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.

Erika's Blogs

Watermelon for Dinner??

By Erika on June 15th, 2012 / Erika, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Summer makes me think of many things from my childhood…climbing trees, picking berries on Mt. Hood in Oregon, swimming for hours, mosquito bites, making freshly churned vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches, barbecues… and watermelon. Watermelon was served almost every day and we just couldn’t get enough of the juicy and sweet treat. (more…)

Le Creuset Giveaway! Ends 3/18/13 at Midnight PST

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


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Crazy for Heirloom Tomatoes!

By Erika on June 6th, 2012 / Erika, In the Garden, Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Oh, how I love heirloom tomatoes! From tangy and mild to ultra-sweet, they are all a treat. Eat them by themselves, with a dash of salt or in your favorite recipe, like this delicious burrata and heirloom tomato dish that is gone off the plate almost in an instant every time I serve it! (more…)

Erika in the Paradise Valley Independent

By Erika on June 3rd, 2012 / Press & Latest News / 2 Comments

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Table Setting Guide

There are many ways to set a table, so the task can often be quite confusing!  Here are some different “how to” guides, the top one showing a different version than Oneida’s formal setting (below), but both are acceptable. The lower guide shows different table settings for most occasions.


Refreshing (and easy!) Mocktails for Summer

By Erika on May 30th, 2012 / Erika / 3 Comments


Erika Monroe-Williams In Touch Magazine Photo shoot

In Touch Weekly Magazine Photo Shoot



Erika Monroe-Williams and Family



Erika Monroe-Williams In Touch Magazine Shoot



Erika Monroe-Williams In Touch Magazine Shoot


Erika Monroe-Williams and Family In Touch Magazine Shoot




Erika Monroe-Williams Website Photo Shoot














Anyone for tea?

By Erika on May 24th, 2012 / Erika / 4 Comments


Recipe Substitutions Guide

Don’t feel like running to the store for a missing ingredient? Check the substitutions guide to see if you can use something else instead! Of course, the recipe may not be exactly the same, but these will work in a pinch! (more…)