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Jan. 14, 2011 1:43 pm 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2011 1:24 pm
My mom, bless her soul, raised her 6 children during the Wonder Bread era: hot dogs and beans (sometimes she'd toss in warm brown bread), a Good Housekeeping magazine version of spaghetti (noodles mixed with Campbell's tomato soup and who-knows-how-much grated cheddar cheese), meatloaf and… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 6, 2011 7:01 am 
Updated: Mar. 4, 2011 6:20 am
My husband (a lovely man) comes from a Jewish family. While his parents may have gone to Synagogue, from what I've gathered, the primary religious activities and culture of his life revolved around food. He has clear and vivid memories of both his grandmothers' chicken soups, his mother's… MORE
 
 
Jan. 4, 2011 9:47 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2011 6:47 am
Honest to God, I don't know if I should be embarrassed or proud. Martha Stewart both interests and repels me at the same time. Some of her ideas are just great; others.... not so much.  Still, I'm an equal opportunity chef, so I decided to try one of Martha's recipes for cranberry sauce to… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 31, 2010 9:31 am 
Updated: Dec. 31, 2010 2:22 pm
I've never liked the taste of raw nuts, so I've bought them when they're already roasted and haven't given them more thought than that... until about a year ago. That was when I realized raw nuts can flavored and roasted in my own kitchen, thereby giving me the chance to control the amount of… MORE
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Dec. 12, 2010 10:29 am 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2011 1:17 pm
I knew it was coming: I was finally going to have to really change how I was eating (and drinking) to tackle the inflammation in my body which aggravates my arthritis and makes my knees hurt, among a host of other problems (I won't bore you with the details). It was my Naturopathic Doctor's… MORE
 
 
Nov. 4, 2010 4:15 pm 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2010 4:46 am
Hate to do this to you, but I have a dinner party on Saturday and have been going crazy trying to land on a tasty chicken dish which is low in calories and fat. I ran across a Weight Watchers recipe for Chicken Marbella which has artichoke hearts/parts in it. Anyone tried it as is it any… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 13, 2010 7:13 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2010 6:25 pm
I already know I'm not the first to be annoyed by reviews written by people who've changed the recipe as posted and then given it a lower rating than the average rating, generally posted by people who DON'T change the recipe. Okay, I admit it's partially ego. I've been cooking for years… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 15, 2010 12:03 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2010 6:31 am
My husband, Mike, is in charge of the vegetable garden. This year he decided to limit his efforts to several tomato plants and two kale plants.  A chipmunk ate one of the kale plants and, in a spurt of culinary zest, Mike broiled the remaining kale. While under the broiler, it caught on fire MORE
 
 
Jul. 9, 2010 4:49 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2010 6:16 am
It's been hot in New England for the last 4 days — meaning it's been above 90°F — which doesn't happen that often but when it does it throws me back to the month I spent in Greece. In July. When it was even hotter. But the Greeks have a lovely way of cooling you off with Greek salad made… MORE
 
 
Jul. 8, 2010 6:30 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2010 4:10 am
When my college boyfriend took me to his home town, I met a woman named Doris who made up a batch of creamy stuff, placed it in an ice cream canister, and handed it to a group of us to crank. It turned out to be the most heavenly ice cream I've ever tasted. I visited this family many times… MORE
 
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ellenmoriah

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Concord, New Hampshire, USA

Member Since
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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