Colleen Bierstine is a 23 year-old chef, baker, writer, and creator of The Smart Cookie Cook. By day, she works in communications for a not-for-profit. By night, she is a certified Les Mills™ BODYSTEP™ & CXWORX™ Group Fitness Instructor. By all hours of every day, she is a food blogger.
Colleen launched The Smart Cookie Cook in 2011 when she found her food obsession to be so powerful that she wanted to share her story with as many people as possible. While she was growing up, her family witnessed her love of food, and as she started to experiment more and more with her own recipes, they suggested she start a blog to document it all.
Colleen chose “The Smart Cookie Cook” as her blog’s name to reflect that, quite simply, she is one smart cookie…who cooks. She lives by the mantra “Cook Smarter, Not Harder,” and feels strongly about sharing original recipes only.
The Smart Cookie Cook features recipes for every lifestyle and craving. You’ll find sweet, savory, healthy, indulgent, dinners, snacks, desserts, and more. Although Colleen is a vegetarian, she shares recipes for meat-eaters too. The Smart Cookie Cook also offers other food-related features, including reviews, the wrap-up and behind-the-scenes Weekender post every Sunday, and more.
Colleen has been featured on various media platforms for her blog. She has made monthly appearances on WKTV News Channel 2 and has held multiple guest spots on local radio stations. Colleen’s recipes have been featured by Buzzfeed, Pillsbury, Yahoo!, Reese’s, ABC’s The Chew, Pepperidge Farms, QVC, and more. In 2015, The Smart Cookie Cook was named one of the Top Food Blogs to Follow by First Site Guide.
Colleen graduated from Utica College in 2014 as Salutatorian of her class with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She lives in Central New York with her two fur babies, Mr. Poe and Mina.
Colleen is most passionate about food, fitness, and Hello Kitty. Her favorite dish to make is the Eggplant Parmigiana that she and Mother Cookie prepare together.
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Permission must be obtained from Colleen Bierstine prior to use or reprint of any The Smart Cookie Cook content, be it recipes, text, photos, videos, or any other intellectual property. Colleen is always happy to share her content, as long as permission is requested and credit to The Smart Cookie Cook is indicated along with a link back to her site (www.thesmartcookiecook.com).
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