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 673 reviews
Christie's Salad
Wow, this is a new favorite! A friend gave me some kale and not being that familiar with it, I went looking for a way to use it, and came up with this recipe. I already had Honey Garlic Vinaigrette by DAWNER119 (also on this site) made up and in the refrigerator, so I used that as my dressing, rather than the one indicated in this recipe. The only other change I made was to use toasted almonds instead of walnuts. I cut the kale into about 1/4” strips and tossed it with the dressing. I then sprinkled on the grapes, feta and almonds. It was delicious and one we’ll be enjoying again! Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 7, 2014
The Best Spinach Salad
This review is for the dressing only. I saw this mentioned on the Buzz the other day and thought it would be good as a chicken marinade and basting sauce. And I'm happy to report, I was right! We loved it! I made half the dressing as written, but cut back on the salt, adding it to taste. I made it a day ahead to allow the flavors to meld, and the next morning I poured some over skinless boneless chicken and let it marinate all day. When grilling, Hubs basted the chicken with some additional dressing, which gave it a beautiful sheen. Hubs couldn't stop raving about it, so I'm sure we'll be repeating this one and often! And, I'm sure I'll be trying the salad as well. It sounds wonderful!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 24, 2014
Becky's Chicken Salad
This was good. I would definitely make this one again! I made half of this as written, but omitted the whipping cream and subbed a little milk to achieve the consistency I was after. I added the salt to taste, probably not using the full amount. And I added a couple of chopped green onions. Next time I would cut back on the celery, probably by half and increase the grapes, again by half. Good chicken salad and especially nice on a hot humid day.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 24, 2014
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