How to Cut and Eat a Cactus Pear: A Photographic Guide

How to Cut a Cactus Pear: A Photographic Guide |

If you've ever driven through a desert, you've likely seen many Prickly Pear Cactus Plants along the way.  Did you have any idea those reddish fruits growing out of the pad-like plants were edible?Well, not only are they edible, they're also absolutely stunning!  Wait until you see the inside -- you'll be … [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...]

Roasted Hatch Chile-White Peach Salsa Recipe and an Awesome Hatch Chile Package Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

Roasted Hatch Chile-Peach Salsa and Double Cookbook Giveaway |

Winter, spring, summer, hatch, and fall.Some consider Hatch Chile season as important as any other season -- and they fit it in so snugly between summer and fall.This very special season only lasts about six weeks, during August and September.  So don't waste a moment before you get them.  (Of course, you might … [Read more...]

How to Use Lemongrass: A Photographic Guide

How to Use Lemongrass-A Photographic Guide |

If you've never tasted anything with lemongrass in it, or taken in its alluring fragrance, I think you're missing out.Lemongrass is a root that looks much like a scallion and tastes lemony.  Lemongrass has more than the flavor of lemon though -- it also has delicious, subtle notes of ginger, lime, and mint.I've … [Read more...]

How to Cut Citrus Segments and Slices: A Photographic Guide

How to Cut Citrus Segments and Slices | Cooking On The Weekends

As much as I love stone fruit and avocados in the summer, I might just love citrus in the winter even more.  And when I eat citrus fruits any way other than straight from the peel, I like to it be cut perfectly -- removed from its skin, pith (the white portion that's just inside the skin), and membranes.  This part of … [Read more...]

How to eat a Cherimoya: A Photographic Guide

How to eat a Cherimoya: A Photograpic Guide | Cooking On The Weekends

"A Cherimoya is deliciousness itself." -- Mark Twain When I opened the box of Cherimoyas that Melissa's Produce sent me, I immediately remembered when I had my first one -- about twenty years ago, when I was living in Spain.  My Spanish sister, Pilar, introduced me to them. I hadn't seen anything like them before.  … [Read more...]

How to Easily Peel Pearl Onions: A Photographic Guide

How to Peel Pearl Onions | Cooking On The Weekends

Are you on the edge of your seat?  Could there be a more exiting topic?Here's the deal . . . as I was peeling Pearl onions when I made Blueberry Balsamic Braised Brisket, I was remembering how I used to peel them -- before I actually knew how.  I'm not sure what I was doing, but I'm sure it took me way, way too … [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...]

HOW TO . . .

Roast Garlic

Every now and than I share basic cooking skills and techniques with you -- that I think are invaluable in the kitchen, or maybe just fun to know.  I mean, you never know when you might need to peel and pit a lychee! Below are some of those I've shared in the past, and I would love to know if I've missed anything you're … [Read more...]

How to Peel and Cut a Pineapple: A Photographic Guide

How to Peel and Cut a Pineapple:  A Photographic Guide | Cooking On The Weekends

There's not much better than the sweet taste of fresh fruit at the peak of its season.  I am in love with summertime strawberries, mangoes, melons and of course pineapples!This gorgeous fruit might be daunting for some to break into, and that might lead them to the canned fruit isle of the market.  Don't do it!  … [Read more...]