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The Coach Stop Restaurant East Hartland, CT Review

  My family does a lot of eating when we get together, and that usually means a ton of cooking. But for our most recent get-together, we decided to take a break from the time in the kitchen and go out to dinner at The Coach Stop Restaurant in East Hartland, CT. Although it was […]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Berry Shortcakes

Elegant dessert can be simple and rustic too with my Lemon Poppy Seed Berry Shortcakes. I love the idea of having dessert, but the thought of making it can be overwhelming, especially when you see such pretty and intricate desserts on a daily basis. If I’m going to make a dessert, I don’t want to break a […]

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The Weekender: Mother’s Day, Mozzarella, and Modeling

Happy Mother’s Day! Y’all hear me talk about Mother Cookie all the time on here. She’s my biggest fan and one of the main reasons this blog is able to exist. When I first started it, I was still living at home. My mama did everything possible to help me get it up and running. […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Overload Ice Cream Cake

Everybody likes cake, but everyone LOVES ice cream cake, especially when you pull out all the stops with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Overload Ice Cream Cake. That name is kind of like “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” but more mouth-watering to say. I know it looks like a masterpiece too fancy to be made anywhere other than a bakery, […]

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Guacamole Bites for Cinco de Mayo

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without guacamole, but I wouldn’t be The Smart Cookie Cook if I didn’t make a classic into something smarter like these Guacamole Bites. I know they look fancy, but don’t run away! I made these in less than 30 minutes. Everyone loves chips and dip at parties, especially because […]

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The Weekender: Pizza, Parties, & Paint

Could it actually be that we are finally on spring’s doorstep? We spend so long stuck in winter here in CNY that when a little bit of warm weather knocks on our door, it almost feels like a dream. In fact, we often get teased quite a few times before the warm weather sticks around […]

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Mexican Stuffed Shells

Forget what you know about stuffed pastas and open your mind to the possibilities with my Mexican Stuffed Shells. Mother Cookie made stuffed shells all the time when I was a kid, but never like this. Her shells were traditional ricotta filling-stuffed and covered with marinara and more cheese. That’s why I was surprised when […]

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Avocado, Egg, and Tomato Brunch Sandwich

You’ll actually want to get out bed for this Avocado, Egg, and Tomato Brunch Sandwich. Lately, Sunday brunch has been characterized as a trendy meal that you have as a more of a statement than actual nourishment for they day. But for my boyfriend and I, we don’t have Sunday brunch to be cool or […]

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The Weekender: Feet, Feathers, and Paws

Happy Easter, Smart Cookie lovers! It’s truly starting to feel like spring here in CNY, and I’m in great spirits. Or maybe that’s more due to the good food I had this week rather than the sun. Here’s what you missed: Bunny Butt Rice Krispie Treats Baked Eggplant Fries I’ll also be sharing a few […]

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Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries

Meet my new favorite and addicting snack: Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries. I’ve recently become obsessed with the deep-fried, heart-clogging glory that is the Eggplant Fries at my local pizzeria, but I needed a solution for when I start craving them on non-cheat days. That happens a lot. So instead of giving in to deep-fried temptation every […]

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Bunny Butt Rice Krispie Treats

You’ll want to shake your little bunny tail with glee over these Bunny Butt Rice Krispie Treats. They’re easy and playful enough to let the kids help out and make their own. Plus, they’re delectable for both youngsters and adults to enjoy as an Easter snack. It’s a great change-up from all of the chocolate and […]

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Super Simple Lemon Icebox Cake

I love making custom cakes for my friends’ birthdays, but sometimes life requires something simpler like a No-Bake Super Simple Lemon Icebox Cake. My good friend’s birthday is this week, and I had elaborate plans for a decorative cake, but I wound up getting sick during the week. Even though I was feeling better over […]

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