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Sriracha Queso

I just could not decide what my first recipe back from my hiatus should be, so I let YOU guys choose on my Facebook page – and you chose wisely: Sriracha Queso. I really have fallen for Sriracha, and it’s quite unexpected. I’m not one to opt for spicy anything, so it makes zero sense […]


I’m Back! Here’s What I’ve Been Up To

Remember me? Last year, I decided I needed to take a break from blogging. The short version is that I didn’t find it enjoyable anymore. But the long version is more complicated. Of course I loved, and still do love, sharing my life in food with y’all, but I had too much on my plate at […]


Golf Ball Cupcakes

I’ve got the perfect gift for Father’s Day: handmade Golf Ball Cupcakes! If they look too pretty to make yourself, don’t be fooled. You know your Smart Cookie Cook is going to show you the smart way to make ’em. Not only are they adorable, but they’re pretty darn delicious too. Why the heck would […]


People Share Their Favorite Childhood Foods + Recipes to Make with Them

Kids’ food is for kids, right? As adults, we’re supposed to be like the Trix Rabbit and let go of treats intended for youngsters. But there are some foods too good to outgrow. I asked you guys for your favorite childhood foods that you STILL love to eat today. Here’s what you had to say: “I […]


Lemon Roasted Eggplant, Potatoes, & Tomatoes w/ Asiago Cheese

Say “no” to boring steamed vegetable side dishes, and say “yes” to my easy Lemon Roasted Eggplant, Potatoes, & Tomatoes with Asiago Cheese. I bought two lovely fresh eggplants with plans to make eggplant fries to go with my Onion Ring Grilled Cheeses last weekend. Although the grilled cheeses turned out banging, the fries were a […]


Onion Ring Grilled Cheese

I brought together my favorite appetizer and my favorite sandwich in this ooey, gooey Onion Ring Grilled Cheese. It was a matter of wanting something and making it happen. Who’s to tell me what is or isn’t possible, and what’s right or wrong? I dreamed of stuffing golden beer-battered onion rings into a grilled cheese, […]


The Weekender: Challenges, Spring, and Caturday

Finally! Beautiful weather has arrived in CNY! I don’t know how short-lived it may be, but for the weekend at least, I’m basking in bountiful sunshine and can actually go outside without a winter coat. It’s the little things! Speaking of little things, we shared a variety of incredible recipes this week, including two jam-packed […]


Chicken Parmesan Quesadilla

Ditch the multiple steps and immeasurable stress involved with making chicken parmesan and make these fast, cheese-oozing Chicken Parmesan Quesadilla instead. We all know chicken parm is a masterpiece – most dishes ending in “-parmesan” are – but it’s a special occasion dish. You’ve got to be able to set aside the prep time, the cook […]

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Grilled Cheese Recipes for National Grilled Cheese Day + Grilled Cheese Tips

It’s National Grilled Cheese Day, and we’re celebrating the world’s simplest and cheesiest sandwich with 11 awesome grilled cheese recipes. I have a special spot in my heart for grilled cheese considering it’s cheese + bread. Those are the two things that make meals worth eating. They are a beautiful couple. Adults love it. Kids love […]


12 Recipes to Make with Alfredo Sauce

A trip to Olive Garden the other night got me dreaming about alfredo and all the delicious recipes I’ve made with it. Alfredo is a very basic sauce, and maybe that’s what makes it so wonderful. Aren’t the simple things in life always the best? Alfredo sauce is traditionally cream, butter, and parmesan cheese. Loads of […]


Double Lemon Cupcakes

It may be snowing and bitterly freezing here in CNY, but I’m still going to act like it’s spring with my Double Lemon Cupcakes. I bet if you could taste the springtime sun, it’d taste like bright, fresh lemon. Okay, the sun wouldn’t taste like anything because you’d torch your tongue and face and entire body […]


Quick Weeknight Meal: Spicy Chick’n, Green Bean & Potato Skillet

This Spicy Chick’n, Green Bean and Potato Skillet hits all the marks a weeknight meal should: painless, fast, and flavorful. Neither Ry or I have been feeling great for the past few days. It’s hard to say exactly what’s plaguing us, but we’re not ourselves. So even though we were both hungry the other night, I knew […]

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