How to slice, dice, and chop bell peppers

Bell peppers – green, yellow, orange, and red – are in season from summer through fall, and with some of my favorite summer produce disappearing, I turn to peppers to keep the feeling of summer alive. I love that they’re incredibly versatile – enjoy them raw in a salad, sauteed in a stir-fry, or filled… Get the full serving >

Chipotle-Inspired Shrimp and Black Bean Fajita Saute

Shrimp with Black Beans and Lime Cilantro Rice

Confession: I used to be a Chipotle addict (and may still be one . . . ). When the fast food chain first made its way to DC, I was working as a summer intern at an architecture firm and could easily eat 2 burritos everyday for lunch. I think I gained 5 lbs. each… Get the full serving >

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad Recipe by Cook Smarts

It’s rare that I’ll have a salad as a full meal. I love it on the side of something hot, but a salad on its own as an entire meal often feels a bit disappointing to a hearty eater like myself. However, this Asian Chicken Salad recipe is definitely one of the few exceptions that… Get the full serving >

Thai Basil Stir-Fry with Tofu, Eggplant, and Peppers

Wok for stir-frying

I remember the first time I had basil in a stir-fry. I had always enjoyed Italian basil in Mediterranean food. I love Thai basil in pho, the classic Vietnamese rice noodle soup. But basil in a stir-fry is the good stuff that will blow your taste buds away. Stir-frying is a great cooking formula to… Get the full serving >

Peanut-Sesame Noodles and Chicken or Tofu Satays

Peanut Sesame Noodles with Chicken Satays

This peanut-sesame noodles and chicken / tofu satays recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I know because I’ve cooked it for 50 more than once. During my senior year of college, I lived in a co-op where we all took turns cooking dinner for the house. One of my favorite parts of the… Get the full serving >

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