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Seriously Cereal: Cascadian Farm’s Organic Cinnamon Crunch Cereal

Seriously Cereal is a new series to The Smart Cookie Cook. It explores all things cereal & is devoted to all you cerealists (cereal-enthusiasts) out there. We’ve got to stick together! I’m sure that many cerealists like myself will agree when I say that General Mills’ Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of the greatest cereals […]

Spooky Rice Krispie Treat Halloween Mask!

College poses many obstacles. It tells me, “Hey, write five in-depth, multiple-step essays in 90 minutes for your honors pysch midterm,” and, “Sit through a 3-hour night class where you learn how to use Microsoft Word, even though you learned that in middle school,” then, “Make a two-faced mask out of ‘found materials’ for Art […]

Obsessions: Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M’s

Quick! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Halloween“? Some of you probably said pumpkins or candy or costumes, but the majority of you probably just said “candy corn.” No other candy is quite as synonymous with a holiday as candy corn is with Halloween. Chocolate bunnies with Easter may be […]

Shredded & Sauteed Brussel Sprouts w/ Walnuts

Haters of brussel sprouts everywhere, this post is for you. Brussel sprouts are not the enemy. As a child, you grew up with anti-brussel sprout propaganda. You learned it was wrong for kids to enjoy them, as well as other various green vegetables. But you were led astray, my little cookies. You see, I was […]

Apple Cider Pound Cake w/ Sweet Cinnamon Glaze

There are many kinds of cakes in this world. I’m not talking about vanilla, chocolate, sponge cake, pound cake, birthday cake and the like; I’m talking about the overall demeanor that a cake possesses: mighty, intimidating, tall, enormous, elegant, petite, dainty, light, dense, sophisticated…you get the picture. It’s that feeling that halos a cake when […]

Sweet & Simple: Easiest Ever Chocolate Mousse

Light. Fluffy. Rich. Decadent. These are the things that chocolate dreams are made of. What dessert give us all of this in one complete chocolate-infused package? Chocolate mousse. Unfortunately, this dessert has been forgotten over the past couple of years. You used to be able to find chocolate mousse on any dessert menu. Now, it […]

Harvest Gnocchi w/ Squash & Kale

Some recipes you know are going to be amazing before the fork ever reaches your mouth. You spot it online or in a cookbook or, in my case, the latest issue of The Food Network Magazine, and you think, “That’s going to be so good!” Well,I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t feel that way […]

Down for the Count: What Have They Done to Count Chocula?

  As a kid, there were no cereal mascots I loved more than Count Chocula and his creepy accomplices, Boo Berry & Frankenberry. Not only were their cereals DELICIOUS, but they were probably the coolest breakfast characters out there. Nothing appealed to me more than that gangly trio of monsters and their sweet, marshmallow-studded cereals. […]

Pumpkin S’mores

When most of us said goodbye to summer, we also bid farewell to short shorts, flip flops, cookouts, and s’mores. With a heavy heart, we realized that it would be another long year until such things came back into our lives again. And so, we turned to embrace Autumn. Well, my little cookies, grieve no […]

Fried Food Feast!

I’m not even going to pretend this is a healthy meal. If there’s one thing we all know about fried food it’s that it’s not very good for us. However, if there’s another thing we know about fried food it’s that it’s abso-freakin-lutely DELICIOUS. I have many times uttered the words: everything is so much […]

How-To: Paint Candy Corn Nails!

Halloween is right around the corner! You can feel the spookiness settling over the dark evenings. You can see the full moon glowing just a bit brighter. You can taste the Halloween candy soon to come your way. And you can just smell the pumpkin as its scent fills kitchens everywhere. Yes, my little cookies, […]

Sweet & Simple: Caramel Macchiato Pudding

For me, the day has got to end with dessert. I need that something sweet to finish off a long day of hard work. As much as I love indulgent, decadent desserts like PB & J Tiramisu or Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes, sometimes I just don’t have time or the ingredients to whip some up. Furthermore, […]

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