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...]

12 MOST POPULAR RECIPES OF 2012

Top 2012 Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends

I don't make a list of New Year's Resolutions.  I used to, but if I didn't accomplish the things I'd set out to, well, that was a bum out.  Instead, as I get ready for the new year, I make a list of what I did accomplish and feel good about.One of the things on my 2012 list  is that I wrote almost 200 delicious … [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...]

Thanksgiving Recipes: Sweet Potato Soup, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie & Everything In Between

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I haven't quite sorted out all of our Thanksgiving details yet, but a few things I know for sure.I know I'll be with people I love, there will be a roaring fire in the fireplace, and I know I'm making Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey.And Pecan Crusted, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie.And this pie happens to be … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Sides: Red Wine Braised Chestnuts and Pearl Onions

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One of my favorite food memories is when I'd open the front door to my house and immediately take in the incredible aroma of my mom sautéing onions.Seems like she was always sautéing onions.  They would go in almost everything she cooked.  They still do.My mom orders, "double onion" on pizza, chicken Tikka, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Sides: Garlic-Herb Smashed Potatoes Recipe

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Do you love French fries and mashed potatoes?Well my friends, Smashed Potatoes are a combination of both of these delectable treats.And just like the Prosciutto Cranberry Brussels Sprouts we made yesterday, they're a perfect Thanksgiving side dish in only 30 minutes!Just imagine these soft, yet crispy … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Sides: Prosciutto Cranberry Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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When I was a kid, I remember going to my Nana and Papa's house for Thanksgiving dinner.  A buffet table was set up in front of the fireplace in their small, cozy living room.  We'd all fill our plates with my Nana's famous cranberry jello mold, and the usual Thanksgiving spread.After dinner my brother, cousin and I … [Read more...]

Honey-Glazed Korean Pears in Wonton Crisps with Honey-Cinnamon Mascarpone

Honey-Glazed Korean Pears in Wonton Crisps with Honey-Cinnamon Mascarpone

 Yesterday when I was out walking our sweet puppy, I happened upon a gorgeous Liquid Amber Tree.Unlike other parts of the U.S., in LA it's very rare to come across a tree with leaves changing colors in the fall.Liquid Amber Trees are an exception.I grabbed a handful of the beautiful, vibrantly colored … [Read more...]

Pecan Crusted, Salted, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Thanksgiving Desserts-Gluten-Free Salated Caramel, Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie

With Halloween only days away, and pumpkins on my mind, I'm preparing my Thanksgiving menu!This is no an ordinary pumpkin pie, my friends.This is the yummiest pumpkin pie ever!It's delightfully smooth and incredibly rich . . . and the flavor is beyond belief!Am I building up the hype here too much?  And I'm … [Read more...]