Ellen's Tastes Blog at Allrecipes.com (3/2011)

Ellen's Tastes

Mar. 24, 2011 7:03 am 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2011 12:10 pm
Previous posts mention that hubby and I winter in Florida, which is perfect for years like this past one, when Florida is simply gorgeous and New Hampshire has been clobbered with snow storm on top of snow storm. But setting weather and our creature comforts aside, there's a problem with… MORE
Mexican Quinoa
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Greek Salad
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Spinach salad
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Mike (the man behind the salads)
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Mar. 5, 2011 2:48 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 1:42 pm
Over the many years I've spent at or near my stove, dutifully following a recipe or doing a little jazz cooking, my spices, herbs (and other ingredients) demand to be included in whatever it is I'm making — and they won't be quiet until I add them (they even tell me how much to… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2011 9:04 am 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 1:22 pm
Yesterday afternoon, our 80+ year old neighbor, Chuck, came to visit. (If you've read a previous post, you know he's living in an RV for the winter with his wife, Frieda, who has Alzheimer's). Chuck doesn't like to climb the steps into our cute-as-a-button (but very tiny) park model… MORE
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Mar. 1, 2011 12:03 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2013 7:45 pm
There are times when nothing in the world sounds better to me than a full pot of steamed broccoli seasoned with a little olive oil, garlic salt, lemon, and parmesan. And then I eat the whole thing (I'm talkin' 4-5 cups here). When the mood is right, that's dinner and I'm one happy… 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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