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Soup Loving Nicole

Soup Loving Nicole
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Living In: West Fork, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing
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Nov. 8, 2014 6:34 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2014 4:28 pm
Without going into all of the details, let me just say that last week was one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride and a week I hope to never see a repeat of. I’ll skip the first part of the week and fast forward to Thursday. Thursdays have potential to be late nights for me at work and… MORE
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From The Blog:  Soup Loving Nicole
Cockaleekie Soup
McDonald's(R) Tartar Sauce Copycat
Totchos Libre
Chinese Pork Dumplings
Pan Fried Daikon Cake
Chinese Ham Stew
Andouille, Shrimp, and Chicken Jambalaya
Lyn's Chill Chaser Soup
Hot Shrimp Dip
Garlic Croutons
About this Cook
Hello, my name is Nicole. I am 41 years old and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 17 years now. I haven't always enjoyed cooking but Allrecipes has changed that for me over the years. I now consider myself a foodie and am always up for a good challenge in the kitchen. There isn't anything I won't try at least once. Summer is my favorite time of the year and when I am not recipe hunting, menu planning, etc. I spend my time fishing gardening, and babysitting my chickens.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and grilling
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any so I have started my own. Allrecipes has taught me to "think outside the box". I love trying new and unusual things that I would have never dared or even thought of before discovering this place.
My cooking triumphs
When I got married, I honestly had 0% experience in the kitchen. My mom was the kind that wanted the whole kitchen to herself so that nobody was in her way and I was only allowed in there to grab the plates, utensils, etc. to set the table. I really never thought about what I was going to cook until we got back from our honeymoon and then I was like, "uh oh!". Amazingly enough it all came pretty natural and I am happy to say that I have never ruined a meal forcing us to order take-out.
My cooking tragedies
Me and double battering things do not get along!
Recipe Reviews 437 reviews
McDonald's(R) Tartar Sauce Copycat
I HATE sweet relish and so I usually shy away from tartar sauce because of that reason so this one appealed to me in a big way. I like capers and typically have them on hand but was certain that Mickey D's would NOT use capers and this would not taste anything like their sauce. WRONG! Spot on! No, BETTER! The recipe submitter mentioned it turning out a little too runny and my solution to that was really smashing the relish against the jar before adding it to the recipe to eliminate some of the excess liquid. Hands down this is the best tartar sauce EVER and I am thrilled to be the first reviewer. I will make this often with my catfish. Thanks duboo!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2015
Totchos Libre
Instead of baking the tots in the oven I cooked them in my waffle iron which made a fun presentation and also sped up cooking time. I did put them under the broiler as directed for the finishing touch. My avocado had gone bad on me and I didn't know it until it was too late but next time I will be sure to have one. This was fun and a nice change.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 24, 2015
Chinese Ham Stew
Use the water you soak your mushrooms in for additional flavor. I didn't have anywhere near 5 pounds of pork leg so I added 1/2 pound of ground pork that needed used up. I also had some shaved carrots that needed used and I added them in the last 20 minutes of cooking. This turned out a lot better than I expected and is something I would make again. I had the leftover today and added a generous squirt of Sriracha and that added a nice touch as well.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2015
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