40+ of the Best Citrus Recipes!

30+ Best Citrus Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends

Be it a Pixi tangerine, a Ruby grapefruit, or a big, plump Sumo, I love juicy, sweet, perfectly ripe winter citrus as much as I do a plum pulled right from its tree in the summer.My absolute favorite way to eat citrus is simply peeled and out of hand.  That said, there are so many divine creations to be made with … [Read more...]

Five-Minute Mexican Blackened Salmon Recipe

Five-Minute Mexican Blackened Salmon Recipe - Cooking On The Weekends

My recipe ideas come from anywhere and everywhere:  talking with people, colors I see, the weather, my mood, my fruit bowl, food images in magazines, walking down an aisle in the market, my kids, a book, a TV show, the seasons, and the list goes on.The idea for this recipe came to me when I brought home a ton of … [Read more...]

Tangerine Caprese Kebab Recipe

Tangerine Caprese Kebab Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Another delightful, delicious holiday hors d'oeuvre recipe!  How pretty and festive would this be along with a few of these, for a New Year's Eve cocktail party?Just look at how vibrant and beautiful the orange color of the tangerine is!  These are  Neapolitan (also called Page) Tangerines.  These are true gems!  … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party Recipes – 2013

Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre Party Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends with Valentina

With just a few more days before Christmas, and  about a week before New Year's Eve, we're starting to write shopping lists and plan the cooking!I love a delicious Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre party!  One to two bites, pretty colors, easy to handle and a burst of flavor.  A perfect hors d'oeuvre should have these four … [Read more...]

Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe

Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

I don't know about you, but this time of year is so incredibly busy for me, I feel like I'm just going, going, going -- and then going some more!I have to make an effort to slow down, and take time out to enjoy a meal with friends and family.  And there's no better time then in the heart of comfort food … [Read more...]

Fire Roasted Corn and Hatch Chile Stuffed Sole, Wrapped Two Ways: Bacon or Sweet Potato

Fire Roasted Corn and Hatch Chile Stuffed Sole, Wrapped Two Ways: Bacon or Sweet Potato | Cooking On The Weekends

Remember when we made Chilled Cucumber-Basil Soup, and I told you about the numerous (often quirky), culinary phases my husband goes through?Well, there's a whole new (definitely quirky) phase going on now. Without getting into detail, let's just say that in addition to a whole lot of pumpkin purée and agave nectar … [Read more...]

Patagonian Toothfish in Sweet Red Pepper-Spinach Sauce

Patagonian Toothfish in Sweet Red Pepper-Spinach Sauce  | Cooking On The Weekends

Please don't be turned off by its name!  There are no teeth in the fillets, I promise!You most likely know Patagonian Toothfish as Chilean Seabass (which is really just a more palatable name for it).  For many years this fish was on the Seafood Watch "red list." Now though, if it's marked with a blue eco-label of … [Read more...]

Roasted Hatch Chile Seared Scallops

Roasted Hatch Chile Seared Scallops | Cooking On The Weekends

Since I pretty much stick to food talk around here, you might not know that beneath my Chef's hat, I'm always wearing my Mommy hat.  It goes on first.Yesterday was a big Mommy day.My boys started 2nd & 4th grade.  My little boys are becoming big boys, and it makes me smile and shed a few tears all at … [Read more...]

Summer Peach Marinated Salmon and Avocado Rice Bowl Recipe

Summer Peach Marinated Salmon and Avocado Rice Bowl Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Ever since I made Coconut Sticky Rice for the Ghost Pepper Jolokia Caramelized Pineapple, I've been having it at the ready, using it in meal after meal.  It's the perfect hearty, sweet vehicle capture all sorts of complementary flavors and textures.And much like the Meyer Lemon-Black Quinoa Plum and Avocado Salad … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day!

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My dad with me exactly 11 years ago, on my wedding day . . . . and a couple of weeks ago with his two favorite dogs, me and my boys. My husband, the other best dad in the world. ~    ~     ~ Wishing you all a very happy, warm, and love-filled Father’s Day! I hope you and your families are all sharing a … [Read more...]