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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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Tried and true, best of the best.  And easy.  I don't like to cook, so if I do have to cook, it has to be simple and delicious, or else we go out and eat at Zippy's. I bought a few musubis from Mana Bu's and shared some with good friend Lin.  As we were happily munching on it, I commented on how perfect it was.  The rice was cooked perfectly, the salt taste just enough, the nori really good, and the filling ...

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Preparing and cooking with your cast iron pan

Cooking with a cast iron pan is the best way to cook - you get a bit of iron in your food, and the heat can be really really high if you need it to be. When you shop for a new pan you will find raw cast iron (looks like aluminum in color and have spots of rust) or preseasoned ones.  Cast iron is naturally stick free if it has been prepared right and since the preparation process can be quite time and labor ...

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Best Oriental Salad Dressing

1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup Japanese rice vinegar 2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Put all ingredients into a salad bottle container.  I use the Tupperware salad mixer bottle and shake like crazy, then put in a spare salad dressing bottle.    Refrigerate. Toss in a bowl with cut or shredded lettuce, cooked chicken bits like shredded Costco roast chicken, and wun ton strips.  Yum! Optional:  add Chi ...

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Chinese style Steamed Fish

My favorite way to eat fish.  Just make sure there are no scales left on the skin if you are steaming whole fish.  I once bought fish fillets from Whole Foods – Chilean Sea Bass.  Unreal good stuff.  Costed a lot though.  Sometimes you have to spoil yourself and get the best. STEAMED FISH Sprinkle salt on cleaned fish (or fillet), lay stalks of green onion over.  Place in steamer or wrap with foil, and put ...

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Fishcake with Oio or Awa

Uncle says this recipe is the best one.  I got this from the Hilo Women’s Country cookbook.  They must have good cooks over in Hilo.  When Uncle catches oio, I make fishcake, but first he has the harder job of skinning, then spooning the meat off the fish.  I then go in with my hands and fingers and pick out any bones he may have missed.  Uncle says he doesn’t mind the bits of bones.  How can that be?  I th ...

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Garlic Mayo Shrimp

10 lbs raw shelled, cleaned jumbo shrimp, pat dry 1 bottle mayonnaise 1 bottle oyster sauce LOTS of chopped garlic  5-8 heads of garlic 1/4 cup whiskey 1/4 cup vodka dash of cayenne powder to taste Put chopped garlic in mixing bowl.  Add mayonnaise, oyster sauce, whiskey, vodka, and cayenne and mix with a spoon or spatula.  Add shrimp.  Marinate for at least 2 hours, and up to 48 hours in refrigerator.  Gri ...

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Goodie Goodie Ice Cream

Almost like Maui’s Guri Guri ice cream, just more accessible and rather economical. 1 can condensed cream 1 can 7 up 1 can strawberry soda (or whatever flavor you like best) Mix all ingredients in a bowl that can freeze.  Put in the freezer.  Stir every half hour until frozen - takes about 6 hours.  Scoop into smaller cups, enjoy. Mahalo Barry and Cynthia! ...

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Grannie’s Crispy Skin Broiled Chicken

I remember savoring the smell and hearing the crackling sounds of the chicken in the oven as it sat and cooked when I lived with my mother, aka Grannie to our kids.  Make sure you have a self cleaning oven because this is not the neatest of recipes. Wash and pat dry a whole chicken.  Throw garlic salt, pepper, rock salt, whatever into cleaned out cavity.  Apply garlic salt, pepper, and rock salt to outside ...

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Coach Hae’s easy Miso Chicken

Another great recipe for the measuring challenged cooks.  Coach Hae, one of the winningest AYSO coaches is also a great cook always willing to share.  Here’s another winner from her. Marinate boneless skinless chicken thighs in a sauce of 1 cup miso, 1 cup shoyu, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup beer. Grill over charcoal fire and enjoy the subtle delicious taste.  So good, Uncle doesn't mind giving up some of his bee ...

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Grannie’s Yatsume zuke

1 medium head cabbage 1 medium head mustard cabbage 1/4 cup Hawaiian salt 2 T roasted sesame seed Ajinomoto (or not) Sauce:      1/3 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar chili pepper to taste Chop vegetables to 1/2” size.  Put in large container, sprinkle salt and mix well.  Leave for 30 minutes.  Squeeze out excess water, add roasted (in pan) sesame seeds and ajinomoto (or not). Boil sauc ...

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