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...]

Skillet Braised Chicken Recipe with Cognac Caramelized Lemon-Shallot-Sauce

Skillet Braised Chicken Recipe with Caramelized Lemon-Shallot-Sauce

This dish is the perfect example of what recipes on Cooking On The Weekends are all about -- it's creative and comforting food for casual entertaining.  (That's my tagline -- see it up in the top right?) :-)This recipe is the result of throwing a handful of delicious ingredients -- in a specific order -- together … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Chicken Poblano Pappardelle Pasta

Chicken Poblano Pappardelle Pasta Recipe-green |

A Mexican comfort food dish made with pasta is every bit as satisfying an Italian one.   (Trust me on this -- I had this for dinner last night!)If you really want to shine and mix up the buffet at the Cinco de Mayo party in a few days, I highly recommend bringing Chicken Poblano Pappardelle Pasta.  Imagine how … [Read more...]

THE Breakfast Taco Recipe

The Breakfast Taco-fried eggs-yellow-tortilla-red |

It's not just a breakfast taco -- it's the breakfast taco. My 11-year-old son loves tacos, and by "loves," I mean he devours them, makes up songs about them and even urns them into super heroes in stories he writes.  Yes, a taco. A super hero.So the other day, he suggested I make a breakfast taco.  Fun!  Nothing … [Read more...]

Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe with Citrus Vinaigrette

Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette-green-leaves-orange bowl-COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

Brunoise, chiffonade, mince, rough chop, large dice, thin slices, and grated -- these are just a few of the many ways foods can be cut before they are added to recipes.  And the entire vibe of a dish can depend on how the ingredients are cut.  The size and shape of each ingredient can be as important as the cooking … [Read more...]

Stove-Top Spiced Turkey Meatball Stew Recipe

Stove-Top Spiced Turkey Meatball Stew - yellow - bowl- red - casserole pan - striped red tablecloth - basil leaves | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

As you may know, when my husband started eating meat again after being a vegetarian for twenty-one years, I had a celebration of sorts. Remember, my Blackberry-Thyme Roasted Chicken?Well, now he can't get enough.  Any time I ask him if he wants anything from the market, his response is always, "meat, chicken, … [Read more...]

Chile Spiced Chinese Noodles Recipe

Chile spiced Chinese Noodles with Chicken and Gai Lan-chopsticks | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

What Super Bowl?  Is that today?I know, I know, but I'm not thinking guacamole and chips, salsa, or dips today (as I should be, or you might be) -- I'm thinking it's only 19 days until Chinese New Year!There's a super secret ingredient in this recipe and it makes these Chinese noodles absolutely amazing -- I … [Read more...]

12 Most Popular Recipes of 2014

Most Popular Recipes of 2014 |

I appreciate you all for being a part of my year  -- for visiting my site, looking at my photographs, reading bits about my life, trying my recipes and leaving me comments.   All of this truly means a lot to me -- it makes all of the thought and time I put into my work well worth it.  I love what I do, and it's made … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Sage Butter

Roasted Butternut Squash Sage Butter |

I know, it's a little bit redundant.  I could hardly call butternut squash a "nut" squash, though.I absolutely love blending delicious flavors into butter -- you can do this with almost anything, and then use it on almost anything.  (This is called a compound butter.) Imagine the flavors of earthy sage, sweet … [Read more...]

What Makes a Comfort Food a Comfort Food? | Top 20 Comfort Food Recipes + Cookbook Giveaway {CLOSED}

Top 20 Comfort Food Meals |

What makes something a comfort food? Some people think of comfort foods as something soothing when they're sad or upset.  You know, like if you've had a really rough day, so you stop on your way home for a pint of coffee ice cream, that you hope to have while you watch mindless TV?  (Not that I know who that would … [Read more...]