Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Pureed butternut squash soup #recipe via @cooksmarts

Every time I serve this pureed butternut squash soup, people ask, "How much cream did you use?" When I answer, "None," they're always shocked, and look at me with suspicious eyes. Hook me up to a lie detector; I swear there is no dairy in it. Somehow cooking butternut squash in some liquid and running it through some blender blades turns sometimes stringy butternut squash into a silky smooth and … [Read more...]

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 have no idea how they’re going to clean out those random vegetables that … [Read more...]

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 fleece and a hat, dreaming of tomato soup. I don't know what it is about the cold that makes me crave tomato soup, but … [Read more...]

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 Green Curry that gave you the basics to Thai currying and our Thai Red Curry Shrimp video with the awesome … [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...]

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. Blending soups is one of the easiest ways to bring a lot of vegetables … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash with White Bean Soup

Butternut Squash with White Bean Soup | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

This pureed butternut squash soup is the third and last recipe in our butternut squash ingredient spotlight. However, last rarely means least, and it certainly isn't the case here. In fact I think I've saved the best for last, as pureed soups are some of my favorite weeknight meals to make. People will tell you the longer you let a soup's flavors develop, the more delicious it will be. Those … [Read more...]