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If Only it Included the Crab Dip....!
on February 10, 2001
For those fans of Bev Gannon who have eaten at the upcountry Maui restaurant, first the bad news: the recipie for the crab dip on boboli is not included here. What's worse is the way Gannon teases the reader with this, sending you to four different pages before she tells you that she will take that recipie to her grave. For the good news, though, there are plenty of other tempting dishes here, many of them HGS "classics", such as the Chinese Chicken Salad and the Chocolate Macademina Nut Pie. Particularly enticing for special occasions are the Salmon Studel (her daytime wedding entree from her catering days) and the Herb Roasted Filet Mignon with Grilled Jumbo Prawns and Mushroom Ragout. I'm also excited about the Chicken with Artichokes, Sundried Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts as well as the pasta dishes and desserts! Almost all recipies rely on fresh fruit and/or Asian ingredients, and as we can expect from a Maui restaurant, fresh fish features prominently. Although some of the dishes seem straightforward and even simple (particularly the soups), many of the entrees have long lists of ingredients that will be more appropriate for weekend than weeknight cooking. Still, the contents are unique and unusual, and this cookbook promises to add at least one unforgettable dish to your repertoire. The dishes are also arranged by season, a format some cookbook lovers do not prefer. Still, if you're a fan of the restaurant and can't get there often, this is great reminder of a special dining experience. If only it included the crab dip....