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Feb. 23, 2012 5:40 am 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2012 4:45 pm
I've been following the blog — which has now become a website — of a lovely chef named Jennifer Segal (www.onceuponachef.com). Jennifer trained as a chef who now limits her cooking to her own young family but, thankfully, shares some wonderful recipes with those of us who follow… MORE
 
 
Feb. 20, 2012 6:13 am 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 4:25 pm
Several years ago, I stumbled onto a recipe for lamb shanks which was created by chef Tom Valenti. It has about 20 ingredients in it (including anchovies!) and is quite yummy. Then, a year or so ago, I came across a variation of Tom's recipe with fewer ingredients and, to my taste, just as… MORE
Tasty Lamb Shanks
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Feb. 18, 2012 12:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2012 4:50 pm
The surgery I had last September was done on my left breast which is the same breast I had surgery and radiation on in late 2000-early 2001. Statistically, a lumpectomy followed by radiation is the same as getting a mastectomy. So (needless to say) I was disappointed when I learned I had… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 29, 2012 10:28 am 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2013 2:59 am
My new friend, Patricia (Rosebud), turned me onto a recipe for Cauliflower Crust Pizza and it was such a surprising combination of ingredients, I had to try it. The only problem was that the recipe called for egg and cheese, and I'm generally not eating dairy these days. So I searched the… MORE
Riced (post blended) cauliflower
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"Egg" and "Cheese" for crust
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Crust before baking
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The finished product!
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Jan. 20, 2012 6:02 am 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2012 6:21 pm
I've probably posted this before, but I was positive I wouldn't get another breast cancer after my second one. So number three came as a surprise. At first I just shook my head and thought: "... I need to go through this again." After a whole lot of research, consultations, and soul… MORE
 
 
Dec. 15, 2011 12:28 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 8:40 am
My last post closes with a passing observation that I've yet to find a recipe on this site that fits in with my new way of eating. To review: my new way of eating is entirely plant-based foods. This includes things like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, spices, herbs, and not… MORE
Me, after my first diagnosis, 2001
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Nov. 6, 2011 1:58 pm 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 5:14 pm
October is a tricky month for me. It's "Breast Cancer Awareness" month and has been for a long time. In fact, there's been a pink October every year of my life since my first diagnosis in October of 2000. I participated in my first breast cancer walk that year — just days before I learned I… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 17, 2011 6:48 am 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2011 6:32 pm
Lately I've been giving myself time to mull things over: what do I really think about such-and-such?.... what makes me feel most at ease with myself when approaching this or that?... do I have what I need to call the shots in my world? And am I being fair and loving to those around… MORE
 
 
Sep. 20, 2011 7:57 am 
Updated: Oct. 2, 2011 9:28 am
It turns out there are a whole bunch of cancer-preventative nutrients in natural foods which nearly 100% of my recipes destroy in one way or another — not that I meant them any harm. Despite my evolution to organic foods and recipes, I find myself a football field's length away from where I… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 5, 2011 12:59 pm 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 9:44 am
I’ve written three updates for you, and all three have failed to post... which tells me it’s not time to post much. What I CAN say is that my treatment of choice is likely going to involve minimal surgery with follow-up treatment being a diet of fresh fruits and veggies (raw, cooked, and… MORE
 
 
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ellenmoriah

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Concord, New Hampshire, USA

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Dec. 2004

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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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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