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...]

Recipe for Pureed Broccoli and Celeriac (aka Celery Root) Soup

Recipe for Pureed Broccoli and Celeriac Soup | Ingredient Spotlight

If it's a vegetable, I promise you I've tried to puree it into a soup with my immersion blender. And since we're ingredient spotlighting broccoli this week, I think you can guess what recipe we're featuring today: a pureed broccoli soup. Every week I place a head of broccoli in my grocery cart, so I've developed a pretty good rotation of different ways to cook broccoli. The prettier florets are … [Read more...]

Broccoli and Fingerling Potato Frittata with Caramelized Onions

Broccoli and Fingerling Potato Frittata with Caramelized Onions Recipe by Cook Smarts

We announced yesterday that we would be doing an Ingredient Spotlight on broccoli this week. Just because the Supreme Court won't argue for broccoli, doesn't mean that somebody shouldn't. We're kicking off our three-part broccoli recipe series with one of my favorite breakfasts, lunches, and dinners: the frittata. If you've never made a frittata, pick up a carton of eggs after work tonight, … [Read more...]

How to Thai Curry

Green Curry with Chicken and Zucchini | How to Thai Curry | Cooking Basics

I absolutely love the flavors of Thai cooking. For a long, long time though, I thought it wasn't something you could easily make at home, so I had set it aside in my "Ethnic Food Only for Eating Out or Takeout" category (this is also where monster burritos reside). But then I had a friend make a red curry for me, and I saw how simple it was. With the exception of the curry paste, it turned out I … [Read more...]

Seared & Roasted Cauliflower Steak

Seared and Roasted Cauliflower Steak | Ingredient Spotlight

This is our 3rd and final recipe in the Cauliflower Ingredient Spotlight series. In this last recipe, we wanted to showcase the vegetable in its purest form using one of our favorite cooking formulas the Sear and Roast and show you how meaty cauliflower can be, even on its own. Cauliflower steak? Maybe you think I'm trying to pull one over on you, but I'm not. Yes, on the surface there really … [Read more...]

Everything Tastes Better with Caramelized Onions

Different ways to use caramelized onions via @cooksmarts

Dear Cook Smarts, My cooking is feeling bland and boring. What can I do to add a little flavor that's quick and doesn't require investing in a lot of new spices or jarred sauces? Our simple answer: put some caramel in it. And by that we mean, some caramelized onions. There is a reason why the burgers are your local restaurant are so good - just this minor addition gives whatever you're … [Read more...]

Farro Vegetable Risotto + A Kin Community Video

I met the folks behind KIN COMMUNITY about a month back in Santa Monica. They're a growing YouTube channel specializing in all things women - fashion, food, travel, and a totally irreverent and fun look on parenting from the hilarious "How to be a Dad" duo. Besides being super nice, they are passionate about producing quality info/enter-tainment for women that is incredibly beautiful and inviting. … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash and Farro Casserole

Butternut Squash and Farro Casserole | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I know what you're thinking: Casserole? Isn't that something women made in the 60's? Yes, it's true, but this casserole (or bake) has been updated with sophisticated and healthy ingredients for the modern cook. It features one of my favorite grains farro (sadly not gluten-free but millet would be a great gluten-free substitute). The chewiness of the farro combined with the creaminess of the … [Read more...]