JeniOM Profile - (11747392)


Home Town: North Carolina, USA
Living In: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Five Islands, Maine
About this Cook
I'm a creative type... love color & light, music, food, books and so on. Have a great palate and enjoy satisfying it!
My favorite things to cook
Multi-ingredient, savory veggie dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Me, alone in the kitchen, with good music playing (opera, blues, classical, jazz, etc. -- whatever fits the dish) and a lot of great ingredients to play with.
My cooking triumphs
Oh, how to narrow them down? Ha! Authentic chicken cacciatore! Dilled potato soup! New England corn 'chowdah' (learned to make 4 decades ago as a nanny in Maine)! Zucchini-Crust Pizza! Tabouli! Chicken/Broccoli/Sun-dried tomato/White wine Pasta Dish! (Okay, enough of blowing my own horn!)
My cooking tragedies
Great-aunt visiting from out of town; tons of family over. Decided to make a double batch of what sounded like a great pork/gravy-ish slow cooker dish (even though I don't like pork). It cooked for hours upon hours upon hours. Hungry people waiting... and waiting... and waiting. No go. Gravy was watery broth, pork not cooked through. Me, sad and embarrassed on the phone ordering pizza. Only hit was the great salad. (Threw out the pork recipe. Never again!)
Recipe Reviews 28 reviews
Slow Cooker Taco Soup
This soup is beyond easy and is delicious as well! I made it according to the recipe (no additional seasonings or ingredients). Something to note is that using one can of chopped green chilies doesn't make for a terribly spicy soup so pump it up if you want more heat; you can also use medium or hot-heat chili beans to up the heat-factor. And just to make a point, this recipe ISN'T about making an overly spicy soup. That's why I made this; I didn't want it to taste like my chili. I just wanted a good, solid delicious soup and that's what I got. So do yourself a favor and make it according to the recipe (which is what rating these recipes is about, yes?), serve it with some cheddar and sour cream on top and ENJOY!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2014
Chicken Noodle Casserole I
DISCLAIMER: I'm rating this as a base recipe to which additional ingredients can be included. I try my best to rate recipes on this site as they are stated but now and again this type of recipe comes across my radar and I recognize it as a good basic idea that I can add to for my particular tastes. That said, I chose to use 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 1 can of cream of celery. I included some sauteed chopped celery and onion, dried sage and thyme and frozen baby peas. I didn't thaw the peas first, just stirred them into the rest of the mixture before baking. Additionally, I used leftover rotisserie chicken that I chopped into bite-sized pieces -- very flavorful! This casserole is definitely right up there in the top 10 list of comfort food dishes! I highly recommend this recipe as a jumping off point. Add your favorite veggies & seasonings and make it your own!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2014
Chicken and Fresh Tomato Slow Cooker Stew
I try my very best to prepare the recipes from this site exactly as written because, from my understanding, that's what ratings are for -- to let each of us know exactly how good each recipe truly is as it is written. With that said, I did prepare this one as written and I feel I'm being generous in giving it 3 stars. The only reason I gave as many as 3 is that I can see that with some modifications this can be a truly excellent dish! My slow cooker needed no additional liquid added to keep the chicken covered during the entire 8 hours, thankfully. The resulting broth was thin and quite tasteless. Before making this I had the feeling that it was going to be quite bland -- and I was right. It had very little flavor. I do love the combination of vegetables and chicken but the sauce/broth needed a LOT of help. I won't use Italian seasoning in this when I make it again, but will substitute thyme and will also add other seasonings such as garlic powder or garlic salt, etc. I admit that once the cooking was done and I had sampled some of the broth, I did add a little sugar to brighten up the bland tomato flavor and threw in some garlic salt as well. Since I was making this to put up as freezer meals, I let it sit in a large bowl in the fridge overnight before dividing and freezing in portions. I decided to give it a taste the next morning beforehand and it was delicious and flavorful with the sugar & garlic salt having been added. So DO make this stew but do your own doctoring

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2013
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