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Home Town: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Living In: Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music
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Peanut Butter Eyeballs!
About this Cook
I grew up sitting on the countertop watching my mom bake. I made my first recipe by myself(Pumpkin Bread) at the age of 8. I've been baking ever since!
My favorite things to cook
I like baking cookies, and I've been trying more gourmet recipes. My goal is to find "my" recipes for commonly baked goods, so I've tried several variations of banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, enchiladas, etc, until I've found what works best for me. These go into the "Erin's Cookbook" file to be used for the future. I've recently married and love the idea of having our own family food traditions.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas and Thanksgiving always played a big role in cooking traditions. My grandma made great homemade rolls, which were the highlight of family gatherings.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean stuffed-chicken breast, and have several personal creations I should eventually write down and post. :) My husband says I'm a kitchen goddess--he's never complained at anything I've made...not even the tuna spaghetti casserole!
My cooking tragedies
That first loaf of pumpkin bread when I was 8...I noted how white the baking powder was against the flour. How did I notice such a detail? Well, I used an entire cup of it instead of a teaspoon! Even the birds wouldn't touch it! What did I learn? Always double-check the measurement every time an ingredient is added to the bowl!
Recipe Reviews 37 reviews
Ibby's Grasshopper Pie
I followed the directions perfectly and it didn't set well. I think next time I'd add a few more marshmallows or a bit less milk. The flavor was fine. I topped the pie with chocolate ganache and sweetened whipped cream, which helped cut down the bite of the mint.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 8, 2012
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
I made these exactly as stated and put the dough in the fridge to chill up the butter. These still spread pretty thin (no layers of chips). The next day they were very crispy. I even slightly underbaked the batches on purpose to try to avoid potential crispiness, but it didn't seem to matter. The one plus of this recipe was that it tasted great, but then again, I did use French butter and Ghirardelli chocolate chips and pure vanilla. Of course your end result will taste good if you use higher quality ingredients! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2012
Espresso Bark
A great addition to the holiday treats, and a plus that it's so easy to make! It looks lovely and tastes great. I did crush the beans slightly, then sifted out the smallest bits so I wouldn't have grit in the candy.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2012

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