Everyone wants to cook a delicious meal every time they step into the kitchen.

In this free email series, you’ll discover :

the 3 simple flavoring secrets

how to spice up your cooking with spices

how to combine, balance & enhance flavors

THE 5 sauce recipes you can use on everything

how to add depth to your cooking with the use of aromatics

how to add freshness to meals with fresh herbs


We’ve all experienced this not-so-great cooking situation – you spend a ton of time following a recipe, creating a meal, and the end result is bland and boring.

Over the years, we’ve picked up a few tricks to make sure we never end up in this situation. Our bag of tricks includes 3 simple flavoring secrets that can turn a meal from “meh” to “hot dang!” Once you discover and apply these 3 secrets, you’ll go from average cook to amazing cook in no time.


The second part of our series simplifies the world of spices, so you’ll know how to spice up any meal, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it.

Our infographic spice guides will help you:

  • Discover the different tastes of all the various spices in the world
  • Find out which spices pair best with specific ingredients and dishes
  • Create new flavor profiles by blending spices together
  • Explore flavors from all around the world with ethnic spice blends

Enhance and balance flavors with The Flavor Star via @cooksmarts


Understanding how to combine and balance flavors is an important cooking concept, and the good news is, you don’t need to go to culinary school to learn how! When you sign up for our FREE email series, you’ll get a graphical study of flavor profiles in email #3, so that you can learn how to balance and enhance flavors, and become a flavoring pro.


Sauces are one of the biggest players in creating flavorful dishes. When you sign up for our FREE email series, we’ll send you 5 of our favorite sauce recipes that will taste fantastic on any dish:

  • Adobo-Honey – Spicy, sweet, and tangy, this sauce can be served over chicken kebabs, drizzled in turkey meatball lettuce cups, tossed with salad, and enjoyed alongside burgers.
  • Nuoc Nam – A Vietnamese staple, this is an essential dipping sauce for veggies and summer rolls, and the perfect marinade for flavoring meats and tofu.
  • Roasted Red Pepper & Eggplant Pesto – Pestos are great on almost anything, and this one gets a nice, smoky flavor from broiled sweet red peppers and eggplant.
  • Chimichurri – A quick and refreshing way to add flavor to meats and veggies. It’s also a good way to use up the extra cilantro and parsley you have in your fridge!
  • Marinara – A classic marinara sauce is something you must have on hand. Use as a pasta sauce, to eat with calzones, as a base for a creamy tomato soup, or add spices to make enchilada sauce.


Add flavor, aroma, and depth to your dishes by learning about aromatics. If you’ve been cooking for some time, you’ve probably noticed that most recipes start with some combination of garlic, onions, ginger, celery, or carrots. These might be the Big 5, but there are many other vegetables and herbs that are used as aromatics, and we explore many of them in our infographic guide.

In this free email series, we’ll cover the culinary definition and use of aromatics, how to prepare and when to use them, and aromatics by ethnic cuisines.


The last part of our email series invites you to explore the flavors, textures and aromas of herbs and what foods they pair best with. We’ll also teach you when to use fresh vs dried herbs, how to properly store them so that they’ll last longer, and 3 tips for cooking with herbs. With our herbaceous tips, you’ll be flavoring up all your meals with tasty freshness in no time!

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