Ellen's Tastes Blog at Allrecipes.com (4/2011)

Ellen's Tastes

Apr. 8, 2011 7:07 pm 
Pretty, isn't it? http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62663808/Mexican-Flavored-Quinoa/Detail.aspx MORE
Mexican Flavored Quinoa
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Apr. 7, 2011 5:07 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2011 5:32 am
Over the years, my menus have evolved, but I find that no matter what phase I'm in, I tend to make the same dishes over and over again (until I move on to my next phase... which is usually years in the making). So I got to wondering what dishes you make over and over again. Got some? I'd… MORE
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Apr. 1, 2011 4:47 pm 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2011 5:34 pm
Having been younger myself... as young as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and so on... I now find myself in my 60s (61, if you insist) married to a man who is closer to his 70s (69 this coming October). And somewhere in our late 50s/early 60s, my husband (man of my dreams) came to need some dentures… 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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