bellepepper Profile - (11160340)


Home Town: Upper Arlington, Ohio, USA
Living In: Dublin, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have been hanging out on this website for a number of years now, but I have just recently registered as a member. What took me so long?? I was a career business woman and when I was working I rarely had the time, energy or motivation to come home after a stressful day and cook. But, when Hubby and I retired all of that changed. I love to cook and am always looking for something new and interesting to try. I love this website and find the photos very inspiring. I often decide on dinner based on the pictures!
My favorite things to cook
I love, love, love to make soup!
My cooking triumphs
Hubby and I have successfully hosted a number of parties where I have done all the food myself. Over the years there have been countless cookouts, dinner parties, showers, Christmas parties, an engagement party – some big, some smaller – but all well received by our guests.
My cooking tragedies
I can’t recall any real tragedies, but I have had my share of messes, mistakes and disappointments!
Recipe Reviews 670 reviews
Rustic Italian Chicken
This recipe was very good and really a snap to put together. I did make a number of changes since I was scaling this down to just two servings. I used one large boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded slightly and cut in half. I used more carrot, peppers (red and yellow) and mushrooms than called for and a large clove of garlic. I used one can of diced tomatoes already flavored with oregano, garlic and basil, so I cut the Italian seasoning to 1 teaspoon. I first browned the chicken in a skillet with a little olive oil and placed it in the bottom of the slow cooker. I then deglazed the skillet with the tomatoes and their juice. I combined all the other ingredients (except the pasta) with the tomatoes and poured everything on top of the chicken in the slow cooker. My chicken was done in just four hours. The only problem was the carrots weren’t quite as tender as I’d have liked, so next time I will substitute orange bell peppers and leave the carrots out all together. I did thicken this up a bit with a corn starch/water slurry. Rather than pasta, I served this over rice. I will do this one again. Hubs will be happy, because he loved it.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2015
Pasta e Fagioli I
This was great! I did make a number of changes. I used diced tomatoes with onion, garlic and basil and two 14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth. In addition to the onion, I added a cup each of diced carrot and celery. I rinsed and drained my cannellini beans and used dried parsley instead of fresh. I also cut back just a bit (to 3 oz.) on the pasta. This is a nicely flavored soup that’s relatively low in calories, but still quite filling. My version yielded nine cups of soup.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 27, 2015
Basic Ham and Bean Soup
I basically combined this recipe and another that I found online that was quite similar. Here’s what I did. I soaked the beans overnight. I used 7 1/2 cups of chicken broth, no water, a ham shank and one cup each of the carrots, celery and onions. I used all of the other ingredients except the additional chopped ham. My ham shank had quite a bit of ham on it, which was plenty. I started by sauteeing the carrots, celery and onions in about 3 T. of butter and then added the rest of the ingredients, except the salt. I kept this at a low simmer for 3 - 3 1/2 hours. I simmered covered for the first 2 1/2 hours and then took the lid off so it would cook down and get a little thicker. My version yielded 9 cups of soup. Hubs loves bean soup and gave this two thumbs up! A definite do again!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2014
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