Marianne Profile - (10848063)


Home Town: Utah, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Nov. 24, 2014 8:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 4:53 am
I don’t remember a time when I have used aluminum foil other than Reynolds, and that’s been 50 years of cooking and baking.  Every once in a while I’d try another product, most recently one from a very popular big box store.  I couldn’t wait until that product was gone from my kitchen, though… MORE
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About this Cook
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
Recipe Reviews 817 reviews
Mike's Maple Chicken
I feel a little guilty rating this a 4 because this recipe has so many possibilities with just a few additions, but just as written that's what I would give it. I would definitely add chopped green onions and maybe some chopped artichoke hearts or maybe even green olives! I served this with Uncle Ben's Brown Rice & Quinoa which we thought was a perfect complement to the chicken, and I opted to use chicken breast as suggested by the submitter of the recipe. I have a little left over chicken that I added to the rice, and I'm thinking I'll LOVE it cold tomorrow as a salad-type dish for my lunch. I'll add in the green onions, and I just know it will be perfect. Thank you so much, Michael, because it gives me something to look forward to tomorrow!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2015
Honey-Ginger Grilled Salmon
This made for a very nice dinner. I did use fresh ginger and less soy sauce than called for. I left it in the marinade for an hour, but I think it could have used even a little more time. Next time I'll add a little garlic to the mix. Thanks, Kerri Skrudland!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2015
Patsy's Spinach Salad Dressing
This is for the dressing only because we did not have spinach (only arugula) or mushrooms. My hubby is the one I made this for, and he liked it. I made it as written but in a smaller portion. In the very end I added a little more sour cream and then topped his salad with parmesan. He said he'd want this again! Thanks, LAM!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 19, 2015
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