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Easter Brunch!

By Erika on March 1st, 2013 / Erika, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Instead of heading out for Easter brunch this year and waiting in long lines to pay a lot of money- try making a fun brunch at home!  My cute and yummy Chive Egg “Nests” are simple and delicious. I eat the eggs out first then put a little hot sauce and ketchup on my crispy potato nests- mmmmmm!!!


St. Patrick’s Day Favorites + Le Creuset GIVEAWAY!!!

By Erika on February 25th, 2013 / Erika, Giveaways, Uncategorized / 1,411 Comments

My husband is Irish and we like to really go crazy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I mean come on- any day that you can get away with having green on your teeth without people looking twice at you, that’s cause for celebration in itself!

I had a lot of fun making some Irish food and green desserts over the last few days and I had to work hard to keep little fingers out of the desserts before the pictures were taken. As soon as I was done they were GONE!

I made my first Irish dish using my beautiful Le Creuset French Oven. See the bottom of this post so you can enter to win one for yourself!! My Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage  is a classic dish with the Irish Stout to make the broth richer. Corned beef is quite salty so I pull out most of the braising liquid and finish it off in the oven with a brown sugar crust and cloves, delicious!!

We are giving this GORGEOUS Le Creuset 5-Quart Oval French Oven away…see bottom of this post to see how you can win this!!


These cute little Beef and Guinness Shamrock Bites are easy and really yummy, set put a tray of these and they’ll disappear this St. Paddy’s Day!


I am IN LOVE WITH my Butter Mint Chocolate Push Pops…I put them in a foam brick and covered it with moss to almost make them look like little trees in a forest…a fun way to have green on this special day! The light a buttery butter mint filling is the perfect compliment to the moist, rich brownies inside the pops…YUM, YUM, YUM…watch out, these are DANGEROUS!


I set up these Green Velvet Cake Pops in a cauldron we had for Halloween, put foam in the center and arranged the cake pops, so filler then the coins that I found at Party City- really simple and SO festive! The cake pops are decorated with green edible glitter, mini shamrocks and green sprinkles…


A great way to have green but not go too crazy with the green food coloring is to use pistachios! My Pistachio Cream-Filled Whoopie Pies are really cute and a flash-back to my childhood.


Okay, okay…now it’s time to test you “luck of the Irish!” How do you enter to win the Le Creuset French Oven? There are lots of ways:


To enter:

  • Visit Le Creuset and leave a comment here (on this post) telling me which piece of Le Creuset Cookware you would most like to add to your kitchen.  Be specific with the exact name and color.
  • Enter more times to really “up” your chances of winning! See below for details.

For Bonus Entries:

  • Visit our Link Party page and add a link to your favorite comfort food post (can be an old or new recipe) *You must add link back to our link party with a button or text such as “Come join the Helpless Housewife Comfort Food Link Party where you could win a Le Creuset French Oven!”
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Leave a comment for each entry. Open to US residents 18 years or older.  Winner will be chosen at random.  Entries received through March 18, 2013.



Game Day Food!

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



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…)

A Good Cook Cleans as She Goes!


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.

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…)

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…)

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.


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…)

Poultry Roasting Time Chart