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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Million Dollar Cookies?

By Wanda A. Adams
Advertiser Columnist

Between researching recipes and digging for photographs for The Advertiser's 150th anniversary cookbook, I've been fielding recipe requests. Hope you can help.

Judy Yuen called to ask for Million Dollar Cookies. She says they were published sometime in the 1950s. I found a Million Dollar Fudge, but no cookies, so far. Anybody got?

Ruby Sonomura e-mailed a school-kine request: "Please put a cry out for the most awesome double-crusted fresh pineapple-coconut pie that the Waipahu High School cafeteria served in the '60s. I don't know how the ladies did it, but the coconut was also freshly shredded. The head baker was a lady named Mrs. Lau. The lunch lines snaked around the cafeteria whenever it was on the menu. As the local saying goes, this pie definitely 'explodes da face.' " Any Lau relatives out there?

Michele Chang is 'ono for a recipe for the garlic potato salad made at Korean barbecue spots the fried potatoes with the kind of mayo-and-garlic dressing.

Got a sweet e-mail from a Canadian snowbird, John Donat of Toronto, who spends six months a year in the Islands. He sent a recipe he thought my mincemeat-loving friend Barbara Tavares might enjoy, having enjoyed the made-from-scratch recipe we ran before Christmas.

A couple of months ago, we published a story on local avocados and Arlene Shimokawa sent in this tip: "Did U know that after the avocado becomes ripe, storing it in a Tupperware container will retard the ripening? Also, if the guacamole is prepared and stored in a Tupperware container, it may take about three days before the guacamole or avocado darkens? Tried and true." And good to know.

Because we've had quite a few questions, let me just review ordering instructions for "The Island Plate: 150 Years of Recipes and Food Lore from The Honolulu Advertiser," which is due out in late summer or early fall. The pre-sale price is $14.99. After July 8, the price is $19.99.

There are three ways to buy it:

  • Go to www.honoluluadvertiser.com. Link on bottom right of home page says "Buy Wanda A. Adams' 'The Island Plate.' " Books ordered online will be shipped for a fee. (If you don't have a computer, you can go online at all public libraries.)

  • Order and pick up in person at our information desk, 605 Kapi'olani Blvd. No shipping fees.

  • Clip an order coupon from the newspaper. Pick up at our information desk.

    Purchasers will be alerted when the books arrive in late summer or early fall. We have hired an outside service to handle shipping, so we cannot mail books to those who order in person or via coupon. We just don't have the staff for it.

    Questions? Cookbook hotline: 535-8189 (message phone; your call will be returned).

    Reach Wanda A. Adams at wadams@honoluluadvertiser.com.