Skirt Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions

Skirt Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

If you’re a die-hard meat eater, chances are, you absolutely love a good steak. Even if you prefer lean, white meats, there’s just something satisfying about a juicy hunk of red meat, bursting with beefy flavor. However, we know that eating like you’re at a steakhouse every night is not always possible, mostly because of budget. (And because you probably want to throw in some chicken or fish or … [Read more...]

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

We’ve been getting a mix of weather here in the Bay Area lately - rainy and windy one day, warm and sunny the next. . . Of course, we can’t complain, seeing as how we’re not snowed in or anything. But the alternating weather keeps changing our food moods. We would have a hankering for a comforting, slow-cooked meal one night, and the next, we’re ready to fire up the grill! Luckily, we have … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is in a couple of days, so you know what that means. . . Let’s get feastin’! Admittedly, we don’t deck ourselves out in shamrocks, but we sure do appreciate some good ol’ comforting Irish food. Which is why for St. Paddy’s Day this year, we’re sticking with a classic recipe for Irish Beef Stew. Last year, we featured a recipe for Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie, which was so … [Read more...]

Classic Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf| Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

It used to be that when someone mentioned “rice pilaf” to us, we would immediately think of the restaurant side dish. It sounded fancy and was very tasty, but we didn’t think about making it at home ourselves. Lo and behold, we discovered the secrets to making this flavorful side dish, and it has since become one of our favorites. It was hard not to, seeing as how it takes rice (one of our … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Is anyone sick of seeing all these recipes for soups and stews, and slow cooker meals that will warm you up during the chilly season? To be honest, we’re totally not! In fact, we just can’t get enough of them. Having a slow cooker meal is definitely a highlight of winter, and it’s also the perfect way to let something else do all the cooking for you. Once spring and summer roll around, we’re … [Read more...]

Guide to Adding Flavor with Aromatics

.@cooksmarts Guide to Building #Flavor with Aromatics #cookingtips

This is part 6 of our ‘How to Maximize Flavor’ series. Read more about it here and see how you can become a flavoring pro and never cook a bland meal again! If you’ve been cooking for some time, you’ve probably noticed that most recipes - whether it’s a sauce, soup, or saute - starts with some combination of garlic, onions, ginger, celery, or carrots. These are some of the most common … [Read more...]

Balsamic Chicken Kebabs

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Balsamic Chicken Kebabs #recipe

Grill season is the perfect time to have guests over to indulge in delicious foods with a charred, smoky flavor. There’s just something about being in good company, sharing conversations over barbecued meat and veggies! Take this quote by Julia Child - ”It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about - enjoying things.” Eating is … [Read more...]

Pork Chops with Balsamic Red Onions

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions #recipe

For our ingredient spotlight this week, we are picking an ingredient that most people have tasted or cooked with - balsamic vinegar. We adore balsamic vinegar because it adds so much flavor and really makes a dish stand out. Its incredible versatility has allowed us to enhance an elegant Balsamic Caprese Chicken dish for dinner; jazz up a side of Garlic Roasted Broccoli with a simple balsamic … [Read more...]

Yellow Curry Chicken with Carrots and Turnips

Yellow Chicken Curry with Carrots and Turnips 2 | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

When a new client reaches out to me for in-home cooking lessons, they're sent a survey that helps me better understand their cooking challenges. I would say 1 out of 3 responses come back with the plea, "I need more ideas on how to cook chicken!" Since chicken is the most common protein cooked in American homes, it's no wonder most families are constantly looking for new ideas to put into their … [Read more...]

Recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rotisserie Chicken Salad | Repurposed Meals | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I know that the store-bought rotisserie chicken is a constant in the grocery cart of many families. It's why every store carries them. A few Fridays ago, I found myself in my local Whole Foods when they announced their Friday special - $5 rotisserie chickens! No joke! You can't even get a pint of strawberries for $5 at Whole Foods, so I went to prepared foods section and grabbed 2. I completely … [Read more...]