Erika Profile - (10640855)

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Home Town: Lebanon, Connecticut, USA
Living In: North Stonington, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Wine Tasting
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Cream Cheese Frosting II
About this Cook
I'm in my late 30s and live with my mountain man type boyfriend and our sons (mine and his, no "ours"). They all think I'm a great cook and particularly likes my homemade tacos, meat muffins (meatloaf made in texas muffin tins), and pancakes. Growing up we ate whole foods before it was cool and because it was cheap. As an adult I prefer to cook this way and eschew boxed/prepared foods both because of my gluten issues and because I like to eat healthy and without additives. My boyfriend subsided mostly on Marie Callendar's frozen pot pies before we met, so it's been an adjustment for him and his son - sometimes willingly, sometimes begrudgingly.
My favorite things to cook
I used to be more of a baker than a cook, but once I had to go gluten-free that all changed. Now baking is tricky since I end up breathing in too much flour and get sick (ugh!), unless I'm baking gluten-free which I am finding very tricky. As a result I'm becoming a much better cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A huge feast while decorating the Christmas tree, including marshmallow krispies, swedish meatballs, and pickled veggies (that I don't even eat). Any holiday is firstly an excuse to cook and eat, secondly about the company you keep, and thirdly about the actual holiday.
My cooking tragedies
My dad still talks about the time I had him over for dinner and served him and my ex husband a chicken tetrazzini that I had made using sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk. Personally I thought it was ok, but they both found it pretty gross.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Yum! The verdict was that it didn't really taste like lobster but was absolutely delish anyhow. Even my picky son loved it. Great texture, too.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2012
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
Very tasty!!! I did add a bit of paprika (family tradition for au gratin potatoes), and also par-cooked the sliced potatoes in a big glass bowl to speed up the cooking time for a weeknight meal. These were a HUGE hit!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2012
Cake Balls
I followed the same tips as many other reviewers, in terms of letting the cake cool a half hour, chilling the mixture for a few hours, and freezing the balls for at least an hour. In fact, we only took out a few at a time to dip. My biggest difficulty was the candy discs melting to a thick consistency. If this happens to you add a good tablespoon of shortening or even vegetable oil and it'll thin right out but still set up nicely.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2010

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