Tomato & Feta Salsa Recipe for Meat or Chicken

Tomato Feta Salsa Recipe for Meat or Chicken

At the super delicious and delightful Summertime Garden Party I went to, my friend Judy made a Mint and Feta Salsa.  It was outstanding, and I'd never before thought of adding cheese to a salsa. It was brilliant!Totally inspired by Judy's creation, I made this salsa with summer tomatoes as the star. The Feta and … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party Recipes

Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre Party Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends with Valentina

With just a few more days before Christmas, and  about a week before New Year's Eve, we're starting to write shopping lists and plan the cooking!I love a delicious Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre party!  One to two bites, pretty colors, easy to handle and a burst of flavor.  A perfect hors d'oeuvre should have these four … [Read more...]

Spiced Chicken-Butternut Squash “Lasagna” Recipe {Gluten-Free}

December 2-Cinnamon Chicken Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe

I'm always in search of the perfect lasagna noodles -- those that aren't pasta, that is.I love finding new ways to separate layers of delicious sauce and melting cheese in a unique, gluten-free way.  With two gluten-free eaters in my house, I think this way about a lot of foods I prepare.When cooking … [Read more...]

Creamy Cranberry Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe

Creamy Cranberry Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Do you still have leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce?Did you make the oh-so-yummy Spiced Cranberry Sauce Corn Muffins?  They promise to be a treat, especially warmed up with a dab of butter.I made the muffins and still had cranberry sauce to spare, so used it to whip up this delicious, rich and creamy salad … [Read more...]

Poached Egg on Grilled Avocado with Bacon-Onion Compote and Kerrygold Cashel Blue

Kerrygold Cashel Blue | Cooking On The Weekends

There's flying coach, and then there's flying first class.There's fat-free frozen yogurt, and then there's Italian gelato.And there's blue cheese, and then there's Kerrygold Cashel Blue cheese! This semi-soft, unbelievably creamy cheese has an tangy, robust flavor that spreads onto toast and melts in your … [Read more...]

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking On The Weekends - blackberries are the most nutrient dense fruit on the planet!

 If you know me well -- or if you've spent five minutes with me -- you know how much I love divine chocolates, scrumptious cookies, and simply over-the-top decadent desserts.While I do partake in delicious sweets almost daily -- okay, daily -- I make sure to fill the rest of my diet with a plethora of nutrient rich … [Read more...]

Grilled Coffee Balsamic Flank Steak Recipe

Grilled Coffee Balsamic Flank Steak | Cooking On The Weekends

I love coffee.I love a perfect cup in the morning.I love it in my ice cream pie, and in my cookies.And now, I love it on my steak!Both the marinade and the sauce in the recipe are filled with the aromatic, deep, rich flavors of coffee.  Add a touch of sweetness and a hot grill, and you'll create an … [Read more...]

Strawberry-Grape Grilled Cheese with Brie and Lemony Basil


Sometimes I spend days creating recipes in my mind.Sometimes I spend hours, sometimes minutes, and sometimes just seconds.This one came to me almost instantly for a few reasons: I was famished. I had a craving for red grapes and brie the other day, so I had them on hand. My dad had just given me a big bag … [Read more...]

Bacon, Basil and Balsamic . . . on a potato!


Okay, I'm taking a quick, brief break from chocolate (I had quite a bit of chocolate for Valentine's Day -- and by quite a bit, I mean enough to satisfy four or five small families.)  The holiday is past, and I am looking forward to cooking up a super tasty breakfast this weekend.How does crisp, basil-scented … [Read more...]

Cannellini Bean-Tuna Salad Recipe with Lemon-Caper Balsamic Vinaigrette


My sons are in a Lego phase.My husband's in a rowing phase.And, my friends, I am in a Cannellini bean phase.  I know, it's sort of funny.  The rowing, that is. ;-)I'm really having fun experimenting with these super delicious beans.Cooking dried beans is the perfect weekend cooking project!  Cook a ton … [Read more...]