How to Prep Calzones

How to prep calzones #cookingvideo by @cooksmarts

Calzones are a wonderful Italian creation. They've got a crispy exterior, followed by a soft doughiness, and then oozing melty cheese and whatever yummy fillings you desire in the middle. And they don't just have to be creations of pizza parlors. You can easily make your own calzones at home using some store bought dough (or for the bakers out there, just use your favorite pizza dough … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 10/6/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 10/6/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for October 6, 2014 Monday: Sausage Hoagies with Sweet Potato Fries Tuesday: Spinach Calzones with Homemade Marinara and House Salad Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Chili with House Salad Thursday: Leftover Chili Nachos with House Salad We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner table. Subscribe to our weekly meal plan service … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/29/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/29/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 29, 2014 Monday: Parmesan & Panko Crusted Dover Sole with Roasted Parmesan Broccoli Tuesday: Kung Pao Noodles with Chicken and Carrots, Snow Peas, and Baby Corn Wednesday: Italian Sausage and Chard White Bean Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread Thursday: Sweet Potato, Parmesan, and Spinach Frittata with Apple Spinach Salad We do more than … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/22/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/22/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 22, 2014 Monday: Balsamic Salmon with Caprese and Quinoa Tuesday: Lemon-Oregano Panko-Crusted Chicken with Baba Ghanoush Veggie Plate Wednesday: Falafel Pita Sandwiches with Baba Ghanoush Thursday: Chopped Salad with Leftover Chicken We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner table. Subscribe to our … [Read more...]

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...]