Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Gratin

Bok Choy Shitake Mushroom Gratin Recipe

This vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free Bok Choy Shiitake Mushroom Gratin is absolutely lovely for Easter, or any other celebration.When you invite a crowd, there will almost always be someone who has special dietary needs.  And I want to make those guests just as happy as everyone else!And guess what?  In one fell … [Read more...]

Spicy Eggplant-Almond Cakes with Cilantro-Lemon Yogurt

Spicy Eggplant-Almond Cakes Recipe with Cilantro-Lemon Yogurt - Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, these super flavorful, spicy and earthy eggplant cakes are an incredibly delicious, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.

Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, these super flavorful, spicy and earthy eggplant cakes are an incredibly delicious, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre or appetizer. I had the pleasure of attending a delightful presentation by Faye Levy at Melissa's Produce a couple of weeks ago.  Faye, an authority on Middle … [Read more...]

Chocolate, Oat and Espresso Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Chocolate, Oat and Espresso Breakfast Cookie Recipe |

I'm just going to cut to the chase. . .I woke up on Sunday morning and quite simply wanted some sort of crunchy cereal, something sweet, like chocolate, and of course, a perfect cup of coffee.So I put all of these things together in a delicious, totally satisfying cookie.  And there you have it.Chocolate, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Coffee-Almond Granola Recipe

Chocolate Coffee-Almond Granola Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends, with valentina

A few scenarios to ponder . . .One -- It's Christmas morning, Santa's cookie plate is left with a few crumbs, presents are opened, wrapping paper is all over the floor, and you're hungry for scrumptious breakfast.Two -- It's a lovely winter evening, you've had a delicious dinner, have a bowl of vanilla bean ice … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Campanulas and Chocolate Almond Nougat Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Chocolate Almond Nougat Recipe

My husband is the best!He runs out to get me frozen yogurt if I'm suddenly craving it at 9 or 10 PM while we're relaxing on the couch.  He always has my back.  He's the best, most fun, dad in the world.  He allows our dog to be both on the couch and the bed (he caved after a few months of saying no.)  He's smart … [Read more...]

Almond-Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake with Olive Oil {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Almond-Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake with Olive Oil {Gluten-Free} |

I'm really in the mood for a good summer brunch.  Truthfully, I'm usually in the mood brunch -- no matter what season we're in. However, summer weekends seem to lend themselves to brunch.  Lazy mornings, lots of sunshine, coffee brewing, friends, family, and lots of delicious weekend recipes.  Sounds good to me --  … [Read more...]

Brown Butter Chocolate Oat Bars {Gluten-Free Recipe}


Have you ever tasted something incredibly delicious and had absolutely no idea what was going on with it?!  You know, like you were wondering what in the world the secret ingredient could possibly be?Make these Brown Butter Chocolate Oat Bars and everyone will be asking that very question!The secret ingredient … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Christmas Cactus and Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Cherry Lace Cookies {Gluten-Free}


I'm definitely one of those people who thinks it's nutty to put your Christmas decorations up any earlier than December 1st.  And with Halloween just moments behind us, I'm focused on Thanksgiving.  So why in the world am I going to tell you these cookies will be perfect for your holiday cookie exchange now!?It's … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Double Chocolate Almond Spice Cookies


Well hello!  Did you make the Salted Caramel Chocolates yet, or are you waiting for the weekend?  I'm so happy that this dessert party is underway,  as I'm having super busy, fun-filled family week.  (I'll tell you all about it after the party!)Imagine if you will, the most delicious chocolate cookie you've ever … [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...]