Erin Profile - (10400749)


Home Town: Villa Park, California, USA
Living In: Palmdale, California, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Low Carb, Gourmet
Hobbies: Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a full time working mother of two boys and a husband. My oldest son is a sophomore at Texas A&M, so is only home on occasion. I'm a teacher so my schedule is a little better than most, but I'm still constantly searching for quick, delicious, healthy recipes to cook for my family. My husband and I have been married for 24 years and have two lovely sons aged 19 & 14 (soon to be 20 & 15). We are all foodies. Food makes us happy. My boys and husband have been known to break out into a "happy dance" when tasting something delicious. It's a joy cooking for a family that appreciates and enjoys food as much as mine.
My favorite things to cook
I have recently discovered cast iron cooking and am immensely enjoying cooking in my Le Creuset cast iron pots. We love carnitas, brisket, braised pork, soups and stews.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like soups, stews, and braised meats during the cooler months, and enjoy cooking on the BBQ during our hot summer months. Mexican, Italian, and Irish recipes are a staple in our cooking repertoire.
My cooking triumphs
Carnitas, eggplant parmesan, homemade BBQ sauce, smoky brisket, chicken tortilla soup
My cooking tragedies
Too many to mention from the earlier years...
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Aperol(R) Spritz
I discovered this delicious drink while vacationing in Italy. It's my new favorite drink. Aperol isn't easy to find, but they do carry it at big liquor store chains such as BevMo.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2014
Homemade Pizza Sauce with Olive Oil
We just returned from an extensive trip to Italy and we were on the hunt for a pizza sauce that is similar to the typical sauce on the pizzas in Italy. This is it! I used Cento (Italian brand) tomato puree and didn't change any of the ingredients. It is perfect. Thank you!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2014
Green Chile and Rice Casserole
This dish is always a hit! I've made it as written and have also made it using a variety of flavors of rice, such as Spanish rice or Taco rice (Knorr) to accompany Mexican food. I typically make it using 2 packages of rice, about 1-1.5 cups of sour cream, two 4-oz cans of green chiles and 2 cups of cheese (definitely not an exact measurement). I reserve about 3/4 cup of cheese for the top, mix all ingredients together, top it with cheese and bake it until hot & bubbly. It's been delicious every time and receives rave reviews every time!

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Reviewed On: May 1, 2014
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