How To Roast Garlic

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We just got home from a delightful weekend visiting my brother in Santa Cruz.  One of the things I love about driving up north is passing through Gilroy and other California farm towns.  When you open your windows in Gilroy, the strong, wonderful scent of garlic is in the air, and there are signs for […]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe

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Welcome, everybody, to my first “Friday Flowers!” Flowers inspire me greatly — and different flowers make me think about different foods. “Friday Flowers” isn’t necessarily about adding floral items to what I’m cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example Lavender makes me think of […]

How To Make Dulce De Leche

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One ingredient is all you need to make this dulce de leche. That’s it!  Sweetened Condensed Milk. And yes, it takes a whopping 6 hours or so to turn it into “gold,” but you’ll only be involved for about 5 minutes.  The rest of the time, it’ll just do “its thing” on the stove.  This […]

Smoked Salmon-Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Salmon-Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Recip | Cooking On The Weekends

Brunch is my favorite meal. I’ve always loved it. Brunch happens all too rarely.  It really can’t take place on workdays, school days, or “normal” days.  Brunch is special — reserved for vacations, holidays, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and anniversaries.   So naturally, I associate brunch with friends, family, and a relaxed time […]

Camp Blogaway and Watermelon-Lime Mimosa Smoothie Recipe

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Spending a weekend in the mountains with fellow food bloggers at Camp Blogaway has been a real highlight of my year!  It’s also part of what led me to this blog, so I don’t want to go another day without writing about it! One day in April, I read a great article in the LA […]

Miso Marinated Black Cod with Bok Choy-Pepper Stir Fry

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So here it is:  the dinner I served for my dad’s birthday. (That dinner was capped off with my Espresso Ice-Cream Pie.) This dish really is something special.  While the marinade is amazing and definitely adds incredible flavor, I have to tell you that black cod is simply a special fish on its own.  It’s […]

Espresso Ice-Cream Pie Recipe

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I have always wondered how an Oreo cookie crust would taste if I added a handful of espresso powder to it. Truthfully, I’ve actually been wondering this for about a year. Now I know. It’s amazing! We had a birthday dinner for my dad this week (my youngest son guessed he was turning 25).  Well, […]

Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken Recipe

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June gloom is starting a bit early in L.A., and yesterday was chilly and foggy.  While I love the sunshine, I also appreciate an excuse to cook warming foods!  And roasting a whole chicken with aromatic flavors is an easy way to create a delicious dinner for family or a group of friends on the […]

Plantain-Picadillo Empenada Recipe

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This recipe is insanely delicious. Really and truly delicious! (You’ll learn I don’t hold back when I like something.)  I love Latin flavors and I cooked up a storm for Cinco de Mayo this year. This Picadillo recipe was the hit of the night. And I must say, the sweet plantain “dough” is brilliant!  (Wish […]

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