erin.hooper Profile - (12010762)

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Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Living In: Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids
Hobbies: Quilting, Needlepoint, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a 30 year old mother of soon-to-be 2, with a 6 year old daughter and a son due in September. I grew up in a non-cooking home, which only made me more excited about cooking for my own family. Cooking is now one of my favorite hobbies--I love trying new dishes and things I know my family and friends will love.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
No Bake Cookies III
This is THE PERFECT no bake cookie recipe. It is a perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate--you can taste them both, but neither overpower the other. It is CRUCIAL to follow the directions about timing 1 minutes after liquid comes to a full, rolling boil. If you are a new cook, that means when the entire surface of the liquid is covered with bubbles. It's also important to use a pot with a level bottom so that the entire mixture gets heated evenly. I have some older pots that are warped that I use for abusive dishes like mashed potatoes, but that kind cannot make good no bake cookies. Stir, stir, stir in the peanut butter quickly, add the oats, then spoon them out as quickly as possible. If you leave the cookie mix lingering in the hot pan they will become dry and hard, just as if you overcooked them. Sounds complicated, but once you figure it out, you will have the best no bake cookies on the block!

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 17, 2012
Rubbed and Grilled Pork Loin
This was very, very good! Definitely rub the pork a day ahead of time and let it marinate... it does a lot to spread the flavor through the meat. I also throw this roast in the oven at 325 for an hour to two hours depending on the size of the roast (my 6 lb roast took about 1 1/2 hours). The rub is pretty spicy, but delicious.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2011
Ancho-Chipotle Salsa
Very, very good salsa. This is authentic Mexican salsa, not the jarred stuff with chunks of tomato in it. Very versatile as well, increase the peppers to increase the heat. Great with chips or as a sauce with dinner! I can't believe a review said this was not as good as jarred salsa.... what!?!? And salsa (or any other authentic Mexican dish) does not use chili powder... that's strictly an American creation. Give this salsa a try... quite a bit like what you would get in a Mexican restaurant.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 24, 2011

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