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14 Easy Super Bowl Recipes

Whether you’re rooting for your fave team, watching just for the sake of tradition, or only paying attention during half-time and commercials, these 14 Easy Super Bowl Recipes are going to make your Sunday the best ever. Because we don’t care THAT much about who wins or loses; we wanna hang out and eat some great […]

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Mozzarella Tomato Basil Pull-Apart Bread

I’ve been wanting to share this Mozzarella Tomato Basil Pull-Apart Bread with you since Christmas. I know you’re looking at all that cheesy beauty and wondering how the heck I could hold out on you for that long. But rather than being mad at me, let’s just be glad we can come together now over this shareable […]

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Arugula-Basil Pesto Pasta with Chickpeas & Broccoli

I don’t understand why I can’t be one of those people whose favorite food is vegetables. I’d take fruit, even. No, instead I take massive delight in breads, pastas, cheeses – everything supposedly not good for you in large quantities. Then I have to force myself to intake greens and fruits just to make sure I […]

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No-Bake Double Chocolate Eclair Cake

Play pretend-pastry chef for a day with this no-bake Double Chocolate Eclair Cake. To me, a good bakery’s pastry case is like an actual wonderland in this bleak real word. It gives me the feeling I always imagined I’d have as a kid if I could hop into the board game Candy Land and stroll […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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