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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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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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The Weekender: Fries, Fresh Hair, and Fluffy Cuteness

I was a fool to think I could make it through winter without being defeated by a malicious cold or flu. Here I am at the end of March down for the count with a cold. Yep, the germs finally got me, folks. I was so close to the end of winter…so close! But it’s […]

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Easy Breakfast Quesadilla

Because I believe quesadillas belong in every meal, I’ve created this Easy Breakfast Quesadilla for you. Ol’ snow storm Stella dumped the motherload of snow on us here in CNY last week, which meant I was stranded at home and not entirely prepared food-wise. I keep most of my breakfast stuff at work. But as […]

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The Weekender: Wegmans, Whiskers, & CXWORX

My recent trip to Wegmans, aka the holy grail of grocery stores, was yet another reminder of how empty my foodie life is without it. If I had access to their lush produce section all the time, I’d never want to eat unhealthy! …LOL, yeah I couldn’t even type that with a straight face. But it would be […]

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My Creamy, Best Blush Sauce + Recipe Idea Booklet PDF!

OKAY, I’ve made you Blush Sauce before, but my tastes change over the years, and it just keeps getting BETTER. So here it is my Creamy, Best Blush Sauce….call it 2.0, if you must. When I was a kid, I would’ve told you that my favorite sauce from the holy trinity (marinara, alfredo, and blush) […]

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The Weekender: Celebrating, Sleeping, and Sparkles

What the what is going on with Mother Nature here in CNY? It’s been nearly 70 degrees for almost a week in February! As nice as our mini-vacation of weather was, it’s that much harder to revert back to the cold misery again. Man, why do I choose to live this way? Maybe that’s why […]