15 July 4th Recipe Ideas

15 Best 4th of July Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends

* From left to right, recipe links to the above images are below. * What are you doing to celebrate the 4th of July?  More importantly, what are you eating to celebrate the 4th of July? … [Read more...]

Fresh Strawberry Granita Recipe

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So you know I have huge crush on summer strawberries, right?  Well, now I'm seriously flirting with them.As I told you when we made our Lemon-Basil Strawberry Caprese, I buy six baskets of strawberries at a time.  I've been doing this every Sunday at my local Farmer's Market -- and they just keep getting sweeter … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Purple-Flowered Rock Rose and Iced Mocha Smoothie

Friday Flowers: Purple-Flowered Rock Rose and Iced Mocha Smoothie | Cooking On The Weekends

When I go to a breakfast or brunch in someone's home, I expect coffee will be served.  And if it's not, I regret that I haven't snuck in my coffee thermos from the car, to sip discretely while others drink their mimosas. My rule, if you will, is that if it's before noon, there should be coffee.  And frankly, if it's … [Read more...]

Swiss Chard Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe – It’s Not What You’d Think

Vegetarian Chard Lasagna Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Coming from a family of gardeners, you'd think I'd have a green thumb.   Well, I don't.  My thumb, if you will, is somewhere between brown and olive green -- at best.Fortunately my family lives close by, and I have wonderful neighbors, who all have bright green thumbs, and they invite me in to "shop" in their … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

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I exercise simply because I feel I should.  I don't love it.  On a good day, I like it.I trail run a few times a week, for about twenty minutes (tops!).I'm incredibly lucky to have the Santa Monica Mountains as my neighbor.  It's on a trail in these mountains where I run, and it's the beautiful  scenery that … [Read more...]

Rambutini: A Rambutan Martini Recipe

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A Rambutan Martini Recipe -- I'm calling it a Rambutini. Fun!What is a rambutan, you ask?  Have you ever seen one?  Tried one?I'd seen these jewels before, but didn't know their name until last week when I was fortunate enough to learn about this super cool, exotic fruit from Melissa's Produce.A rambutan is … [Read more...]

Sunomono Salad, Minty Popsicles, Vanilla Smoothies, and Spicy Salsa: All full of Kisses!

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Kiss melons have worked their way onto my favorite foods list.And my favorite foods list is quite exclusive. (Even if you know another food on the list, it's hard to get on, or move your way up.)A couple of weeks ago I announced my new and exciting collaboration with Sandstone Melons, and today I'm sending you … [Read more...]

Spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate with Red Savina Habanero Peppers

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This is one hot chocolate that I would not serve to my kids.Oh no -- this fiery H-O-T-hot chocolate is for the grown-up palate only.Melissa’s Red Savina Habanero is one of the hottest chile peppers in the world!In the world!And it's this pepper that makes this hot chocolate unique and so delicious. The … [Read more...]

My Perfect Cup of Coffee

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I simply love a good cup of coffee. I love the flavor and adore the ritual of it.  Coffee is a big part of my day . . .  and not just because it helps wake me up, either.What's your perfect cup of coffee?Is it at home? At a café?Is if full of cream? Sugar?  Both?Is it hot? On ice?Is it in a ceramic … [Read more...]

An (Almost) Classic Bloody Mary

An (Almost) Classic Bloody Mary - You will flip over the bacon!

My husband's favorite cocktail is a Bloody Mary, and I think it'll pair quite nicely with the Mexican fare we're serving for his birthday dinner.   This is his drink, and honestly I'm not exactly sure what his ingredient list is, or how much of each he uses. This is exactly the sort of recipe that should be made to … [Read more...]