Silvia’s Summer Seafood Paella

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As you know, we recently took a family vacation to New York.  We planned the trip around the wedding of our close friends, Ed and Danielle.  The wedding was at Danielle's family home in Woodstock, and it was gorgeous!  I could write forever about all the exciting details of the fun wedding -- but, for now I'm focusing … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Hibiscus and Pineapple-Quinoa Berry Salad With Shrimp

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Hibiscus flowers will always remind me of my beautiful and relaxing honeymoon. The biggest decision on the blissful island of Huahini in French Polynesia, was whether to lay on the deck of our bungalow in the ocean, or on the warm sand with ocean waves splashing over me.  Rough, I know.Hibiscus flowers remind me of … [Read more...]

Best Vegetarian Enchilada Recipe Ever!

Best Vegetarian Enchilada Ever | cookingontheweekends.com

I'm home!  Did you notice I snuck out during the dessert party?  We went NYC and Woodstock -- sometime between the Salted Caramel Chocolates and the Double Chocolate Almond Spice Cookies.  We had a fantastic vacation -- I can't wait to tell you all about it next week!For now though, I'm happy to share this … [Read more...]

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushroom Recipe

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

Portabella mushrooms are "meaty."  Really, they are!  Just ask my vegetarian husband.  As if he'd know, right?  Actually, the truth is, while they certainly can't compete with a perfect rib-eye or flank steak, they are indeed a very hearty mushroom!This marinade is one of my favorites!  It has a spicy Asian vibe … [Read more...]

Cucumber Melon Salad Recipe with Yuzu-Jalapeño Dressing

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Remember the Sugar Kiss melon that I fell in love with?  Ah . . . the love affair continues:   Sugar Kiss melons just melt in your mouth and are right up there with desserts in the sweetness department!Well, once I had the Sugar Kiss, I had to try the Honey Kiss and the Golden Kiss, right?  All of these melons come … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Orange Roses and Grilled Cheese With Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote

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I can't exactly tell you why, but every time I walk by my neighbor's deep, sunset-orange roses, I think of a grilled cheese sandwich.Orange cheese isn't even my favorite in grilled cheese.  Perhaps I think of a grilled cheese sandwich because the flowers are an incredibly warm color -- they bring my mind to melting … [Read more...]

Strawberry Avocado Salsa Recipe

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Tomorrow is June 21st -- the first official day of summer!  Yay! My two boys are very excited that school will be out soon. They know that more playtime and a slightly later bedtime will ensue.  For me, the excitement is about a new season of culinary delights!There are dozens of foods summer brings -- strawberries … [Read more...]

What To Cook For Father’s Day: A Few Delicious Ideas

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You already know I'm making a super delicious granola for my dad for Father's Day,  but that's his gift, not our Father's Day meal!He'll likely have the granola for a late-night snack!For dinner, I'm thinking we'll have Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak with salad and these oh-so-tasty Smoky Chipotle Parmesan … [Read more...]

Vegetable Mint Stir Fry Recipe With Tofu “Noodles”

Vegetable Mint Sitr Fry with Tofu Noodles | Cooking On The Weekends

Friday night, while my two boys and I were having Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak, my vegetarian husband had this yummy stir fry.As I was about to chop the tofu into cubes for the stir fry, I saw my vegetable peeler out of the corner of my eye and got a magical idea.  Yes, I just referred to the way I was going … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Bougeanvilla and Grilled Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak Recipe

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Here are just a few of my many highlights this week: Today my 5-year-old son said, "Mommy, you're the kissing girl -- everyone around you has to kiss you," and then he did. My 7-year old son performed in a school concert a couple nights ago.  I could barely see his newly buzzed head and his sweet face behind his … [Read more...]