Minty Avocado Toast Recipe: Three Ways

Minty Avocado Toast Recipe-Three Ways -- Fresh, beautiful fruit is a beautiful touch on minty avocado toast. Oh yes, it’s the perfect summer appetizer!

Fresh fruit is a beautiful touch on minty avocado toast. Oh yes, it’s the perfect summer appetizer!You know who loves avocado toast?Um. . . . everybody!And this bright, stunning, fruity version is so much fun for summer!You can use your favorite fruit.  I think these three are especially delicious with the … [Read more...]

More of the Best Hatch Chile Recipes!

Hatch Chile Season 2016 - 15 recipes

I didn't learn about Hatch Chiles until about five years ago. (GASP!)  I'd been missing out on one of the most prized chiles in existence for too long!Have you tried them?  Don't wait another moment!  Their season goes through September.Here’s a list of places across the country where you can buy Hatch Chiles … [Read more...]

Roasted Hatch Chile Seared Scallops

Roasted Hatch Chile Seared Scallops | Cooking On The Weekends

Since I pretty much stick to food talk around here, you might not know that beneath my Chef's hat, I'm always wearing my Mommy hat.  It goes on first.Yesterday was a big Mommy day.My boys started 2nd & 4th grade.  My little boys are becoming big boys, and it makes me smile and shed a few tears all at … [Read more...]

Why Are You Here?

The Beauty of a Blood Orange | Cooking On The Weekends

Why are you here?Why am I here?No, I haven't suddenly delved into philosophy here.  I'm not talking about the meaning of life or anything serious like that.I'm talking about this website, Cooking on the Weekends.  Why are you here?I'll tell you why I am.  I've mentioned this before, but I just thought I … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Butterfly Flowers and Summer Tomato Gazpacho Recipe

Summer Tomato Gazpacho Recipe

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree . . .I've already showed off my dad's tomato garden, and today's Summer Tomato Gazpacho Recipe is inspired by my brother, who rarely eats anything that's not grown on a local farm, or in his own backyard.And just like my mom, my brother's a great cook who just throws … [Read more...]

Grilled Chipotle Chicken Recipe with Roasted Pepper Corn Relish


How about having a casual dinner party this weekend!?Just do it!  Which friends will you invite to join you?Let's start planning.I'm thinking Minted Strawberry Carpaccio as an appetizer, this super delicious Chipotle Chicken for the entrée, and for dessert, why not bake some quick and easy cookies that will … [Read more...]

Lemon Roasted Baby Artichoke and Avocado Salad Recipe with Sherry Vinaigrette

Lemon Roasted Baby Artichoke and Avocado Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette |

This weekend was highly unusual around here.The kitchen was quiet!No simmering, no braising, no chopping, and no stirring.(In fact, we even got Indian take-out one night -- yum!)You see, on Saturday morning we collected our newest family member, Maple.  It was a very busy weekend and we're all in love. … [Read more...]

Mexican Chopped Salad Recipe with Spiced Pepitas and Honey-Chipotle Lime Dressing

Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Lime Dressing | Cooking On The Weekends

Our Mexican food fest continues.  This Mexican Chopped Salad will be the perfect light accompaniment to the Smoky Chipotle Nachos and other richer dishes we'll be serving at my husband's little birthday soirée this weekend.With food, little details can make a big difference.For example, I think ice-cream tastes … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe


Welcome, everybody, to my first "Friday Flowers!"Flowers inspire me greatly -- and different flowers make me think about different foods."Friday Flowers" isn't necessarily about adding floral items to what I'm cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example … [Read more...]