Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownies {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!

These gluten-free, fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint! Where have I been?Well, it’s five weeks today that my dad’s been in the hospital. What should have been one week is now five, and it’ll still be another few.This was elective … [Read more...]

Snow Pea Shoot-Cranberry Salad with Crispy Rice & Spicy Pecan Dressing

Snow Pea Shoot-Cranberry Salad with Crispy Rice & Spicy Pecan Dressing -- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and a spectacular centerpiece for a holiday table!

This beautiful salad is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free -- and it's the perfect centerpiece for a special event or holiday meal table! Last week I shared my love of baby bok choy from Jade Asian Greens, and today I'm sharing  their Snow Pea Shoots (Dau Miu), which I think are one of the most stunning and interesting … [Read more...]

Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Gratin

Bok Choy Shitake Mushroom Gratin Recipe

This vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Gratin is absolutely lovely for Easter, or any other celebration.When you invite a crowd, there will almost always be someone who has special dietary needs.  And I want to make those guests just as happy as everyone else!And guess what?  In one fell … [Read more...]

15 Over-The-Top-Delicious Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

15 Over-The-Top-Delicious Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

Easter Sunday is the perfect day for brunch!  From a bright spring salad and beautiful fresh citrus, to unique and colorful eggs and scrumptious French toast bread pudding -- there's something here for everyone!  I think my dad has turned not one, but two corners.  The first is that he's no longer taking any steps … [Read more...]

Vermouth Whole Roasted Onions Recipe

Whole Roasted Onions -- When you slow roast whole onions, they turn from raw, firm and sharp, to sweet, soft, and aromatic.

When you slow roast whole onions, they turn from raw, firm and sharp to sweet, soft, and aromatic.  It’s day 8 in the hospital for my dad, in the ICU.  Hence my absence since the Greek Lasagna, when I told you he was just wheeled into surgery. Since I’m filling you in on this, you should know that my dad is a guy who, … [Read more...]

Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu Recipe

Garlic-Ginger Vegetable Baked Tofu Recipe -- This super tasty Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu is one of the most hearty and satisfying vegan dishes ever!

This super tasty Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu is one of the most hearty and satisfying vegan, gluten-free dishes ever!If you’ve been reading Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know I love to cook and eat just about everything — from light salads and chocolaty cakes, to fresh seafood and cheesy casseroles -- … [Read more...]

Smoky Lemon Vegetable Quinoa Recipe

Smoky Lemon Vegetable Quinoa Recipe -- This super healthy, hearty side dish or main course is absolutely exploding with flavors that will keep you coming back for more!

This super healthy, vegan, gluten-free side dish or main course of Smoky Lemon Vegetable Quinoa, is absolutely exploding with flavors that will keep you coming back for more!We are always on the hunt for fabulous restaurants with a lot of gluten-free options for my my 13-year-old son who has Celiac Disease.  Our … [Read more...]

Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!

Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- these Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes are all of that, and then some! Sometimes I methodically plan out what I'm going to cook for you.  Sometimes days in advance.  Sometimes weeks in advance.  Not this time.It was only after I took the sweet potatoes out of the … [Read more...]

Colorful Citrus Carrot Salad Recipe

Colorful Citrus Carrot Salad Recipe -- It's as delicious as it is stunning.

This Colorful Citrus Carrot Salad is as delicious as it is stunning.  It's like an edible painting.   A couple of days ago I told you that Melissa's Produce has declared the Shishito pepper to be the most trendy pepper of 2017.  And today it's a key ingredient in a salad that's trendy for other reasons.Yep, … [Read more...]

How to Cook Shishito Peppers

How to Cook Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers are THE pepper of the 2017!If you want to hang with the popular peppers, the Shishito is the current leader.I had the best time at a media event at Melissa's Produce the other day, for a sneak peak at the produce trends for 2017. I have so many fun and exciting things to share with you about it, … [Read more...]