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 128 reviews
Hot Curried Tuna Sandwiches
I gave this a 5 star because this recipe saw me through many meals during the end of the monthly budget squeeze over 55 years ago when my husband and I were college students. In those days we divided our monthly budget to a daily amount I had to spend, usually $7.00 a day. Gas in those days was usually around 35 cents a gallon so we usually went home for weekends and mooched off our parents who lived close together, never the less, the following Monday of the last week saw us with a five dollar bill which then was enough to buy a quart of milk, a loaf of bread, 1 pound of ground beef, 1 dozen eggs, 2 or 3 cans of tuna and a box of cereal, the rest was usually found in a box from our sympathtic mothers along with a couple of dollars in cash (no credit in those days). Sorry to digress but this old recipe brought back memories, we tried the curry and it's hard to believe but even old folks can change, we loved it! Thank you Bajathecat for posting it!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2015
Easy Tuna Casserole
Sorry, I don't agree with the reviewers who complain about the comments made by other members who rewrite the recipes in the privacy of their own kitchens, it's everyones right, and many great new recipes have been discovered by doing this. Taste is a subjective thing and everyone has their own. I don't agree however, with the person who changes a recipe drastically, doesn't like it, then gives it a rating it doesn't deserve. I always think of recipes here in All Recipes as "base" recipes, open to variations of each of our own likes. My husband and I liked the printed recipe very well as it is the first time I made it (exactly.) Here are my changes for the second time. I used 2 Cups of dry macaroni for 4 cups of cooked, 2 small cans 6oz. tuna I always use an Italian brand packed in olive oil, 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 can cheddar cheese soup, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 1 cup shredded Velveeta, 1 teas. onion powder, 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion, 2 cups French fried onions. Please note I gave the recipe a 5 star, who could argue with a recipe that been around since my college days over 50 years ago, it's a keeper for sure but.......I like mine better. I hope every cook will be adventurous it's what make a good cook, and keeps the culinary experience fun and fresh.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2015
Chicken Alfredo Quinoa Casserole
I love trying new and sometime unusual recipes on All Recipes but this one was truly horrid. Sorry.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2015
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