Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

In the Kitchen with the Executive Chef

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

In the Kitchen with the Executive Chef

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Name: Sherry Rice Rhodes

Company: Oklahoma City Public Schools

Foundation Inc.

Title: Executive Director

Who taught you to cook? Self-taught cook. When I was a teen- ager, my parents paid me weekly allowance to prepare dinner and to coordinate grocery shopping. They gave me complete freedom to try out new recipes and to set menus. I'd look through cookbooks and then adapt the recipes according to the ingredients we had and what ingredients or spices I though might improve the recipe. I learned to use a recipe for the idea, and then alter according to my personal taste. Looking back, my parents were very lenient and quite nice with some of the new tastes I brought to the table. If it tasted badly, my father would simply say, "It's just fine Sherry, just don't make it again!"

What is the most enjoyable aspect of cooking? Cooking is a wonderfully satisfying and very enjoyable experience, especially now as I often cook with my two 6-year-old sons, Benjamin and Ryan. Although I am very passionate about what I do at the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, involving the community in improving education is a slow and steady process. Cooking involves all the senses and provides immediate, tangible results that taste good!

What is your favorite kitchen gadget? My hand-crank pasta machine. Fresh pasta is easy to make, takes only about 30 minutes, and the taste can't be beat.

Specialties: Northern Italian. Tim, my husband, still kids me about how I planned our trip to Italy based upon the food I wanted to eat!

Do you favor a particular ingredient? Fresh basil, imported Parmigiano -- Reggiano Cheese, and heavy cream -- each can transform a dish from ordinary to fabulous.

Favorite Cookbook/ TV Cooking Show: Biba's Trattoria Cooking that combines simple ingredients to make "home-cooked style" Italian food.

Favorite music to listen to while cooking: Classical, jazz, or Patsy Cline. …

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