Chili's manager shares original recipe

Monroeville resident Cassi Barman is very familiar with food. Barman, 28 and a Monroeville High School graduate, is the manager at Chili's restaurant in Sandusky a place she's worked for 3 1/2 years.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Monroeville resident Cassi Barman is very familiar with food.

Barman, 28 and a Monroeville High School graduate, is the manager at Chili's restaurant in Sandusky a place she's worked for 3 1/2 years.

It's her job to run the restaurant, which means dealing with customers, staff, complaints and the employee schedule.

"I like the job a lot," she said. "It's very busy in the summer."

Barman lives with her husband Buddy, who works at Mayflower Vehicle Systems, and their daughter, Lilly, 2.

Barman decided to share her recipe for potato soup with readers.

"It is my own recipe and the first one I ever made all by myself," she said. "And it turned out good and everyone liked it."

"It's good," Buddy said.

"It's a nice winter food and comfort food," she added. "There are always leftovers and it's good re-heated."

Speaking of comfort foods, the Barmans knew their top three.

"Mashed potatoes," Cassi said.

"Chef Boyaredee pizza and tacos," Buddy added.

No matter what food she is making, chocolate chips, milk, real butter, garlic, fresh pepper and olive oil are always present.

Chef Boyaredee pizza, tacos, and bacon and tomato presto pasta are meals often cooked at the Barman home.

"Buddy cooks a lot," Cassi said.

Buddy is known for his squirrel gravy.

The couple quick knew what Cassi's most disastrous dish was.

"Homemade beef stroganoff," she said.

Buddy described the beef-stroganoff event.

"I said, Cassi, I love you, but I can stop eating this now or eat it and puke," he said.

They both agreed her best dishes are garlic chicken and salmon phyllo.

The penne presto pasta is the dish to serve many. "It's nice if company is coming over," she said.

Cassi's potluck special is chocolate revel bars.

Buddy's favorite dish is the garlic chicken while Lilly likes chicken rice soup.

Cassi said she cooks for every holiday, but doesn't make ham on Christmas. "Nope, no ham we have lasagna on Christmas."

She has simple advice for other cooks. "Keep trying," she said. "Follow the recipe then try it on your own. And the Better Homes and Gardens cook book everyone should get it."

Comments

Sam Simonds (An...

I have had the soup many times and it is amazing. I have tryed to make it myself but it just was not the same.