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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World Series Grub!!

By Erika on September 19th, 2012 / Erika, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

The best of this year’s Boys of Summer are getting ready to hit the field for the Fall Classic, and that means you should be ready with some great ballpark food, no matter which team you are rooting for! The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants have both won the pennants for their divisions and we came up with great ways to celebrate both cities’ signature dishes, along with some regular ballpark fare.

We first want to honor of the reigning World Series Champs (2011), so we came up with a fun way to turn the city’s signature food  into fun ballpark treats.  These St. Louis Style Toasted Ravioli Lollipops will be sure to put a smile on every fan’s face! We are serving these with spicy heirloom marinara and pesto dipping sauces.

Brining a Turkey, It’s So Easy!

By Erika on September 9th, 2012 / Erika / 1 Comment

One of the easiest ways to make a moist and delicious turkey is brining. It’s fairly simple and once you brine a turkey, you will want to do it every year. I have tried every trick in the book for a moist and flavorful turkey, and nothing comes close to brining! It pushes flavor and moisture in from the outside, making the areas that are normally drier more moist.

Hopefully this picture conveys a little bit how moist the breast meat of this turkey is. It is so flavorful and wonderful!


Erika and Daughter Madison Grill up an End of the Summer Hawaiian Themed BBQ on San Diego Living!

By Erika on August 16th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

See Erika’s Video Series on Food!

By Erika on August 14th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

Click to see Erika’s series of 12 videos for Food!

Erika and Daughter Madison on “San Diego Living”

By Erika on July 19th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

Erika on Fox 5 Morning News

By Erika on July 16th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments


See Erika on San Diego’s Fox5 Morning News in the 9am hour this Friday, June 15th!

Erika on “San Diego Living”

By Erika on July 16th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

See Erika on San Diego 6’s “San Diego Living” Monday, June 18th at 9am!

Erika Makes Watermelon Dishes for “The Daily Meal”

By Erika on July 16th, 2012 / Press & Latest News / No Comments

The Hopeless Housewife/ Erika’s recipes featured in!

Best Bloody Marys Ever

By Erika on July 10th, 2012 / Erika / No Comments

One of my favorite drinks is a spicy Bloody Mary. I make  mine with a good amount of horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, freshly cracked black pepper a squeeze  of lime and I garnish it with everything I can fond in the produce drawer of our refrigerator. Mmmmmmm….nothing better! Except I DID find some versions that rival mine…never did I think I’d see a cheeseburger and hotdog (not to mention shrimp, asparagus, pickled onions, olive, celery, etc, etc, etc) garnish the classic hangover cure like this masterpiece served at Sobelman’s Pub & Grill in Milwaukee.

Look at this beautiful Bloody Mary shot from with bacon (!!!), I love miniature-sized versions of food and drink and this one really gets me excited because it includes bacon (!!).


And not to be be outdone, Bear in New York has this Jumbo 32 oz. Bloody Mary with organic vegetable and tomato juice and topped with marinated mushrooms, onions, capers, pickles, olives, hot peppers, a hard-boiled egg, and don’t forget the candied bacon!!!



This gorgeous creation looks just about right on the horseradish and black pepper amounts…just enough to REALLY wake you up on a Sunday morning!

And I couldn’t finish this post without adding my very own delicious spicy Creole Grilled Shrimp Bloody Mary…happy Sunday!





Fox5 San Diego “The Hopeless Housewife” Erika Monroe-Williams