The Ultimate Infographic Guide to Spices via @cooksmarts

The Ultimate Infographic Guide to Spices

We are diving into the exciting world of spices in Week 2 of our How to Maximize Flavor Cook Smarts 101 series. What makes spices so exciting? Let’s use the analogy of an artist. You as the cook are the artist and spices are your paints - they can bring a blank canvas (or dish) to life! They allow you to be creative and adventurous with your cooking and best of all, they prevent you from eating … [Read More...]

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Guacamole Tequila-Lime Chicken #recipe

Guacamole Tequila-Lime Chicken

Picture yourself stretching your legs out on a sandy beach in Mexico, with an umbrella overhead to shade you from the hot sun. You lean back against the beach chair and cool off with a glass of margarita, as you reach for some crispy tortilla chips … [Read More...]

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 7/21/14 via @cooksmarts

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 7/21/14

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for July 21, 2014 Monday: Adobo-Honey Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Salad and Quinoa Tuesday: Turkey Meatball Lettuce Cups with Adobo-Honey Sauce Wednesday: Bombay Shrimp Saute with Basmati Rice Thursday: … [Read More...]

Lin: Hero in the Kitchen via @CookSmarts

Lin: Juggling Healthy Meals and Happy Kids

"I feel like I'm still learning [how to cook], but things are getting easier." If there’s one thing about cooking, it’s that you are always learning something no matter how good you are. Lin has impressed us with all the photos of the delicious … [Read More...]

Lessons Learned from Trying to be a Food Network Star - Part 2

Lessons Learned from Trying to be a Food Network Star – Part 2

If you read my post from last week, you probably figured out that I didn’t last very long on The Next Food Network Star. In fact, I was unsurprisingly the first one kicked off. While nobody ever wants to be the first to go, I was relieved to be … [Read More...]

Side Dish via @CookSmarts: Tomato Bruschetta #recipe

Tomato Bruschetta

For those who have never had this classic Italian antipasto before, bruschetta is a simple and delicious side dish made of grilled bread rubbed with fresh garlic, and topped with a mixture of tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Yup! It’s that … [Read More...]

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Pesto Pasta with Shrimp #recipe

Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

When it comes to carbs, everyone has their opinion about it. Yay, nay, or maybe nay for 6 days, but the 7th day is okay (the “slow-carb” diet)? Well, the Cook Smarts team all has varying tastes, preferences, and dietary restrictions. But one thing … [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...]