Ellen's Tastes Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2011)

Ellen's Tastes

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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Feb. 10, 2011 6:54 am 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2011 4:48 pm
My mother-in-law, Jennie, (God rest her soul) made oven fried chicken nearly every time my husband and I would visit. She called it her "Own Delicious Oven Fried Chicken", which naturally made me giggle. I figured she'd found a recipe somewhere and jazzed it up with something to… MORE
Oven Fried Chicken
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Feb. 6, 2011 12:06 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 3:52 am
The kitchen is my favorite room in the house, and working on recipes (old and new) are what makes it so. But the current recession has put a damper on some of my pricier meals, so I'm on a hunt for recipes that call for relatively cheap ingredients and produce dishes that are so good they… MORE
Tasty Lamb Shanks
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Feb. 2, 2011 7:18 am 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 5:59 am
To my complete surprise, I followed my plan. After eating a large serving of quinoa and some guacamole, I wasn't much hungry when I showed up at the potluck dinner. I was, however, the only one (of ±30 guests) who thought to bring a green salad. The salad was gone within minutes, while my… 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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