Quick and Easy Caramelized Mushroom & Pork Stew Recipe

Caramelized Mushroom Pork Stew Recipe -- This comforting stew is full of earthy flavors, it’s super hearty, and oh-so delicious. You won’t believe how quick and easy it is!

This comforting stew is full of earthy flavors, it’s super hearty and oh-so delicious.  You won’t believe how quick and easy it is!If you’ve been following Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know I’m someone who loves being in being in the kitchen — delectable briskets cooking all day, yummy bread puddings that … [Read more...]

Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownies {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!

These gluten-free, fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint! Where have I been?Well, it’s five weeks today that my dad’s been in the hospital. What should have been one week is now five, and it’ll still be another few.This was elective … [Read more...]

Snow Pea Shoot-Cranberry Salad with Crispy Rice & Spicy Pecan Dressing

Snow Pea Shoot-Cranberry Salad with Crispy Rice & Spicy Pecan Dressing -- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and a spectacular centerpiece for a holiday table!

This beautiful salad is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free -- and it's the perfect centerpiece for a special event or holiday meal table! Last week I shared my love of baby bok choy from Jade Asian Greens, and today I'm sharing  their Snow Pea Shoots (Dau Miu), which I think are one of the most stunning and interesting … [Read more...]

Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Gratin

Bok Choy Shitake Mushroom Gratin Recipe

This vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Gratin is absolutely lovely for Easter, or any other celebration.When you invite a crowd, there will almost always be someone who has special dietary needs.  And I want to make those guests just as happy as everyone else!And guess what?  In one fell … [Read more...]

15 Over-The-Top-Delicious Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

15 Over-The-Top-Delicious Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

Easter Sunday is the perfect day for brunch!  From a bright spring salad and beautiful fresh citrus, to unique and colorful eggs and scrumptious French toast bread pudding -- there's something here for everyone!  I think my dad has turned not one, but two corners.  The first is that he's no longer taking any steps … [Read more...]

Vermouth Whole Roasted Onions Recipe

Whole Roasted Onions -- When you slow roast whole onions, they turn from raw, firm and sharp, to sweet, soft, and aromatic.

When you slow roast whole onions, they turn from raw, firm and sharp to sweet, soft, and aromatic.  It’s day 8 in the hospital for my dad, in the ICU.  Hence my absence since the Greek Lasagna, when I told you he was just wheeled into surgery. Since I’m filling you in on this, you should know that my dad is a guy who, … [Read more...]

Greek-Style Lasagna Recipe with Lamb

Greek-Style Lasagna Recipe -- This unique, hearty lasagna is packed with aromatic, delicious strong flavors — and it’s the epitome of comfort food!

This unique, hearty lasagna is packed with aromatic, delicious strong flavors — and it’s the epitome of comfort food!  It’s going to be a long day.My dad was just wheeled into surgery — 6 hours of open heart surgery, that is.As you probably know, I typically keep my writing to food, but there is a connection — … [Read more...]

Spicy Caesar Little Gems Recipe

Spicy Caesar Little Gems Recipe -- Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top.

Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top. It’s a mixed rustic salad in a large serving bowl to share with friends.It’s a lovely, elegant plated appetizer at a small dinner party.It’s a beautiful platter of hors d’oeuvres … [Read more...]

Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu Recipe

Garlic-Ginger Vegetable Baked Tofu Recipe -- This super tasty Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu is one of the most hearty and satisfying vegan dishes ever!

This super tasty Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu is one of the most hearty and satisfying vegan, gluten-free dishes ever!If you’ve been reading Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know I love to cook and eat just about everything — from light salads and chocolaty cakes, to fresh seafood and cheesy casseroles -- … [Read more...]

Thin Mint Key Lime Tart Recipe

Thin Mint Key Lime Tart Recipe -- A minty Key lime custard in a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie crust. This fresh, creamy dessert is beautiful, unique and oh-so-tasty!

A minty Key lime custard in a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie crust. This fresh, creamy dessert is beautiful, unique and oh-so-tasty! UPDATE (March 11, 2017) -- This recipe won 1st place in the Greater Los Angeles Girl Scout Cookie Contest in conjunction with Melissa’s Produce.  You can see a few more of the entries … [Read more...]