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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ellenmoriah

Living In
Concord, New Hampshire, USA

Member Since
Dec. 2004

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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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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