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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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"Baking" for Bastrop by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Remember last April when I made Cherry Almond Butter Brownies for the citywide Austin Bake Sale for Japan? Well, Kathryn is at it again. This time Austin Bakes is working to ... Read on »
"Banished" Beef Curry by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking People often ask me,* "Sarah, tell me about how you grocery shop. I'd love to witness that." And, while it IS a sight to behold (much like my ordering practices in restauran ... Read on »
"Diet" Butter Brownies by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I pulled SUCH a "Diet Coke with my triple bacon cheeseburger"* move this weekend. *Although I prefer Diet Coke to the real thing. So I would order it even if the calories ... Read on »
"Divide" and Conquer by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tonight I went to dinner at Continental Divide (there's not website, otherwise I would link, I promise), with some of the loveliest girls in the world. I know wha ... Read on »
"Do you eat those?" by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Why yes, Mr. HEB Checkout Man, I do. In the summer, I go crazy for mysterious melon. In the winter, it is all about seriously strange squash. Everyone may be all abou ... Read on »
"F-I-D-E-O" by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A week or so ago, I received an e-mail from Tianna asking if I would participate in a Blogger Iron Chef...party? Get-together? [As there was no contest, and no winner, I cou ... Read on »
"Happy Givings" to All! by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking a conversation about Christmas between me and my students... small child #1: "I might not have Christmas this year." small child #2: "Me neither." me: "Why not?" s ... Read on »
"I am never drinking again..." by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Well, my little Smarties, I survived the epic Austin Wine Cellar Classic , albeit just barely. That was a heck of a lot of wine. Yesterday was over the top, to say the least ... Read on »
"I Bet You Don't Eat Pizza..." by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking One of my co-workers said to me the other day, "Oh, I bet you don't eat pizza." Wrong. I love pizza. LOVE LOVE LOVE pizza. I just don't eat Dominos. Or Pizza Hut. Or ... Read on »
"I'm Bored!" She Roared by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Have you ever thought about how hard it is to say the word roared? I literally spent 15 minutes helping a group of my kids practice saying it yesterday afternoon. To break i ... Read on »
"I'm Gonna Need a Second Heart For All This Love..." by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Hey there, Smarties! Did you miss me? I didn't forget about you, I promise, I've just been busy soaking up a whole lot of love. ;)* *I wink, there, like it's that kind of ... Read on »
"Natural" Fast Food? by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I don't know about you, but when I think of fast food, the word "natural"does not immediately pop into my mind. When Foodbuzz contacted me as part of the Tastemakers program ... Read on »
"Orange" You Glad It's Nutella Day? by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Happy World Nutella Day! That's right, y'all: today, February 5th, is World Nutella Day , a holiday started in 2007 and continued today, as a way to celebrate the delici ... Read on »
"Please-a Tu-nisia" Chickpea Stew by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Normal people, when moving to a new place (and certainly when moving to a new state) attempt to eat up all of their food--both perishable and non-perishable--before vacating ... Read on »
"Saving Room" for Sparkling Spice by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Celebrating the new year started early on Friday, when I found myself at Whole Foods ... ...where the party had already started.... ...with sparkling wine tastings! [ ... Read on »
"Snowed In" Stew by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Sadly, the title of this post does not refer to one of the best Christmas albums of all time, made by Hanson, and titled, you guessed it...Snowed In. But if your mind went t ... Read on »
"What Do You Eat?" Wednesday by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Since I work in a food environment, my decision to become a vegan for the month of October (and beyond?) as part of the Vegan Month of Food has been the topic of much conver ... Read on »
"Your Cheese Arrived." by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When I walked into my house last Tuesday evening, my roommate looked up from the episode of General Hospital she was watching on SoapNET* long enough to say, "Your cheese ar ... Read on »
#Cho Confessions by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Did you know there was a magazine called True Confessions that ran from 1922 through the 1960s? It appears to be a cross between True Crime and Seventeen Magazine’s Tra ... Read on »
#CupcakeRiot (Cupcake Smackdown 3.0) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Yesterday was Cupcake Smackdown 3.0 [for those of you not 'down' with the point O monikers...that would mean, "the third annual"]. I have a sad lack of photos, as I spent t ... Read on »