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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Mr. Mother Ann
midwestchef and Mr. midwestchef
Mr. mickdee and sassyoldlady
Hubs' basil plants
sassyoldlady and Mr. sassy
Mother Ann
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 887 reviews
Early Autumn Smoked Pork Chops
Here in Ohio we have no fall leaves available in July, so I simply skipped the leaves and grilled these. I made 1/4 of the amount of marinade listed, for two large pork chops. I thought that was plenty and even reserved some to baste on while grilling. The full amount of marinade is not necessary, in my opinion. I marinated these for 6-8 hours. Hubs said he liked this, but I thought the soy sauce flavor was too dominant. There are others we prefer, so I probably won’t be making this again, but it is always fun to try something new.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2015
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Shallots
We had this last night and it was a hit, and easy too! I didn’t have shallots, so I used green onions instead. After removing the chicken to a warm oven, I sautéed the garlic and then added the wine and broth. I simmered that for about 5 minutes, but it wasn’t thickening, so I used a small amount of a cornstarch/water slurry to help give it some nice body. As I was adding the slurry, I also added the green onions as they cook very quickly in my opinion. I also added a few drops of browning sauce to get a richer color. I added the last of the butter and returned my chicken to the pan and coated it with the sauce. Very nice! I’d make it the same way next time!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2015
Lucky's Quickie Chickie
I finally got around to making this and I’m glad I did! For about 10 ounces of chicken I doubled the sauce, which worked out very well for us. The honey, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil are a winning combination! I combined the honey and balsamic and then added it to the chicken and just sprinkled the basil on top when plating. Thank you Lucky! We’ll be making this one again!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2015
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