Norwalk resident Sue Smith goes all out when she cooks.
Just for the Reflector's feature recipe today, she and her son Keith made marinated steaks with mushrooms, fresh-lettuce salad and stuffed baked potatoes.
Smith, 47, knows a thing or two about cooking, especially with meat products, as she and her husband Richard own Smith's Country Counter on Lehigh Road.
"These steaks are from the market," she said. "They were marinated with lemon-pepper seasoning."
With spring here, despite the cold temperatures, Smith knew the recipe would feature meat.
"Hey, grill season is on the way," she said.
Smith and her husband have three grown children: Dee Myers of Norwalk, Missy Zoldesy of Cincinnati and Keith, who attends the pharmacy school at the University of Findlay.
When Smith isn't grilling, she's enjoying the outdoors at her Laurel Road home.
"I like gardening, flowering, crafts and entertaining," she said.
Today's recipe is perfect for warm weather.
"It's easy, fast and wonderful," Smith said.
Though she enjoys grilling, she almost shared her recipe for bean soup, which is her favorite comfort food. "It's the best dish I make."
And a cook always has certain ingredients on hand. "I have meat, spices, herbs, potatoes and fresh lettuce," she said.
Some dinners have made their way to the top-five list at the Smith home.
"I make steak, fish, lasagna, bean soup and burgers on the grill most often," she said. "I prefer fish. We just got fish in at the market."
She couldn't recall any cooking mishaps, but did share the story of when her husband attempted to make a cherry pie.
"His dog wouldn't even eat it," she said. "In fact, the dog even put it in his (Richard's) bed."
If company is coming over at the last minute, Smith fires up the grill. "Or I'll make a salad or tuna on a bagel."
If it's a potluck that's calling, Smith usually brings a cheese plate.
The featured recipe is also the one her family requests most often.
Smith said she follows all normal holiday cooking traditions. "I do Thanksgiving Day," she said.
She has simple advice for cooks. "Don't be scared, just go and do it."