Ellen's Tastes Blog at Allrecipes.com (1/2011)

Ellen's Tastes

Jan. 24, 2011 7:03 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2011 5:06 am
Hubby and I own a small park model in a large resort in Florida, having fled New Hampshire before the first snowfall. This particular resort is so large there are neighborhoods within the park and there's a very sweet lady in our 'hood who likes to plan gatherings that will bring the… MORE
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Jan. 17, 2011 1:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2011 9:15 am
It's probably my ego. I'm quite sure the management of allrecipes.com wouldn't knowingly, willingly, and with malice aforethought, ignore my dozen (actually more) recipe submissions for review. They're no doubt overworked and understaffed, right? Right. Of course that's right. I feel better… MORE
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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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Tags:  Family, Holidays
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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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