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

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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

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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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Really, REALLY Good Chicken Recipe

Really, REALLY Good Chicken Recipe |

Would you ever order a dish on a menu called, "Really, REALLY Good Chicken?"  I most certainly hope so. Recipe titles come naturally to me as I'm cooking.  And if you've been following my recipes for a while, you know I'm somewhat notorious for having very long titles.  Some (well, my husband), would say too long. As, … [Read more...]

16 Best Meat Recipes and Surprise Giveaway Revealed!

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In a hurry for the recipes?  Jump to the bottom of the post. A week or so ago, I challenged you to take a shot at guessing why, after 21 years, did my husband, Stephen, decide to add meat back into his diet. Today you get the answer, from the man himself. ;-) He's a bit of a comedian -- one of the reasons I love him … [Read more...]

Blackberry-Thyme Roasted Chicken and a Surprise Gift

Blackberry-Thyme Butter Roasted Chicken |

A fun contest with a super cool prize starts today!  Read on for the details . . . .I have big, exciting news!It's not what you might be thinking -- I didn't get a cookbook deal or win the lottery, and 2 kids are plenty.  ;-)This is food news, my friends.  My husband, a Pescatarian (who doesn't eat bottom … [Read more...]