Smart in the Kitchen

Smart in the Kitchen

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There's so much to do with homemade cranberry sauce 🍹 Smart in the Kitchen
Grab some chips and start dipping, y’all! Smart in the Kitchen
While you are out and about this summer and we all start to travel again, consider visiting a farmer’s market. Here’s the best in Farmer’s Markets. Where are your favorites? Let’s start a list!!

Here are some common mistakes when cooking chicken. #1 Don’t wash your chicken!! Enjoy!! Let us know what you have been doing wrong.

JUST TWO DAYS ✌️UNTIL OUR BIG EVENT! 🎉
Have you registered yet? Not only will we be cooking up a delicious menu prepared by Smart in the Kitchen, but we will also be talking about how you can get involved with Brighter Bites! And SURPRISE! We have two giveaways that we will raffle off to those attending- a $250 gift card to H-E-B and dinner at local Houston restaurant KP's Kitchen! We cannot wait to get cooking with YOU this Sunday at 5:00PM CST!

Tickets start at $50! Register TODAY here! ➡️ www.brighterbites.org/smartinthekitchen
What are you making for Easter breakfast or brunch? Other than bunny shaped pancakes. Need some ideas. 🐣❤️
Have you registered for our event yet? 🥳
Join us for an evening of cooking together while supporting our mission. We have a fantastic produce-forward menu planned for you with recipes the whole family will love! This hands-on, stay-at-home event will benefit Brighter Bites’ critical work of providing fresh produce and nutrition education to nearly 30,000 families nationwide. 🍳🍝🥘🥗

We have a full line up for you including Marcia Smart of Smart in the Kitchen , Brighter Bites’ Founder Lisa Helfman, President of H-E-B Food/Drug Stores Scott McClelland, and Houston Life Co-Host KPRC2 Courtney Zavala.

Register today to gain access to the exclusive event! ➡️
https://brighterbites.org/smartinthekitchen/
We can't wait to spend an evening cooking with YOU! 🎉
How is your January reset going? Smart in the Kitchen's Coconut Red Curry Soup is delicious and deceptively healthy. This recipe is sure to keep you on track for the rest of January.
🎧 NEW PODCAST EPISODE! 🎧⁠

Have you been dreaming of creating a membership for your cooking classes? 💻

Well if so, then this episode is a MUST-listen. Bust out your pen and paper, because our guest, Marcia Smart of Smart in the Kitchen, is sharing so many nuggets of wisdom on this topic.

Marcia is the founder of Smart In The Kitchen Cooking School, where she offers online cooking classes and her quickly growing membership.

In this episode, Marcia shares with us how she made the pivot from hosting in-person events and classes to creating her cooking school. Like many of you, Marcia had no experience teaching online cooking classes but she knew she had to make a shift to save her in-person business.

I’m so grateful to have Marcia on the show to talk about the rollercoaster ride of creating a membership site. Marcia breaks down the basics and shares her top strategies for success. In less than a year, her cooking school has grown leaps and bounds so it’s safe to say that these tactics truly work.

Listen to this episode anywhere you get your podcasts or HERE ➡ https://www.hiddenrhythm.com/episodes/23
Just wanted to give a quick shout out! Been working hard on meal planning the past couple of months and exploring new recipes from SITK and Ina's new book (the crispy chicken is really to die for). Anyway, my family commented last night (while we ate Marcia's honey Hoison pork that the meals lately have been REALLY good! Not as much food and money waste! I highly recommend joining next time membership opens.
I heard you on Dr. Colleen O'Grady's podcast. It was so nice to hear your voice. I was wondering how your Prolon fast was going?
Make something delicious and nutritious in less than 10 minutes! 👏💚 Smart in the Kitchen

Marcia is a professional cooking instructor, recipe developer and food writer who teaches busy home cooks how to plan and pull off easy weeknight meals.

Cooking classes, recipe development and www.smartinthekitchen.com blog

Operating as usual

11/27/2021

Happy Small Business Saturday! I thought I’d share about the evolution of Smart in the Kitchen and Smart in the Kitchen School since some of you are new here! I’ll try to keep it short since you may not have had your coffee yet. I started my career as an editor at Parenting magazine in NYC but moved to SF where I worked at a company called Women.com that eventually went the way of many dot coms and I took my severance check straight to cooking school. After my six month program and a stint as a pastry chef’s assistant, I taught a six-week basics course at the school I attended and during the day worked as a food editor, freelance writer and recipe developer for Cooking Light, Sunset mag and local SF city mags. It was a time of “dream come true” moments living in my dream city with my dreamy husband and baby girl. Then as the dutiful wife I am 😉, I followed my husband to Houston and was a contributing editor for Houston mag, reviewing restaurants. Cooking classes were always there as a way to invite people into my kitchen, cook with new friends and frankly just meet people. After I started meal planning for my own family (because three kids under five) and posting them on @instagram, a blog came next and the rest is history. Then, a sermon in 2015 gave me new meaning and hyper focus. Family dinner, and the touchstone it provides, was something I could help people pull off. It’s been the mission of my business to get more home cooks cooking, through knife skills, easy recipes and meal planning. But the crux of it is I’m a small business person who wears too many hats and is sometimes slow to email back, schedule a class, send a newsletter, or get a new recipe posted because we are stretched thin. I’m in the process of hiring social media help, and thank goodness for @missygcooks who manages our cooking classes like a boss! But the dream is to reach more people, help more families have a peaceful meal together, and just do more for YOU. Our business goals for the next year are a little audacious (2022 book release and marketing, more TV appearances — hey @todayshow—and continuing to grow our online school. Let’s do this! 💪🏼👩🏼‍🍳❤️

Happy Small Business Saturday! I thought I’d share about the evolution of Smart in the Kitchen and Smart in the Kitchen School since some of you are new here! I’ll try to keep it short since you may not have had your coffee yet. I started my career as an editor at Parenting magazine in NYC but moved to SF where I worked at a company called Women.com that eventually went the way of many dot coms and I took my severance check straight to cooking school. After my six month program and a stint as a pastry chef’s assistant, I taught a six-week basics course at the school I attended and during the day worked as a food editor, freelance writer and recipe developer for Cooking Light, Sunset mag and local SF city mags. It was a time of “dream come true” moments living in my dream city with my dreamy husband and baby girl. Then as the dutiful wife I am 😉, I followed my husband to Houston and was a contributing editor for Houston mag, reviewing restaurants. Cooking classes were always there as a way to invite people into my kitchen, cook with new friends and frankly just meet people. After I started meal planning for my own family (because three kids under five) and posting them on @instagram, a blog came next and the rest is history. Then, a sermon in 2015 gave me new meaning and hyper focus. Family dinner, and the touchstone it provides, was something I could help people pull off. It’s been the mission of my business to get more home cooks cooking, through knife skills, easy recipes and meal planning. But the crux of it is I’m a small business person who wears too many hats and is sometimes slow to email back, schedule a class, send a newsletter, or get a new recipe posted because we are stretched thin. I’m in the process of hiring social media help, and thank goodness for @missygcooks who manages our cooking classes like a boss! But the dream is to reach more people, help more families have a peaceful meal together, and just do more for YOU. Our business goals for the next year are a little audacious (2022 book release and marketing, more TV appearances — hey @todayshow—and continuing to grow our online school. Let’s do this! 💪🏼👩🏼‍🍳❤️

11/27/2021

Back home in Houston! On to holiday recipe and menu prep. What are you most looking forward to? I’m playing with a brisket recipe that’s a stolen family favorite from a friend, and also want to copy some chive-sage-dill savory dinner rolls we had at Thanksgiving. Plus, copious amounts of gingerbread granola to make it feel like the holidays!!! Cue the holiday tunes!!! 🎵 🎶 🎼

Back home in Houston! On to holiday recipe and menu prep. What are you most looking forward to? I’m playing with a brisket recipe that’s a stolen family favorite from a friend, and also want to copy some chive-sage-dill savory dinner rolls we had at Thanksgiving. Plus, copious amounts of gingerbread granola to make it feel like the holidays!!! Cue the holiday tunes!!! 🎵 🎶 🎼

Photos from Smart in the Kitchen's post 11/24/2021

How’s the prepping going? If you wish you could brush up on your knife skills before all this cutting, mincing and chopping, I’m offering 50% my Knife Skills course for Black Friday and letting you all shop early. Code: BLACKFRIDAYSKILLS.
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https://www.smartinthekitchenschool.com/sales-smart-knife-skills

11/19/2021

Let’s be real. This is what my life really looks like. And guess who does the majority of these? My husband. Or @greatexpectationscleaning who show up at 7am twice a week to put my kitchen back together just so I can tear it apart again (that’s on top my regular cleaning) and my kids who sometimes manage to trip over a big toe and land a dish in the dishwasher. I love cooking! I hate dishes! But guess what?? I’m grateful for what I get to do and it feels like my purpose in life. So that makes cleaning allllllll the dishes ok. So when we’re cleaning the dishes after an epic Thanksgiving dinner next week, just turn up the tunes and remember the road that brought you here. ❤️💪🏼
#smallbusinessowner #smartinthekitchen #smartinthekitchenschool #washingdishes #smartatthesink #cookingclasses

Let’s be real. This is what my life really looks like. And guess who does the majority of these? My husband. Or @greatexpectationscleaning who show up at 7am twice a week to put my kitchen back together just so I can tear it apart again (that’s on top my regular cleaning) and my kids who sometimes manage to trip over a big toe and land a dish in the dishwasher. I love cooking! I hate dishes! But guess what?? I’m grateful for what I get to do and it feels like my purpose in life. So that makes cleaning allllllll the dishes ok. So when we’re cleaning the dishes after an epic Thanksgiving dinner next week, just turn up the tunes and remember the road that brought you here. ❤️💪🏼
#smallbusinessowner #smartinthekitchen #smartinthekitchenschool #washingdishes #smartatthesink #cookingclasses

11/17/2021

Making my favorite compound herb butter-crusted beef tenderloin in a cooking class today. We’re already on to Christmas dinner and we haven’t even had the 🦃 ! This really is a holiday hero, always turns out perfectly and it’s FAST. 💪🏼 Picking all the herbs from my garden to blend with @kerrygoldusa and garlic. From now until Dec 31 I must cook with 50 pounds of sage, it just smells like the holidays… What’s your Christmas dinner go-to? For me, it’s this, Creme fraiche horseradish sauce, potato gratin, popovers and something green. Byeeeeee!!!
#smartinthekitchen #madeinstaub #smellsliketheholidays #beeftenderloin #herbcrusted

Making my favorite compound herb butter-crusted beef tenderloin in a cooking class today. We’re already on to Christmas dinner and we haven’t even had the 🦃 ! This really is a holiday hero, always turns out perfectly and it’s FAST. 💪🏼 Picking all the herbs from my garden to blend with @kerrygoldusa and garlic. From now until Dec 31 I must cook with 50 pounds of sage, it just smells like the holidays… What’s your Christmas dinner go-to? For me, it’s this, Creme fraiche horseradish sauce, potato gratin, popovers and something green. Byeeeeee!!!
#smartinthekitchen #madeinstaub #smellsliketheholidays #beeftenderloin #herbcrusted

11/09/2021

Women in business who are a few steps ahead of us are so important and valuable. More than that! It’s a mentor, yes, and a willing guide, but also a sounding board and cheerleader. I remember when I met Nicole years ago and we talked about gardens, cooking with herbs, fresh lettuces and our goals and intentions for our businesses were so symbiotic. I also remember standing in my driveway and her mentioning someone named Marie Forleo and me having no idea who she was talking about. That conversation set in motion so many dominoes that have helped build my business (and my brain) over the years. Marie ➡️Stu➡️Amy (happy to explain if you need a guide!). She gave me the contact for my first TV appearance and told me what to expect. She gave me the name and email of her book publisher when I was shopping around a proposal!!! So thankful for a friend in business who is a few steps (miles??) ahead. Off to meet her for coffee and learn about the next thing I don’t know! @rootedgarden @gardenaryco #womeninbusiness #smartinthekitchen #smartinthekitchenschool @smartinthekitchen #womensupportingwomen #womenentrepreneurs #smallbusinessowner #mentorship

Women in business who are a few steps ahead of us are so important and valuable. More than that! It’s a mentor, yes, and a willing guide, but also a sounding board and cheerleader. I remember when I met Nicole years ago and we talked about gardens, cooking with herbs, fresh lettuces and our goals and intentions for our businesses were so symbiotic. I also remember standing in my driveway and her mentioning someone named Marie Forleo and me having no idea who she was talking about. That conversation set in motion so many dominoes that have helped build my business (and my brain) over the years. Marie ➡️Stu➡️Amy (happy to explain if you need a guide!). She gave me the contact for my first TV appearance and told me what to expect. She gave me the name and email of her book publisher when I was shopping around a proposal!!! So thankful for a friend in business who is a few steps (miles??) ahead. Off to meet her for coffee and learn about the next thing I don’t know! @rootedgarden @gardenaryco #womeninbusiness #smartinthekitchen #smartinthekitchenschool @smartinthekitchen #womensupportingwomen #womenentrepreneurs #smallbusinessowner #mentorship

Photos from Smart in the Kitchen's post 11/04/2021

It was a good day. Yesterday I was sort of a grumpy mess of anxiety and today I feel so much better. Between a decent night’s sleep and a quick online workout with @avenufit I felt like a new person. Which is good because it was one of those days full of a video shoot with @memorialhermann and a dinner cooking class for the clients of @avenufit! And to top it off, I had a front page story for the food section of the Houston Chronicle. Those of you who knew me pre-Smart in the Kitchen know that writing is my first love. And this story was intended to throw you a lifeline of easy dinner ideas. Because it’s that time of year and sometimes you need to conserve a little energy! ❤️ Night, friends!
#smartinthekitchen #smartinthekitchenschool

11/01/2021

Chili season! Love a bowl of chili simmering on the stove. Whether it’s this veggie version, a meaty version or a white chicken chili. You can do a black bean-chipotle chili with pumpkin, butternut squash or sweet potato. The variations are endless. 💪🏼
Every Halloween we have a big pot of chili simmering and I love nothing more than answering the door to “what are you making, it smells delicious!” Maybe we should be handing out to go servings to the parents? 🤷🏼‍♀️
🤩 anyway…. Getting caught up today after my third weekend in a row spent out of town. This week’s meal plan is going out today with LOTS of info, and if you need something to make why not veggie chili! You most likely have canned beans and tomatoes, spices and veggies to make it happen! Or if you need a different idea, I’m planning to do a big batch of fall vegetable minestrone tonight to make use of all the veggies in our fridge, and to put off a grocery run until tomorrow. About to get two weeks worth of work done in a day! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ Gotta run, friends!!

https://smartinthekitchen.com/2019/03/vegetarian-chili/

#smartinthekitchen #vegetarianrecipes #veggiechili #meatlessmonday #soupseason

Chili season! Love a bowl of chili simmering on the stove. Whether it’s this veggie version, a meaty version or a white chicken chili. You can do a black bean-chipotle chili with pumpkin, butternut squash or sweet potato. The variations are endless. 💪🏼
Every Halloween we have a big pot of chili simmering and I love nothing more than answering the door to “what are you making, it smells delicious!” Maybe we should be handing out to go servings to the parents? 🤷🏼‍♀️
🤩 anyway…. Getting caught up today after my third weekend in a row spent out of town. This week’s meal plan is going out today with LOTS of info, and if you need something to make why not veggie chili! You most likely have canned beans and tomatoes, spices and veggies to make it happen! Or if you need a different idea, I’m planning to do a big batch of fall vegetable minestrone tonight to make use of all the veggies in our fridge, and to put off a grocery run until tomorrow. About to get two weeks worth of work done in a day! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ Gotta run, friends!!

https://smartinthekitchen.com/2019/03/vegetarian-chili/

#smartinthekitchen #vegetarianrecipes #veggiechili #meatlessmonday #soupseason

Photos from Smart in the Kitchen's post 10/30/2021

One of my FAVORITE fall treats. Step-by-step photos in the slides, and hit save because the recipe is included below. You want this to get just a little darker than you think is safe, just keep going but be ready to pour onto a prepared sheet pan. And be careful because a sugar burn is awful! What’s your “must have” Thanksgiving dessert??
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This recipe is also in my Holiday Recipe E-Book. Download for free in the link in my bio.
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Anyone who downloads the holiday e-book will also receive a series of Thanksgiving prep emails. Starting next week, you’ll get my weekly tips and inspo on Thanksgiving organization, prep and game plan…. Including a copy of a blank Google doc we use for planning. It’s not too early to make your menu, order your Turkey and plan out the beverages!
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Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight, layered between sheets of parchment paper, at room temperature.
INGREDIENTS
Avocado oil cooking spray
1 cup sugar (I use organic cane sugar, white granulated is fine too)
½ cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted, shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
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Special equipment:
A candy thermometer
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Spray a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet or Silpat liner with a little avocado oil spray; set aside.
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Bring sugar, corn syrup, and 3 tablespoons water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Fit saucepan with thermometer and cook until thermometer registers 290°, 3–4 minutes. If you don’t have a thermometer, cook until the sugar turns a pale tan color.
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Over medium heat, stir in pumpkin seeds, butter, and kosher salt and cook, stirring often, until pale brown and thermometer registers 305°, 3–4 minutes.
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Stir in baking soda and cinnamon (mixture will bubble vigorously), then immediately (and carefully) pour caramel onto prepared sheet. Using a heatproof spatula, quickly spread out on the sheet pan and sprinkle with sea salt. BE VERY CAREFUL. The sugar mixture is very hot. Let cool completely. Break into pieces and enjoy. Photo: @miromaphotography

Photos from Smart in the Kitchen's post 10/27/2021

A big shout out to my cooking class assistant Melissa, who also organizes so many of our corporate classes and has pivoted with me to master these online classes over the past year! She held down the fort with grace this weekend while I was “tying one on” for our apron pop-up! I’m so excited she will be doing some of our in-person @nationalcharityleagueinc and @girlscouts classes, which will add availability and space to our calendar! AND she tested a new pumpkin Bundt cake recipe for me that were still tweaking. And ALSO, drumroll please!!! 🥁 🥁 🥁 We have our first in-person group TODAY in a looooong time today! Fourteen cooks coming my way shortly. Time to hit it! 💃💃💃
#cookingclass #cookingtime #smartinthekitchen #smartinthekitchenschool

Photos from Smart in the Kitchen's post 10/24/2021

COME VISIT!! I’ll be at @baderranchatroundtop tomorrow from 10am-5pm with the @hunterbellnyc aprons!!! 👩🏼‍🍳 Come find me all set up with @kateswaildesigns and her beautiful jewelry! And you can grab a hat from @shopsissylight a margarita from @ladyelaine.co while you’re at it. Can’t wait to see you there — introduce yourself if you’re a SITK follower and I’ll throw a little something extra in your bag.

Gorgeous @hunterbellnyc photos by @codybess

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