Salted, Spiced Caramel Sauce

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This weekend I'm serving Salted, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Gelato!  Yum!  It's all about using the flavors of fall.Whenever I make a recipe with many components, I try to get some of them done ahead of time.  So... today we're making the caramel portion of the gelato. This is very similar to the salted caramel recipe … [Read more...]

Candied Citrus Peels

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You never know when you might wish you had a jar of candied citrus peels in your pantry. Really!  They're a fantastic addition to cookies, muffins, cakes, and even your hot cup of tea!It's the perfect, somewhat mindless weekend cooking project.  After just a few minutes of work, the peels simply hang out on the … [Read more...]

Vanilla Fig Preserves

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Don't you think seven AM on a Sunday is way too early to be awake?  Let alone to be cooking?  My boys' four-year-old cousin had spent the night, and at six-thirty AM she whispered in my ear, "Um, Valentina, can we make the pancakes now?" (Actually, that was her second question.  First she wanted to know if I could … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Salted Caramel Recipe

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Just three more days until my dessert party!  It'll be here on Cooking On The Weekends -- but you know you'll have to do a little cooking yourself, right!?These treats will be lovely to look at, but I want you to taste them, too! Really, you must!  Hopefully you're prepping along with me!We're continuing our … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon-Basil Salad Dressing Recipe

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A lot was cooking in my kitchen this weekend, and the first thing I'm excited to share with you is a super quick salad dressing recipe!  Remember when we made My Mom's Meyer Lemonade a week or so ago?  I know, how could you forget, right?  ;-)  It's delicious!Well, a friend of mine took my mom's recipe a step … [Read more...]

Avocado Butter Recipe

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When I was a kid, I used to literally sneak avocado chunks out of my salad, into my napkin, and sadly, yes . . . into the trash.  Can you believe that!?  If you've been keeping up with my blog, you know that these days, I cannot get enough avocados, and I consider them to be a precious culinary treasure.  Truly!I … [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...]

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...]