Greek-Inspired Meat Sauce

Greek Inspired Meat Sauce

What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into a taco filling? Some Latin-spices, like cumin, coriander, and / or ancho chili powder. What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into an Italian pasta sauce? Some Italian-spices, like oregano, basil, or fennel seeds. What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into a Greek-inspired pasta sauce? Some Greek spices, like allspice and cinnamon. While today's … [Read more...]

How to cube eggplant

Italian Eggplant

Photo credit: FreshTaste A traditional Italian eggplant can be quite the mysterious vegetable. Purple and bulbous, there's no other vegetable like it. I love cubing this vegetable and throwing it into pasta sauces and roasting it with some olive oil and herbs. Today's 'How-To' post shows you how to cube eggplant for easy and quick cooking. Tomorrow, we'll show you how we use cubed eggplant in our … [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...]

Oven-Roasted Beef, Chicken, or Tofu Kebabs -> Dressed Up in a Pesto Orzo

Repurposed Kebabs to Pesto Orzo | Weekly Meal Plans by Cook Smarts

We are so excited to announce that we launched our weekly meal planning newsletter last week. If you haven't heard about it, it's a free email that comes out every Thursday. Subscribers receive a weekly meal plan, which we pack with our signature smarts, delivered right to their inbox. It's basically like getting a mini-cooking lesson every week for free (how awesome is that?). One of the most … [Read more...]

Sauteed Red Pepper, Eggplant, Tofu Tacos to Pasta with an Herb Sauce

Sauteed Red Pepper, Eggplant, Tofu Tacos | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

This is now officially "Herb Week" on the CS blog. On Wednesday, we showed you how to best store herbs for longest shelf life, and before that we showed you how to make a quick herb sauce that can flavor-dazzle (can I trademark that phrase?) dozens and dozens of dishes. Today we're going to show you two different ways to utilize that herb sauce in your dinner menu. I realize so many of us are … [Read more...]

The Sear & Roast

Sear and Roasted Pork Chop | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Photos below are the sear & roast cooking formula applied to one of my favorite cuts of meat, the good ol'  pork chop: Read more about the sear & roast We've taught you how to blanch and saute vegetables and also how to stir-fry them with or without proteins. But for our next cooking formula, we're turning our attention to big hunkin' chunks of meat for the carnivores out there … [Read more...]