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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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Smoky Roasted Corn Chowder (Vegan) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Maybe it was the lingering memory of eating Panera’s Summer Corn Chowder on a porch in Boston with my family this summer? Maybe it was the printout of Whole Foods ... Read on »
Creamy Ranch White Bean & Yogurt Dip by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  As a part of Siggi’s Culture Club, I not only get to share the love of Siggis yogurt with my friends–both real and virtual–I also have the opportunity to participate ... Read on »
Healing Lemon Pepper Roots & Greens Soup [Recipe Redux] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Preparatory thoughts for this month’s Recipe Redux were perfectly timed with The Professor’s first (and let’s hope, last) cold-and-flu-like illness of the season. ... Read on »
My New Favorite 5-Second Salad Dressing by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking 1 part spicy brown mustard  + 2-3 parts roasted pine nut hummus  + a splash of tamari (or liquid aminos)  + water to desired consistency ... Read on »
North African Black Eyed Pea Stew by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking My kitchen is a little excessively stocked with produce. For some reason I haven’t managed to accept the reality that many weeks I eat very few meals at home, and inste ... Read on »
Pot Pie Pasta with White Bean Gravy [Recipe Redux Sponsored Contest] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When I saw that the theme of the latest Recipe Redux contest, sponsored with the National Pasta Association  to celebrate National Pasta Month, was “Pasta Fits,” I knew ... Read on »
Autumn Squash & Sausage Gumbo by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The Professor was a little ‘miffed’ when he read my accusation of the fine cooks in upstate New York  marketing Manhattan Clam Chowder with okra as Seafood Gumbo. ... Read on »
…But At Least He Cleaned His Plate? by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Gotta love when you beautifully execute a number of dinner components— —roasting kabocha and sweet potatoes in Cajun seasoning… …steaming broccoli… …s ... Read on »
Spicy Shrimp Cacciatore by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking One of Mama Smart’s rotation o’ dinners growing up was a Hamburger Helper-like product involving onion and pepper tomato sauce you poured from a jar over chicken, baked ... Read on »
Vegan Pozole Rojo by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I tear a lot of recipes out of magazines, but I usually clip them all together and tuck them away, fully intending to work through them ‘one day’,* but the image of t ... Read on »
A New York State of Mind(less Ramblings) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Miss Smart: I’m not nervous about meeting everyone. I’ve already met your parents . The Professor: That’s good. Miss S: I am, however, nervous about the clothin ... Read on »
Druid City Garden Party 2014 by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Despite his adoration of steeplechasing (at least once a year, in Charlottesville, anyway), I was a bit caught off guard when The Professor queried, “So, do you want ... Read on »
Red Wine Ratatouille by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking In case you haven’t figured it out–and are even still visiting The Smart Kitchen every now and then to check on me-- second year of my PhD program has been a little b ... Read on »
You CAN Make Curry With Almond Milk…And Other Lessons From Thai Cooking by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Good news for those of you who-like me–rarely find yourself with any semblance of energy to meal plan, prep, and cook dinner these days: 1. That Thai curry past ... Read on »
End-of-Summer Sarah-bration by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Remember when we used to say “the start of September brings with it the start of school”? OK, maybe we never actually said that, but Labor Day DID use to be the “ ... Read on »
Honey Green Tea Energy Balls [Recipe Redux] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A couple of posts ago, I reviewed my new favorite “energy bars” and warned informed y’all that I’d be attempting to recreate some of the flavors as soon as possible ... Read on »
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 »