elizabeth32 Profile - Allrecipes.com (16030754)


Living In: North Yarmouth, Maine, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Oxford in UK
About this Cook
Since retiring from the business world I have spent the past ten years travelling and collecting recipes. We visit Italy at least once a year and always come home with a new "favorite" for the year. I'm a first generation American, my parents were from Croatia, Croatian recipes are bacically Mediteranian with a lot of Italian influences. I love trying just about anything and many times end up in a kitchen where we are dining, especially in Italy, the Italians love to share their expertise and love of food!
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything fresh, using seasonal available foods. I dislike "contrived" recipes, they never really "wow" my visitors. Most people love fresh, good quality and simple, it can't be beat! If you ask any Italian/Mexican/Croatian/French chef they will all tell you the same thing....freshness and quality are the only things that really matter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have so many recipes that have been handed down to me from my Mother and Aunties from Croatia (most I can't even spell!) that are prepared and served on special holidays, religious days, birthdays, food can always be a celebration!
My cooking triumphs
Are when guests do not want to leave the table and extend the coffee to liquors to cheese, nuts and more conversation!
My cooking tragedies
The first year I moved to Boston in 1979 and invited neighbors to dinner and served a traditional Mexican dinner, not one had tasted Mexican food before and everyone politely pushed the food around on their plates! Now Mexican restaurants abound, it's very popular but about 30 years too late for that night!
Recipe Reviews 89 reviews
Creamy Cheddar Beef Enchiladas
I really like this recipe, it has so much in it, plenty to choose from I made it with out the cottage cheese but I did try it with rice and I liked it. I also put in the garlic ..something I rarely use in Mexican food but again I liked it. Sometimes I find that a whole package of Taco seasoning it too much when fixing enchiladas, it's ok for tacos when you're putting in a smaller amour of meat, so I just added 1 TBS then followed the recipe as written. I served this with a fruit salad and everyone liked it, so easy too.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
Beef Enchiladas II
This is an excellent starter recipe, it's the exact "starter" I use when fixing enchiladas or enchiritos, sometimes I use flour tortillas, sometimes corn, if it's corn I always make my own...so easy! I usually add cumin and a small can of chopped jalapeños , a pinch of red pepper flakes to my meat and onions. I also vary the sauce, sometime red or green and even a white. Enchiladas is a dish that is so versatile and will adapt itself so easily to what is in your refrigerator and pantry, even the cheese can be varied.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
Pear Honey Cranberry Sauce
I did this recipe for Thanksgiving last year but I like my modifications to it better this year. I used OJ instead of water, I chopped up the pears from one 15oz can and added the juice to the OJ. I used fresh cranberries and the 1/2 cup sugar but only 1/2 cup of honey, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, a squirt of lemon juice and a large strip of orange peel rather than the zest of lemon. I brought it all to a simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, even with the extra liquid it thickened up beautifully. I had many requests for this recipe and it's my new favorite. Thanks for posting it Sue S.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 11, 2014
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