Chai Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Coffee Cake {Gluten-Free Recipe}

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This coffee cake is the ideal way to start a fall morning -- it's warmly spiced, soft, crumbly and full of the delicious flavor of pumpkin.  I have to be honest here.  When I get a recipe idea in my mind, more often than not, it turns out as I'd hoped it would.  Not this time -- however, the result was amazing, just … [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...]

Cherry Bacon Blueberry Kebab Recipe

Cherry-Bacon Blueberry Kebabs

A red, white and blue recipe for the 4th of July.A sweet, tart, and smoky appetizer. A Caprese of sorts.A delightful, super pretty summer hors d'oeuvre.Yep, it's all that.  Call these beautiful, quick and easy kebabs what you will -- any which way they're absolutely delicious!Cherry Bacon Blueberry … [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...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Smoky Poblano Enchilada Sauce and Pasta Para Duros

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Cinco de Mayo recipes are here, there and everywhere at the moment.  And frankly, there can never be too many recipes for this delicious holiday.I love creating sauce recipes using different chile varieties, and the smoky flavor of the dried poblanos makes this recipe incredibly delicious!  Now I'll switch off … [Read more...]

Smoky Tomato-Bacon-Chipotle Deviled Eggs

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Current food trends: asparagus, matzo dishes, artsy eggs, and fun deviled eggs!  (Just to name a few.)Which means the obvious, of course -- it's spring, and Easter and Passover are on the horizon.If you've been reading Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know how much I love smoky flavors -- and that I think … [Read more...]

Red Quinoa Crisps Recipe

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This is not what you think!  Here's the thing, not everybody enjoys quinoa.  (GASP!)  I think I'm going to change those folks today, though.  You see I've found a way to raise quinoa to another level.  A superior level.  I've always liked quinoa, but I must say, using this cooking technique I'm going to show you, I now … [Read more...]

How to Make Perfect Crispy Oven-Roasted French Fries: A Photographic Guide

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Do you love French fries?  Me too.Wanna make them today?  Me too.Yet, do you want to make a big pot of oil super hot and risk making a big greasy mess?  Me neither!Not only are oven roasted French fries mess-free, they're also very easy to make and they're absolutely just as delicious as those dunked in … [Read more...]

Smashed Potato Pizza Crust

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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...]

Warm Castelvetrano Olives

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A huge crowd pleaser, unbelievably delicious, and quite possibly the most simple hors d'oeuvre or appetizer you'll ever make.Life is super busy.  Too busy!  So it's  important that my husband and I carve out time for the occasional "date night." And when we do, it's also important that we eat somewhere delicious … [Read more...]