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...]

Roasted Red Fresno Pepper Pesto Recipe

Roasted Red Fresno Pepper Pesto Recipe

There are a handful of foods I like to have at the ready at all times:  cooked rice, homemade salad dressing, compound butters, cookie dough, and pesto -- just to name a few.This is a thick, spicy and slightly sweet pesto that's amazingly delicious . . . on everything!  Which is exactly why it should be "at the … [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...]

Gluten-Free Buttermilk-Banana Waffle Recipe and Cinnamon-Honey Almonds

Gluten-Free Buttermilk-Banana Waffle Recipe and Cinnamon-Honey Almonds | Cooking On The Weekends

I hadn't made waffles for a couple of years.You see, our waffle maker creates an impression of Winnie the Pooh or Tigger.  Take your pick.  My boys thought this was pretty cool until they were about five and seven-years-old.   They declared it "for babies." … [Read more...]

Grand Opening of the Santa Monica Bristol Farms & Hatch Chile Madness!

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A couple of days ago I was invited to the grand opening of a new Bristol Farms in Santa Monica, CA.  When I arrived I couldn't believe my eyes -- the line went from the front door, all the way along the front of the store, wrapped around the corner and continued half way down the block.  There aren't many places where … [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...]

Top 10 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

Top 10 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends

What's a mom/chef to do when she learns that one of her children has Celiac Disease?She creates ten really delicious gluten-free cookie recipes, of course!         ~     ~     ~Let's cut right to the chase, shall we?1.  Nutella Chocolate Chip - These are almost like eating Nutella right out of the jar, … [Read more...]

Spiced Granola Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Spiced Granola Breakfast Cookie Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Ever just wanna have a friend come by for a cup of coffee on a lazy weekend morning?  While I adore a feast of a brunch, on occasion, I just want a delicious morning snack and a fantastic cup of coffee.This creation developed as a result of my love of granola, cookies, and breakfast/brunch.  Rather than make this a … [Read more...]

Red Swiss Chard Pesto Recipe

Red Swiss Chard Pesto Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

I don't take vitamins.  (GASP -- I really hope my mom isn't reading this!)I do however, eat vitamins.You know how I've been so into my new cookbook from Melissa's Produce, 50 Best Plants on the Planet?  Well not only am I now eating cilantro and blackberries by the bucket-full, but Swiss chard has completely … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Almond Cookies for Halloween and Thanksgiving


Yesterday my six-year-old son asked me if next year we could please get some "gory" and "really scary" Halloween decorations.Apparently our current decorations are "cute."The truth is, I love "cute!" Gory and scary . . . not so much.  For me Halloween is simply a fun part of fall -- it's harvest time, it's … [Read more...]