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...]

Ginger-Citrus Pie Recipe

Ginger-Citrus Pie Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

I guess you could say my mom is a creature of habit in the restaurant department.  At the moment, if she and my dad are out for dinner, I know exactly where they are and what my mom is ordering.  (My dad changes it up a bit.) … [Read more...]

Black Muscato Grape Flaugarde Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Black Muscato Grape Flaugarde Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Sunday's are my favorite day to cook and bake.My boys are usually running around wildly, having fun, and being especially loud and crazy.  (And when I say "boys," that includes my husband.)  And while it warms my heart that they're so full of joy, I don't run wildly with them. Go figure.  This is more often than … [Read more...]