Oregano-Lemon Butter Braised Chicken Recipe

Lemon-Oregano Butter Braised Chicken Recipe -- This easy-to-make, oregano-lemon-scented chicken is so succulent and delicious that it might just become your new go-to chicken dish.

This easy-to-make, oregano-lemon chicken is so succulent and delicious that it might just become your new go-to chicken recipe. My life has a new rhythm than it did a few months ago.The last time I wrote about my parents’ situation, I let you know my dad was back home after a couple of months in the hospital, and … [Read more...]

Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor.

A gluten-free fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with smoky flavor. Oh my!You know how you had one, maybe two teachers when you were a kid, that you'll never forget because they were so inspiring?  So fun? So interesting?  They created an environment where you were super excited to learn? My 13-year-old … [Read more...]

Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe -- Espresso and chocolate — all in a cake-like breakfast muffin. It’s a perfect way to start the day!

Espresso and chocolate — all in a cake-like breakfast muffin. It’s a perfect way to start the day!I’ve had this recipe in my mind for a month, and some of the ingredients on my kitchen counter for almost as long. I’m thrilled to have baked yesterday!After over eight weeks in the hospital, my dad is finally back … [Read more...]

My Favorite 5 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

My Favorite 5 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo -- From lemony guacamole and smoky salsa to spicy lettuce-wrapped tacos and fresh seafood ceviche, these Latin inspired recipes are over-the-top!

From lemony guacamole to spicy lettuce-wrapped tacos and fresh ceviche, these Latin inspired recipes are over-the-top delicious! ¡Muy sabroso!Happy Cinco de Mayo!I've been remiss for not getting a new recipe to you earlier in the week.  Hopefully these five Latin favorites of mine for Cinco de Mayo will make up for … [Read more...]

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...]