Ellen's Tastes Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2012)

Ellen's Tastes

Feb. 25, 2012 5:51 am 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 9:15 am
It's not really fair to call my latest health development a "bump", but more on that in a bit. The lovely (and very sweet) doctor I saw at Moffitt Cancer Center yesterday suspects I have an aggressive and advanced breast cancer — again in the left breast. I'm scheduled for next Wednesday to go… MORE
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Feb. 23, 2012 5:40 am 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2012 4:45 pm
I've been following the blog — which has now become a website — of a lovely chef named Jennifer Segal (www.onceuponachef.com). Jennifer trained as a chef who now limits her cooking to her own young family but, thankfully, shares some wonderful recipes with those of us who follow… 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
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Feb. 18, 2012 12:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2012 4:50 pm
The surgery I had last September was done on my left breast which is the same breast I had surgery and radiation on in late 2000-early 2001. Statistically, a lumpectomy followed by radiation is the same as getting a mastectomy. So (needless to say) I was disappointed when I learned I had… MORE
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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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