Wild Blackcurrant Chocolate Cookies


I wasn't going to tell you this idea of mine, but I've had a change of heart.  It was only a "secret" because I still might want to pursue it one day -- so, please, don't steal my idea!  Especially since I'm sharing it with you -- and only you! ;-)About a decade ago, when I created my Chai Chocolate Chunk Cookies, … [Read more...]

Chicken Sausage Cassoulet Recipe


In almost every situation -- be it a movie, a quick coffee, or a party -- I don't like to exclude anyone who might want to join in.So, if you're a meat eater, I certainly hope you didn't think for a moment that I'd leave you out of our cassoulet indulgence!Sure, the Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe we made yesterday … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe

Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

I'm in.  Deep in, my friends. Deep into my cannelloni bean phase, that is!  Oh yes, it's on!First we cooked the beans, then we made that super scrumptious salad, and today I'm serving up this amazing vegetarian comfort food dish with them.Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked bean stew or casserole originating in … [Read more...]

Cannellini Bean-Tuna Salad Recipe with Lemon-Caper Balsamic Vinaigrette


My sons are in a Lego phase.My husband's in a rowing phase.And, my friends, I am in a Cannellini bean phase.  I know, it's sort of funny.  The rowing, that is. ;-)I'm really having fun experimenting with these super delicious beans.Cooking dried beans is the perfect weekend cooking project!  Cook a ton … [Read more...]

How To Cook Dried Beans (You Should Know!)


I'm a chef who goes through "ingredient phases."  That is, I get really "into" a particular ingredient and experiment with it all week long.  My phases are always fun and full of learning, but usually after a week or so, I'm ready to move on to another ingredient.At the moment, I'm  deep in my Cannellini bean … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pink Gerberas and Double Chocolate, Double Espresso Cookies


My husband brought home a bundle of these extremely beautiful Gerberas for me.  So sweet!  After I thanked him for the love and got the pretty flowers in water, my mind immediately went to chocolate.  And espresso!  I know: weird!(Good weird?  I think?) The flower’s creamy pink hues were stunning to me, but I … [Read more...]

Roasted Grape Mascarpone Pasta Sauce


I could not be more excited to share this recipe with you! Okay, remember the grapes we marinated in wine last week?  Well, if you haven't eaten all of them, you can roast them (yup, you heard me right -- roast them), to use in this amazing pasta sauce -- along with their marinade!(If you did eat all of them, no … [Read more...]

Spicy Kale Soup with Roasted Pepper and Tomato


Yesterday when I went to buy some of my favorite chocolate bars, I was a bit distracted because of the "health food faire," the grocery store was hosting. Not exactly what I want around me when I'm buying my chocolate!I did however manage to squeeze past the throng of fitness trainers, vitamin reps, and all sorts … [Read more...]

Wine Marinated Grapes


Simple, gorgeous, and utterly delicious.  That's what's going on here, my friends!I am so excited about these grapes -- and creating this recipe was a wonderful culinary experiment. A few important tips before we dive in: First, heating the marinade before adding the grapes greatly intensifies the flavor. Two, the … [Read more...]