say, *directional* while *more than/less than related to quantities. My favorite style rule: *Burrow is a hole in the ground. Burro is an ass. As a journalist, you're expected to know the difference.*

Sep 16, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Not About Food

Is "No problem" a problem?

OMGosh....I'm a retired editor, too, of a UPI daily and your examples of word usage are exactly my pet peeves, especially which/that and over/more than. A dog jumps over the fence. The planned budget is more than $2,000. It is NOT over $2,000. Unless the dog jumps over $2,000 in one-dollar bills...tee hee.

Sep 16, 2013
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"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

My local Safeway carries Dream Whip :=)

Jul 25, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Home Cooking

What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

My favorite Chinese restaurant closed about 10 years ago and to this day, I crave their curried shrimp noodle bowl. It featured slivered green peppers, pea pods, waterchestnuts, onion, large shrimp, mushrooms and rice noodles. The sauce was to die for and was a light yellow color. Another of their dishes was also a favorite -- garlic beef -- featuring thin slivers of steak, whole garlic cloves and three- to four-inch long pieces of green onion. The sauce is what made it extra special. Served over fried rice, this dish was unforgettable. Would love recipes for both :=)

Jul 25, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Home Cooking

members' favorite beverages in hawaii

The Sheraton sells *Tropitinis* for $12.50 plus tax per drink. I tipped the bartender well and he gave me the recipe. As soon as I returned home to Oregon, I went to the liquor store and bought all the makings...a total of about $57! I can make many, many drinks at nowhere near $12.50 a pop! This drink is certainly worth seeking out, tfallath, next time you're on the island. It is always one of our drink specials for our annual Ashland Elks Lodge luau in May. The Hawaiian kids from Southern Oregon University come and entertain us, all the food is *Hawaiian* and, of course, aloha attire is a must. The little kids are so cute learning the hula and competing in the hula-hoop contest.

Jul 24, 2013
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members' favorite beverages in hawaii

I love the Tropitinis at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Consisting of blue curacao, Baccardi limon, Absolute citron, splash of sweet and sour, pineapple juice and a spritz of 7-Up, this is a killer cocktail! I make them for summer guests often. Several times I've ordered them in cruise ship lounges (after telling the bartender how to make one), and once may drink appeared later in the cruise as the day's *Drink Special*. They're that good :=)

I live in the Pacific Northwest where coffee is a religion. I order whole beans of Island Princess coffee from the Molokai Coffee Company, which is made with whole vanilla beans. Spendy but OMG wonderful!!! On weekends, adding a shot of Kahlua puts it over the top.

Jul 23, 2013
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West and Upcountry Maui recs?

Thanx, Kathryn. Right you are :=)

May 28, 2013
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Hawaii Vacation- help! escaping cruise food

Never said it wasn't :=) The ship docks overnight on Kauai so a visit to Hamura Saimen is easy to do. That was my point.

May 28, 2013
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Campfire Cooking

Years ago, on a Sunday school trip to cut down Christmas trees, we learned how to make *hobo pouches.* Basically, you put all the ingredients in small bowls on a table and let campers make their own. I put out diced potatoes, diced green, yellow, red or orange peppers, hamburger meat and/or diced chicken, steak, etc., diced onion and various seasonings -- seasoned salt, salt, pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, etc. Make a square of double-layered foil, put meat down first and build up pouches. Seal completely and put on hot coals for a half hour to 45 minutes. For some reason, the steam causes the pouches to make their own gravy and these are beyond delicious. I put a piece of masking tape on each pouch and have campers, when finished assembling, write their names on their creations. Easy peezy and cleanup is a snap. Just unfold the foil and eat :=)

May 24, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Home Cooking

Hawaii Vacation- help! escaping cruise food

Absolutely second Beach Chick's advice to visit Hamura Saimen...to me the best noodle house in the islands. I've been a travel agent for 30-plus years and know NCL's Pride of America schedule well (and have sailed it in a penthouse suite personally with hubby for our 30th anniversary) and the ship overnights on Maui and Kauai both. On the Big Island it does Hilo and Kailua-Kona. We rented cars on both Maui and Kauai, as the ship docks in Kahului and we wanted to get to the leaward side of Maui, and on Kauai we wanted to get up to Hanalei and Princeville as our friends had never been to the islands. It cost us $5 to park the car overnight on one island and parking was free next to the pier on the other but I can't recall which was which. Would do that cruise again in a heartbeat. Have cruised the islands three times now -- American Hawaii Cruises, Aloha Pacific Cruises and NCL -- and it is a wonderful way for a first-time visitor to really get a feel for Hawaii in a short amount of time without packing up, turning in rental cars, clearing security, waiting for flights, taking flights, running across the new airport to pick up a new car, driving to a new hotel, checking in, unpacking, yuck, yuck, yuck!!!

May 24, 2013
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Fleetwood's - Maui???

We frequented Fleetwood's often in March, since our condo was only a couple of blocks away. The top open-air deck is wonderful with a Moroccan motif. Check out their website to get a feel for it. Nothing was cheap but the mai tais were solid and the puu puus were good. The hostess seated the four of us in a room off to one side of the bandstand and we inadvertently ended up crashing a birthday party. But the hosts were wonderful, asked us just to join in and we had a great time dancing along with the rest of the group. Entertainment was always live and very good.

May 24, 2013
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West and Upcountry Maui recs?

Absolutely love Kula Lodge. Have never been there when a fire wasn't roaring in the fireplace. And to have a view of the ocean ALL AROUND Maui is wonderful. What is the name of that wonderful bakery in Makawao? I always forget the name but I can drive right to it. Learned during our annual sojourn to Maui last year that it is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, and, of course, we went Up Country on a Wednesday. Didn't make that mistake again this year!!!

May 24, 2013
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Does Cooking Wreck Your House?

I have found a *miracle* product that is beyond compare when it comes to removing grease and *gunk* from just about any type of surface. It is Lysol's antibacterial kitchen cleaner. I can't live without it and buy three at a time so I'm never out.

May 23, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Not About Food

The Ten Most Annoying Habits of Fellow Diners.

My husband believes cell phones are like nursing. *Both should be done in private.* If one of our phones goes off during a meal, we get up and go outside so as not to annoy other diners. Or, we just don't take the call. Also hate it when a certain friend touches all the communal food on the table. Example: A bowl of salsa and a bowl of freshly made (and hot) tortilla chips at a Mexican restaurant. She will touch each chip, rearranging them in the bowl to suit her. Makes me not want to eat a one.

May 23, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Not About Food

Post-Bariatric Surgery restaurant dining

I had bariatric surgery in May, 2005, and am now down to the size I was as a sophomore in high school. *Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.* The major thing I've learned, eight years out, is that it's not what you eat, it's how much you eat. I am totally full after three or four large tablespoons of food. An appetizer is often enough to fill me up. A few weekends ago, we went to a wonderful restaurant before a play and hubby and I split a caesar salad and a seafood carbonnara entree. I took half of my salad and almost three fourths of the pasta home..from my *half* of the *half*. I can live on the leftovers of a regular entree for several days. And I'm never afraid to ask for a box at the end of the meal. I paid for the food and it's mine to take home. I'm often asked by competent waitstaff if there was something wrong with the food, as there is always so much left over. And I just simply smile and say, *It was wonderful, but I don't eat much at one sitting.* They are simply happy to know that I was pleased with the meal and I do tip them well. My 'fridge is always full of leftover boxes so hubby and I have a 24-hour rule. My leftovers are mine for 24 hours and then after that, anything is fair game :=)

May 23, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Not About Food

Best restaurants in Medford, Oregon?

The Wharf on West McAndrews in Medford has totally fresh seafood counters and a restaurant to boot. Definitely not a chain.

South Maui Recs

Assuming you have a car, make a point to drive north to The Star Noodle in Lahaina for lunch. We visit Maui during March each year and no visit is complete without an early lunch there. Arrive between 11:15 and 11:30 to be assured seating. With a window table, you can view the ocean. Love their tempura shrimp appy and their garlic noodle dish is awesome. Getting hungry just thinking about it. Also love the crab Benedicts at The Plantation House in Kapalua. Again, arrive early as the place fills up for lunch. Well worth the drive :=)

May 23, 2013
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What foods might I miss moving from DC to Oahu?

I was raised in Central Oregon among the Warm Springs Indian Tribe and a dear friend gave me her fry bread recipe. There's nothing like it when it's hot and fresh. Just might make a batch over the long weekend. Shame on you all for making me hungry for it :=) Getting ready for bathing suit weather and fry bread has a kabillion calories!

May 23, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Hawaii

Feeding a family of 4 with cheap recipes. Any ideas anyone? :)

I love my mother's chicken salad recipe from the 1950s. After roasting a chicken, take the leftover meat off the bone and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add a diced stalk of celery, finely diced onion, celery seed, mayo, a splash of fresh lemon juice and a handful of cashews. If I make a larger quantity, I only add the cashews at the time of serving. Otherwise, they turn mushy. I love to toast an English muffin, place chicken (or tuna) salad on a muffin half, top with whatever cheese I have on hand and place under the broiler. Yummmmy! This is an easy, quick item to make when friends drop by unexpectedly...the tuna salad version, not the chicken salad. Always have cans of tuna from Costco on hand and English muffins in the freezer so it's very easy to do.

May 23, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Home Cooking

What favorite food is such a labor of love, time, technique or even money that rarely make it but when you do…

I merely buy the eggs a week before I plan to hard-boil them. Then I know they're at least a week old -- or older. Works for me.

May 22, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Home Cooking

What favorite food is such a labor of love, time, technique or even money that rarely make it but when you do…

My mom, who worked in a candy store for six years after World War II, made the best sugar cookies EVER! I still use her recipe. The secret ingredient is cream of tarter. Makes them so light and extra yummy. I have all her old cookie cutters and Christmas just isn't Christmas without trees, bells, Santas, angels, etc. Don't mind making and baking the cookies. It's the decorating and the cleanup after that takes forever. Another thing I do now and then in memory of mom, especially if kids are going to be around, is to make taffy for a taffy pull party. And her rocky road was to die for! Her divinity would melt in your mouth, but she always admonished me to never, ever, make it on a humid day or when it's raining. *It won't set up,* she'd say.

What favorite food is such a labor of love, time, technique or even money that rarely make it but when you do…

Use week-old eggs. Makes a huge difference. I always do that for Easter and when making massive quantities of homemade potato salad for our Elks Lodge summer family picnic at the lake. They peel without effort.

May 22, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Home Cooking
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Annual Maui Sojourn

Thanx :=)

Feb 27, 2013
pilotgirl210 in Hawaii

Annual Maui Sojourn

Thanx for the tips, sal_acid and killersmile. Friends are on the island now and it's been 84 degrees all week. Can't wait to get there and thaw out :=) Will give Amasia a try. Probably for lunch first, if they're open.

Feb 27, 2013
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Best restaurants in Medford, Oregon?

McGrath's a long way from the ocean?? Excuse me, but Medford is two and a half hours from the Pacific. Chicago, we're not!!

Annual Maui Sojourn

Off to Maui again this year for our annual mid-March visit. Any new dining options open in the past year that we shouldn't miss? Any new roadside fruit stands or blue-plate trucks we should seek out? Thanx for the help....pg

Feb 15, 2013
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Inexpensive good eats in Lahaina

I don't eat much at one seating, so I like Lahaina Coolers for their appetizer small plates. The grilled shrimp are especially good. Farther south is the funky Kihei Caffe, a surfer dive serving great and inexpensive breakfasts. We always hit it at least once per visit. Capt. Jack's on Front Street in Old Lahaina Town serves a decent breakfast, as well.

Feb 07, 2013
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Best foie gras dishes on O'ahu

You're taking me back to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Bill :=) I, too, love seared foie gras. Was there last as a guest of the National Dairy Council. When the chef found that he was to serve a bevie of food editors, he pulled out all the stops! I will go to my grave and never again have a meal such as that! At Fauchon's once in Paris, I bought a large $150 (USD) tin of foie gras and had it shipped to a lieutenant colonel friend of mine at Ft. Lee, VA. Well, he stuck it in a desk drawer and promptly forgot it. That is until the can exploded about six months later. He didn't realize it needed to be refrigerated :=)

Jul 31, 2012
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Maui (Lahaina / Hana) & Big Island (Kona / Volcano Village) recs sought

Mea Culpa, terijoy!! You are absolutely right. I believe it was Saigon Seafood in the Whaler Mall by the Banyon tree? Little hole-in-the-wall place but good food. Would go there again. But I could eat Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai cuisine all the time. Hubby loves Mexican, and I absolutely hate it, so if he's buying we do Mexican, if I'm buying, we do Asian....tee hee. It works for us.

Jul 20, 2012
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Great / artisanal / handmade / mixology cocktails in Maui?

We tried mai tais all over Maui during a visit in March and we liked, by far, the ones served at the Mai Tai Lounge on Front Street in Lahaina. And, being right on the beachside, you can't get a better view!

Jun 26, 2012
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