Grandparents’ Day: Cook Up Something Grand

Grandparent's Day Menu via @CookSmarts #recipes

"No matter how much you eat, your grandma won’t believe that you’re not hungry.” We came across this quote the other day, and thought that nothing could be further from the truth! It always seems as if all grandparents have a competition over who can stuff their grandkids more. But then again, that’s one of the lovable things about grandparents. What better way to show that you care about … [Read more...]

Portobello Pesto Pizzas

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Portobello Pesto Pizzas #recipe

We can’t say this enough, but...we LOVE pizza. There’s just something about a crispy crust, tomato sauce, melty cheese, veggies, and meat, all baked together, that is just wonderfully delicious. And as people who love to cook, whenever we love certain foods, we’ll always make it at home! Whether it’s our favorite combo, a Green Pepper and Mushroom Pizza, or a classic, simple Margherita Pizza … [Read more...]

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Balsamic Red Onions

Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Red Onions Recipe via @cooksmarts

A regular ol' grilled cheese is pretty darn good on its own. Butter + sandwich bread + melted cheese is always a winner. However, if you're interested in making this childhood standby into more of a sophisticated adult meal, I highly recommend adding some onions. For those who are always looking to adding extra depth and flavor to their meals, caramelized onions are always a good choice. … [Read more...]

5 Tips for the Best Homemade Pizza + Green Pepper and Mushroom Pizza

Green Pepper and Mushroom Pizza Recipe by Cook Smarts

I'm a pizza monster (my original confession here), and I know I'm not alone. We featured this green pepper and mushroom pizza as part of our meal plan service the week of September 30th, and not surprisingly I found a lot of pizza monsters in our community. Homemade pizza - even if you don't have a crazy hot oven or a pizza stone - can be just as good as a restaurant's. It's taken me many years … [Read more...]

Summer Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Caprese Salad by Cook Smarts

While I live to cook and entertain, it's become harder to do as more and more of our friends have had kids. Dinner parties start at 5 and end at 8, so everyone can rush home to start the bedtime routine. To accommodate this new stage of life, I now find it easier just bring the cooking to them rather than having them schlep kids, toys, carseats, iPad entertainment systems, and bottles to us. Plus … [Read more...]

Basic Margherita Pizza on the Grill

How to make pizzas on a grill

Yesterday I posted on how to make pizzas on the grill. Today, I want to share the recipe for a margherita pizza, probably the most basic pizza combination out there but really one of my favorites. For pizza purists, there is nothing better than the simple margherita (not to be confused with the cocktail margarita, which also happens to be another one of my many indulgences). It's all about the … [Read more...]

Balsamic Caprese Chicken

Balsamic Caprese Chicken Recipe

Meals can be separated into two categories: those that are quick and simple that you make for weeknight dinners and those that are photogenic and have a *wow* effect that you save for company. And then there are some very special meals that fall into both of these categories. This balsamic caprese chicken is one of those chicken recipes that can be easily whipped up on a weeknight or dressed up on … [Read more...]

Shortcut Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes

With the low-carb, paleo, Atkins movement, potatoes are no longer the food staple they used to be, but it doesn't mean that we don't love them in moderation. After all who could say no to twice baked potatoes. They'll always be a comforting presence at any dinner. However, to get them on the table for a weeknight dinner might take more time than most of us have unless you use my little shortcut. … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu | Weeknight Recipes

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

In last week's "Heroes in the Kitchen" post, Carla Graves shared her story about how cooking has remained a constant through all of her life stages. Family dinners were an important part of her childhood, and Carla has made home cooked meals a priority with her 2 year old son. I asked her to give us one of her favorite weeknight recipes, and she was kind enough to share her Baked Chicken Cordon … [Read more...]

Simple, Healthy, and Tasty Sauteed Garlicky Swiss Chard

Sauteed Garlicky Chard Recipe by Cook Smarts

I consider myself a fairly healthy person, but I would never eat something just because it was healthy. It also has to taste good. Apparently, I’m just too much of a hedonist to sacrifice taste for health. I think there are a lot of people like me but they also hold the notion that healthy cannot taste good. If this were true, I’d be constantly starving or extremely overweight by now. This … [Read more...]