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...]

Individual Coffee-Chocolate Mud Pie Recipe with Espresso-Chocolate Sauce


My dad turned 80 last week.  80!Think of every positive, loving adjective you can, and my dad's all that. Plus, he's the most youthful, active 80-year-old in existence.My dad doesn't have a day without an hour with the LA Times and his dog at the local coffee shop, a hike and/or a visit to the Malibu Lagoon, a … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Gingerbread Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Ginger Bread Recipe -

This year we had a smaller Thanksgiving than usual and it was lovely -- warm, peaceful and intimate.  Eleven of us fit around my parents' beautiful dining room table, candles lit, kids giggling, dogs under the table, and my dad carving the turkey.  It was perfect -- except for one thing . . .Circumstances were … [Read more...]

Chocolate Olive Oil Bundt Cake Recipe {Gluten Free}

Gluten-Free Chocolate Olive Oil Bundt Cake |

If you ever need to make a cake for someone who's gluten-free (or not), this is the one to make.  I promise, you'll be happy you did because everyone will be singing your praises.  (You know I toot my own horn when something is exceptional.)Here's the deal, I have a rule that a recipe I create can only appear on … [Read more...]

Gifts For the Cook Who (You Think) Has Everything – 2013

Best Gifts for the Cook who has everything | Cooking on the Weekends

Last week I shared 20 Cool Gifts for Foodies Under $20, and I must say, it's a fantastic collection of affordable, useful and super awesome items!  Today I'm sharing my top picks for "the cook who has everything."  You know, for that friend who's incredibly passionate about cooking, who you think has every cooking … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Camelias and Rosemary Roasted Hasselback Korean Pear Recipe

Rosemary Roasted Hasselback Korean Pear Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Idaho potatoes have inspired many recipes for me, but this is the first one that doesn't include potatoes.Have you ever had a Hasselback Potato?  "Hasselback" refers to a classic preparation of a potato, not the variety.  Developed in the 18th century in Stockholm, Sweden, they were first made at a restaurant … [Read more...]

Spiced Red Wine Crimson Gold Apples with Vanilla Mascarpone

Spiced Red Wine Crimson Gold Apples with Vanilla Mascarpone | Cooking On The Weekends

Red, crimson, gold -- a whole lot of beautiful colors going on here.It's Crimson Gold Apple season.  About the size of a golf ball, these apples are adorable and delicious, with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.Last year I went to see these beauties being harvested at Cuyama Orchards -- each and every … [Read more...]

Salted Spiced Caramel Potato Cake Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Individual Salted Spiced Caramel Potato Cakes {Gluten-Free Recipe} | Cooking On The Weekends

What do you think of when you think of a potato?  Baked with butter on top?  Mashed with cream?  French fries?I think these are the things that most quickly come to mind -- but there's so much more.  Potatoes not only star in recipes, but they can also have secondary roles.   For example, did you know you can … [Read more...]

Fresh Strawberry Granita Recipe


So you know I have huge crush on summer strawberries, right?  Well, now I'm seriously flirting with them.As I told you when we made our Lemon-Basil Strawberry Caprese, I buy six baskets of strawberries at a time.  I've been doing this every Sunday at my local Farmer's Market -- and they just keep getting sweeter … [Read more...]