MAREBANARE Profile - (18117969)

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Home Town: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Living In: Muskegon, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Tiramisu Layer Cake (showing layers)
Tiramisu Layer Cake
Me and my honey
About this Cook
I've been married to my best friend for over 12 years now, and we have 5 beautiful children - 11, 9, 7, 3, and 1 year.
My favorite things to cook
I like things that are simple, I'm not into the froo-froo recipes - just simple and delicious.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't know that we have any family cooking traditions, but I do love making my mom's recipes and remembering family times growing up and enjoying that same food together. My husband makes amazing omelets and we usually have those Christmas morning.
My cooking tragedies
When my husband and I were engaged we got our families together for a weekend to get to know each other. Sat. morning we decided to make breakfast for everyone (the 1st time I would be cooking for in-laws), but we were at their boat house so very limited on supplies. There was a waffle mix in the cupboard that only required water, and we had a waffle iron, so we thought that would be a good idea. We started turning out the waffles, and everyone took their plates and went outside to eat. My dad was the last one to eat and after taking one bite asked (in the kindest way possible), "What's wrong with these? They taste awful." My husband/fiance and I tried them for the first time, and they were truly terrible! We went to talk to everyone outside about it and found out that most of them had just discreetly thrown them away, while my brother-in-law had drowned his in syrup and choked them down. That was over 13 years ago and they still talk about it!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Caramelized Chicken Wings
This was delicious!! My husband and 4 kids (ages 11, 9, 7, and 3) and I all l.o.v.e.d. it! My husband was leery because he doesn't like "weird" food (peanut butter + soy sauce = weird in his book), but he ended up loving it!! It was so disappointing when it was gone! I used 12 drumsticks instead of wings because that's what I had. I made the sauce as written, just tripled it to make sure there was enough for the drumsticks (no sesame seeds on hand though). It was so very easy to do and the family's favorite meal in a long time! This will be on a regular rotation! It was *very* sticky, but worth it! We served it with Japanese noodles and sliced bell peppers. I'm going to try the sauce with shrimp or chicken over pasta or rice so we can eat it with a fork and it might be less messy. It was oh so good! Thanks for a fantastic recipe Shannon!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2011
Busy Day Chicken
Yummy and Easy!! I was looking for something to put together fast and to use up boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I accidentally opened a bag of tenders instead, but they worked great! I put a little BBQ sauce on the bottom of the crockpot, then layers the tenders and more BBQ sauce. I used a 2.5 pound bag of chicken and 1.5 (18 oz) bottles of BBQ sauce. Then cooked it on low for 4 hours. It was a little overdone (esp. at the bottom), so I think next time I'll try only cooking it for 3 hours. Couldn't be easier and the kids loved it!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2010
Herb, Garlic and Bacon Pork Loin
I made this for my family tonight, & my husband (who can be hard to please) loved it!! I also made some changes because of what I had on hand. I seared the pork loin first, used chicken bouillion instead of broth, dried herbs instead of fresh, garlic powder instead of cloves, and instead of pearl onions, I quartered some small yellow onions and threw in some quarted yukon potatoes also. The onions and potatoes turned out too soft - next time I'd throw them in later to not cook so much, but the flavor was great. I was concerned about the pork turning out dry & bland like I've had happen before with other recipes, but I didn't have time to marinate or brine it. I'm glad I tried this recipe! Altogether, it was very simple to make, very delicious and I'll be making it again!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2009

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