Spiced Carrot Cake with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Gluten Free Spiced Carrot Cake Recipe with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting -- Filled with warm spices, sweet carrots and golden raisins, this is the perfect celebration cake for fall.

Filled with warming spices, sweet carrots and golden raisins, this is the perfect celebration cake for fall. My husband had just two food wishes for his birthday last week -- Smoky Sweet and Spicy Pork Ribs and carrot cake.I've made the ribs a dozen times now, so that was easy.  I also whipped up a super delicious … [Read more...]

Individual Ojai Pixie Tangerine (No-Bake) Cheesecakes Recipe

Ojai Pixie Tangerine Individual Cheesecakes Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

Around this time last year, I went to the beautiful Ojai Valley in Southern California with Melissa's Produce to learn all about Ojai Pixie Tangerines.  I shared this experience here, and it's a great prelude to any Ojai Pixie recipe (in my humble opinion). ;-)Pixie tangerines are sun-sweetened, delicate, seedless … [Read more...]

No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake Recipe


This year my kids had a special, albeit brief, eight-week summer vacation -- the normal amount of weeks is twelve.  Well, school has started now, and it's been a big adjustment for all of us.Just as we were getting in our groove of pajamas all day, late breakfasts and late bedtimes, we found ourselves back in the … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Fuchsias and Hazelnut Praline Nutella Pie Recipe

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When I was growing up -- in the time before Nutella was sold almost everywhere -- my friend Tanja always brought jars of it home from her visits to family in Germany. She introduced me to this creamy, oh-so-delicious party in a jar!  Nutella will always bring my mind to Tanja's kitchen . . . and digging right into the … [Read more...]

Cucumber-Dill Canapé Recipe

Cucumber Dill Canapé Recipe

I made these adorable, delicious hors d'oeuvres for the very first party I ever catered, way back in 1995. (Oh my!)  And I think these may have been on the menu of every party I catered there after.  They are always a crowd pleaser!  They're light, refreshing, pretty, and packed with flavor -- and all in one … [Read more...]