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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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Sprint 2 Atlanta: Spring Break Edition by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I’m still not fully recovered from my “Six States. Two Weeks.” 2014 world East Coast tour, but I best go ahead and document it digitally* because, well, the best ... Read on »
On Smart Family Time… by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Back aboard a train, and onward to Pennsylvania. Mama Smart greeted me and we kicked off the next part of my Spring Break with dinner at a new (to me) Asian fus ... Read on »
“Homecoming” Weekend in Charlottesville by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking All aboard the snack train! No, literally, I was snacking on a train.* *Would you? Could you? On a train? That visit to the Baltimore Whole Foods provi ... Read on »
Good Morning, Baltimore! by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I guess, technically, we arrived in the late afternoon, but you can’t take me anywhere without some sort of musical allusion trailing behind.  Of course, the th ... Read on »
Chocolate Caramel Day Giveaway! (Balance Bars) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking So, when I was teaching elementary school, I became “famous” (the way one does) for these caramelized brownies I often made that sometimes started from scratch and so ... Read on »
Smooth(ie) Operator by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I think I have made more smoothies in the past two weeks than in the past two years combined. (I also think I may have used this blog post title before.) Pe ... Read on »
Last-Minute Peanut Flour Brownies by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  This was a bit of a debacle. And the final rose themed Coconut French Yogurt Cake almost was too, when I remembered at the last minute that one of my guests–th ... Read on »
Coconut Oat French Yogurt Cake by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I must admit, the creamy Southwestern hominy ‘grits’ I made for the California Dairy Recipe Redux Challenge wasn’t the original yogurt-inspired creation I made. W ... Read on »
Southwestern Shrimp ‘n’ Hominy Grits [California Dairy Recipe Redux Challenge] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Y’all know that of all the Food Network princes,* Tyler Florence is the one who I’d want to wake me up from a poison-induced deep sleep in the forest, but we all have t ... Read on »
Last Week Was Bananas & Why Lucy Hale Wishes She Were On Nashville by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we? And by elephant in the room, I mean banana(s) on the blog. These bananas may not be in pajamas (march ... Read on »
Blueberry Banana Pistachio Oat Pancakes by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking So, apparently Tuesday was not only Mardi Gras, but also my FOURTH Blog Day! Good thing I celebrated something else . The Professor reminded me last week ... Read on »
Banana Honey Roasted Peanut Butter by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking On Monday I mentioned that the banana ‘flour’ cookie experiment was really just a chance for me to think outside of the (giant 14-lb) box of dried banana chips I happ ... Read on »
Banana ‘Flour’ Dark Chocolate Cookies by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When you’ve got a 14-lb. box of unsweetened banana chips taking up precious space in your (second) pantry–and don’t particularly like to eat them on their own– ... Read on »
We Think We Know, But We Have No Idea (Overcoming Disordered Eating, Part 6) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I had been so wrapped up in studying disordered eating (among other things), that I didn’t even realize–until Lindsay let me know – that it was National Eating Disord ... Read on »
Sweet Potato Coconut Massaman Fish Curry by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking On (What I Ate) Wednesday , I mentioned this Sweet Potato Massman Fish Curry I whipped up–literally, using an immersion blender–last week. When I say “whipped up,” ho ... Read on »
What I Ate (Previously) Frozen by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Considering I saw High School Musical 3 the weekend it came out in the theaters, and once went on a date to see The Princess & The Frog, it truly took me a ridiculous ... Read on »
Just To Clarify… by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Bahahaha with a “b” and hahaha with an “h” are two very different responses. Bahahaha (sometimes written Bah-hahaha or BAHahahaha) has an accent on the first syllable ... Read on »
Cajun Carrot Bloody Mary [Recipe Redux] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Lately I’ve been (I’ve been losing sleep)  consuming a few more drinks of the alcoholic persuasion than I used to, and my captivation with cocktails was apparently r ... Read on »
What I Ate (The Day After) Valentine’s Day by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Apparently The Professor and I are big on making up our own holidays. After New Year’s Eve was spent flying home from Key West and not making it past 9:00, why not ju ... Read on »