Chicken-Grape Salad with Sautéed Potatoes, Sweet Spiced Pecans and Lemon-Mustard Dressing


Did you know you can invite people (presumably friends or family) over for a meal and serve only salad? It's true: you could consider salad to be a "one-pot meal" of sorts!Okay, let's be realistic:  I wouldn't serve just salad without a nice, rustic loaf of bread, drinks and of course, a fantastic dessert!This … [Read more...]

Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans Recipe

Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans | Cooking On The Weekends

Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. Crunchy. You can't eat just one.  Divine in a salad, or on their own.Forgive my enthusiastic, semi-poetic word association above.  I am just excited to talk about my Sweet, Spiced Caramelized Pecans!Sure, you can find some version of these nuts at various markets these days, but I promise … [Read more...]

Winter Persimmon Salad with Honey Glazed Pistachios and Blue Cheese


Did you know that just like a bowl of chili, a salad can also be a comfort food!?  It's so true!  And this Winter Persimmon Salad is a perfect example.This salad is rich with flavor -- both sweet and savory -- and has warming spices.  I even find a persimmon to be aesthetically comforting and warm.  Just look at … [Read more...]

Creamy Cranberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette

Creamy Cranberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking On The Weekends

You know how your taste buds crave a sweet after some savory?  And something savory after a sweet?  Well, after indulging in my Thanksgiving feast, my taste buds crave . . . salad!  Lots of salad! (As it turns out, I don't then immediately crave Thanksgiving foods. Phew!)So without further ado, my taste buds and I … [Read more...]

Upside Down Olive Oil-Apricot-Carrot Cake Recipe

Up Side Down Carrot Cake with Olive Oil - Cooking On The Weekends

Are you bringing a dessert to your Thanksgiving soirée? This carrot cake will be perfect!  It's quick, easy, super yummy, and beautiful!  Pretty and fun -- and just light enough to be a delightful finale to your Thanksgiving turkey and side dishes.While my usual preferred dessert fare features chocolate or nutella, … [Read more...]

Chai Chocolate Chunk Cookies


These cookies are near and dear to my heart. I created this recipe a dozen years ago, and today is the first time I'm ever sharing it.  (Well, sharing it in writing -- many people have eaten them over the years!) Chai is the generic word for tea in India.  There's no tea in the recipe -- just the some of the alluring, … [Read more...]

Kale: A Great Time To Plant Now! {from UrbanFig}


I'm so excited to introduce you to my friend Carol Carimi Acutt, founder of UrbanFig!  Carol's site is all about sharing ideas, products & tips for backyard farming.  As you know, I absolutely love  cooking with farm fresh ingredients -- and how awesome if they were from your own backyard!? … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey - truly AMAZING!

As you know from yesterday's Cornbread Stuffing recipe, Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food memories for me -- and it happens to be my favorite holiday!  After all, it's all about food!I go nuts with the turkey, and I love the entire process.  If time permits,  I highly recommend brining your turkey.  Brining … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing Recipe with Sherried Mushroom Sauté {Gluten-Free}


My mom used to start cooking her Thanksgiving stuffing at least a week before the holiday. The aromas of caramelized onions and fresh herbs were drifting through our house for days.   The whole week, I could always smell Thanksgiving as I'd walk down our block on my way home from school.The cooking, tasting, and … [Read more...]