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You want me to eat TOFU!?
Wed, Aug 22nd 2012, 14:45

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

I love meat. Chicken, pork, duck, beef (though it’s not my first choice of meat) and pig. OK, I also admit that I like squirrel and rabbit too! But, sometimes I really have a hankering for a VEGETARIAN dish.

Now, every time I would say “vegetarian” anything, my family would say, “You mean that tofu stuff?” (even as I re-read those words, I’m laughing). Just because you say “vegetarian” doesn’t mean tofu. It also doesn’t mean bad flavor, lack of flavor, boring flavor, or no flavor. It simply means no meat.

Last year, I made some significant changes in my diet. No, I didn’t become a vegetarian, but I did make changes in preparation of food, portion sizes, and yes, even more fruits and veggies… and a little less meat. I called this new way of eating (which is basically the healthy way of eating), Clean Eating.

I started to lose weight and feel better. I told my hubby that I actually felt like I could think

Have knives, will cook anywhere!
Tue, Jul 24th 2012, 20:01

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

For most people, cooking in their kitchen or on their grill at home is pretty normal, but not for me! I’m pretty adventurous… OK, I’m very adventurous! I like living on the edge! I love the thrill of trying new things. I love thinking and doing things that are totally “outside of the box” and yes, I color outside the lines too.

So, when my friend’s birthday was coming up, I told her hubby that I wanted to do something special for her. He’s thinking a nice dinner on our patio, maybe grilling up some fish or chicken… but nope, Mrs. Adventurous is thinking… Edible Experience with Atmosphere! And, what better experience and atmosphere than Lake Erie?

So, off to the lake we go, but not before I pack up the kitchen… but not the kitchen sink (though my hubby thought with everything I was taking, that the sink was in the back of the trunk as well). We all headed to an undisclosed location for “operation birthday surpri

A special request on Father’s Day
Fri, Jun 22nd 2012, 11:09

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

What a month it has been around the Jazzy Cooking kitchen and the Schie household. It’s been crazy busy, but in a good way! We are growing by leaps and bounds. I love it! But, in all the crazy busyness, Father’s Day just hit… on FATHER’S DAY!!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I knew it was coming. I knew I only had a few more days to go shopping, do cooking, make my “to do” lists and all that stuff, and still get all my cooking events done this week, but really… it’s like I turned around and BAM… it’s Father’s Day!

Well, after making my hubby work this past week by helping me with gourmet dinners and catering events, I promised that Sunday evening he wouldn’t have to do anything except man the grill!

I love grilled food. I love grilling… as long as someone else is doing it! No, seriously, I don’t mind grilling. It’s just, he is better at it than me. We all have our talents and gifts, and his is manning th

Short on time? Fondue for dinner!
Wed, Jun 13th 2012, 14:11

Short on time? Fondue for dinner!

How many times do you come home and say, “What am I going to make for dinner!?” Well, I have a quick fix that is delicious, can involve the entire family, and doesn’t take long to prepare.

The answer; Fondue! In the Schie house, we fondue for the fun of it… sorry, I can’t help the humor, it just happens! Anyway, fondue; yes, we fondue a lot. Probably because my hubby’s family is Swiss and they always made fondue. His Aunt Darlene was always making fondue and having fondue parties, so that’s where he learned how to fondue, but for me, it wasn’t until I married him that I ever heard of fondue! (You haven’t heard about my SPAM childhood! I’ll save that for another blog.)

Fondue was invented by the Swiss back around the 18th century, mainly out of desperation. They had no way to keep foods fresh. They didn’t have fridges and freezers like we do, so they had to eat stale cheese and bread. They found that when they heated the

Why head to the beach, when you can make fish tacos at home?
Tue, Jun 5th 2012, 14:29

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

Beach season is here! OK, it might not be “here in Ohio”, but a lot folks are heading out with the SUV loaded down with the kids, coolers, suitcases, and quite possibly, a boogie board (are those floating things still called that!?), and they are headed to the southern islands.

But, since I’m not going on a beach vacation this year (yes, I’m sad), I decided to bring a little island food to Strasburg, Ohio. How, you might ask? With FOOD! I’m going to share with you my “secret recipe” for the best fish taco this side of the island!

Usually, when my hubby and I go to the beach, we love eating a little local joints - you know, the place where the locals eat. I have to say that I rate seafood restaurants by their fish tacos. If they don’t have a fish taco on their menu, I’m out of there! Seriously, I LOVE fish tacos! LOVE THEM!

So, when our family took a vacation one year to Hawaii, I ate lots of fish tacos. I vowed

Forget lemonade! Turn Lemons. . . into. . . vinaigrette!
Wed, May 30th 2012, 00:10

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

So why does everyone just think of lemonade when you have extra lemons laying around? I guess it’s just the easiest way we can think of to use them up before they dry out. We also zest them and save the juice of the lemon in a little container for something later in the week (if we remember it’s in the fridge!). But how about we do something a bit different with these tart little guys! How about we ROAST them!

I had a few lemons on the counter last week and wondered how I can use them, but do it in a creative way. So, I started looking around on the Internet for different uses for lemons. There are some interesting ideas out there, but this one caught my eye because it said, “roast your lemons”!

Excited to try this, I jumped to it. I have got to say, if you like EASY recipes, this one is for you! Now, one word of advice… after you roast the lemons, let them cool! Don’t skip this step! I was so anxious to make vinaigrett

You want my recipe? Here it is!
Tue, May 15th 2012, 15:08

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

You want my recipe? A recipe!? Well, it’s a little of this, a pinch of that, oh… and a tad of that too! That’s how I would always give out my recipes, until now. Now, I write them down, usually as I’m creating the dish, but at least I write it down. My hubby laughs when I get out “the notebook” (that’s what I call it!)

So, Sunday morning, I woke up hungry and thought about making a little treat for him and I. I wanted to use up some things in the fridge, so out came the sautéed red peppers, a “less than fresh” loaf of bread, my last three eggs and a little pancetta. “Now what?” I thought, as I pondered the small amount of everything sitting in front of me.

That’s the way I cook. That’s the way I roll! That’s the way I create recipes. I look around to see what I have, what needs used up (because I don’t like to waste!), what herbs or spices I have

A Chicken is a chicken…
Fri, May 4th 2012, 10:00

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

One of the parts of Jazzy Cooking is preparing gourmet dinners for guests at a couple local bed & breakfasts and inns. We LOVE cooking these dinners for their guests! Yes, there’s plenty of great Amish-style restaurants in the area, and most lodging guests visit them at least once. Some guests only come to the area to enjoy that style of great cooking! I admit, there’s not much better than a big plate of mashed potatoes, gravy and roast beef… oh, don’t forget the NOODLES… I LOVE THE NOODLES!

Anyway, some guests are looking for a different and unique “edible experience” - that’s what we call our service style. It’s all about the experience, but not in the typical restaurant setting. We do these dinners in the cabins, their rooms, or the B&B’s main dining room. The guests love this dining experience, and we love them loving it!

Last week, we did one

Playing with your food is a good thing
Tue, Apr 24th 2012, 16:21

Playing with your food is a good thing
By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

As a kid, did you have a fascination for playing with your food? I did! Sitting at the kitchen table, I just wanted to pick up my food with my fingers, stack my food into a pyramid, or flatten food with my fork until it was totally flat. You name, I did it! But, mom or dad would always say that favorite parent phrase, “Quit playing with your food!”
Why? That was usually my answer, and it’s still my answer. Why not play with my food, or at least play with it… while making it!? And what better food to play with but gnocchi!

I’m definitely a pasta girl; I MUST have Italian in my blood! Gnocchi is one of those true Italian comfort foods, except now that I’m really into “clean eating” (remember, we talked about this in another blog… clean eating means, I eat “good for me” foods; foods without processing), I try to revamp high calorie and high fat dishes into healthier versions.

“I didn’t know food could be so fun”. . .
Tue, Apr 24th 2012, 16:13

“I didn’t know food could be so fun”. . .
By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

The other day, we had Gourmet Burger night at the Schie house. Now, I don’t mean that we simply grilled burgers and loaded them with ketchup, mustard, pickle, tomato, and some cheese. No, I mean we had “gourmet burgers”.

Our gourmet burgers are topped with things like, homemade guacamole, caramelized onions, Chicago-style neon relish, buffalo pepper and Maytag blue cheese, thick-cut peppered bacon, grilled salami and honey baked ham, homemade barbecue and sweet Thai sauce… and the crème de la crème… the fried egg (in bacon grease, or course!). Now that’s what the Schie’s call a gourmet burger!

Anyway, we invited some old friends over to enjoy this gourmet burger night, and some new friends! Floyd, who is a sales representative for a company we deal with and his wife Brenda, joined us for the night. It

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