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: 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-chives-green-white-hard boiled 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 … [Read more...]

Spring Asparagus Grilled Cheese + 8 Favorite Asparagus Recipes

It's cute, crazy delicious and they sing springtime.  What more could you want in a grilled cheese sandwich!?  This is one of a few Easter recipes I wrote for Momtastic.  You can get the recipe and see it featured here.  Enjoy!Below are a few more of my favorite asparagus recipes -- all of which would be delightful … [Read more...]

Wasabi Glazed-Seared Ahi Tuna Recipe

Wasabi Glazed Seared Ahi Tuna Recipe | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

What's not to love?Here’s why this recipe is so loveable . . . The Ahi is slightly warm and peppery on the outside and refreshing and cool on the inside. The wasabi glaze is spicy, sweet, rich and perfectly smooth — all at ounce.  It’s truly a bite that will satisfy every desire your palate may have.And … [Read more...]

Bacon Basil Hasselback Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Bacon Basil Hasselback Dutch Yellow Potatoes |

Can you just imagine the smoky, incredible flavor of bacon seeping into every nook and cranny of these potatoes as they roast.  I'm telling you, the whole potato takes on the flavor and is therefor one of the tastiest bites of potato you'll ever have.  Add to that, fresh basil-garlic deliciousness and it puts it over … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Tahini

How to Make Homemade Tahini |

I love when I can make something at home that's sold packaged in stores.  It's fun, delicious, you know exactly what's going into it, and in the case of this homemade Tahini, it's super easy.Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used primarily in Greek, Middle Eastern, North African, and Turkish … [Read more...]