Warm Castelvetrano Olives

Warm Castelvetrano Olives | cookingontheweekends.com

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 and inspiring.  (For me, […]

How to Roast Butternut Squash: A Photographic Guide

How to Roast Butternut Squash: A Photographic Guide - cookingontheweekends.com

Even before taking pictures of food was part of my job description, I’d find myself in the middle of cooking a recipe looking for my camera. The simple beauty of an ingredient can make me pause. This happens more often than not.  Whether I’m peeling asparagus or an onion, slicing beets or citrus, or maybe simply […]

Purple Sweet Potato Soup with Spicy Chile Oil

Purple Sweet Potato--Soup with Spicy Chile Oil | cookingontheweekends.com

 This soup is really this color.  It’s this purple, this bright, and this beautiful. The purple of these Stokes Sweet Potatoes only becomes deeper and more intense when they’re cooked.  And the color varies slightly depending on the type of preparation.  When we made the Chile-Lemon Purple Sweet Potato Fries, for example, after roasting with […]

Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato Fries

Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato Fries | cookingontheweekends.com

I love strolling through a Farmer’s Market or the produce section in stores to see all of the stunning colors.  Everything from broccoli and mangoes to Dragon fruit and apples — and there are so many gorgeous shades of purple! A couple of years ago I was introduced to — and proceeded to fall in love […]

Papaya-Avocado Salad with Cactus Pear-Lemon Vinaigrette

Papaya Avocado Salad with Cactus Pear Lemon Vinaigrette | cookingontheweekends.com

This is definitely one of those dishes that might as well be a painting.  (Well, at least an edible one.)  It’s one of my recipes that came together as much by color as it did by flavor. I started with the stunning Cactus Pear-Lemon Vinaigrette, and from there, my first requirement for each ingredient was […]

Cactus Pear-Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Cactus Pear-Lemon Vinaigrette | cpplomgpmtjeweelemds.com

You didn’t think I was just going to show you How to Cut and Eat Cactus Pears without providing any recipes for them, did you? This might just be the most beautiful vinaigrette I’ve ever made.  (Did you even know a vinaigrette could be beautiful?)  Not only is it a stunning magenta color, but the flavor […]

Chocolate Avocado Breakfast Bars on Eating Rules for #OctoberUnprocessed

Chocolate Avocado Breakfast Bars for #OctoberUnprocessed

There’s so much going on in the food world in October:  National Apple Month, National Chili  Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month, and believe it or not, there are many more foods being celebrated. For Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules, the most important one is October Unprocessed — it’s his creation, after all. This is a month […]

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli | cookingontheweekends

I loved family dinner parties at my grandparents’ house. My perception as a little girl, was that my grandparents were fancy. No matter what the occasion, Christmas Eve or a typical weekend evening, the table was set much like that in the upstairs dining room in Downton Abbey. Okay, so my grandparents didn’t use a […]

How to Make Homemade Tahini

How to Make Homemade Tahini | cookingontheweekends.com

I love when I can make something at home that’s sold packaged in stores.  It’s fun, delicious, you know exactly what’s going into it, and in the case of this homemade Tahini, it’s super easy. Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used primarily in Greek, Middle Eastern, North African, and Turkish […]

Roasted Hatch Chile-White Peach Salsa and an Awesome Hatch Chile Package Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

Roasted Hatch Chile-Peach Salsa and Double Cookbook Giveaway | cookingontheweekends.com

Though I’d love for you to take your time, if  you want to jump to the bottom of the post for the recipe and to enter the giveaway, I won’t be offended.  Winter, spring, summer, hatch, and fall. Some consider Hatch Chile season as important as any other season — and they fit it in […]

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