Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushroom Recipe

Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

Portabella mushrooms are "meaty."  Really, they are!  Just ask my vegetarian husband.  As if he'd know, right?  Actually, the truth is, while they certainly can't compete with a perfect rib-eye or flank steak, they are indeed a very hearty mushroom!This marinade is one of my favorites!  It has a spicy Asian vibe … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Jacaranda Flowers and My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade Recipe

My Mom's Meyer Lemonade | cookingontheweekends.com

I absolutely love seeing my mom in her kitchen, working on a project with the antique cooking tools she's collected over the years. The other day my dad brought in a couple dozen lemons from the Meyer lemon tree in the backyard.  My mom's been making lemonade ever since the tree has been producing lemons -- she will … [Read more...]

Cucumber Melon Salad Recipe with Yuzu-Jalapeño Dressing

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Remember the Sugar Kiss melon that I fell in love with?  Ah . . . the love affair continues:   Sugar Kiss melons just melt in your mouth and are right up there with desserts in the sweetness department!Well, once I had the Sugar Kiss, I had to try the Honey Kiss and the Golden Kiss, right?  All of these melons come … [Read more...]

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

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Question: What's better than a Rice Krispie Treat?Answer: A chocolate Rice Krispie treat!And what's better than a chocolate Rice Krispie Treat?A Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat!Oh my!  These treats are insanely good! No, really . . . insanely good!They're creamy on the inside, … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Orange Roses and Grilled Cheese With Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote

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I can't exactly tell you why, but every time I walk by my neighbor's deep, sunset-orange roses, I think of a grilled cheese sandwich.Orange cheese isn't even my favorite in grilled cheese.  Perhaps I think of a grilled cheese sandwich because the flowers are an incredibly warm color -- they bring my mind to melting … [Read more...]

How To Make Caramelized Onions

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Today we are creating an unbelievable, intensely rich, sweet flavored, caramel-colored, spreadable delicacy.  It's like gold.  We're caramelizing onions!  We're cooking onions very slowly on the stove. . . drawing all of their natural sugars to their surface.Although you can use olive oil, I love using clarified, … [Read more...]

Key Lime Grilled Corn Guacamole Recipe

Lime Grilled Corn Guacamole | Cooking On The Weekends

I can't get enough of avocados in the summertime!  I absolutely love them -- on their own, in salads, avocado fries, and of course, in a guacamole recipe!The key to making fantastic guacamole is starting with fantastic avocados! And I have a new avocado find I'm excited to tell you about!  Paradise Grove Avocados!  … [Read more...]

A July 4th Recipe! Pomegranate Berry Popsicles and Cocktails

Pomegranate Berry Popsicles

I've just about survived our first week of summer. I've only signed my boys up for a couple weeks of camp here and there, but for the most part, they'll be hanging with me.I think that it's so important for me to soak them up while I can.  I know it's a cliche, but . . . it all goes by so fast! My five-year-old has … [Read more...]

Cucumber-Dill Canapé Recipe

Cucumber Dill Canapé Recipe

I made these adorable, delicious hors d'oeuvres for the very first party I ever catered, way back in 1995. (Oh my!)  And I think these may have been on the menu of every party I catered there after.  They are always a crowd pleaser!  They're light, refreshing, pretty, and packed with flavor -- and all in one … [Read more...]

Almond-Plum Upside Down Pandan Cake {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Up Side Down Plum-Pandan Cake Recipe

I feel so fortunate to live close to my parents.  They're very close with my boys, they can watch their grandchildren grow up, and they often babysit so I can have a moment to myself here and there. I can pick up what they need when I'm out, I can cook for them, they host lovely family events, and they always have a … [Read more...]