SHEZASMITTY Profile - (18846993)

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Living In: Rockford, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I love to cook and bake. My sons are grown now, but still love to cook large meals when I can. I would love to have a catering business, cake or cookie business.
My favorite things to cook
I love Asian and Mexican cuisine and BBQ/grilling. I try to cook somewhat healthy, but as in other areas, I am not perfect and go all out and eat unhealthy!!!! I love trying new recipes, the sky's the limit for me. I want to purchase and learn how to use a smoker this next spring. Hopefully, then I can try and make some of these wonderful bar-b-que recipes on this site!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was born in Sweden and I grew up with Swedish food my entire life. (I was 17 before I ate a taco and older before I had a casserole). We ate open-face sandwiches because that is the way it is in Sweden. At Christmas time, everything was from Sweden. I now miss some of those foods but some of them I don't miss at all. Here in midwest Illinois, my ma used to cook blood sausage and ruttabagas and the smell was awful. Us kids had to move to a different level of the outside or in the attic. Every Christmas, her family made glugg and every Christmas my ma's ears got red and her lips tingled. My ma was a Swedish mommy dearest at times and if we didn't eat all that was on our plate, we had to "sit there until the moon came out." And that it was "tough in North America." Did you know that the moon can be seen in daylight?
My cooking triumphs
I have had many successes with baking and decorating cakes. Something I don't do very often, but just love making Barbie cakes, basket cakes, and my favorite flowers to make are pansies.
My cooking tragedies
Accidentally picking up a cake pan after filling with my favorite cake recipe, and putting in the oven, not realizing I also picked up the rubber lid underneath and placed it in the oven. It melted and started smoking badly. My oven was (no longer have it) a self cleaning oven and my husband (no longer have him) locked the latch thinking all the plastic would burn up and my oven would be cleaned. When large flames engulfed the inside of the oven, we tried to unlatch and of course broke the handle. There was fire department involvement and a heavy layer of burning rubber permeated the subdivision. I was horrified. I did have a dinner party in my home the following evening and blamed the horrible smell on my husband (me bad). I re-baked my cake at Ma's to serve at my party. I still have that cake pan, but can't stand to use it as it brings back bad memories. Neighbors still snicker as they walk past my house.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Dog Food Dip
This is EXCELLENT! I have made this many different ways, but my favorite way is with a tube of Jimmy Dean's spicy sausage instead of ground beef. It is very hearty and it is usually one of the first appetizers polished off in my home!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2009
Taco in a Bag
These are great. Fun to have for a party with children!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2009
Chicago-Style Pan Pizza
I have made this recipe many, many times and my family loves it. I cook the dough/pizza crust first for about 15 minutes, then add all the toppings. I continue baking for about another 20 or so minutes, until the crust is golden brown and toppings are all melted and bubbly, that the crust comes out better to our liking. It works for us and you then don't have to worry about whether the crust is cooked through in the middle of your pizza. We also make this in a deep dish pizza pan.

857 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2007

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