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 117 reviews
Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs
Please remember that not all grills are created equally, if I prepared this dish (and I have not) it would have been burned to a crisp, my grill is super hot. I have grilled pork ribs many times but have to adjust my temperature accordingly. I have still given this recipe a 5 in order to not disturb the rating base. I will be trying the recipe this week, the reviews of the taste have been great!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 3, 2015
E-Z Marinated Swordfish
We liked this recipe so much, but I admit I did make a couple of changes. I substituted white wine for vinegar and omitted the thyme ( I don't care for it). I marinated my fish for 20 minutes max before grilling. The flavor was outstanding without being overpowering, the swordfish was tender and moist without the dryness that comes from over marinating (precooking in the marinade). This recipe will be used often during these summer months. Thank you OZAHIRU for your good ideas!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2015
Chicken Pot Pie IX
I followed this as is because I was looking for a quick Chicken Pot Pie. I didn't have milk so I used half & half and added my frozen peas just before I put on my top crust (Pillsbury roll-out). I also added 1/2 teaspoon each of onion and garlic powder. My husband told me he really couldn't tell the difference between this recipe and the one that I usually prepare that takes so long....thanks honey! I will have to say that it made just the right amount, no leftovers. I guess I'll be fixing this one more often and I'll save my own recipe for company in the winter time.

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Reviewed On: May 31, 2015
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