Weeknight Meal via @CookSmarts: Balsamic Steak #recipe

Balsamic Steak

A key to successful cooking is to keep things simple. Have you ever been to a restaurant where there were too many things going on in the dish that your taste buds got overwhelmed? After all, simplicity allows you to really taste the ingredients. Each season brings forth wonderful produce - spring asparagus, summer tomatoes, fall apples, winter squashes, to name just a few. Whenever we come … [Read More...]

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 7/14/14 via @cooksmarts

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 7/14/14

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for July 14, 2014 Monday: Grilled Balsamic Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches and Green Beans and Corn Tuesday: Grilled Balsamic Steak with Strawberry Arugula Salad and Hasselback Potatoes Wednesday: Lemon … [Read More...]

Ashleigh: Hero in the Kitchen via @CookSmarts

Ashleigh: Overcoming Cooking Challenges One by One

"Being able to cook allows me to save money and eat healthy by avoiding processed foods!" One of the good things about cooking is that you’re always learning and discovering new things, whether it’s a new ingredient or a different technique...or … [Read More...]

Lessons Learned from Trying to be a Food Network Star

Lessons Learned from Trying to be a Food Network Star

At the end of 2005 - when I was 24 - I did something absolutely crazy and unexpected. I auditioned for a reality TV show. Yes - somehow, I got it into my big ol’ twenty-something head that I could be a cooking show host. The fact that I only … [Read More...]

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter #recipe

Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter & Roasted Potatoes and Parsnips

Every so often, we put together a ‘Favorites’ menu that features our members’ favorite Cook Smarts meals. Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Salmon and Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Onions are a couple of dishes that top our Favorites list, and even today, we … [Read More...]

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 7/7/14 via @cooksmarts

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 7/7/14

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for July 7, 2014 Monday: Grilled Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette and Watermelon Feta Salad Tuesday: Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad with Leftover Salmon, Chickpeas, and Red Peppers Wednesday: Grilled … [Read More...]

Side Dishes via @CookSmarts: Red, White, and Blue Salad #recipe

Red, White, and Blue Salad

July 4th is just around the corner, and we can’t help but get a little festive. We also can’t help but indulge in the abundance of fresh berries right now, so this is a great time for a red, white, and blue dish! Everywhere you look this holiday, … [Read More...]

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: BBQ Chicken #recipe

Classic BBQ Chicken

Ah, July 4th...a great excuse to bust out the grill and fire up some delicious, chargrilled meals. Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to get the grill going, but the weather is not always grill-weather here in the Bay Area. We have had our share … [Read More...]

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 6/30/14 via @cooksmarts

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/30/14

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for June 30, 2014 Monday: Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Nuoc Nam Dressing Tuesday: Asian Summer Rolls with Pickled Cabbage Wednesday: Grilled Salmon with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and Sauteed Sugar Snap … [Read More...]

Jamie: Hero in the Kitchen via @CookSmarts

Jamie: Rediscovering the Joys of Cooking

"I love being able to offer my son a variety of different foods so that he can grow up to have a similar appreciation for good whole foods and cooking." Imagine having a baby, quitting your job, moving across the state, buying a new house, and … [Read More...]

Side Dish via @CookSmarts: Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing #recipe

Potato Salad with Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing

One of the great things about summer is all the amazing summer foods. Barbecues and outdoor picnics are a must when the sun is out and the weather is warm. We always enjoy a good time, and grilling up a ton of meats and veggies with some good company … [Read More...]