Tomato Rosemary Confit Croustades

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You know that I eat Nutella right out of the jar?  Well, I also eat Tomato-Rosemary Confit out of the jar!  It's absolutely divine (and an obviously healthier choice -- though I'm not giving the former up)!Sweet and savory, rich and full of flavor -- these oven roasted tomatoes are amazing! This is the perfect way … [Read more...]

Creamy Cranberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette

Creamy Cranberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking On The Weekends

You know how your taste buds crave a sweet after some savory?And something savory after a sweet?  Well, after indulging in my Thanksgiving feast, my taste buds crave . . . salad!  Lots of salad!(As it turns out, I don't then immediately crave Thanksgiving foods. Phew!)So without further ado, my taste buds … [Read more...]

Mexican Chopped Salad Recipe with Spiced Pepitas and Honey-Chipotle Lime Dressing

Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Lime Dressing | Cooking On The Weekends

Our Mexican food fest continues.  This Mexican Chopped Salad will be the perfect light accompaniment to the Smoky Chipotle Nachos and other richer dishes we'll be serving at my husband's little birthday soirée this weekend.With food, little details can make a big difference.For example, I think ice-cream tastes … [Read more...]

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 … [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 thinks 7 AM on a Sunday is way too early to be awake?  Let alone to be cooking?My boys' 4-year-old cousin had spent the night, and at 6:30 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 paint her … [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...]