Hale I’A Da Fish House in Kawaihae, Hawaii: It’s Where the Locals Eat

Da Fish House - Kawaihae, Hawaii | cookingontheweekends.com

I love, LOVE, trying the local food when I'm traveling.When we were in Hawaii on the Big Island last month, I was on a hunt for the best local food I could find.  The resort where we were staying was lovely -- and the food was too -- but, it was not unlike food I could find in lovely restaurants where I live.On … [Read more...]

Best Hatch Chile Recipes

My Best Hatch Chile Recipes | cookingontheweekends.com

Get the above Hatch chile recipes by clicking on their images at the bottom of this post. Within about 3 weeks, you will start to see the very special, very delicious Hatch chiles at your local markets.  And when you do, I suggest taking advantage of it, because their season is only about 6 weeks long. … [Read more...]

Thai-Inspired Mahi Mahi Recipe

Thai Inspired Mahi Mahi Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

Having spent a couple of hours with the lovely Katie Chin at a signing for her latest book, Everyday Thai Cooking, with a bag of Asian produce in hand -- Thai inspired I was!Fresh cilantro, garlic, ginger root, lemongrass, limes, mint, Thai basil, turmeric root, and more.  What's a girl to do?I'll tell exactly … [Read more...]

Seared Ahi Tuna Mango-Avocado Appetizer Recipe

Seared Ahi Tuna Avocado-Mango Appetizer Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

For weeks I've been thinking about avocado and mango slices together on a plate.  I know, there's no end to my exciting food thoughts. ;-)Gorgeous and delicious, sweet and creamy, they're both at the tippy top of my favorite foods list(s).Pairing up with peppery, savory, seared Ahi, turns these two beauties … [Read more...]

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...]