SHARIKAY1 Profile - (1678823)

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Living In: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Shari in St. Pete at Sunset
About this Cook
I'm all about embracing the changes in life! I'm a vegetarian of the vegan variety...woke up one morning and decided no more meat and that was that. I'm a fairly new to being an empty nester. Hubby is a football coach, so during the season it's just me and our Airedale in the nest, but I love it when the kids come home, whether it's for the weekend or the summer!
My favorite things to cook
Anything that uses produce from my garden. I've been a pepper-growing goddess this summer and have no idea how that happened! It was an unseasonably cool, rainy summer which shouldn't be great for producing peppers, but we eat them everyday: red, yellow, orange and green!
My favorite family cooking traditions
A nod to our Scandinavian roots...making lefse and coffee cakes at Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
Grilled Italian bruschettas topped with finely diced tomatoes, red onion, basil tossed with evoo and balsamic. mmmmmmmmmmmm. We eat this several nights a week during the summer. My husband is a devoted artisan bread maker, so all this on grilled homemade ciabatta.
My cooking tragedies
Chilled Carrot Soup...1997. My family still makes fun of me for it. Rightfully so.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Soft Polenta with Spicy Tomato Sauce
Delicious!! I was attempting to recreate a dish we had at a restaurant, and this was very close. I followed the suggestion of using fresh tomatoes, which I quartered and put in the food processor for a several pulses until it was the consistency of stewed tomatoes. I also added chopped red peppers and replaced the sherry with 3T of balsamic vinegar. This will be my "go to" dish when friends come over for dinner on the deck in the summer!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2012
Red Pepper Vinaigrette
This was a really delicious dressing on a salad of mixed greens and finely shredded veggies (carrots, kohlrabi, celery, red peppers and red onion). I used Salt & Pepper flavored croutons, which balanced out the sweetness. Everyone in my family loved it!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2012
Quinoa and Black Beans
This recipe was seriously delicious! It's my new favorite with veggie tostadas! There isn't anything to's great as it is!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2012

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