Grilled Veggie Panini

Grilled Veggie Panini | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Since it’s #EatMoreVeggies Month here at Cook Smarts, we’re going to share a recipe today to help you do just that. So far in this series, we showed you fun ways to enjoy veggies, whether it’s in the form of ‘zoodles’ or fritters. So for this week’s recipe, we're keeping it super simple, and anyone can make this at home. It may seem like a very obvious recipe - veggie sandwich - but it’s all in … [Read more...]

Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

We don’t need to do any spreadsheets or major analyzing to know that a few of our members’ favorite things or most requested items are: Steak Tacos Chimichurri sauce So we decided to make one awesome weeknight dinner by combining all of these into one meal - Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce. Not only is it taco night (which, in our opinion, should happen once a week!), but meat eaters … [Read more...]

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...]