Television’s “Hopeless Housewife” Erika Monroe-Williams has been cooking most of her life, beginning at an early age helping her mother in the kitchen. Erika recalls most every night being an occasion at the dinner table as a child and has tried to bring that same spirit to her own dinner table as an adult with her family- but not without hiccups along the way. Erika is now hoping to share her secrets with everyone who has felt as hopeless as she has felt in the kitchen at one time or another.

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Game Day Food!

By Erika on January 16th, 2013 / Erika, Uncategorized / 9 Comments

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The Super Bowl is around the corner! This means my house will be booming with cheers and jeers, plenty of beer, lucky jerseys…and of course FOOD! (funny side note; when I met my husband, he told me he wasn’t one of those guys who sat around watching football all the time. Cut to a year later. Lucky San Diego Chargers jersey: ON. Football on every channel possible: ON. Remote control: IN HAND AT ALL TIMES TO TOGGLE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN STATIONS. I guess it’s only fair, I pretended to love working out when I met him…cut to a year later: I hadn’t seen a pair of workout shoes for months and I hadn’t even tried looking. Years later now this is always a good source of humor… especially during football season) Football is such a great excuse to eat fried food, cheesy appetizers, creamy dips and all the yummy food I try to stay away from most of the year! I love the game day classics but I wanted to find some good ways to update my faves. Hot wings. Pizza. Potato Skins. DIP!! Yum, yum, yum and YUM!! (more…)

Erika Monroe-Williams “Good Morning Arizona” Shoot

By Erika on January 7th, 2013 / Photos and Behind the Scenes / No Comments

Holiday Kids’ Party Food!

By Erika on November 25th, 2012 / Erika / 1 Comment

I remember when I was a child, my mother made holidays magical, and secretly I always felt Santa could peek around the corner at any minute to see all the wonder my mother created! Whichever holiday you celebrate, these moments are about family coming together, and this is a great time to get in the kitchen with the kids!  I just LOVED to help my mother in the kitchen and always thought I could make exactly why she was making, no matter what it was. Clearly there are things kids should and shouldn’t be making in the kitchen, and each child is different. My daughter, Madison has been with me since she was very young in the kitchen and she has picked up a lot of cooking skills- she surprises me daily!  I have to remind her constantly to tie her long hair back when she is close to the stove and I always stay close to keep an eye on her- she reminds me so much of me as a child, wanting to take on the most difficult of tasks to prove she can do it, I recognize this and I always stay close!

Here are my favorite recipes to make with Madison…they  are simple and delicious! We split up duties and I do anything that involves heat or cutting, but the sky’s the limit on everything else!

 

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Guinness Corned Beef with Cabbage

By Erika on October 21st, 2012 / Erika / 2 Comments

Tender, moist and flavorful…this St. Patrick’s Day Classic is easy to make and perfect for any cook to test their “luck of the Irish”. The rich Guinness flavors the meat throughout and I always finish my corned beef off in the oven to get a nice crispy sweet glaze.

 

For the Corned Beef:


2 bottles Guinness beer (or other dark beer)

3 cups beef stock

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 onion, sliced

2-3 pounds uncooked corned beef

 

For the glaze:


3 tablespoons mustard

5 tablespoons brown sugar

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For the Vegetables:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 head cabbage

3 carrots, cut into 1/2″- 1″ pieces

1 parsnip, cut into 1/2″- 1″ pieces

5 small red potatoes, quartered

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large french or dutch oven, whisk the Guinness, beef  stock and the brown sugar. Add the brisket and heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a gentle boil. Place in oven for 2 1/2 hours, flipping meat once about an hour in.

Remove from oven. Spoon out 2 cups of the corned beef liquid and discard the rest.

To make the vegetables, cut the cabbage into 8 wedges. In a separate large, wide pot, heat up the lard/bacon drippings/oil on medium-high heat. When hot, swirl the pan around to get the fat to evenly coat the pan. Add the cabbage wedges, carrots and potatoes and cook until browned, about a 3-4 minutes. Turn to brown the other side. Pour in the reserved corned beef cooking liquid, bring to a simmer and cover the pot. Turn the heat to low and let cook for 10-15 minutes. Use tongs or a large spoon to carefully remove the cabbage and reserve. Continue cooking the carrots and potato another 5 minutes or cooked though (pierce with fork to check doneness). Sprinkle with parsley and plate out with the cabbage.

Slice up the corned beef and serve with the cabbage and vegetables. Pour a bit of the sauce over the corned beef just before serving.

 

Step by step directions:

Add onions, beer, brown sugar and broth to the french or dutch oven

Add corned beef and bring to a simmer.

Cover and place in oven for  2 1/2 hours.

When corned beef comes out of the oven, remove from the Guinness broth and place on rack in roasting pan, Score fat and add mustard, brown sugar. Place a clove in every point of each “diamond” cut into the fat. Place back in oven for 30 minutes uncovered.

Clean french or dutch oven and add olive oil over medium-high heat. Add cabbage.

Brown cabbage on each side.

Add other vegetables.

Pour reserved corned beed braising liquid over vegetables and cook for 10 minutes. Remove cabbage and cook for 5 more minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Remove corned beef from oven.

Place on a cutting board and slice in 3/4″ thick slices.

Serve with cabbage and vegetables. Pour braising liquid over meat.

Press

By Erika on October 21st, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

*See Erika on “Good Day LA” making her hair-raising Halloween recipes!

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 *See Erika on “Good Day LA” making her healthy Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing.

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*See Erika on “Good Day LA” with her husband (MLB’s Matt Williams) making ballpark food for the MLB All Star break.

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* See Erika on “Good Day LA” making her fun and whimsical Summer Cookout Table!

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 *See Erika E! News cooking up her Super Bowl favorites!

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* See Erika and husband Matt Williams on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”!

 1st “Home & Family segment:

2nd “Home & Family Segment:

 

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* Erika featured in the Summer edition of Celebrity Cooking Magazine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erika mentioned on the cover of Summer 2013 Grilling Magazine!

 

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See Erika on the cover of North Valley Magazine!

 

 

 

 

 

* See Erika on the Better Show making her ballpark inspired foods! 

*See Erika on “Good Day LA” making her fun and whimsical Easter Sweets Table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*See Erika in Fox News Magazine’s Easter feature!

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 *See Erika featured in People!

 

*Erika featured on the cover of So Scottsdale Magazine

 

*Erika and family featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine.

 

*Erika to appear at “Street Eats” (20,000+ visitors expected) doing a cooking demonstration in a line-up that includes Adam Richman (“Man vs. Food”) and Geoffrey Zakarian (“Iron Chef”)  on January 13th from 12-1pm.

 

*Erika featured in All You for their “Favorite Foodie Blogger” holiday story.

 

*Erika featured on KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles!

 

*Erika named “Tastemaker” on SkinnyScoop.com!

 

*Erika featured on SugarLoco.com!

 

*Erika featured on Momfuse.com

 

 

*Erika featured on home page of  BlissTree.com

 

 

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*Erika featured on Dinnertool.com!

 

 

 

 

*Erika on “Fox 5 Morning News”

 

 

 

 

See Erika featured in The Paradise Valley Independent 

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See Erika on 3TV’s “Good Morning Arizona” making delicious grilled artichokes with remoulade

 

 

See Erika and husband Matt 0n 3TV’s “Good Morning Arizona” making ballpark fare (hot wings!) to kick off spring training

 

See Erika on 3TV’s “Good Morning Arizona” with a gorgeous mother/daughter Tea Party

Thanksgiving One-Stop Menu!

By Erika on October 20th, 2012 / Erika / 3 Comments

Are you looking for easy, delicious and impressive dishes for Thanksgiving? Not to worry, we have been in the test kitchen working to put together a Thanksgiving one-stop menu!

I also just finished my Brining a Turkey- It’s So Easy! blog. The turkey turned out so moist and flavorful, if you are able to do this the day before Thanksgiving, I HIGHLY recommend you brine your turkey.

 

 

 

 

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So Scottsdale Cover Story Erika Monroe-Williams October 2012

By Erika on September 27th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / 2 Comments

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Erika to appear on KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles this Wednesday, October 24th!

By Erika on September 26th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

 

Erika to appear on KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 24th!

Erika Featured on Momfuse.com

By Erika on September 25th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

Erika featured on Momfuse.com!