15 Over-The-Top-Delicious Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

15 Over-The-Top-Delicious Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

Easter Sunday is the perfect day for brunch!  From a bright spring salad and beautiful fresh citrus, to unique and colorful eggs and scrumptious French toast bread pudding -- there's something here for everyone!  I think my dad has turned not one, but two corners.  The first is that he's no longer taking any steps … [Read more...]

Vermouth Whole Roasted Onions Recipe

Whole Roasted Onions -- When you slow roast whole onions, they turn from raw, firm and sharp, to sweet, soft, and aromatic.

When you slow roast whole onions, they turn from raw, firm and sharp to sweet, soft, and aromatic.  It’s day 8 in the hospital for my dad, in the ICU.  Hence my absence since the Greek Lasagna, when I told you he was just wheeled into surgery. Since I’m filling you in on this, you should know that my dad is a guy who, … [Read more...]

Greek-Style Lasagna Recipe with Lamb

Greek-Style Lasagna Recipe -- This unique, hearty lasagna is packed with aromatic, delicious strong flavors — and it’s the epitome of comfort food!

This unique, hearty lasagna is packed with aromatic, delicious strong flavors — and it’s the epitome of comfort food!  It’s going to be a long day.My dad was just wheeled into surgery — 6 hours of open heart surgery, that is.As you probably know, I typically keep my writing to food, but there is a connection — … [Read more...]

Spicy Caesar Little Gems Recipe

Spicy Caesar Little Gems Recipe -- Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top.

Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top. It’s a mixed rustic salad in a large serving bowl to share with friends.It’s a lovely, elegant plated appetizer at a small dinner party.It’s a beautiful platter of hors d’oeuvres … [Read more...]

Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu Recipe

Garlic-Ginger Vegetable Baked Tofu Recipe -- This super tasty Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu is one of the most hearty and satisfying vegan dishes ever!

This super tasty Ginger-Garlic Vegetable Baked Tofu is one of the most hearty and satisfying vegan, gluten-free dishes ever!If you’ve been reading Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you know I love to cook and eat just about everything — from light salads and chocolaty cakes, to fresh seafood and cheesy casseroles -- … [Read more...]

Thin Mint Key Lime Tart Recipe

Thin Mint Key Lime Tart Recipe -- A minty Key lime custard in a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie crust. This fresh, creamy dessert is beautiful, unique and oh-so-tasty!

A minty Key lime custard in a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie crust. This fresh, creamy dessert is beautiful, unique and oh-so-tasty! UPDATE (March 11, 2017) -- This recipe won 1st place in the Greater Los Angeles Girl Scout Cookie Contest in conjunction with Melissa’s Produce.  You can see a few more of the entries … [Read more...]

Passion Fruit Chocolate Ganache Bars

Passion Fruit Chocolate Ganache Bars -- Sweet, tart and oh-so-chocolaty! Rich, creamy and oh-so dreamy! It's the perfect Valentine's Day dessert.

Sweet, tart and oh-so-chocolaty! Rich, creamy and oh-so dreamy! Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and passion, right?I’m sure we can definitely agree on at least the chocolate!  Either way,  this passion fruit chocolate ganache dessert is perfect.This dessert can be made into these bars, as a pie or tart.  … [Read more...]

Smoky Lemon Vegetable Quinoa Recipe

Smoky Lemon Vegetable Quinoa Recipe -- This super healthy, hearty side dish or main course is absolutely exploding with flavors that will keep you coming back for more!

This super healthy, vegan, gluten-free side dish or main course of Smoky Lemon Vegetable Quinoa, is absolutely exploding with flavors that will keep you coming back for more!We are always on the hunt for fabulous restaurants with a lot of gluten-free options for my my 13-year-old son who has Celiac Disease.  Our … [Read more...]

Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!

Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- these Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes are all of that, and then some! Sometimes I methodically plan out what I'm going to cook for you.  Sometimes days in advance.  Sometimes weeks in advance.  Not this time.It was only after I took the sweet potatoes out of the … [Read more...]

Sheet Pan Miso Glazed Pork Chops with Broccolini

Sheet Pan Miso Glazed Pork Chops with Broccolini -- This quick and easy sheet pan dinner is packed with delicious Asian flavors and will blow your taste buds away.

This quick and easy sheet pan dinner of Miso Glazed Pork Chops and Broccolini is packed with delicious Asian flavors and will blow your taste buds away.  Lately I've been loving sheet pan meals as much as one-pot meals.Typically a "one-pot meal" is thought of as something that's slowly cooked, for a long period of … [Read more...]