Erin Profile - (10170395)

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Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I'm an attorney from the Cleveland, Ohio area but stay home full-time with my infant daughter and four year-old. Since being married and having a child, my interest in cooking has been allowed to flourish. My mother and grandmother and a close aunt were all amazing cooks. I enjoy cooking and looking at recipes. It's the thing I enjoy most and probably should have done it professionally instead of becoming a lawyer!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy cooking with wine lately and have found several great recipes on this site that involve wine. Three favorites are "Oven Pot Roast" which has white wine, "Chicken and Red Wine Sauce" and "Rosemary Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze". There are so many other things I love to cook and bake but these are some of my favorites from this site.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We always make a big deal about holidays and are known for going "all out" when we have guests over. I like to wow people with something unexpectedly special. My paternal grandparents were immigrants from Ireland. They prided themselves on providing a memorable and generous meal for family and friends gathering at their home. Generosity = pride for the Irish. My maternal grandmother was a baker that many aspired to imitate but failed. Friends and family waited with baited breath at the holidays for a tray of cookies & baked goods from my grandmother. It was tradition, so much so that when we celebrated our first Christmas without her this year, I knew everyone would be missing her and thinking about her dessert trays. So I made a cookbook of her most beloved recipes with a photo of her in an apron on the front and presented one to family gathered at our home that year. The women in my life made our holidays and every days so much more memorable with lovingly prepared dishes.
My cooking triumphs
My pot roast is pretty unbeatable. My 86 year-old father-in-law is addicted to it.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list but I serve them up without apology because who among us hasn't had something fall short of perfection in our kitchen?
Recipe Reviews 125 reviews
Homestyle Beef, Macaroni and Cheese
This was wholly underwhelming. For the reviewer who complained of people changing a recipe before they try it as-is -- that's just plain wrong. A seasoned cook can tell just by looking at a recipe that it won't taste good as written. I knew that going into this recipe so I did a lot to try and improve it. I added sautéed onion & garlic, onion powder, Red Robin seasoning, Italian seasoning and used Tomato Bisque soup instead of plain tomato because it has a richer flavor. I used cheddar because it has a stronger flavor than mozzarella. Still, this meal was very disappointing. My toddler and preschooler ate a few bites and were done. My husband and I ate it but the leftovers will find their way to the disposal -- of that I'm sure. I made this only because I needed something fast and had the ingredients on hand. Won't make it again.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2014
Basic Flaky Pie Crust
GOOD LORD this was fantastic and a MONKEY could make it. I used butter instead of Crisco because YUM -- why not? It's better for you than Crisco & actually has a key ingredient that makes pies taste better: FLAVOR. Plus I never make pies since my Crisco crust recipe is wholly underwhelming. I mostly just buy a crust rather than waste my time. Now, unfortunately, I will be making this crust like it's going out of style & stuffing everything I can think of into it. My five year-old is sitting here with blueberries smeared all over her cheeks and she's LICKING THE PLATE CLEAN (just like mom taught her). Thanks to you, STEPHANIE, and your absurdly good crust -- I will be pinching far more than an inch when this summer is over. Wait ... there's pumpkin & apple pie in the fall ... and pecan ... pot pies in the winter.. HELP!!! Thanks as well to the reviewer who explained the best way to double this recipe ... and my dress size ...

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Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2014
General Tsao's Chicken II
Made this with boneless, skinless as other reviewers did. It was okay. I wasn't blown away by it. It certainly passes as a respectable weeknight dinner.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2014

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