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Living In: Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
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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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From The Blog:  Ellen's Tastes
The finished product!
Crust before baking
"Egg" and "Cheese" for crust
Crust, before baking
Riced (post blended) cauliflower
First batch, in blender
Step 1: Little cauliflower trees
Me, after my first diagnosis, 2001
About this Cook
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.
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops
OMG! Delightfully delish ... and stunningly easy. My 2 bone-in chops were about 1-1/2" thick, so I adjusted the recipe slightly. I used one large and one small onion (thinly sliced), 3 glove garlic, 1-1/3 c. broth, 3 tbsp. flour, 3 tbsp. buttermilk, and 3 tbsp. water. The consistency was perfect. I also added about 1 tsp. of thyme because I'd seen it mentioned in so many other recipes. It adds a nice touch but (honestly) the recipe is fine without it. For those who don't have buttermilk on hand, not to worry: neither did I. I poured 1/4 c. milk into my measuring cup, then added about a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and let it sit. Even at that I had to toss some of it out, but it was worth the extra (albeit minimal) effort: it adds a nice tang to the gravy. Finally, I used a cast iron dutch oven to make this in because ... well, I'm gaga for cast iron. I think it adds to whatever you use it for. This is for sure a keeper. Thank you, John!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2014
Emily's Famous Hash Browns
I don't usually make a big breakfast, but our grandsons are visiting so, you know, I had to make it special. I'd never made hash browns from scratch, but this recipe looked easy enough, so I opted to give it a try, using tips from other reviews. I washed about 8 small (slightly soft) unpeeled red potatoes, then dried them before shredding them with a food processor. Then I rinsed the shredded potato per the recipe, then spun them in a salad spinner, and then patted them with paper towels to get them as dry as possible. (I suspect some of the bad reviews come from not drying the potatoes enough.) I added the egg and flour, about 1 tbsp. onion powder, a tsp. of Kosher salt, and about a dozen strands of saffron (a delicious tip from an entirely different potato recipe). I used a cast iron griddle wiped down with Grape Seed Oil, and I tossed on a tbsp. of butter just before spreading the potato mix out to about 1/2" thick. (In other words, I used far less "grease" than the recipe calls for.) I flipped them after about 10 minutes and tossed another tbsp. of butter onto the griddle for the second side. They browned up nicely after another 10 minutes. The boys liked them (mission accomplished) but the real surprise was my husband of 32 years: he's a hash brown addict who says these are "hands down" the best he's ever eaten: "crunchy on the outside and not oily. Perfect. The best ever!" I don't get raving compliments like that very often. So thank you, Emily. What a treat!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 8, 2013
Zucchini Herb Casserole
Great recipe as an entree, although I can see how it would be a good side dish too. I doubled the recipe so it would like a few days, and it was gone within 48 hours. The changes I made (other than doubling it) was to use brown rice, which I cooked in low sodium chicken broth. I also used the cheese I had on hand, which was mainly mixed Italian. And I tossed in a whole lot more oregano, rosemary, and thyme. I also used canned tomatoes. Wonderful dish. Will make it again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2012
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