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Maureen Karamales

Maureen Karamales
Home Town: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Living In: Boise, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2013
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Nouvelle, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Born&raised in NoVA, married my childhood sweetheart/best friend. We enjoy wine tastings, Celtic festivals, and all the great outdoor and cultural activities that Idaho has to offer. We are dog lovers and have had them almost constantly in our lives. One yr.after moving to Boise we rescued an adorable Westie pup,& then a Poodle/Chihuahua (we think) mix.They are the loves of our lives.
My favorite things to cook
This isn't really "cooking" but I like to get creative with salads. I'll cook a breaded chicken or grill a steak and make an all-in-one meal that way.
My cooking triumphs
Stir-fries and homemade eggrolls are my specialties. I'm a by-the-book cook generally, but I've been making these for so many years now that it's the one thing I feel comfortable throwing in any ingredient, and creating my own stir-fry sauces.
My cooking tragedies
Thankfully it's been a long time ago, but I would say that it is reading a recipe and not being able to see ahead of time it's going to be a flop.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Broccoli Garlic Angel Hair Pasta
Wonderful! Definitely take the advice of others and way undercook your pasta. I used very thin spaghetti and cooked it for half the recommended time. Stir-fried some cut up chicken ahead of time and added at the end. Also added some broccoli slaw to the cut up stems since I had some on hand. Hubby gave it two thumbs up! Will absolutely keep it in the rotation.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2015
Angela's Awesome Enchiladas
Fantastic! I had smaller 8 ct. flour tortillas and using my scale I determined that the amount of chicken mixture worked out to 5.4 oz per tortilla. Also, used fat free sour cream and "healthy request" cream of chix soup. I felt 6 oz. of olives was way too much. Chopped up 1.5 oz to sprinkle over top. A full 6 oz. would have dominated the entire dish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 16, 2015
Italian Chicken Skillet
Great base recipe! I took the advice of some others and added some chopped bell pepper and onion along with the chicken and garlic (doubled up on the garlic). Also took the recommendation of par-cooking the pasta then adding it just before putting the spinach on top w/the lid. Cooked for a couple of minutes then stirred it all together several times allowing the spinach to cook down. Added some fresh black pepper, a bit of ground sea salt, and some Italian seasoning. Would definitely make again! This recipe is quite adaptable. I'd probably add more herbs like basil and oregano next time, and try it with Italian sausage.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2015
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