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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
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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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
Aug. 23, 2011 6:22 am 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 2:25 pm
I realized (MANY hours) after I posted this that the amount of flour I originally stated (2-1/2 cups) couldn't possibly be right. You can't get 3 tablespoons of melted butter to absorb 2-1/2 cups of flour, no matter how hard you try. I also forgot to mention the potato I'd added to the… MORE
BBQ Seafood Chowder
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Jul. 21, 2011 4:42 pm 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2011 4:53 pm
Here's what I've recently learned after a life time of cooking: You can broil chicken breasts and/or legs/thighs (and probably other parts) for just 20 minutes, and have a main entree that's so fabulous you'll swoon. This very simple recipe dishes up incredibly tender meat, with a taste that… MORE
Jul. 8, 2011 5:24 am 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2011 7:59 am
A quick review of an earlier blog: hubby was raised in a not-overly religious Jewish family, although they followed some traditions, which includes an avoidance of all things pork. Mike, on the other hand, has always been a bit of a rebel: his favorite after school snack was one or more BLTs,… MORE
Baaaaabyyyyy, baby back ribs
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Jun. 21, 2011 3:47 pm 
Updated: Jun. 22, 2011 6:41 pm
Trotting over the details of my diet — after promising myself I'd never diet again — this time I'm eating a variation of Atkins and, so far, I can't tell if it's doing any good. Which is why I'd like to trot right over to the cedar plank salmon I made tonight and served with green peas and… MORE
Apr. 8, 2011 7:07 pm 
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Mexican Flavored Quinoa
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Apr. 7, 2011 5:07 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2011 5:32 am
Over the years, my menus have evolved, but I find that no matter what phase I'm in, I tend to make the same dishes over and over again (until I move on to my next phase... which is usually years in the making). So I got to wondering what dishes you make over and over again. Got some? I'd… MORE
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Mar. 24, 2011 7:03 am 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2011 12:10 pm
Previous posts mention that hubby and I winter in Florida, which is perfect for years like this past one, when Florida is simply gorgeous and New Hampshire has been clobbered with snow storm on top of snow storm. But setting weather and our creature comforts aside, there's a problem with… MORE
Mexican Quinoa
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Greek Salad
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Spinach salad
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Mike (the man behind the salads)
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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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