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Erin K.

Erin K.
Home Town: Flower Mound, Texas, USA
Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Music
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About this Cook
I grew up in Texas and still live in Austin where my culinary influences range from cheap taco stand fare to exotic sushi to perfectly fried chicken and biscuts. A perfect evening consists of lots of friends, lots of food and good music.
My favorite things to cook
Soups rank supreme in my recipe file mostly because of their forgiving nature and house-filling aromas. Sauces also top the list...basically anything I can let sit on the stove for the better part of the day continually tasting and adding to.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's table is hand's down the finest place I've ever eaten. Our family traditions don't run very deep and I am rarely able to replicate her dishes but her Shrimp and Cheese Grits, Sweet Potato Pancakes and BBQ Chicken will always remain lofty goals. That being said, I am in the process of perfecting my comfort foods and establishing new traditions for our family!
My cooking triumphs
I was a vegetarian for years and still find that my pots of black beans, tortilla soup and vegan lasagnas are my most popular dishes. On a more adventurous note, for New Year's eve dinner last year, I paired two soups in one bowl (Curry Spinach Soup & Roasted Squash Apple) which elicited rave reviews. This NYE I tackled baklava and it was divine!
My cooking tragedies
Baked goods continuously allude me. My breads are tough, burnt or cookies never spectacular. I've had cakes split down the middle and brownies thrown in the trash. Exact measurements have never been my thing. :)
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Doubled the garlic and cumin, used freshly roasted peppers and added a tablespoon of olive oil. Delicious!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 29, 2009
Ice Cream Cake
Used the idea but made a few changes for ease-sake...I made 2 cakes (each 9X13) and cut both down the middle instead of slicing one cake into two thin halves. I also let the ice cream defrost just a bit and took the advice of the first reviewer and beat it with a mixer to get it soft. I then spread the softened ice cream between both cakes and put the cakes together. I made one side chocolate cake with coffee ice cream and the other yellow cake with strawberry ice cream. I iced with Cool Whip and decorated with chocolate syrup on once side and halved strawberries on the other. It was pretty, easy and impressive and was enough to serve 30 adults. What a party cake!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2009
Oriental Sesame Slaw
Served alongside pulled pork sandwiches and it was goooooood....even those who don't normally like cole slaw tried and loved this recipe. I probably won't ever make another version of slaw...I tooke the advice of another reviewer and matchsticked the jicama which added a great crunch. I used one purple & one green cabbage and it ended up being enough for a party of 20! Would definitely encourage making the day before as the taste gets better the longer it's allowed to marinate.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2009

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