5 Delicious and Easy Ways to Use Up Vegetables


I delight in purging stuff, so when April rolls around, spring cleaning is on the top of my to-do list.  It’s no surprise then that for April’s #CookMoreIn2013 tip, we’re going to talk cleaning, specifically fridge cleaning. I know that every home cook has had moments of looking into their fridge and realizing that they… Get the full serving >

Discover the Secret Ingredients to the Perfect Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup with Sundried Tomatoes

After more than 10 years in Northern California, I no longer handle the cold very well. While I understand a Bay Area winter is nothing compared to the noreasters I endured as a kid, it still gets plenty cold. Cold enough for me to spend most days in my home office bundled up in a… Get the full serving >

Pureed Kabocha Squash & Sweet Potato Red Curry Soup

Pureed Kabocha Squash and Sweet Potato Red Curry Soup | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Even though it’s summer, I’ve been on a curry kick lately. As someone who has spent a lot of time sweating over plates of spicy food in hot and humid SE Asia, curry is a year-round meal for me. We’ve already featured curry a few times on this blog; there was our Chicken and Zucchini… Get the full serving >

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… Get the full serving >

Garlicky Cauliflower, Potato, and Leek Soup

Garlicky Cauliflower, Potato, and Leek Soup | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

In the previous Cauliflower Ingredient Spotlight, we showed you how to make a rich and decadent gratin. In this next recipe, we’re going to present a cauliflower recipe that only tastes and feels rich but lacks those heavy, rich calories. As this blog grows, readers will quickly figure out that I love my immersion blender…. Get the full serving >

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