Marianne Profile - (10848063)


Home Town: Utah, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Nov. 10, 2013 6:26 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2014 10:43 am
Thanksgiving always conjures up different visions for me, some happy and some not quite so satisfying.  Over the years our holiday dinners have included a different cast—mostly family and friends we considered to be family.  For the last 50 years there has been one constant:  my husband,… MORE
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About this Cook
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
Recipe Reviews 601 reviews
Chicken con Vino e Aglio (with Wine and Garlic)
Excellent! I had a packet of Costco's organic chicken breasts so they are smaller than just regular chicken, and because of that I halved the marinade. It worked perfectly, and I marinated them for about five hours. I used this recipe for the herbs de Provence ( and this for the salt and pepper called for ( It was an excellent easy meal for dinner! Thank you, shark77!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2014
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
I totally cheated. Well, maybe just a little bit. I had some leftover Johnsonville Mild Ground Sausage that needed to be used, and this recipe came up because of the other ingredients I needed to use up. Very good indeed! I do think that this recipe can adapt to any leftover protein that you happen to have, so USE it! Yum! Thank you so much, morgens_aunt!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2014
Wild Rice Spaghetti Chicken
This turned out very nice! I used all the ingredients listed but maybe cooked them just a little differently. I seasoned the chicken with Papa's Seasoning Salt, a recipe from this site that I always keep on hand and a generous sprinkling of Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. I rinsed my wild rice before adding it to the pan along with the broth. This time I had to use my emergency supply of TJ's Organic Chicken Broth because I was out of my homemade broth. I let that cook down for about 15 minutes and then added the onions and peppers and cooked for a few minutes. I had to add about another cup of broth when I added the chicken and spaghetti back in. At the very end I added in some more chopped onion because we love it crunchy! It was really tasty! I'm going to be very happy with having leftovers! Thank you so much, Katie Mines, because I never would have thought of putting wild rice and spaghetti together!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2014
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