Caramelized Onion-Tomato Smashed Potato Pizza

Caramelized Onion-Tomato Smashed Potato Pizza| cookingontheweekends.com

It's been raining in LA, snowing in surrounding mountain towns, and below freezing in other parts of the country. We're cold, lighting fires and bundling up beneath soft blankets.So -- call me crazy -- but why on this 1st day of 2015, in the middle of winter, would we move away from hearty, warm, cozy comfort … [Read more...]

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

Skinny Cream of Mushroom Soup | cookingontheweekends.com

There's Cream of Mushroom Soup and then there's Creamy Mushroom Soup.Both are delicious, but the Creamy Mushroom Soup is made sans cream -- though you'd never know it.  Never.The super creamy texture comes from the puréeing process, which is best achieved in a powerful blender.  This, plus the earthy flavor of … [Read more...]

Smashed Potato Pizza Crust

Smashed Potato Pizza Crust | cookingontheweekends.com

When it comes to cooking, I know I toot my own horn from time to time -- but, I don't often call my creations "brilliant" (even if I'm thinking it).  And while I don't want the horn to toot to loud, I'm quite certain this recipe is brilliant. There, I said it.One ingredient (plus oil, salt and pepper).  … [Read more...]

Winter Citrus Honey Melt

Winter Citrus Honey Melt | cookingontheweekends.com

I know, I know, citrus and melting cheese might sound like a bizarre combination.  I suppose it is -- but, it's also interesting and super delicious.Citrus is more typically paired with softer aged cheeses, like Cashel Blue or Gorgonzola, and with good reason -- it's fabulous!  (Goat cheese is also a lovely … [Read more...]

Hatch Chile Potato Hash and Eggs With Chipotle Roasted Tomatoes

Hatch Chile Potato Hash and Eggs with Chipotle Roasted Tomatoes | cookingontheweekends.com

It's been quite a while since I've cracked an egg over a meal, and we're smack in the middle of Hatch Chile season -- hence,  Hatch Chile Potato Hash and Eggs.  Breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner -- whatever time it is, if you're hungry, this is the answer.I'm starving!  Let's just get to the recipe and eat today.  … [Read more...]

Summer Spaghetti and Pesto Meatballs {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Summer Squash Spaghetti and Pesto Meatballs | cookingontheweekends.com

This meal is beautiful, comforting, full of delicious summer flavors, and came together for a few simple reasons . . . .First -- and by far the most interesting -- my husband, who's been a Vegetarian (Pescatarian, really), for the past twenty-one years, was craving meatballs and suddenly and without warning, … [Read more...]

4th of July Recipe: A Patriotic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

4th of July Recipe: Patriotic Grilled Cheese

If you can hardly contain your excitement about this sandwich, you can head to the bottom of the post to be directed to the recipe.  Otherwise, I’d love for you to take your time . . . . We live in a small-ish town in LA County. Without traffic (as if), we're about 20 minutes from downtown LA, and about 10 minutes … [Read more...]

22 Amazing Summer Lemon Recipes

Smoky Lemon-Paprika Quinoa

When life gives you lemons . . . .What?  Make lemonade?  Why not make something else?How about: "When life gives you lemons, make Lemon-Basil Strawberry Caprese."  Or "When life gives you lemons, make Smoky Lemon-Paprika Quinoa?" … [Read more...]

Seared Ahi Tuna Mango-Avocado Appetizer Recipe

Seared Ahi Tuna Avocado-Mango Appetizer Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

For weeks I've been thinking about avocado and mango slices together on a plate.  I know, there's no end to my exciting food thoughts. ;-)Gorgeous and delicious, sweet and creamy, they're both at the tippy top of my favorite foods list(s).Pairing up with peppery, savory, seared Ahi, turns these two beauties … [Read more...]