Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe

Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

I'm in.  Deep in, my friends. Deep into my cannelloni bean phase, that is!  Oh yes, it's on!First we cooked the beans, then we made that super scrumptious salad, and today I'm serving up this amazing vegetarian comfort food dish with them.Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked bean stew or casserole originating in … [Read more...]

Spicy Kale Soup with Roasted Pepper and Tomato

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Yesterday when I went to buy some of my favorite chocolate bars, I was a bit distracted because of the "health food faire," the grocery store was hosting. Not exactly what I want around me when I'm buying my chocolate!I did however manage to squeeze past the throng of fitness trainers, vitamin reps, and all sorts … [Read more...]

Braised Pork Ribs with Apple Ginger Soy Sauce

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I like the feel of a warm bowl of food.  It's comforting, just like a cup of hot tea or coffee.I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Sometimes my favorite type of dinner "party" is a few friends on my sofas, in our sweats, with warm bowls of yummy food in our hands.  And for dessert, there might just be a big … [Read more...]

Smoky Tomato Fish Stew

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I want to clarify something . . .  comfort foods do not have to be rich and heavy! Comfort foods can also be light, refreshing, and healthy!  No question about it!My comfort food of choice varies from day to day really.  One day, my comfort food could be a super yummy salad, the next it could be a spicy noodle … [Read more...]

Braised Brisket Stew Recipe

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The mere thought of cooking something slowly in the oven all day gets me excited!This is my favorite type of cooking.  I'm talking about cooking that is slow and that completely transforms food into something even more flavorful and delicious.  This is comfort food kind of cooking.  You need to love flavor and … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Red Succulents and Cream of Chestnut-Potato Soup Recipe

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A friend of mine recently asked me what Friday Flowers is all about, and if I cook with the flowers.  No, I don't.  (Well, very rarely -- Nastursiums for example, are tasty and edible.)  However, Friday Flowers is really about how certain flowers make me think about certain foods.  And on most Friday's, I share these … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple-Sweet Potato Soup with Shallot “Croutons”

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I was thrilled when my friend Cathy of What Would Cathy Eat invited me to participate in her Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge! Cathy's challenge is all about making an amazingly delicious Thanksgiving feast, without a lot of fat and salt.I did it!  Well, not the whole feast, but a delicious first course of Apple Yam … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Lantana Flowers and Sweet Potato Shiitake Sausage Soup with Udon Noodles

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My cooking is all about the combination of true comfort foods and farm-fresh ingredients.  I love slow cooking: spending time in the kitchen with the food, learning about each ingredient, getting to the essence of flavor to make it shine. (And incidentally, helping my whole house to smell good for hours on end.)  I … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Chive Flowers and Melon Gazpacho Recipe

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My 5-year old son has a serious sweet tooth. The cutest thing ever is when he asks me which tooth it is, and why there's only one!So needless to say, this little guy absolutely loves melon -- especially Kiss melons, which are super sweet and flavorful!The Sugar Kiss, Honey Kiss and Golden Kiss melons are all … [Read more...]