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...]

Coconut Cilantro Rice Recipe

Coconut Cilantro Rice Recipe -- you won't be able to get enough!

The vegan rice side dish is almost too good to be true!  It's subtly sweet with the fresh flavor of cilantro throughout -- and the pairing possibilities are endless, as it would be delicious with just about everything!This rice would be so perfect along side a spicy chicken dish.  I should know.  I made Coconut-Cayenne … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Chicken Poblano Pappardelle Pasta

Chicken Poblano Pappardelle Pasta Recipe-green |

A Mexican comfort food dish made with pasta is every bit as satisfying an Italian one.   (Trust me on this -- I had this for dinner last night!)If you really want to shine and mix up the buffet at the Cinco de Mayo party in a few days, I highly recommend bringing Chicken Poblano Pappardelle Pasta.  Imagine how … [Read more...]

Cilantro Chimichurri Peach Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Cilantro Chimichurri Peach Roasted Pork Tenderloin |

Sometimes I like to talk a lot.  (So I'm told, anyway.)  Today though, I'm going to get right to it -- because I'm starving!I think you should make this for dinner.  If not tonight, then tomorrow.  It's bursting with fresh flavors, it's succulent and juicy and it presents beautifully. I think you'll enjoy it … [Read more...]

Grape-Plum Summer Salsa Recipe

August 1 -Grape-Plum Salsa Recipe3

Do you have a signature dish?  Or a signature cookie or drink?This recipe is my signature summer salsa.  I just decided this today.  Of course it doesn't make any sense because a "signature dish" is one that a person is well known for -- and well, only two people have tried this -- me and my husband.I know what … [Read more...]

Thai-Inspired Mahi Mahi Recipe

Thai Inspired Mahi Mahi Recipe |

Having spent a couple of hours with the lovely Katie Chin at a signing for her latest book, Everyday Thai Cooking, with a bag of Asian produce in hand -- Thai inspired I was!Fresh cilantro, garlic, ginger root, lemongrass, limes, mint, Thai basil, turmeric root, and more.  What's a girl to do? … [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...]

Fire Roasted Corn and Hatch Chile Stuffed Sole, Wrapped Two Ways: Bacon or Sweet Potato

Fire Roasted Corn and Hatch Chile Stuffed Sole, Wrapped Two Ways: Bacon or Sweet Potato | Cooking On The Weekends

Remember when we made Chilled Cucumber-Basil Soup, and I told you about the numerous (often quirky), culinary phases my husband goes through?Well, there's a whole new (definitely quirky) phase going on now. Without getting into detail, let's just say that in addition to a whole lot of pumpkin purée and agave nectar … [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...]

Smoky Chipotle Mango Quesadilla Recipe

Smoky Chipotle Mango Quesadilla | Cooking On The Weekends

When two of my (many) favorite foods on the planet are a a match made in heaven, as a pair they might just surpass everything else.Smoky, spicy chipotle peppers and sweet, tangy mangoes create the most unbelievable flavor combination imaginable.  This delectable summer quesadilla can be served in small slices as an … [Read more...]