Ellen's Tastes Blog at Allrecipes.com (7/2010)

Ellen's Tastes

Jul. 15, 2010 12:03 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2010 6:31 am
My husband, Mike, is in charge of the vegetable garden. This year he decided to limit his efforts to several tomato plants and two kale plants.  A chipmunk ate one of the kale plants and, in a spurt of culinary zest, Mike broiled the remaining kale. While under the broiler, it caught on fire MORE
Jul. 9, 2010 4:49 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2010 6:16 am
It's been hot in New England for the last 4 days — meaning it's been above 90°F — which doesn't happen that often but when it does it throws me back to the month I spent in Greece. In July. When it was even hotter. But the Greeks have a lovely way of cooling you off with Greek salad made… MORE
Jul. 8, 2010 6:30 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2010 4:10 am
When my college boyfriend took me to his home town, I met a woman named Doris who made up a batch of creamy stuff, placed it in an ice cream canister, and handed it to a group of us to crank. It turned out to be the most heavenly ice cream I've ever tasted. I visited this family many times… 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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