Happy Halloween!

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I love this! So cute! I’m busy “treating” with my boys today, but tomorrow I’ll be back, and serving up some fresh-out-of-the-oven Bittersweet Chocolate Coconut Bread!  So get ready to bake!     by

Friday Flowers: Lantana Flowers and Sweet Potato Shitake Sausage Soup with Udon Noodles

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My cooking is all about the combination of true comfort foods and farm-fresh ingredients.  I love slow cooking: spending time in the kitchen with the food, learning about each ingredient, getting to the essence of flavor to make it shine. (And incidentally, helping my whole house to smell good for hours on end.)  I call […]

Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pears Two Ways: Sweet and Savory

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The sweet: Port Wine Mascarpone Pear Tart Want to feel like a fancy and talented pastry chef?  Excellent. Read on! Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pears are brilliant in both sweet and savory courses!  I’m presenting ideas for an appetizer and a dessert — and the pears are the star of each one! by

Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pears

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Poach at least one pear during the fall season!  Do it!  In my cozy world of fall, comfort foods, poached pears are right up there with roasted squash, creamy soups and braised stews! What I love about this recipe — other than the obvious deliciousness — is that these poached pears are not only divine on […]

Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta Recipe

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One of the reasons I love cool, foggy weather is that I feel like I have a free pass to “get cozy” at home.   I really love a fire in the fireplace, blankets on the sofa, and — most of all — cooking really delicious comfort foods! This recipe is, to the best of my […]

Friday Flowers: Mexican Sage and Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe

Mexican Sage and Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

It doesn’t get much better than braising and roasting in the fall and winter. (Yes, even here in Los Angeles!)  The cooking is just as comforting as the meal. How good does it sound to spend a weekend day at home cooking?  Maybe friends and family are around — or maybe you’re alone, and they’ll […]

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Spider Chocolate Truffles

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Spider Chocolate Truffles | Cooking On The Weekends

Halloween and I are not a match made in heaven.  I’m not a big fan of gooey candy. I hate horror flicks.  Ghosts, vampires and goblins are not my thing!  (Shhh! Please don’t tell my kids!) (My best Halloween may have been when I was nine — and a very petite little girl.  So naturally, […]

Pommes Anna

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How pretty is this?  I know!  And it’s delicious! Now picture, if you will, that Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are resting right on top.  Can you imagine how good the sauce from the ribs would be, seeping into the tiny crevices of these thinly sliced potatoes? Pommes Anna, or Anna Potatoes, is a classic French […]

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free}

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I have a little secret for you.  Are you on the edge of your seat?  Well, I wish I could tell you it’s a juicy secret. Remember my husband’s birthday party last weekend?  The “featured” dessert was a plate of Spicy Mayan Chocolate Truffles to go with the Mexican Food Fest theme.  They were delicious, interesting, […]

Friday Flowers: Gerberas and Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs

Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs | Cooking On The Weekends

It’s October. It’s fall. So naturally, it’s time to cook with pumpkins and make warm, comforting one-pot meals! Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are a treat not to be missed.  And good news, you can make this over the weekend . . . temperatures are dropping! by

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