Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor.

A gluten-free fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with smoky flavor. Oh my!You know how you had one, maybe two teachers when you were a kid, that you'll never forget because they were so inspiring?  So fun? So interesting?  They created an environment where you were super excited to learn? My 13-year-old … [Read more...]

My Favorite 5 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

My Favorite 5 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo -- From lemony guacamole and smoky salsa to spicy lettuce-wrapped tacos and fresh seafood ceviche, these Latin inspired recipes are over-the-top!

From lemony guacamole to spicy lettuce-wrapped tacos and fresh ceviche, these Latin inspired recipes are over-the-top delicious! ¡Muy sabroso!Happy Cinco de Mayo!I've been remiss for not getting a new recipe to you earlier in the week.  Hopefully these five Latin favorites of mine for Cinco de Mayo will make up for … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Caramelized Mushroom & Pork Stew Recipe

Caramelized Mushroom Pork Stew Recipe -- This comforting stew is full of earthy flavors, it’s super hearty, and oh-so delicious. You won’t believe how quick and easy it is!

This comforting stew is full of earthy flavors, it’s super hearty and oh-so delicious.  You won’t believe how quick and easy it is!If you’ve been following Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know I’m someone who loves being in being in the kitchen — delectable briskets cooking all day, yummy bread puddings that … [Read more...]

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...]