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Ellen's Tastes

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
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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Feb. 25, 2011 1:11 pm 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2011 10:01 am
My husband and I are snowbirds, living in Florida for the winter in a small but cozy "park model". Actually, it's a cute-as-a-button park model, but that's a different story.  Each year, we meet RVers who are assigned a spot near our unit. Early-on this winter, we met one of… MORE
Eggplant Parmesan
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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
Mar. 18, 2010 8:30 am 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2010 2:52 pm
I've thrown hundreds of dinner parties since I was in college, when I served my first guests beef stew using my mom's recipe. But until last night, I've never had a guest take their first bite and, with zesty enthusiasm, say: "Oh my God, this is fabulous!" And then he couldn't stop eating it. I… 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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