MANOMES Profile - (18874412)

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Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Mediterranean
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About this Cook
I work long hours in the aerospace industry, so I look for relatively easy recipes most of the time -- although I like to go "all out" when I have time. I love to make breads when I have free time on weekends, and since I don't have a stand mixer, I have to do it the old-fashioned way (no interest in the bread machine method). Sharing food is the best part of cooking, so I tend to make lots of extra when we have get-togethers so people can take home the leftovers.
My favorite things to cook
Bread, barbecued anything, Italian, soups & stews, Christmas goodies,
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family just loves food, so any time food is involved, it's a good time. We're mid-westerners, so meat and potatoes is always a sure thing. I tend to go overboard at holiday time, and everyone gets loads of goodies - this I inherited from my mom, who was an awesome cook and baker.
My cooking triumphs
Lots of them -- usually centered around breads of some kind.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, too many to count! I experiment quite a bit :)
Recipe Reviews 126 reviews
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Excellent! Full respect for the recipe as written. I had no idea how to start making a great broccoli cheese soup that I so wanted to. I used some others's little tweaks (thank you) out of necessity or personal preferences, but the basics are all here. Love it!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2014
Chicken and Black Bean Chili
Worthy of 5 stars following advice from other members' suggestions - especially less water! I used about 3 cups which was plenty - otherwise would have been soup, not chili! Also added a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and more cumin than what was called for (other suggested changes). I chopped up a canned chipotle pepper instead of grinding a dried one because I had it on hand - great flavor. My hint/help: Pound the chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper to tenderize them before browning if not using ground chicken.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2014
Creamy Chicken Pasta
Giving it 4 stars for a jumping off point. Good start, but needs ALOT more flavor. My additions, which produced really yummy results (everyinging into the mixing bowl -- Sauteed (together) 2 diced carrots, 1/4 c. diced onion, 1 lg. clove minced garlic. Then add 1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 c. mayo, 1/4 t. thyme, 1/4 t. each salt and pepper. Note: Thyme is a really essential addition to creamy chicken casseroles. Really enhances flavor of an otherwise ho-hum dish. Don't overdo it though -- a little goes a long way.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 14, 2014

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