Persimmon-Grape Udon Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing

Persimmon-Grape Udon Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing -- A picturesque seasonal salad that's packed with fall fruits and a dressing that's out of this world!

A picturesque seasonal salad that's packed with fall fruits and a dressing that's out of this world!  I'm not sure who (or what, I suppose) the star is here, the grapes, the persimmons, or the dressing.  I think they all have lead roles, and the noodles, lettuce and other ingredients are excellent supporting … [Read more...]

Compressed Watermelon Salad With Creamy Lemon-Lime Avocado

Compressed Watermelon Salad

I have so much to talk about that I don't even know where to begin.  (If my husband were editing this, he would have just told me I've already told you more that you need to know.)  Since the editor is out, I'll carry on. ;-)The thing is, I have a lot on my mind -- about this recipe, and otherwise.The recipe.  If … [Read more...]

Hatch Chile Season 2015!

Hatch Chile Season 2015

'Tis the season.  You know how it goes, "winter, spring, summer, hatch, and fall."I've been celebrating this joyous culinary season for the past four years, and I'm happy to have created about a dozen Hatch Chile recipes to show for it.  Here's one of my favorites -- Roasted Hatch Chile & White Peach … [Read more...]

Idaho Potatoes Through The Seasons

Idaho Potatoes Through The Seasons: Top Food Bloggers Share Their Favorite Potato Recipes for Each Month of the Year

Top Food Bloggers Share Their Favorite Potato Recipes.  From bright, summer potato salads to creamy, winter mashed potatoes -- they're all mouth-wateringly delicious!Four years ago, just before I launched Cooking On The Weekends, I went to Camp Blogaway for the first time.  Patti Londre, the founder and leader, … [Read more...]

Introducing the Enjoya Pepper

Enjoya Peppers

I could not be more excited to share the incredibly stunning Enjoya Pepper with you today!My friend Nancy of Melissa's Produce posted a picture of these peppers on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  My jaw dropped when I saw it.  I'd never seen a pepper like this and at first glace it looked like someone had stroked … [Read more...]

How to Make Kimchi

Fermentation and How to Make Kimchi

Making Kimchi has been on my culinary bucket list for years.  (Everyone has that list, right?) I think it's definitely something many of us think of as a daunting task -- at least I did.So I was thrilled with Melissa's Produce invited me to be a part of  Chef Ernest Miller's food preserving class. Chef Miller -- … [Read more...]

Mango-Avocado Salad with Panela Croutons and Chipotle Crema Mexicana

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This is a sponsored post by Cacique Inc. and Society Culinaria.  And as always, all opinions are my own.When you cut Cacique's Panela cheese and fry it over high heat in a bit of oil, you can sear it -- just as you would steak.  No joke! Rather than melt into a sauce, the surface of this delicious cheese, … [Read more...]

Spring Asparagus Grilled Cheese + 8 Favorite Asparagus Recipes

It's cute, crazy delicious and they sing springtime.  What more could you want in a grilled cheese sandwich!?  This is one of a few Easter recipes I wrote for Momtastic.  You can get the recipe and see it featured here.  Enjoy!Below are a few more of my favorite asparagus recipes -- all of which would be delightful … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetable Citrus Salad with Quinoa Crisps

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Perhaps it's the way I'm wired -- with my huge sweet tooth and all -- but I think any vegetable that's caramelized is amazingly delicious.Depending on the vegetable, roasting it at a very high temperature and bringing all of its natural sugars to the surface can turn it into something almost as sweet as candy.  … [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...]