Summer Melon Recipes

Summer Melon Recipes -- From cocktails and pies, to salads and sushi, juicy and flavorful summer melons are the star ingredient in all of them!

From cocktails and pies, to salads and sushi, juicy and flavorful summer melons are the star ingredient in all of these recipes!  And even though they're not red, white and blue -- they would all be lovely at your 4th of July barbecue!  How much do you love to sink your teeth into fresh, sweet and juicy summer … [Read more...]

15 Gorgeous Egg Recipes for Spring Brunch

15 Gorgeous Egg Recipes for Spring Brunch

Nothing tops a gorgeous and delicious egg dish for a spring brunch!  From those cooked with smoky bacon and crispy potatoes, to those settled in an avocado with creamy cheese, all of these egg recipes will absolutely wow your guests!Off we go on the most delicious egg hunt of all time . . .(Click on the titles or … [Read more...]

The Best Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs Recipe

The Best Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs - They include absolutely everything you want with a bagel, cream cheese & lox, minus the bagel. These beauties are an explosion of flavor and make for the perfect hors d'oeuvre or brunch item as we head into the spring holidays.

Delectable Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs include absolutely everything you want with a bagel, cream cheese & lox, minus the bagel. These beauties are an explosion of flavor & make for a perfect hors d'oeuvre or brunch item for the spring holidays.Tis' the season!For eggs, that is!  Easter Sunday is in just one … [Read more...]

Spicy Eggplant-Almond Cakes with Cilantro-Lemon Yogurt

Spicy Eggplant-Almond Cakes Recipe with Cilantro-Lemon Yogurt - Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, these super flavorful, spicy and earthy eggplant cakes are an incredibly delicious, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.

Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, these super flavorful, spicy and earthy eggplant cakes are an incredibly delicious, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre or appetizer. I had the pleasure of attending a delightful presentation by Faye Levy at Melissa's Produce a couple of weeks ago.  Faye, an authority on Middle … [Read more...]

Smoky Red Lentil “Hummus” Recipe

Smoky Red Lentil Chipotle Hummus -- This is an earthy dip full of warm flavors. Perfect for fall!

Creamy, rich and smooth like hummus, this dip is full of earthy, warm flavors and is perfect for fall.Where I live in Los Angeles -- the Santa Monica mountains are on one side of me and the ocean is on the other.  I know I'm fortunate to be surrounded by all of this beauty.  Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the … [Read more...]

Summertime Garden Party Menu

Summertime Garden Party Menu

photo credit: shepaused4thought.com Isn't it so hard to slow down?  To make time for yourself?  To do something just for fun?  It sure is for me, and when I do it, it never fails to remind me that I should make a bigger effort to do it more often.   Last week I had the most delightful time with some of my favorite … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Tomato-Mango, Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Mango Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Do you ever have days when you're so stressed out, and things keep going wrong?  Okay seriously, that's a rhetorical question -- obviously you do!  If you're human, anyway. ;-)Yesterday was one of those days.I won't bore you with all of the details, but the highlight was when I opened my (parked) car door about … [Read more...]

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

So it's late afternoon on the 3rd of July and you might not know what to make for your 4th of July guests yet.  Do not fear!  I'm here to help. ;-)  Here's an awesome four course menu that you can easily pull off, and you will totally impress your guests!  As long as you can handle fighting the crowds at the market, … [Read more...]

Cherry Bacon Blueberry Kebab Recipe

Cherry-Bacon Blueberry Kebabs

A red, white and blue recipe for the 4th of July.A sweet, tart, and smoky appetizer. A Caprese of sorts.A delightful, super pretty summer hors d'oeuvre.Yep, it's all that.  Call these beautiful, quick and easy kebabs what you will -- any which way they're absolutely delicious!Cherry Bacon Blueberry … [Read more...]

Smoky Tomato-Bacon-Chipotle Deviled Eggs

Smoky Tomato Bacon Chipotle Deviled Eggs

Current food trends: asparagus, matzo dishes, artsy eggs, and fun deviled eggs!  (Just to name a few.)Which means the obvious, of course -- it's spring, and Easter and Passover are on the horizon.If you've been reading Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know how much I love smoky flavors -- and that I think … [Read more...]