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 134 reviews
Cream Cheese Frosting II
This is fabulous & easy. Cut down cream cheese to 8ozs & butter to 1/4 cup. Used 2 cups sifted powder sugar & 2 teaspoons good vanilla. It's PLENTY sweet -- any sweeter & it would be disgustingly sweet. I am using this to frost a gingerbread cake but it's so versatile I can use it for dozens of other cakes. Thanks for this great recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2015
Sweet Potato Pie I
I used a 15.5 ounce can (this recipe calls for one pound = 16oz sweet potatoes) and subtracted 1/4 cup milk to compensate for a tad less sweet potato. This took 1.5 hours to cook and it was not good. I'm sure if you used baked sweet potatoes it would come out fine but don't try canned. Also -- I added cloves -- which I would do again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2014
Sarah's Applesauce
Lost a star because it's too much water. I doubled the recipe with apples we picked this weekend. I ended up bailing out about 3/4 cup liquid before I mashed the apples. Next time, I'll use APPLE CIDER! YUM! That would make this even better. I could probably reduce the sugar that way too. This was a great base recipe but it needs some tweaking.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2014

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