Growing up in Arizona, what was your favorite dish made by your mom?
Roast beef & mashed potatoes.
Can you remember cooking with her at an early age?
Yes! I’ve always loved to cook. Especially with her.
Now that you are a mom, is cooking something you enjoy doing with your kids? and is there anything that they just will not eat?
I cook with my daughters very often. They’re both pretty open to trying new foods, and we love trying foods from other cultures.
What are 3 things you can always find in your kitchen?
Garlic, Wine, and Popcorn
What can you always find in your fridge?
Cheese (many different kinds) -Corn & flour tortillas -Fruit (whatever’s in season)
If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?
How can I pick one!! Polish, Italian & Mexican are all tied!
What’s your favorite dish you’ve had of that cuisine that you can remember?
Pierogi, Lasagna, Tacos. All homemade, of course!
What do you binge on?
Chips and salsa
Do you have a sweet tooth?
Sometimes. I usually have a bit of dark chocolate every day.
What do you avoid or try to avoid so you can keep fit?
Too much sugar, the “bad” fats, and carbs that don’t have high fiber.
Which is your favorite restaurant? What is the one dish you always order when you go there?
It’s hard to pick one, but Carraba’s comes to mind for sure. I love their Chicken Marsala!
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels. What did it involve?
While touring in Montreal, we were invited to a “sugar shack” where maple syrup is tapped. We ate a 5 course meal in a beautiful old world dining hall, while a band played French folk music. Everyone danced and each dish from ham to potatoes to fresh baked bread was smothered in syrup!
Going out to eat so often on tour, you are probably eating a lot of foods that are “heavier” and cooked with unknown ingredients and amounts. I know a lot of people have a hard time feeling like they can be “healthy eaters” while going out to eat. How do you feel about this concept? How do you maintain a balance of eating healthy while going out to eat so much?
For the most part, I try to have healthy snacks with me on the road. Protein bars, nuts, fruit… At restaurants, there are usually lots of ways to make healthy choices. Burgers or chicken without the bun or fries, a side salad or grilled veggies… Sometimes, though, you have to just dig in and eat some comfort food! Breakfast at night when I’m on tour is one of my favorite indulgences!
Who are the foodies in your band?
Oh man! All of us! That’s one of the most fun parts of traveling together!
What is the craziest thing you have ever eaten?
Gosh, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything crazy. There’s a place in Arizona where you can order rattlesnake! No thanks!
Funniest kitchen incident?
When my daughter made her first batch of cookies all by herself, she misread the recipe and instead of 1 1/2 cups of sugar, she added 1 1/2 cups of salt! We didn’t want to make her feel bad, so we choked down a “salt cookie” with a smile.
I know you cook as much as you can when off the road, where do your get your recipes? Any favorite cookbooks?
I really don’t follow recipes. I grow herbs and I love combining flavors in the kitchen. There are basic combinations that I use as a foundation and then I tweak things from there.
Do you have a music playlist you listen to when cooking?
Sometimes, but we usually have a lot of people coming and going or cooking together so we’re usually all talking. We’re kind of a loud bunch haha!
I know you like a good wine or dark brew. What’s your go-to drink when out with friends?
Usually Left Hand Milk Stout or Kilt Lifter
Do you ever find yourself cooking with beer or wine?
I love to cook with wine, and I’ve been wanting to make Irish Stew cooked with Guinness!
For fun, can you give an example of a “typical day” of eating for you, whether you are going out with friends or cooking at home.
Well, a typical day means one where I consider food “fuel”. I usually start my day with either an egg or a protein bar with coffee. Then, around 10:00, I’ll grab a snack. Usually something like nuts and fruit. I like turkey slices for lunch, sometimes with olives or pickles, or maybe some chips & salsa. I have coffee every afternoon! If I want something sweet with my coffee, I’ll have a spoon of peanut butter with a few chocolate chips mixed in. Dinner is very often chicken breast cooked with bell peppers and onions, maybe some broccoli, and sometimes brown rice. My husband, Kevin, and I like to have a snack in the evening. Usually celery sticks dipped in laughing cow cheese & hot mustard, with a glass of wine of course!
Finally, if you could sit down and have a meal with one person, who would it be and why?
My dad. He lost his battle with cancer in 2005. We loved to eat together, and I miss him.
The energetic, singer-songwriter Shari Rowe, fuses classic country with bluegrass and blues-rock flair. The Lamon Records recording artist traded in private living room concerts, for the big stage, performing with acts such as Big and Rich, Uncle Si and Marsha Robertson, and Maddie and Tae. Shari spends most of her time on the road, taking her high energy performances as far as Poland. When she’s not touring, Shari uses her powerful voice to lead worship in her church, around her family.
Shari’s music is defined by her Arizona childhood, where she grew surrounded by her musical family, singing by the campfire, day after day of horseback riding. Those elements, the outdoors, family, and adventure, are clear themes in her music. More importantly, Shari’s sincere soul and charisma shines through each song.
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