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 tradition … [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...]

How To Roast Garlic

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We just got home from a delightful weekend visiting my brother in Santa Cruz.  One of the things I love about driving up north is passing through Gilroy and other California farm towns.  When you open your windows in Gilroy, the strong, wonderful scent of garlic is in the air, and there are signs for fresh-picked … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe

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Welcome, everybody, to my first "Friday Flowers!"Flowers inspire me greatly -- and different flowers make me think about different foods."Friday Flowers" isn't necessarily about adding floral items to what I'm cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon-Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Salmon-Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Recip | Cooking On The Weekends

Brunch is my favorite meal. I've always loved it.Brunch happens all too rarely.  It really can't take place on workdays, school days, or "normal" days.  Brunch is special -- reserved for vacations, holidays, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, and anniversaries.   So naturally, I associate brunch … [Read more...]

Miso Marinated Black Cod Recipe with Bok Choy-Pepper Stir Fry

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So here it is:  the dinner I served for my dad's birthday.(That dinner was capped off with my Espresso Ice-Cream Pie.)This dish really is something special.  While the marinade is amazing and definitely adds incredible flavor, I have to tell you that black cod is simply a special fish on its own.  It's mild, … [Read more...]