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 869 reviews
Perfect Ten Baked Cod
We really enjoyed this one! Admittedly, I did tweak this quite a bit but the end result was very good. I cut back on the cracker crumbs a little and the butter, and added a little parmesan cheese. I topped the fish with the cracker/parmesan mixture and sprinkled it with a little garlic salt. I was making half the recipe, but just used a squeeze of lemon juice, probably less than called for. I combined the lemon, wine and butter and poured it around the fish and baked for 22 minutes. I didn’t bother with the two-step baking process. It wasn’t necessary. The cracker crumbs browned and crisped up nicely and the fish stayed nice and moist. This is definitely a “do again!”

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 17, 2015
McDonald's(R) Tartar Sauce Copycat
Oh this one’s a winner. I put it together a couple of days ago intending to use it on a fish dish we were having the next night, but I realized that the recipe I was using had a wine sauce with it and I didn’t think the tartar sauce would be necessary. I asked Hubs if he wanted to try it anyway and he turned his nose up. Well, that evening I caught him dipping Ritz crackers into this! Ha! Turned out he loves it and now wants to have it on fish. It seems to be keeping well in the fridge, so I’ll put fish back on the menu within the next few days. I made the recipe exactly as written, making sure to drain the relish and capers well. I didn’t use a blender at all, just finely chopped the onion and left everything else sort of chunky. Wonderful! Thank you duboo!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 17, 2015
Sheila's Grilled Pork Tenderloin
I am giving this recipe the benefit of the doubt with my 4-star rating, but I actually wasn't impressed. While eating it Hubs said it was good, but the guy who loves leftovers, hasn't touched the rest that's now been sitting in the fridge for two days. I made half the recipe for one tenderloin and let it marinade for about six hours. Sorry, but this one just didn't do it for me.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 13, 2015
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