Dessert Party: Salted Caramel Recipe


Just three more days until my dessert party!  It'll be here on Cooking On The Weekends -- but you know you'll have to do a little cooking yourself, right!?These treats will be lovely to look at, but I want you to taste them, too! Really, you must!  Hopefully you're prepping along with me!We're continuing our … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Vanilla Bean Custard Recipe And Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Bean Custard Recipe And Vanilla Sugar | Cooking On The Weekends

Perfect Vanilla Bean Custard. Yup, that's what we're making today. It will be featured in the Fresh Fruit Tartlets we're having at our dessert party next week!  Yesterday, we prepared the Ganache, which is now wrapped and waiting in the fridge.  The party is going to be great, so don't miss it!There's something … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: How To Make Ganache

How to Make Ganache

Here's the deal.  Next week I'm  throwing  a very sweet dessert party -- a virtual one, that is. It's happening right here on Cooking On The Weekends, and it's just for you!Whenever I have a party of any kind, I do as many of the preparations ahead of time as possible.  So this week, we're making a few of the key … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon-Basil Salad Dressing Recipe


A lot was cooking in my kitchen this weekend, and the first thing I'm excited to share with you is a super quick salad dressing recipe!  Remember when we made My Mom's Meyer Lemonade a week or so ago?  I know, how could you forget, right?  ;-)  It's delicious!Well, a friend of mine took my mom's recipe a step … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Chive Flowers and Melon Gazpacho Recipe


My 5-year old son has a serious sweet tooth. The cutest thing ever is when he asks me which tooth it is, and why there's only one!So needless to say, this little guy absolutely loves melon -- especially Kiss melons, which are super sweet and flavorful!The Sugar Kiss, Honey Kiss and Golden Kiss melons are all … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe


This four-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe comes courtesy my friend Aimée.  She gave it to me when we were very young kids.  Kinda cute, I think.My mom has been making this recipe practically weekly ever since.  No exaggeration!  She recalls that Aimée said it was a recipe from the Sesame Street show.  Aimée … [Read more...]

Avocado Butter Recipe


When I was a kid, I used to literally sneak avocado chunks out of my salad, into my napkin, and sadly, yes . . . into the trash.  Can you believe that!?  If you've been keeping up with my blog, you know that these days, I cannot get enough avocados, and I consider them to be a precious culinary treasure.  Truly!I … [Read more...]

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushroom Recipe

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushrooms | Cooking On The Weekends

Portabella mushrooms are "meaty."  Really, they are!  Just ask my vegetarian husband.  As if he'd know, right?  Actually, the truth is, while they certainly can't compete with a perfect rib-eye or flank steak, they are indeed a very hearty mushroom!This marinade is one of my favorites!  It has a spicy Asian vibe … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Jacaranda Flowers and My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade Recipe

My Mom's Meyer Lemonade |

I absolutely love seeing my mom in her kitchen, working on a project with the antique cooking tools she's collected over the years. The other day my dad brought in a couple dozen lemons from the Meyer lemon tree in the backyard.  My mom's been making lemonade ever since the tree has been producing lemons -- she will … [Read more...]

Cucumber Melon Salad Recipe with Yuzu-Jalapeño Dressing


Remember the Sugar Kiss melon that I fell in love with?  Ah . . . the love affair continues:   Sugar Kiss melons just melt in your mouth and are right up there with desserts in the sweetness department!Well, once I had the Sugar Kiss, I had to try the Honey Kiss and the Golden Kiss, right?  All of these melons come … [Read more...]