Asian-Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts

#52NewFoods Challenge: Book by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Asian-Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts by @CookSmarts

Recently, we decided to take on the 52 New Foods Challenge, which is a way to try new foods, cook together with the family, and have fun while doing so. Created by Crunch a Color’s Jennifer Tyler Lee, the new book, The 52 New Foods Challenge, is about getting the whole family involved and interested in the cooking process and experimenting with different foods. Last week, we went for a familiar … [Read more...]

Thai Basil Stir-Fry with Tofu, Eggplant, and Peppers

Wok for stir-frying

I remember the first time I had basil in a stir-fry. I had always enjoyed Italian basil in Mediterranean food. I love Thai basil in pho, the classic Vietnamese rice noodle soup. But basil in a stir-fry is the good stuff that will blow your taste buds away. Stir-frying is a great cooking formula to know because you can throw anything into a wok and rely on the stir-fry sauce to bind it together … [Read more...]

Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Tofu, Broccoli, and Carrots

Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Tofu, Broccoli, and Carrots Recipe by Cook Smarts

I'm a sucker for a warm noodle soup. It's probably the one dish I crave at least once a week, and I'm sure I've never met a noodle soup that I didn't want to just completely slurp down. Because I know I have these cravings, I always have all the necessary ingredients on hand. If you are a noodle soup lover like me, let me tell you how to stock up. I keep a variety of fresh noodles of different … [Read more...]

Peanut-Sesame Noodles and Chicken or Tofu Satays

Peanut Sesame Noodles with Chicken Satays

This peanut-sesame noodles and chicken / tofu satays recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I know because I've cooked it for 50 more than once. During my senior year of college, I lived in a co-op where we all took turns cooking dinner for the house. One of my favorite parts of the experience was creating a menu that would satisfy a whole list of requirements: Can it be made in mass quantity and … [Read more...]

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Shitake Mushroom Stir Fry

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Shitake Mushroom Stir-Fry by Cook Smarts

Last week I decided it was time for me to finally put together a video on how to stir-fry. I had already made more than enough trips to the grocery store, so I decided this video was going to have to be made with whatever was in my fridge. Luckily you can throw almost any combination of ingredients into a stir-fry and know that it will likely taste pretty darn good. After a minute of digging … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Tofu Pad Thai Adapted for the Home Cook’s Pantry

Vegetarian Tofu Pad Thai by Cook Smarts

I still remember the first time I tasted Pad Thai. I was a teenager in high school. It was my first Thai dining experience. And that authentic dining experience was at a Tara Thai located in a typical suburban strip mall in Rockville, Maryland. Alright, so I'm not sure how "authentic" it was, but it sure was tasty. Even if you're not an ethnic food enthusiast, you've probably tried Pad Thai at … [Read more...]