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Soup Loving Nicole

Soup Loving Nicole
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Living In: West Fork, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing
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Sep. 23, 2012 8:31 pm 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2014 12:12 pm
Hello AR peeps! I know I haven't been around much lately but I am still here and have never stopped cooking up a storm. Perfect soup weather is nearing and I plan on not being such a stranger in the upcoming months. For now, I'll start with a short blog.  There are two things I love in life.… MORE
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From The Blog:  Soup Loving Nicole
Best Korean Bulgogi
Caesar Salad Supreme
Santa Fe Stew
Easy Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
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Chicken on a Stick
Marinated Vegetable Medley
Spicy Catalina Swai
Corned Venison
About this Cook
Hello, my name is Nicole. I am 40 years old, have been married to my wonderful high school sweetheart for 15 years now. We don't have (or ever wanted) any children but we do live on 8 acres and have 3 dogs, a cat, 11 hens, 1 rooster, and a ton of deer that come down and feed that think they are part of the family too. I have to be honest and say that I do not LOVE cooking but I do cook every night and love browsing this site for new and interesting things. I have an acre pond and absolutely love fishing and that is where I spend most of my time in the summer. There is nothing like sipping on a cold Corona while waiting for a nice 8 pound catfish to grab your bait. When not fishing I'm typically in my garden, flowerbeds, or riding my dirtbike.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and grilling
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any so I have started my own. Allrecipes has taught me to "think outside the box". I love trying new and unusual things that I would have never dared or even thought of before discovering this place.
My cooking triumphs
When I got married, I honestly had 0% experinece in the kitchen. My mom was the kind that wanted the whole kitchen to herself so that nobody was in her way and I was only allowed in there to grab the plates, utensils, etc. to set the table. I really never thought about what I was going to cook until we got back from our honeymoon and then I was like, "uh oh!". Amazingly enough it all came pretty natural and I am happy to say that I have never ruined a meal forcing us to order take-out.
My cooking tragedies
GRAVY! I cannot make a decent gravy for the life of me so I've just given up altogether.
Recipe Reviews 357 reviews
Santa Fe Stew
I did enjoy this recipe but there is one major flaw in it. The recipe title says stew yet directions do not state to rinse and drain the beans and corn. The tomatoes and broth yield plenty of juice so if you do not rinse and drain the beans and corn then you end up with soup and not stew. Rule of thumb...always rinse black beans. They will muddle up and give an unpleasant color to anything you are fixing if you do not. As far as the rest of it goes, drain the rest of your beans and corn if you want stew...leave some of their juices if you want soup.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2014
Not Thousand Island Dressing
Love me some Reuben's but have always disliked Thousand Island dressing due to the sweet relish. I whipped this up while my corned beef was slow cooking and you talk about an awesome Reuben! Hats off to you Mike Harvey. This sauce would be good on many different sandwiches and one I will use often.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2014
Easy Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
I didn't find a tablespoon of butter to be nearly enough for our liking. I ended up adding 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup). Recipe says it serves 6 but this was just about the right amount for hubby and I so keep that in mind. These were good but who doesn't love a classic wing? I recommend making as is to start off and only add more butter to the sauce if you see fit. I'm already looking forward to making these again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2014
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