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Erin


Erin
 
Home Town: Romeo, Michigan, USA
Living In: Metamora, Michigan, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
The day my husband told me my cooking was better than his mother's was the best day of my entire "cooking" career. I began experimenting in the kitchen with my grandma when I was just a little girl, licking the bowl of her cookies and helping chop vegetables. Then I stepped into my mom's kitchen and joined her as a young adolescent. My grandma came from a time when canned soup was added to everything and butter was the cure-all for any dish. My mother took it up a notch to add gourmet food to our family. Williams and Sonoma became a collector's item for cookbooks. I ended up cooking for the family when mom worked nights, and by the time I got to college, I could master just about any recipe. Now I enjoy cooking for my husband and trying exotic recipes and experimenting with breads and doughs.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy stir-fry variations and Japanese cooking. I also am a big fan of homemade breads, although I don't have much time to do so now. Although it took many trials before I understood how to make my own bagels and pizza doughs, it is well worth the effort. Simple and healthy dinners are also a staple of my cooking, as I was raised to believe that while a woman can work outside the home, she should always prepare homemade and healthful meals for her family. So, I am becoming accustomed to quickly looking in the fridge/freezer, etc and combining different ingredients and thinking up a good recipe for dinner!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I loved decorating Christmas cookies with my grandmother. She made so many kinds, it was like Christmas itself just seeing all of the plates of fresh cookies. Also, my family and I go overboard when it comes to holidays. We pride ourselves on top-notch hors devours, flambed or poached desserts, rich salads, and unique vegetables while keeping with traditional holiday recipes.
My cooking triumphs
The day I first made bagels was when I felt I was stepping up to become a better cook. Also, my popovers are pretty darn awesome when I throw in chives and shred Gruyere throughout the batter. My husband loves my stir-frys.
My cooking tragedies
Once I tried to make a salmon puff as a teenager and it was the most disgraceful recipe on the planet. Also, when I am in a hurry and don't allow the water to boil for pasta so it can become al dente! And once I made a beef stew and accidently thickened with powdered sugar instead of cornstarch because the room was dark. It actually turned out quite good though!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Sugar Cookie Icing
Made as instructed but had to add more milk. Turned out great! Love that you can control consistency to either dip or spread but doesn't have the yucky aftertaste like royal icing or using egg whites.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2013
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
I made this recipe exactly as instructed. These were MARVELOUS! Best sugar cookies I've ever made, and I've made lots! I made them nice and thick and they baked perfectly for about 7 1/2 minutes. I will definitely use this as my go-to for rolled sugar cookies!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2013
Simple Savory Quinoa
This was very good! I liked the use of turmeric, as you dont see it used often. I forgot to add the lime so can't comment on the flavor completely. I used chicken bullion since I also had no veg broth. I added kale for a boost of nutrients which was a nice addition, used fresh basil, and did not add salt.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 14, 2012
 
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