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 […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Sage Butter

Roasted Butternut Squash Sage Butter | cookingontheweekends.com

I know, it’s a little bit redundant.  I could hardly call butternut squash a “nut” squash, though. I absolutely love blending delicious flavors into butter — you can do this with almost anything, and then use it on almost anything.  (This is called a compound butter.) Imagine the flavors of earthy sage, sweet squash, and […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Pie-Olive Oil Muffins or Cupcakes {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Pumpkin Pie-Olive Oil Muffins and Cupcakes (Gluten-Free Recipe) | cookingontheweekends.com

What’s the best compliment one can get about the food they cook? Of course we all find it delightful to hear people say how delicious it is, how beautiful it is, etc.  However, my favorite compliment is when someone tries something they actively don’t like, and they love it. Take my cousin Beth for example.   […]

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots | cookingontheweekends.com

Does anyone you live with you often buy food you already have, not having looked around (including behind things) before shopping? I’m not going to name names, but suffice it to say it’s not my boys (8 & 10 years-old), and clearly not the dog, so . . . . I love you, honey. This […]

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 […]

The Very Best Pumpkin Recipes and an Introduction to Bijouxs

Top 10 Pumpkin Recipes | cookingontheweekends.com

Enjoy the pumpkin deliciousness, and I have a special treat for you at the end of the post! Now, you know when I say something like “the very best,” I mean my very best, right?  Though I’d be delighted if they were known to be the very best.  I love everything about pumpkins.  Their natural […]

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 […]

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