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The Cookstr 10: Fresh Takes on Your Favorites

July 14, 2011

Exciting News! 

Here at Cookstr, we’ve been hard at work on a host of changes and new features that we’re so excited to share with you.

We wanted you to be among the first to know that there are some big announcements coming next week! Be on the lookout for more details in your inbox on Tuesday, but some changes you can anticipate include’s new look (including an improved Cookstr newsletter, which so many of you have requested!), and a special new product we can’t wait to introduce to you.


As always, we appreciate your loyalty and enthusiasm about Cookstr beta, and we know you’ll be thrilled to see what we have to unveil next week. And don’t worry: we’ll automatically keep you on our newsletter delivery list, and your saved recipes will still be in your MyCookstr on

In the meantime, in the spirit of new changes on the horizon, here are ten twists on beloved tried-and-true classics.

Lauren Groveman's Peanut Butter and Jam Hearts

Thanks for your support, and happy cooking!


1. Smokin’ Chef’s Salad

Ken Haedrich

Here, the well-known dish of the 50’s and 60’s receives an update with roasted red peppers and a smoky, creamy barbecue dressing.

Click here for Ken’s Smokin’ Chef’s Salad Recipe

2.  New-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Michele Urvater
This twist on classic mac ‘n’ cheese can be completed in under thirty minutes.

Click here for Michele’s New-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

3. Soy Bacon, Basil and Tomato Pockets  

Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney

Meat-free bacon, fresh basil and seasonal tomato shine in this vegan version of the traditional American lunch: a BLT.

Click here for Maxine and Beth’s Soy Bacon, Basil and Tomato Pockets Recipe

4. S’more Quesadillas

Cheryl Jamison and Bill Jamison
It wouldn’t be summer without a circle of kids around a campfire, some patiently caramelizing their marshmallows over embers while others enflame, extinguish and happily munch on the charred remains. This version, which works on an indoor grill or stovetop as well, will delight children and adults alike.

Click here for  Cheryl and Bill’s S’more Quesadillas Recipe

5. Peanut Butter and Jam Hearts
 Lauren Groveman

A PB&J sandwich is among the most quintessential of foodstuffs, and this cookie recipe only improves upon perfection.

Click here for Lauren’s Peanut Butter and Jam Hearts Recipe 

6. Fried Mozzarella Panini

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

You say grilled cheese sandwich, this recipe says fried mozzarella panini. We say tomato, tomahto (the ones here are sun-dried) – it’s delicious no matter what you call it.

Click here for Victoria and Brigitte’s Fried Mozzarella Panini Recipe

7. Mashed Potatoes with Variations

Waldy Malouf 

This recipes provides eight variations on a favorite go-to comfort food, including horseradish, rosemary or fois gras.

Click here for Waldy’s Mashed Potatoes with Variations Recipe

8. Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Judith Finlayson

Traditional chicken soup with rice gets a flavorful update here, with whole grains, leeks and fresh ginger root.

Click here for Judith’s Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

9. Mushroom Merlot Burger

Dave Zino

Portobellos and red wine give this classic American burger extra depth and grown-up appeal. Try it on French bread rather than a hamburger bun.

Click here for Dave’s Mushroom Merlot Burger Recipe

10. Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Sandwiches with Roasted Cinnamon Ice Cream

Regan Daley

This recipe takes two conventional desserts – chewy oatmeal raisin cookies and homemade ice cream – and merges them into something truly spectacular. The toffee-flavored cookies bookend rich, creamy mouthfuls of sweet and spiced cinnamon custard.

Click here for Regan’s Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Sandwiches with Roasted Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe

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