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The Weekender: Pizza, Parties, & Paint

Could it actually be that we are finally on spring’s doorstep? We spend so long stuck in winter here in CNY that when a little bit of warm weather knocks on our door, it almost feels like a dream. In fact, we often get teased quite a few times before the warm weather sticks around […]


Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream

I am so disappointed in myself. Why? Because this is the first ice cream I’ve made this summer. How  could I let you down like that? All I can do is hope that this Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream is enough to make it up to you. I think you’d forget any animosity you had […]


Lemon Parmesan Potato, Zucchini & Chickpea Skillet

When you make something as fragrant as this Lemon Parmesan Potato, Zucchini, & Chickpea Skillet, you’re bound to fill your home with drool-worthy scents. I made this for myself for dinner one night while my boyfriend was gone, and as soon as he came over, his smell sensors went off. He remarked how amazing it […]


White Chocolate-Lemon-Key Lime Oreo Ice Box Cake

I almost made a pie today. But what they say about pie (“easy as pie”) just isn’t always true, and I didn’t have the energy for it. Maybe I’m not supposed to tell you that, but what can I say; I’m honest. It’s just too darn hot out to be heating up my kitchen. So […]


Strawberry Milkshake Bites

We’ve been making a lot of mini treats lately on Smart Cookie. Just a few days ago, we made teeny tiny Cookies & Cream Brownie Cookie Cups, and last week, we had hand-held Pasta Marinara Garlic Bread Bowls. Maybe my fascination with all things mini is because I myself am mini (5’1” and proud). Whatever […]


Caramel Brownie S’mores Cookies

I am already making enemies at work. They scold me for bringing in such tempting treats. They tell me I’m going to make them fat. I apologize because that’s all I can do. Making delicious food is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. People may whine about it, but they’ll do so […]

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13 Treats to Stay Cool in the Kitchen

My apartment technically has air conditioning, but it’s only in my bedroom, so there’s an actual invisible wall where the temperature changes between my room and the rest of the apartment. If you step through it, you’ll either enter a frozen tundra or the Sahara Desert, depending on which way you go. It’s not so […]

Toasted Ravioli Squash Stacks

The Weekender: Workouts, Walks, and Whiskers

As spring continues to settle in and summer waits in the wings, I feel life picking up pace even more so than ever. There is a lot going on right now, to the point where I have to remind myself to build in time for myself every now and then. It’s crucial to getting by. […]


Lemon Oreo Twist Mini Pies

If Oreo doesn’t stop putting out new flavors, I’m going to go broke. Either that, or I’ll run out of places to put all these darn cookies. It’s a good thing I’m like a vacuum cleaner when it comes to cookies, and I can gulf those babies right down. I tried Lemon Twist Golden Oreos […]


Butterscotch Cinnamon Whipped Cream Pie

I believe in signs, not necessarily divine ones, but just little occurrences that try to nudge you in the right direction. Take for example my most recent trip to the grocery store when the bags of butterscotch chips caught my eye. I almost never cook with butterscotch, simply because I forget about it. But what […]