Friday Flowers: Orange Roses and Grilled Cheese With Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote

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I can't exactly tell you why, but every time I walk by my neighbor's deep, sunset-orange roses, I think of a grilled cheese sandwich.Orange cheese isn't even my favorite in grilled cheese.  Perhaps I think of a grilled cheese sandwich because the flowers are an incredibly warm color -- they bring my mind to melting … [Read more...]

How To Make Caramelized Onions

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Today we are creating an unbelievable, intensely rich, sweet flavored, caramel-colored, spreadable delicacy.  It's like gold.  We're caramelizing onions!  We're cooking onions very slowly on the stove. . . drawing all of their natural sugars to their surface.Although you can use olive oil, I love using clarified, … [Read more...]

Key Lime Grilled Corn Guacamole Recipe

Lime Grilled Corn Guacamole | Cooking On The Weekends

I can't get enough of avocados in the summertime!  I absolutely love them -- on their own, in salads, avocado fries, and of course, in a guacamole recipe!The key to making fantastic guacamole is starting with fantastic avocados! And I have a new avocado find I'm excited to tell you about!  Paradise Grove Avocados!  … [Read more...]

Cucumber-Dill Canapé Recipe

Cucumber Dill Canapé Recipe

I made these adorable, delicious hors d'oeuvres for the very first party I ever catered, way back in 1995. (Oh my!)  And I think these may have been on the menu of every party I catered there after.  They are always a crowd pleaser!  They're light, refreshing, pretty, and packed with flavor -- and all in one … [Read more...]

Spinach Kale Pesto Recipe

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When I was growing up, my parents grew beautiful basil in their garden.  (And they still do.)  So naturally, my mom made a ton of beautiful basil pesto!It became a tradition to have the pesto on English muffins topped with thick slices of sweet, heirloom tomatoes (also from their garden).This yummy dinner … [Read more...]

Strawberry Avocado Salsa Recipe

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Tomorrow is June 21st -- the first official day of summer!  Yay! My two boys are very excited that school will be out soon. They know that more playtime and a slightly later bedtime will ensue.  For me, the excitement is about a new season of culinary delights!There are dozens of foods summer brings -- strawberries … [Read more...]

Vegetable Mint Stir Fry Recipe With Tofu “Noodles”

Vegetable Mint Sitr Fry with Tofu Noodles | Cooking On The Weekends

Friday night, while my two boys and I were having Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak, my vegetarian husband had this yummy stir fry.As I was about to chop the tofu into cubes for the stir fry, I saw my vegetable peeler out of the corner of my eye and got a magical idea.  Yes, I just referred to the way I was going … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Bougeanvilla and Grilled Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak Recipe

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Here are just a few of my many highlights this week: Today my 5-year-old son said, "Mommy, you're the kissing girl -- everyone around you has to kiss you," and then he did. My 7-year old son performed in a school concert a couple nights ago.  I could barely see his newly buzzed head and his sweet face behind his … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Chicken Recipe with Brown Basmati Rice

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Clearly I'm having a bit of a "thing" with roasted garlic.I can't help it.  I always roast a bunch of garlic at once to have on hand to cook with for a couple of weeks (and to spread on bread)!  In this recipe, the roasted garlic transforms the chicken and rice into a delicious comfort food!  I'm telling you:  … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe. . . With Roquefort, Bacon and Grilled Pear!

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Once I have roasted garlic in the house, I can't stop cooking with it.  And why would I?! One of the reasons to roast a lot of garlic at once is that it will go a long way.Usually I crave roasted garlic and garlic bread in the cool, winter months, but driving by all the garlic fields in Gilroy this past weekend … [Read more...]