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...]

Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken Recipe

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June gloom is starting a bit early in L.A., and yesterday was chilly and foggy.  While I love the sunshine, I also appreciate an excuse to cook warming foods!  And roasting a whole chicken with aromatic flavors is an easy way to create a delicious dinner for family or a group of friends on the weekend. This recipe is … [Read more...]

Plantain-Picadillo Empenada Recipe

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This recipe is insanely delicious. Really and truly delicious! (You'll learn I don't hold back when I like something.)  I love Latin flavors and I cooked up a storm for Cinco de Mayo this year.This Picadillo recipe was the hit of the night. And I must say, the sweet plantain "dough" is brilliant!  (Wish that had … [Read more...]

Mango Salsa Recipe

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I wanted to get this recipe to you sooner rather than later.  You see, I'll be sending you to it often because I love it with so many things.Summer's around the corner, mango season has begun, and we must celebrate this amazing tropical fruit!  Mangoes are definitely one of my favorite foods on the planetThis … [Read more...]

Avocado Fries with Agave-Chipotle Yogurt Dip Recipe

Avocado Fries with Agave-Chipotle Yogurt Dip

Avocado is one of my favorite foods in the world. Ironically, as a kid I hated it!  And I mean, hid-it-in-my-napkin-under-the-table kind of hate!I'm not sure when exactly my palate accepted it, but I think it was when I was about ten-years-old and a neighbor served me guacamole salted to perfection and full of … [Read more...]