happywife05 Profile - Allrecipes.com (18634837)

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Home Town: California, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Photography
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About this Cook
I'm married and have two beautiful kids. I love to cook, despite having never had the desire to even step foot in the kitchen before I was married. Now I fall asleep dreaming about different recipes to try, and love making a new "family favorite."
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything that sounds good, I'll make!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Saturday Morning Breakfast and decorating Christmas sugar cookies.
Recipe Reviews 285 reviews
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
I was looking for a quick chili recipe that didn't have to simmer all day, and came across this. I think the recipe largely depends on what kind of salsa you use. I used a high quality salsa that was balanced in flavor, and really liked it. I also used homemade chili seasoning instead of a packet. I omitted the garlic salt, since the chili seasoning was salty enough, and used 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce. I also used only 1.3 lbs of ground beef. My whole family really enjoyed this recipe.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2014
Minestrone Soup I
I usually make Jamie's Minestrone from this site, but I had a handful of potatoes I needed to use, so I found this recipe. I made a few small changes...such as using diced tomatoes instead of stewed (I would actually use crushed next time), and only used 1.5 tsp of dried basil with 1/2 tsp of dried italian seasoning (2 TBS sounds like a LOT of dried herbs). I also cooked the noodles separately and added to the soup upon servings. It turned out quite good. More like a pasta e fagioli than a minestrone, but my 5 and almost-2-year-old ate it with no complaints.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 6, 2014
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
This recipe is genius! I never have time to put baked potatoes in the oven, and the microwave just isn't the same. I rubbed these with EVOO (though I would use a more neutral flavored oil next time since the oil was pretty strong tasting), and didn't wrap them in foil. I cooked on low about 7 hours, and while I couldn't expect the skins to be crispy, they weren't soggy either. The only thing that made this a 4* was the strong EVOO. If I used vegetable oil, or perhaps even skipped the oil next time, it would be a 5* recipe.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2014
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