Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos

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These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!I love big flavors.There are certainly times when "a hint" of, or "a splash" of an ingredient is perfect -- however, for the most part, I say just go for it!And … [Read more...]

Saffron Basmati Rice Recipe with Fresh Dill

Saffron Basmati Rice Recipe with Fresh Dill -- Aromatic, pretty and utterly delicious, this Saffron Basmati Rice with Fresh Dill is a fantastic compliment to almost anything . . . meats, fish, vegetables, you name it!

Aromatic, pretty and utterly delicious, this Saffron Basmati Rice with Fresh Dill is a fantastic compliment to almost anything . . . meats, fish, vegetables, you name it!Saffron.It's so beautiful.It's profoundly delicious.Its flavor can be described as floral, buttery and earthy.It's the most expensive … [Read more...]

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

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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 - cookingontheweekends.com

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 | cookingontheweekends.com

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...]