Author Archives: Shari

About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (cookazido.com)

Exciting News!

I am very happy to let you know that Cook AZ I Do has a new location Cookazido.com.  We have been working for some time now to transition to the new location.  Please pardon our dust as we work out … Continue reading

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Skillet Peach Cobbler

We invited friends to our cabin last weekend, and I wanted to make something special for dessert while they were there.  I love using mini cast iron skillets (I found mine at Cost Plus World Market) for all kinds of … Continue reading

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Perfect Guacamole

I realized recently that I don’t have a recipe on Cook AZ I Do for guacamole.  Considering how much our family likes guacamole, that just is not acceptable.  I think the reason I haven’t put it on here is most … Continue reading

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Let Her Eat Cake – Vanilla Bean Cake With Pink Champagne Buttercream

Our daughter is turning 21 this weekend!  I don’t know how that could be because I swear it was only yesterday she was born. I wanted to make her a special cake for such a significant birthday so decided on … Continue reading

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The Magic of Cream Puffs

In our family, we have had some lofty goals as far as what we wanted to be when we grew up.  My sister wanted to be an Avon lady, and my daughter wanted to be a pink kitty. When I … Continue reading

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Caprese Salad with Sweet and Tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette or Summer on a Plate

I have a new morning smoothy.  It is called Sweet and Tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Not really.  But I did have salad for breakfast this morning because I couldn’t wait until lunch to have more of this dressing.  It is so … Continue reading

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Best Ever Homemade Pizza Sauce and Copycat Pizza Hut Supreme Pizza

Jeff and I have date night every Tuesday night.  We don’t really make a big production out of it.  Most of the time, Jeff will bring home a bottle of wine,  we eat dinner together, and watch our favorite T.V. show.  I … Continue reading

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Perfect Pancakes

I am so relieved to post this recipe for these pancakes today.  You see, I have a completely irrational fear that I am going to lose this recipe.  And that would be terrible.  Because this is the best recipe for … Continue reading

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Phoenix’s Best Kept Secret

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary.  He was very sweet and took me to one of my favorite places – The Royal Palms Resort and Spa.  It is located at the base of Camelback Mountain, one of the … Continue reading

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Melt in Your Mouth Cuban Sliders

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned before how recipes are chosen for making and reviewing for Cook AZ I Do.  It is a very random scientific and emotional mathematical process how recipes come to be presented on this blog.  … Continue reading

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