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TheSmartCook

I am obsessed with all things culinary, and I like to have a "smart" approach to cooking, which I define as healthy, economical, creative, and realistic. In The Smart Kitchen you will get to see the healthy recipes I create, those I test and/or adapt, as well as the choices I make when... Full Bio
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The Time I Went To Maine and Ate a Lobster Roll…and Then Met The Cutest Baby in the World. by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It’s been a week since I got back from the epic Maine & Massachusetts adventure… …which, oddly enough turned out to include everything I imagined it would… ... Read on »
Next Stop: Summer Vacation by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Travel snacks are being packed. An absurd amount of time has been spent on making summer playlists for the rental car drives. And I’m off to check one more ... Read on »
EFFI Foods? EFFI(n’) Good. [Review] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking This might be the easiest review I ever write. I can honestly say I’ve never received a product to sample that disappeared as quickly as these EFFI (Eco Friendly Food ... Read on »
The “I Could Eat the Whole Bowl of This and I Don’t Even Like Salad” Salad by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Aside from the fact that I served my friend Emily a pile of Jason’s Deli bean salad mixed with tofu and tomatoes, topped with cold, leftover, White Bean & Sun Dried T ... Read on »
#WhataGrillWants are Smoked Ribs (Guest Post by The Professor) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tuesday night, I looked over and realized that The Professor was not, in fact, returning family and work e-mails, but was instead blogging. Oh how times have change ... Read on »
Quick Confetti Couscous by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Combining kitchens is never easy, even if one of the kitchens belongs to a bachelor with one set of good knives and lots of empty cabinets and the other belongs to a fo ... Read on »
Peach & Pepper Sausage Hash with Kale & Eggs (Vegetarian) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking After spending much of the past two weeks eating the same ‘single lady’  dinner I admittedly love involving many things thrown in a bowl and covered in either ketchup ... Read on »
Banana Date Peanut Butter by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It’s a shame I don’t really measure anything very often anymore, mostly because it means y’all can’t recreate things like THIS at home. Because if I tried to ex ... Read on »
Michelada Baked Rice [Recipe Redux] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It probably had something to do with my newly rediscovered (not that it had been that long) love affair with Bloody Marys.* *Specifically those made at The Avenue P ... Read on »
Happy Birthday to the Professor! by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Happy Birthday, Professor. Since–unlike a sugar maple–I keep my sap private, I’ll just say this: Thank you for letting me throw parties in your backyard, ev ... Read on »
The Best Way to Cook Summer Squash by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Papa Smart used to always say*that people didn’t know they liked  summer squash until they’d had it cooked with dill. *always [adverb]: at least once or twice in ... Read on »
Grilled Corn Caprese Salsa by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking And for the next installment of the OXO #WhataGrillWants review series, we turn, naturally, to strippers. CORN strippers that is. Chapter 3: OXO Corn Stripp ... Read on »
Raspberry Pecan Vanilla Wafer Cake by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I’m really glad I didn’t let my baking insecurities get the best of me on the Fourth of July. The timing was impeccable: Mama Smart was coming to visit  and it ju ... Read on »
When Mama Smart Comes to Town… by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When Mama Smart comes to town… …you will get attacked by an alligator and she won’t care. However, she will learn about the “sorority squat” after a morning o ... Read on »
Sun Dried Tomato + Basil White Bean Burgers (Vegan, Gluten-Free) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A good veggie burger recipe is hard to find. By ‘good’ I mean one that is flavorful, healthy, easy to make, doesn’t require you to make four different pots o ... Read on »
Sparkling Berry Mint Lemonade Sangria by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I’m just going to let this speak for itself. Sparkling Berry Mint Lemonade Sangria 1 750 ml bottle sparkling sweet white (moscato) wine, chilled 1 75 ... Read on »
Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil Mint Vinaigrette by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I guess it would have been nice of me to share that delicious, summery, made from completely local* ingredients Tomato & Cucumber Salad I flaunted in my OXO Little Sala ... Read on »
OXO Little Salad Dressing Shaker #WhataGrillWants by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I know y’all were probably hoping I wouldn’t be writing ANY of the OXO #WhataGrillWants reviews after the success of The Professor’s Chapter One write-up , but he has c ... Read on »
(Yo Yo) Yoats. by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Is it just me, or is there often some sort of internal blogger battle between overnight oats and the number of blueberries I want to push into this jar and stove ... Read on »
(Vegetarian) Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Eggplant by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking As much as I have loved blogging over the years, the one thing it has done is made me feel like I’m not really cooking if I’m not making up something strangely unique ... Read on »