Parmesan Garlic Bread

Parmesan Garlic Bread | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

You’re probably thinking, “Does anyone really need a recipe for garlic bread?” Truth is, no, you don’t need a recipe for buttery, garlicky bread. But does it hurt to have one more garlic bread recipe? Of course not! After all, you simply can’t go wrong with bread slathered with a butter garlic mixture. And when you sprinkle salty Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley on top, well, you’ve got one … [Read more...]

Win a Framed Infographic of Your Choice

Win a framed infographic of your choice (home decor and a cooking cheat sheet all in one!) via @CookSmarts #infographics

This is part 2 of our 3 week Maximize Flavor Giveaway. Now that we've wrapped up our How to Maximize Flavor series we want to give away some fun tools to help put your new smarts to use! If you missed the series, you can find all 6 parts here. Congratulations to Lisa S. for winning the 6 Specialty Spice Blends from Penzey’s last week! That giveaway is now closed and we are on to week 2 of our … [Read more...]

How to Maximize Flavor and Create Delicious Meals, Every Time

How to maximize flavor and create delicious meals every time you cook by @cooksmarts

We’ve all experienced this not-so-great cooking situation: you spend a ton of time following a recipe, creating a meal, and the end result is bland and boring. Over the years, we’ve picked up quite a few tricks to make sure we never end up in this situation. Even if a recipe has left a lot to be desired in the taste department, there are so many simple things you can do to turn a meal from … [Read more...]

Sauteed Peas and Beans

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Sauteed Peas and Beans #recipe

One of the best things about living in California is the abundant produce found year-round. We’re all for eating seasonally, but sometimes it’s a little hard not to take advantage of what’s in the supermarket. Especially when we’re nearing the end of warm-weather season and we would do anything to hold on to the last bits of summer! So when we came across some sugar snap peas, we knew we had to … [Read more...]

Greek Salad with Herbs

Greek Salad with Herbs

I'm one of those lucky women who's married to someone who cares more about healthy living than I do. He's the vegetarian; I love a bloody rare steak. He enjoys hummus and carrots for dessert; I gorge in a pint of Ben and Jerry's next to him. We can be quite the odd couple. Luckily, we both can agree on the importance of a salad. My husband likes to start dinners with a salad because the fiber … [Read more...]

Lime Cilantro Rice a La Chipotle

Lime Cilantro Rice Recipe

Yesterday you learned that I had a bit of a Chipotle addiction. Being Chinese, I am also addicted to rice, so I clearly was going to love Chipotle's lime cilantro rice. I literally craved it like a drug addict needing a fix. Luckily it's not so hard to make at home and is a great way to repurpose day-old rice and requires just a few ingredients: some oil, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. And if … [Read more...]

Chipotle Burgers with Guacamole

Chipotle Burgers with Guacamole

Yesterday we talked how to grill burgers, and today I'm sharing my favorite burger recipe of this summer: chipotle burgers with guacamole. This magical recipe was actually inspired by a rather mundane task; I was going through my typical Sunday routine, rooting through the fridge to see what needed to be used before spoiling, and I found an open can of chipotles. I already was planning on making … [Read more...]

How to make a hand-chopped pesto

hand chopped pesto

I know that a lot of you will be firing up the grill later this week to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you're grilling burgers, chicken, or vegetables, if you really want to up the flavor ante, you'll have to go beyond marination. Clearly a tasty marinade provides a good start, but you also need a strong finish. Today's "How-To Tuesday" shows you how to make a hand-chopped pesto that will … [Read more...]

Guacamole with Sriracha

Guacamole with Sriracha

There are recipes we make because we have to feed our bodies, and there are recipes we make because we want to feed our memories. While guacamole with Sriracha seems basic and simple, every time I make it, I think of my husband's late Uncle David, his wife Lucy, and the few days we gathered in their Los Angeles kitchen in August of 2005 to remember David. I sadly had only met David once in … [Read more...]

Mexican Meatballs with Fire-Roasted Tomato & Coconut Sauce

Mexican Meatballs Recipe by Cook Smarts

I’m super excited to share this recently-created Mexican Meatballs recipe and use it as an example of how easy it can be to create your own recipes. Even if you’re not an experienced cook, you probably are an experienced eater and that’s the only qualification you need to develop recipes. Just start paying attention to what you like, why you like it, and how different flavors and ingredients … [Read more...]