Chai Spiced Winter Oatmeal Recipe

Chai Spiced Winter Oatmeal | cookingontheweekends.com

A blend of Chai spices can warm your heart and soothe your soul. At least, I think it can. (And even more, I love how that sounds.)Much like a curry, there are many different blends of chai with various combinations of spices.  In this recipe I use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and together they will truly … [Read more...]

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli | cookingontheweekends

I loved family dinner parties at my grandparents' house.My perception as a little girl, was that my grandparents were fancy.No matter what the occasion, Christmas Eve or a typical weekend evening, the table was set much like that in the upstairs dining room in Downton Abbey. Okay, so my grandparents didn't use … [Read more...]

Smoky Chipotle Bacon Zucchini Cake Recipe

Chipotle Bacon Zucchini Cake | cookingontheweekends.com

Recipes just happen upon me sometimes.A friend brought me zucchini, freshly picked from her backyard garden, I had a tasty chunk of Kerrygold Aged Cheddar in the fridge, and my son wanted bacon.So when I made my son the bacon, I (naturally) made extra and left the grease in the pan.  Then I grated the zucchini … [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 | cookingontheweekends.com

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...]

Shaved Melon-Avocado Salad Recipe

Shaved Avocado-Melon Salad Melon | cookingontheweekends.com

Some days I have more to say than others, and today is one of those days.  If you're not in the mood or you're rushed, please skip to the bottom for the recipe.  Otherwise, take your time and hang out with me for a bit.In the La Tourangelle brochure, it says: "La Tourangelle artisan nut oils are handcrafted in our … [Read more...]

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan Recipe

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan | cookingontheweekends.com

Gai Lan is Chinese Kale, commonly called Chinese Broccoli.  And the flavor reflects those names perfectly -- slightly bitter like kale and slightly sweet like broccoli.At the Katie Chin book signing at Melissa's produce, I was given a beautiful bundle of Gai Lan and immediately pictured it in a sauté pan, sizzling … [Read more...]

Herb-Grilled Elephant Garlic Recipe

Herb-Grilled Elephant Garlic Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

When my husband goes to the Farmer's Market, he inevitably comes home with a handful of produce that's never quite what he's expecting it to be.  It's hilarious.I could give you some background on his comical produce identifying history, like the time he complimented the grilled peaches, that were in fact butternut … [Read more...]

Smoky Grilled Tomato Recipe

Smoky Grilled Tomatoes | cookingontheweekends.com

I tend to add the word "smoky" to my recipe titles a lot.  The words "delicious" and "smoky" are synonyms.  (In my own culinary mind, anyway.)  And therefor, adding smoky (or delicious, if you will), flavors to food elevates them to higher level. When I made these grilled tomatoes the other night, I mixed them into an … [Read more...]

Tangy Lemon-Dill White Asparagus Recipe

Tangy Lemon-Dill White Asparagus Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

You know what I think is so bizarre?White asparagus!I know, your thinking, "fascinating, Valentina."  (And in a bored tone, no less.)  Well let me tell you, it is fascinating -- or interesting, at the very least. ;-)You see white asparagus is grown while covered with mulch and dark plastic so that it never … [Read more...]

Baby Kiwi Parfait Recipe

Baby Kiwi Parfait Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

How cute are these little, tiny kiwis?  I know, they're adorable!Baby kiwi are actually a berry and are bit smaller than the size of an average grape.  They have smooth, fuzz-less, eatable, thin skin, and are absolutely delicious.  (And did I mention cute?)  Though more delicate, the sweet and tart flavor of baby … [Read more...]