• Joined October, 2008
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I moved to Montana from a big city and have enjoyed the beautiful scenery here.We are surrounded by mountains and lakes! The 4 seasons we have here add to the overall feel of being out in the country  I also love to spend time with my husband. We love to go hiking, biking, camping and really do any outdoor activity. Gardening is something I also like to do, since I love to cook with fresh ingredients as much as possible. My favorite memory of cooking is when my family would go camping every year to Yosemite for a week. We would take lots of food (we were a family of nine) that we could cook on an outdoor grill/stovetop. My mom would make soups and all sorts of meals(mashed potatoes,fried chicken, pasta etc.) The aromas of the food cooking in the mountains will always be a memory that I will treasure. Food never tasted so good...especially after a long hike!  

I love homemade enchiladas,pizza,scones, grilled seafood/ meats and breads. I am always on the lookout for new recipes for homemade bread.  

I love trying new/unique recipes and to tinker with presentation and style.

My new favorite dish Chicken Tikka Masala...

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Sesame Hamburger Buns

Sesame Hamburger Buns

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 7/15/2010
Sesame Hamburger Buns

Sesame Hamburger Buns

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 7/15/2010
King Arthur Flour Brownies

King Arthur Flour Brownies

I used Hershey's DARK cocoa Try adding different flavors for the vanilla...Irish Cream, Raspberry,Mint, Orange etc. Also substitute some of the chocolate chips with some nuts(pecans, walnuts...), andes mint pieces, butterscotch chips, orange peel, etc... [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 6/7/2010
Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus

Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 5/27/2010
Crisp Seeded Mega-Crackers

Crisp Seeded Mega-Crackers

it should be 2/3 of a cup..I edited it... and should be updated in the recipe. Thanks. — ellie36 5/25/2010
Szechuan Kung Pao Chicken (Gong Bao Ji Ding)

Szechuan Kung Pao Chicken (Gong Bao Ji Ding)

Ok, I made this for lunch today. I absolutely loved it! Thank you for introducing me to the velveting technique. I velveted mine in water and refrigerated it overnight...I loved the quick preparation the following day. A delicious meal that I will definitely be making again. Thank you for posting. — TerrXL 5/18/2010
Warm Almond Blackberry Cakes

Warm Almond Blackberry Cakes

I loved the simplicity of this recipe...it came out just as beautiful as the photo. This pairs very nicely with some vanilla ice cream. I opted to use some almond extract instead of the vanilla. I didn't have any blackberries, so I used some blueberries. Thank you for sharing this recipe...it is a beautiful dessert that impresses! — digigirltx 5/11/2010
Egg Stuffed Baked Potato

Egg Stuffed Baked Potato

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 4/15/2010
Potato Pave...Thomas Keller

Potato Pave...Thomas Keller

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 4/5/2010
Basque Chicken

Basque Chicken

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 3/29/2010
Mini Fruit Tarts Filled with a Lemon Curd Mousse and a Shortbread crust

Mini Fruit Tarts Filled with a Lemon Curd Mousse and a Shortbread crust

[I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 3/15/2010
Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can do a whole wheat version...try substituting 1 cup whole wheat +1 cup oatmeal flour for the white flour. I also chose to decrease the amount of sugar for the whole wheat version by omitting the white sugar and using just brown sugar. [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 3/15/2010
Skewered Honey-Balsamic Chicken

Skewered Honey-Balsamic Chicken

Please adjust amount of salt to taste... original recipe included kosher salt...NOT table salt. — ellie36 3/5/2010
Cheddar Crackers or Goldfish Crackers

Cheddar Crackers or Goldfish Crackers

You can easily substitute whole wheat flour for the white flour. [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 2/19/2010
Bagel Dogs...and Pizza Swirls

Bagel Dogs...and Pizza Swirls

Check out my recipe for Best Ever Bagels for the bagel dough recipe... [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 2/11/2010
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Flavor

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Flavor

Makes about 20 cookies, the original recipe was doubled...I halved it. I like to add additional flavorings just to make the cookie even more special. Then you will know that it isn't store-bought. Orange peel/extract is a really good one, as well as peppermint or raspberry. Nuts are optional. You can top the cookies with just a few nuts, instead of mixing it in the cookie dough. Try varying the chocolate chips for variety. If you don't want your cookies to be too chocolaty, omit the chocolate chips [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 2/5/2010
Michel Richard's "Egg" Pastry...or Apricot Pastry

Michel Richard's "Egg" Pastry...or Apricot Pastry

I made this using homemade puff pastry. [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 1/21/2010
Baklava

Baklava

* optional~ add some orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, or any other flavoring you like to the gound nuts... *You don't have to add so much nuts~ you can substitute some dried plain breadcrumbs for the nuts... * I have used a variety of nuts as well~ try almonds, pecans, pistachios... [I posted this recipe.]    — ellie36 12/11/2009
Crispy Kale

Crispy Kale

The kale as it bakes and crisps up will lose most of its volume and shrink quite a bit. So, add the salt sparingly! You may initially see a WHOLE bunch of raw kale and think to add more salt, but a little salt goes a long way. Plus, if you feel the crispy kale needs more salt, you can always add it at the end. [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 12/6/2009
Potato Pancakes or Blinis

Potato Pancakes or Blinis

You may top the blinis with some chopped chives, chopped red onion, chopped cucumber, fresh dill, or any topping you prefer. ~ You can easily halve the recipe, if you only want to make a few. ~You can add some favorite herbs in the potato pancake batter, if you like. [I posted this recipe.] — ellie36 11/28/2009

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12 months ago    claireatkinson

Thank you for mentioning your blog! I love it AND the recipes! That brussel sprout salad sound amazing and so unique! I just LOVE unique recipes! I'll have to stop by your blog to see your new posts! Hopefully you post daily! =)

2 years ago    LillianRusso

Your food photos and recipes look AMAZING!!!! I looked at every single one! =)

2 years ago    LillianRusso

Just stumbled apon your cuban crushed potatoes and I just wanted to compliment you on the photos! My mouth was watering!! I can't wait to give those a try... especially for a party app!! How fun! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

3 years ago    tripletmama

Thanks for the parchment paper tip!! I will give it a whirl the next time I make those potato wedges. It's such a pain scraping and chipping away at burnt on crusties!! Specially when you have three little ones pulling at you wanting to play!

3 years ago    tripletmama

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