Shari Profile - (18461703)


Home Town: Hayward, California, USA
Living In: San Leandro, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Music
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About this Cook
I have always loved to cook. When I was little and my mom would say "Who wants to help me with dinner?" I'd be the only one there! I recently completed a home study course in cooking. I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a schedule that would permit regular class attendance. I enjoy sharing my baked goods with family and friends. I've even sent some things across the country! I like to volunteer as well.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake all things, but especially yeast bread. For years I had a sourdough starter going, but I stopped using it after a while for lack of time. I'm thinking of getting it started again, so if anyone has a good starter recipe, please pass it on. I also like to cook things in my Crock Pot and then freeze the meals for later. I live alone, so that saves on my food bill.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There are several heirloom recipes I just love. They're all from my great-grandmother, and my mom has specifically informed me that I can't share them! My favorite is our family recipe for Puffed Rice Candy. Most of the recipes available online contain molasses, but we don't use it in ours.
My cooking triumphs
I mastered yeast breads in one lesson with my mom; she taught me almost everything I know about cooking now.
My cooking tragedies
One time a friend gave me some frozen grapes from his grandmother's Concord grapevine, and I found a recipe for grape pie in an old cookbook from the 1940s my mom gave me. I forgot that Concord grapes have seeds! I made the whole pie, cut a slice, and CRUNCH! Luckily, it wasn't really meant for anyone. I was just experimenting.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Johnsonville Italian Sausage Rigatoni
Made it just like it said and it is DELICIOUS! Here's what I would suggest: Cut the bell pepper to 1/2-inch rather than 1-inch pieces. Cook the sausage, remove from pan, slice, and drain all but about a tablespoon of fat from pan. Return sausage to pan and add bell peppers; saute a few minutes to soften. Add the sauce & garlic and let simmer while you boil the pasta. Drain pasta, pour sauce mixture on top, and add the parsley if you want. Stir to mix and you're done.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2013
Elaine's Peanut Butter Cookies
I made these for my dad for Father's Day because he likes soft peanut butter cookies and my own recipes are all "sinkers" as he calls them--hard and crunchy. I justs put all of the peanut butter I had on hand, which turned out to be about 1 1/2 cups. I forgot the water but I didn't need it. Formed them with a 1-inch cookie scoop and placed them on parchment lined sheet. Baked exactly 10 minutes at 350. REALLY GOOD RECIPE! One thing I'm goining to change for next time: adding 1/2 tsp salt. Going to put this one in my personal recipe collection!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2012
Just based on the flavor and texture of the cookie, I'd give it a 5. However, here's what I experienced that brought it down to a 3. First of all, I just barely made it to 3 1/4 dozen, not the 6 dozen the recipe says. I measured the dough balls evenly with a 1-inch cookie scoop and made the indentations with a round 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon dipped in flour (the dough is rather sticky). For the first batch I put in a heaping 1/2 teaspoon (measuring spoon) of the jam like it said. Way too much. 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon, level or slightly rounded is fine. Also, let the cookies cool on the sheets 1-2 minutes before taking them off. They'll fall apart on you otherwise. Other than the problems above, these cookies are really good.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2012

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