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Egg & Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Every family has go-to make-ahead meals for their get-togethers, and one of our favorites is this Egg and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole. I can’t tell you how long we’ve been making this for family holidays, especially Christmas morning; all I can say is that I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have it. This is an […]

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Mini Spinach, Tomato, Mozzarella Frittatas

For a make-ahead healthy breakfast option that will actually keep you full, you need these Mini Spinach, Tomato, Mozzarella Frittatas. I’ve been trying to be less awful at life, which includes real, less-carb-filled breakfasts, as opposed to my usual English muffin with butter. I started by making myself a few eggs before I leave for […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Overload Ice Cream Cake

Everybody likes cake, but everyone LOVES ice cream cake, especially when you pull out all the stops with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Overload Ice Cream Cake. That name is kind of like “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” but more mouth-watering to say. I know it looks like a masterpiece too fancy to be made anywhere other than a bakery, […]

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Guacamole Bites for Cinco de Mayo

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without guacamole, but I wouldn’t be The Smart Cookie Cook if I didn’t make a classic into something smarter like these Guacamole Bites. I know they look fancy, but don’t run away! I made these in less than 30 minutes. Everyone loves chips and dip at parties, especially because […]

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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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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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Bunny Butt Rice Krispie Treats

You’ll want to shake your little bunny tail with glee over these Bunny Butt Rice Krispie Treats. They’re easy and playful enough to let the kids help out and make their own. Plus, they’re delectable for both youngsters and adults to enjoy as an Easter snack. It’s a great change-up from all of the chocolate and […]

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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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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 […]