Blush Sauce Lasagna with Zucchini

Remember that beautiful Blush Sauce recipe I shared with you last week? Get ready to behold its beauty again in my Blush Sauce Lasagna with Zucchini as it cascades over layers of tender noodles and fresh zucchini like some edible geological formation on Planet Pasta. Lasagna is l’awesome because it’s pretty impossible to mess up. […]


Zucchini Casserole

Finally! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to share one of my favorite, easiest dishes with you: my Zucchini Casserole. Low-carb, stupidly cheesy, plus crazy easy – I can’t say enough good about this dish. It’s melt-in-your-mouth, surprisingly not all that bad for you, and SO GOOD. I’ve made this recipe a gazillion times […]


Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

For when one carb-y favorite just won’t do, get two-in-one with this Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese. In my opinion, the garlic bread is more exciting than the main course it typically accompanies. I could live off bread (if my metabolism would let me). And when a restaurant delivers fresh bread bundled up in a basket with […]


Caramelized Onion Tomato Soup

In my never-ending quest to add caramelized onions to just about everything, I’ve created this Caramelized Onion Tomato Soup. I’m sure it’s no crazy concept that I enjoy a good, classic tomato soup, but what I really prefer are the ones that fall on the sweeter side of the spectrum. The same can be said for […]


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 […]


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 […]


Vegetable & Pierogi Skillet

What kind of Polish girl would I be if I didn’t turn pierogis into the perfect weeknight dinner with this Vegetable & Pierogi Skillet? Maybe I’m not a perfect Polish girl; after all, these pierogis weren’t homemade (sorry, Grandma Cookie). I picked them up from my grocery store, and they were fresh, not frozen, so […]

Bella Regina

Review: Bella Regina – Utica, NY

The whole gaggle of Cookies were here this weekend, minus Father Cookie, so we decided to try a new restaurant per my boyfriend’s recommendation: Bella Regina in downtown Utica, NY. Sister Cookie, Mother Cookie, BIL Cookie, Ryan and I headed over there early Saturday evening to find abundant open tables, so I was taken aback […]


Meatless Loaded Buffalo “Chicken” Wraps

Not everyone understands how it’s possible for a vegetarian to not miss meat, but with recipes like these Meatless Loaded Buffalo “Chicken” Wraps, it’s pretty simple. I know how to make food that’s so satisfying, I never feel like I’m “missing” anything. And I’ve got the best support possible for my vegetarian recipes: a meat […]


Loaded Tater Tot Pizza

If you can believe it, there was a time when I cooked and baked without writing about it. Sometimes, I really wish I had started sooner. Even though we just celebrated the milestone of my 4-year blogiversary this week, there are some awesome creations in pre-Smart Cookie days that you never saw. The idea for […]