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    Happy Hippie

    Member since Jan 2004

    Chef #122878

    From Spring Valley, California

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    About Me

    I live in beautiful San Diego where there's never nothin' to do. We almost never have days where you can't get outdoors. For fun I love to read, cook, take road trips with my grandson, whom I raise. Take long walks along the beach, bays and lakes. My live-in grandson is 12 and the light of my life. I've been teaching him to fish (or should I say I'm exposing him to lake fishing, the people we meet along the way are teaching him while I read and watch. He's dying to go ocean fishing, that one makes me a bit more nervous, but we'll start that soon, probably from piers to start.

    Nick's only one of my grandchildren though, I have a total of seven, three live in Kansas, the land of Oz. The last time I visited them, it was Christmas time and when I stepped off the plane, the cold air took my breath away and standing there waiting for me in a short-sleeved T-shirt, was my son-in-law. Needless, to say, I spent many days there staying indoors praying for the day I could get back to sunny California -- I never had to endure snow the whole time, thank God! Twenty degrees daily was way out of my comfort zone by a very large margin. There truly is no place like home.

    I have 3 other grandchildren that are fortunate enought to live in San Diego too. We spend weekends doing things together such as taking in the zoo, wild animal park, Sea World, Knotts Soak City water park (summer), museums, fishing, picknicking and just hanging out. They all love to help grandma cook in the kitchen.

    I have many cookbooks and can read them like I'd read a novel.

    My passions are my family, my two boston terriers, Tuffy and Oreo, and gardening, cooking and reading -- oh yeah, I'm totally addicted to Zaar.

    I don't really have many pet peeves, but a biggie is mean, obnoxious people and those who think they know it all, and liars, I can pick out a deceitful person it an instant. If you can't trust someone, then nothings worth salvaging in the relationship. I hate those who disrespect the environment (no I'm not a tree hugger) but I do hate to see people litter and fail to do simple things such as picking up after themselves in the outdoors such as parks and beaches, and how easy is it to recycle? It's really not too difficult to make an impact on the environment if everybody takes responsibility for their "trash."

    Favorite Foods

    My favorite dish to cook is whatever I find on Zaar that sounds good and easy, and there have been many. My absolute favorites come from the asian, mexican and tex-mex categories. Oh, and I love my crockpot!

    I'm not really responsible for being famous for any of my own original recipes, but my families current favorite is a baked spaghetti, it's requested often and, once again, Zaar is responsible for reving up my menus.

    I do have a favorite restaurant and it's specialty is mexican cuisine: Marios de La Mesa located in La Mesa, California. They make the best authentic mexican food around and awesome menudo (don't wrinkle your nose until you've tried it). If you're ever in town, I highly recommend that you give this restaurant a try. I guarantee that you'll get great service from a friendly accommodating staff and the prices are very good.



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