How to Roast Butternut Squash: A Photographic Guide

How to Roast Butternut Squash: A Photographic Guide - cookingontheweekends.com

Even before taking pictures of food was part of my job description, I'd find myself in the middle of cooking a recipe looking for my camera.The simple beauty of an ingredient can make me pause. This happens more often than not.  Whether I'm peeling asparagus or an onion, slicing beets or citrus, or maybe simply … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie-Olive Oil Muffins or Cupcakes {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Pumpkin Pie-Olive Oil Muffins and Cupcakes (Gluten-Free Recipe) | cookingontheweekends.com

What's the best compliment one can get about the food they cook? Of course we all find it delightful to hear people say how delicious it is, how beautiful it is, etc.  However, my favorite compliment is when someone tries something they actively don't like, and they love it. Take my cousin Beth for example.   I … [Read more...]

The Very Best Pumpkin Recipes and an Introduction to Bijouxs

Top 10 Pumpkin Recipes | cookingontheweekends.com

Enjoy the pumpkin deliciousness, and I have a special treat for you at the end of the post!Now, you know when I say something like "the very best," I mean my very best, right?  Though I'd be delighted if they were known to be the very best.  ;-)I love everything about pumpkins.  Their natural beauty, delicious … [Read more...]

Creamy Cranberry Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe

Creamy Cranberry Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Do you still have leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce?Did you make the oh-so-yummy Spiced Cranberry Sauce Corn Muffins?  They promise to be a treat, especially warmed up with a dab of butter.I made the muffins and still had cranberry sauce to spare, so used it to whip up this delicious, rich and creamy salad … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Spiced Cranberry Sauce Corn Muffin Recipe

Gluten-Free Spiced Cranberry Sauce Corn Muffin Recipe

These gluten-free muffins are the best way ever to use your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas cranberry sauce!I'm always surprised that the morning after the Thanksgiving or Christmas feast, I wake up hungry.  In fact, starving.  What's up with that!?These are quick and easy muffins that you can whip up with your … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving with Blueberries, Riojas and the Best Trifle Ever!

Thanksgiving with Blueberries and Rioja | Cooking On The Weekends

Why are cranberries the official berry for Thanksgiving?  I don't know the answer, but what I do know is that blueberries are moving in on that territory.  And with good reason! Last week I was invited to a pre-Thanksgiving feast hosted by Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen, sponsored by the US Highbush Blueberry … [Read more...]

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...]

Sweet & Savory Skellig Potato Bites with Cranberry-Pecan Caramelized Onions

Sweet and Savory Skellig Cheddar Potato Bites  | Cooking On The Weekends

I used to feel like Thanksgiving wouldn't be the Thanksgiving I knew and loved, if we didn't celebrate in the home I grew up in.  The home my parents still live in, and where most of the Thanksgivings of my life were spent.My parents' home invites Thanksgiving like no other.  The whole family filled the living … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving: Turkey Brine Recipe

Thanksgiving: Turkey Brine Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

It's pretty simple.  Brining your Thanksgiving turkey will add moisture, flavor, and it will almost guarantee a very succulent, tender result.  It doesn't matter what roasting method you use cook the turkey, brining it first is the key.Trust me.Every year I use this brine recipe, and then carry on with my … [Read more...]