Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor.

A gluten-free fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with smoky flavor. Oh my!You know how you had one, maybe two teachers when you were a kid, that you'll never forget because they were so inspiring?  So fun? So interesting?  They created an environment where you were super excited to learn? My 13-year-old … [Read more...]

Coconut Mango Baked Chicken Recipe

Coconut-Cayenne Mango Baked Chicken Recipe - Creamy, rich, spicy and sweet, the mango sauce makes this baked chicken over the top delicious!

Creamy, rich, spicy and sweet, the mango sauce makes this baked chicken over the top delicious!  Over the top, I tell you!My mom and I have always loved the Mango Chicken Curry at a local Indian restaurant. And by loved, I mean we could drink the sauce.  Perhaps with a straw.I remember that my mom would sometimes … [Read more...]

Spicy Kale Soup with Roasted Pepper and Tomato

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Yesterday when I went to buy some of my favorite chocolate bars, I was a bit distracted because of the "health food faire," the grocery store was hosting. Not exactly what I want around me when I'm buying my chocolate!I did however manage to squeeze past the throng of fitness trainers, vitamin reps, and all sorts … [Read more...]

Smoky Tomato Fish Stew

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I want to clarify something . . .  comfort foods do not have to be rich and heavy! Comfort foods can also be light, refreshing, and healthy!  No question about it!My comfort food of choice varies from day to day really.  One day, my comfort food could be a super yummy salad, the next it could be a spicy noodle … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Christmas Holly and Spiced Almond-Apple-Persimmon Bread

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If I ask my dad about a plant or flower that I've seen in the Santa Monica mountains, he's either very proud to tell me that it's a native or almost annoyed to tell me it's not.  I think it's funny.  It's almost like he's defending the mountains . . . "You know, that's not from here, it shouldn't be here," he'll say, … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Red Succulents and Cream of Chestnut-Potato Soup Recipe

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A friend of mine recently asked me what Friday Flowers is all about, and if I cook with the flowers.  No, I don't.  (Well, very rarely -- Nastursiums for example, are tasty and edible.)  However, Friday Flowers is really about how certain flowers make me think about certain foods.  And on most Friday's, I share these … [Read more...]

Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans Recipe

Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans | Cooking On The Weekends

Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. Crunchy. You can't eat just one.  Divine in a salad, or on their own.Forgive my enthusiastic, semi-poetic word association above.  I am just excited to talk about my Sweet, Spiced Caramelized Pecans!Sure, you can find some version of these nuts at various markets these days, but I promise … [Read more...]

Winter Persimmon Salad with Honey Glazed Pistachios and Blue Cheese

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Did you know that just like a bowl of chili, a salad can also be a comfort food!?  It's so true!  And this Winter Persimmon Salad is a perfect example.This salad is rich with flavor -- both sweet and savory -- and has warming spices.  I even find a persimmon to be aesthetically comforting and warm.  Just look at … [Read more...]

Root Vegetable Skillet Baked Lasagna Recipe

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I'm kicking off my Veggie Week Challenge today with this delicious Root Vegetable Skillet-Baked Lasagna recipe. This dish is incredibly rich, flavorful, and hearty -- oh-so-hearty! You'll be just as satisfied as if you'd had braised short ribs! Really!Have you ever noticed when you cook something in the oven, the … [Read more...]

Spicy Mayan Chocolate Truffles

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The Mexican food fest was a big success!  I've listed our final and delicious menu below but the best part was celebrating my husband with his fantastic friends.  It was absolutely lovely!These Spicy Mayan Chocolate Truffles were one of the desserts.  They have a fiery bite!  I'm no history buff, but I do know that … [Read more...]