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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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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