Friday Flowers: Camelias and Rosemary Roasted Hasselback Korean Pear Recipe

Rosemary Roasted Hasselback Korean Pear Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Idaho potatoes have inspired many recipes for me, but this is the first one that doesn't include potatoes.Have you ever had a Hasselback Potato?  "Hasselback" refers to a classic preparation of a potato, not the variety.  Developed in the 18th century in Stockholm, Sweden, they were first made at a restaurant … [Read more...]

Spiced Red Wine Crimson Gold Apples with Vanilla Mascarpone

Spiced Red Wine Crimson Gold Apples with Vanilla Mascarpone | Cooking On The Weekends

Red, crimson, gold -- a whole lot of beautiful colors going on here.It's Crimson Gold Apple season.  About the size of a golf ball, these apples are adorable and delicious, with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.Last year I went to see these beauties being harvested at Cuyama Orchards -- each and every … [Read more...]

Eggnog Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe

Eggnog Poppy Seed Bundt Cake | Cooking On The Weekends cookingontheweekends.com

I love bundt cakes!"Bundt" simply refers to the shape of the cake.  A bundt cake is made in ring-shaped, fluted pan.I love the look of it and I love the endless possibilities of flavors that a bundt pan can hold and mold. And I absolutely love the gorgeous amount of "crust" on a bundt cake.  The bundt pan … [Read more...]

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe for the Holidays

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After I eat something sweet, I crave something salty.After I eat something salty, I crave something sweet.And my favorite?  Sweet and salty all in one bite!This is exactly why I think adding cranberry sauce to your holiday spread is such a brilliant idea.It's also exactly why I love salty … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Christmas Holly and Spiced Almond-Apple-Persimmon Bread

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If I ask my dad about a plant or flower that I've seen in the Santa Monica mountains, he's either very proud to tell me that it's a native or almost annoyed to tell me it's not.  I think it's funny.  It's almost like he's defending the mountains . . ."You know, that's not from here, it shouldn't be here," he'll … [Read more...]

Top Ten Gifts for People Who Love to Cook!

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In case you haven't noticed, I love to cook. And weekends, shockingly enough, are when I get my chance to create in the kitchen!The kitchen items listed here are incredibly useful and beyond that, I have developed a good deal of affection for them.If you know someone who loves to cook -- you, for example -- … [Read more...]

Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free Recipe}| Cooking On The Weekends

My sweet seven-year-old was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few years ago.  While initially, the thought of changing to a gluten-free lifestyle was daunting, we quickly got into a good groove, and my son has been thriving ever since!I've done a ton of gluten-free baking, and I've also tried many gluten-free baked … [Read more...]

How To Roast And Peel Chestnuts

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"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos." Okay, so I roasted these in the oven, not on an open fire.  Regardless, they're divine!One of my absolute favorite memories of living in Madrid, Spain in the heart … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Christmas Cactus and Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Cherry Lace Cookies {Gluten-Free}

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I'm definitely one of those people who thinks it's nutty to put your Christmas decorations up any earlier than December 1st.  And with Halloween just moments behind us, I'm focused on Thanksgiving.So why in the world am I going to tell you these cookies will be perfect for your holiday cookie exchange now!?It's … [Read more...]