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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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!





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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

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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




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