5 Ways to Streamline Grocery Shopping


How many grocery stores do you visit every week to get everything you need? I recently posted this question to our Facebook page and received a wide variety of answers. There were a few "1's" but most answered a lot more than 1. One member even replied, "A gazillion. I live there." I used to feel the same way (but admittedly I probably enjoy grocery shopping more than most). However, I've … [Read more...]

Cooking is More Fun with Friends

Cooking is More Fun with Friends | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I wrote the post below last April when I was giving cooking lessons in the Bay Area. I've since stopped giving lessons, but I still very much believe in the message of the original post. For our July #CookMoreIn2013 tip, I thought I'd repost it, hoping it'll inspire you to find a buddy this summer to kickstart your cooking routine. Plus, making mistakes in the kitchen is much more fun when you … [Read more...]

Knife Skills 101 | June #CookMoreIn2013 Tip

It’s the first of the month, which means another #CookMoreIn2013 tip is here. You’ve learned how to be conscientious about your meals, what cookware to purchase, what to stock in your pantry, how to use up vegetables, and the importance of prepping ahead. All are incredibly important cooking tips, but June’s tip will focus on the most important skill you’ll ever learn in the kitchen - how to use a … [Read more...]

The Importance of Prepping and Getting a Head Start in the Kitchen | May #CookMoreIn2013 Tip

Prepped groceries ready for cooking

So, we’re one week late with May’s #CookMoreIn2013 tip but better late than never. That actually is my philosophy on learning to cook too - it’s never too late to learn, and it definitely is a skill that you and the people around you can always benefit from regardless of how late in life you start. Anyhow, I digress. Let’s get back to May’s tip: The Importance of Prepping and Getting a Head Start … [Read more...]

5 Delicious and Easy Ways to Use Up Vegetables


I delight in purging stuff, so when April rolls around, spring cleaning is on the top of my to-do list.  It’s no surprise then that for April’s #CookMoreIn2013 tip, we’re going to talk cleaning, specifically fridge cleaning. I know that every home cook has had moments of looking into their fridge and realizing that they have no idea how they’re going to clean out those random vegetables that … [Read more...]

Stock this List of Pantry Essentials and Never Be Far from a Delicious Meal

The Cook Smarts List of Pantry Essentials

March is here! And you know what that means? It’s time for another #CookMoreIn2013 tip from us. March’s tip is going to address a question we get from so many readers: “What should I stock in my pantry?” The right answers to this question will enable you to always have a meal on hand. I compare putting together an optimal pantry with putting together an optimal wardrobe. Similar problems exist … [Read more...]

Cookware Essentials to Build a Smarter Kitchen

Essential Prep Tools by Cook Smarts

Today is February 1st, which means we are already in month #2 of our #CookMoreIn2013 campaign. For those of you who tried out January's tip, we'd love to hear what you discovered by writing down the meals you ate out vs. the meals you cooked. Our February #CookMoreIn2013 tip is all about the cookware essentials for building a smarter kitchen. After all, if you don't have the right equipment, … [Read more...]

Cook More in 2013 Challenge – January Tip


We are officially launching our #CookMoreIn2013 campaign! Every month, we'll offer you one idea to help you #CookMoreIn2013. None of them will rock the boat on their own but these small changes will add up to bigger changes in the long run and help you tackle any cooking goal you set for yourself. So what might those goals be? Maybe it's 1 home-cooked meal a month, maybe it's 2. Maybe you … [Read more...]

3 New Habits that Will Help You Cook More in 2013

The 3 New Habits that Will Help You Cook More in 2013

The new year is just around the corner, and I know that many of y'all will be making resolutions to cook more and be healthier in 2013. I've been reading Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit with a lens on how can I help you really cook more, not just in the new year but throughout your entire life. I've come up with a 3 new habits to develop to make your resolutions a reality because we all know … [Read more...]