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Jan. 20, 2014 5:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2014 3:45 am
My inbox and homepage are set-up to deliver new recipes to me each day and (God help me) I read them all. Thus, I was inspired to make a Tomato-Basil soup which called for roasting carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and chickpeas for 30 minutes before adding to the tomato/broth mixture. Well!… MORE
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Jan. 4, 2014 12:48 pm 
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 12:44 pm
It's a good thing I like to make a second batch of something I've recently discovered or developed, especially if I've shared it with others. I got a hankering for more of that fabulous Clam Chowder I posted about a week ago, and I was about a third of the way through the recipe when I… MORE
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Jul. 28, 2013 8:13 am 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2013 5:31 pm
After years of being the master of my kitchen, I've created some masterpieces and bailed out some potential disasters. With that kind of history, I confess I've become all-too-confident in my skills as a cook and this became all-too-obvious over the last two days, when a recipe nearly got the… MORE
Jun. 10, 2012 12:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2012 10:45 am
While I was searching for a recipe I'd posted here, I noted the number of people who were following my blog on breast cancer until I moved it to www.breastcancerredux.com. Since it's possible, even likely, you might not have wandered off this lovely site, I figured I'd give you a quick update… MORE
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Mar. 25, 2012 10:25 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2012 7:22 pm
Recently, one of my recipes (Ellen's Chicken Cacciatore) was published on this site. It happens to be a recipe I created with some jazz cooking — meaning I was making it up as I went along, and then I refined it over time. As it happens, I'm gaga for rosemary, so I tend to use more than most… MORE
Mar. 8, 2012 1:49 pm 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012 8:35 am
http://tempuri.org?link=newIf you don't find it here, try breastcancerredux.com. If interested, it'll give you the latest, other than the results of the breast skin biopsy which are negative. There's no cancer here!!!x.x.x.x. MORE
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Mar. 5, 2012 8:13 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 10:09 am
Although I've moved my blog, I'll keep you updated but not likely with as much information as you'll find in the blog. That said, I just spoke with the nurse at Moffitt Cancer Center to find out the results of the bone density and CT scans I had on Friday. For those of you following what I've… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2012 5:36 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 2:19 pm
It hasn't felt fully right to be keeping a blog on breast cancer as part of a recipe site... even though I've found so many supporters! But I want to share my experiences in a broader venue, where women who might benefit from it will have an easier chance of finding it.So I've duplicated the… MORE
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Mar. 1, 2012 4:23 am 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2012 10:14 am
For those of you following the current episode of "Ellen's Breast Cancer Journey", here's what I learned after yesterdays MRI, mammogram, and ultrasound. There is no sign of cancer in either breast.The "large tumor" the surgeon felt during the physical exam turns out to be a large sac of fluid… MORE
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Feb. 25, 2012 5:51 am 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 9:15 am
It's not really fair to call my latest health development a "bump", but more on that in a bit. The lovely (and very sweet) doctor I saw at Moffitt Cancer Center yesterday suspects I have an aggressive and advanced breast cancer — again in the left breast. I'm scheduled for next Wednesday to go… MORE
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About Me
I've loved cooking since I was a kid, and still have my first (very battered) cookbook. Other than cooking, I adore interior design, writing, and playing bridge. Oh... and tasting new wines (or old favorites).
My favorite things to cook
As I've grown older, my tastes and philosophy have changed. I now use organic ingredients whenever I can, and I prefer using unprocessed ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
My cooking triumphs
Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
My cooking tragedies
Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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