Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes - Honey Glazed Korean Pears in Wonton Crisps with Cinnamon Cream

From unique and delicious twists on favorite classic Thanksgiving pies, to perfectly fall- spiced apples and pears for the holiday -- there's a dessert here to wow every guest at your table.Here are my top ten Thanksgiving dessert recipes!  (And yes, there's chocolate, too!) Click on the title or image to get each … [Read more...]

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Pie Recipe with Gluten-Free Pecan-Walnut Crust

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Pie with Gluten-Free Pecan-Walnut Crust -- This pie tastes like the perfect blend of pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Only it's neither one and even better!

This pie tastes like the perfect blend of pecan pie and pumpkin pie -- only it's neither one and even better!I remember the Thanksgiving when I was in culinary school.  I was in my third month of the pastry course, and I made pie after pie for my family's feast.  Each one was more elaborate and prettier than the next.I … [Read more...]

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

So it's late afternoon on the 3rd of July and you might not know what to make for your 4th of July guests yet.  Do not fear!  I'm here to help. ;-)  Here's an awesome four course menu that you can easily pull off, and you will totally impress your guests!  As long as you can handle fighting the crowds at the market, … [Read more...]

Individual Coffee-Chocolate Mud Pie Recipe with Espresso-Chocolate Sauce


My dad turned 80 last week.  80!Think of every positive, loving adjective you can, and my dad's all that. Plus, he's the most youthful, active 80-year-old in existence.My dad doesn't have a day without an hour with the LA Times and his dog at the local coffee shop, a hike and/or a visit to the Malibu Lagoon, a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Desserts

Top 10 Valentine's Day Desserts - red - pink - flowers | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

From dark rich chocolate and a cocktail in a strawberry, to natural red velvet perfection and a sexy blood orange, there's a luscious Valentine's Day treat here for everyone."You can't make everybody happy, you're not a jar of Nutella." (I love that quote!)  Get the recipe here.The beauty of a blood … [Read more...]

20 Cool Gifts For Foodies For Under $20 – 2014

20 Cool Gifts For Foodies For Under 20-2014

A couple of days ago I shared my top picks for this year's Gifts For the Cook Who (You Think) Has Everything -- and I love everything on it!  The prices vary on that list -- from low (ish) to high.  On this list, the prices don't vary much -- they're from low to lower.  These super fun picks are for everyone from the … [Read more...]

Midori-Pandan Poached Plum Cups

Midori-Pandan Poached Plum Cups1 Recipe |

I know I've told you this a few times, but this recipe requires that I tell you again . . . food is an art medium.You can create art with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and yes, today -- plums.My idea was to create a simple, delicately flavored dessert that would look much like swirls of paint.Can you … [Read more...]

Individual Ojai Pixie Tangerine (No-Bake) Cheesecakes Recipe

Ojai Pixie Tangerine Individual Cheesecakes Recipe |

Around this time last year, I went to the beautiful Ojai Valley in Southern California with Melissa's Produce to learn all about Ojai Pixie Tangerines.  I shared this experience here, and it's a great prelude to any Ojai Pixie recipe (in my humble opinion). ;-)Pixie tangerines are sun-sweetened, delicate, seedless … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Recipes – 2014!

Valentines Day Chocolate 2014! |

What's the first thing you think of when you hear "Valentines' Day?"Is it hearts?  Red and pink?  Romance?  Sweet friendships?  Or is it chocolate?I'd love to hear your answers in the comments below the post.  (You're probably not wondering -- but if you are, for me it's chocolate.) … [Read more...]