The Vegetarian Flavor Bible Giveaway & Garlic-Tarragon Beet Soup Recipe {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

The Best Beet Soup-blue-bowl-micro greens

This is not a sponsored posts and as always, all opinions are my own.Just like you can turn the volume up or down when you're listening to a song on the radio, you can also do so with recipes. Yes, I'm talking about quiet and loud. Want to quiet down a recipe? Use tofu. Make it louder? Bring on the wasabi. Get … [Read more...]

Warm Castelvetrano Olives

Warm Castelvetrano Olives | cookingontheweekends.com

A huge crowd pleaser, unbelievably delicious, and quite possibly the most simple hors d'oeuvre or appetizer you'll ever make.Life is super busy.  Too busy!  So it's  important that my husband and I carve out time for the occasional "date night." And when we do, it's also important that we eat somewhere delicious … [Read more...]

The Everything Cookie

The Everything Cookie | cookingontheweekends.com

You might be thinking The Everything Cookie is similar to a "Kitchen Sink" cookie.  You know, the cookies you throw everything into (M & M's, oats, raisins, nuts, etc.)? Think again. Think The Everything Bagel. Think The Everything Bagel without the garlic and onion. Think The Everything Bagel without the … [Read more...]

Olive Oil-Thyme Poached Salmon Recipe and Introducing the “Two Extra Virgins” and the Arianna Trading Company

Arianna Trading Co. | cookingontheweekends.com

This is not a sponsored post -- as always I only write about things I love. I've been wine tasting, cheese tasting, chocolate tasting, and now I can add olive oil tasting to the list -- thanks to Melissa's Produce, Laura Bashar, Mary Platis and Geroge Menzelos.Melissa's Produce hosted a lovely book signing … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: California Poppies and Creamy Avocado Gazpacho Recipe

Photo taken by Jim Kenney, during the peak of California Poppy season (March-May)

I'll never forget the first time my Spanish "sister," Pilar, came to visit and made gazpacho in my mom's kitchen. Pilar literally added "a little of this and a little of that."  At the time I didn't know what the "this" or the "that" was, but the kitchen smelled amazing -- like a ripe vegetable garden -- and what she … [Read more...]

Mango-Manchego Basil Salad Recipe

Mango-Manchego Basil Salad Recipe

Mango-Manchego! It sounds like a Spanish dance, doesn't it?  I love that!That's really what this salad is.  Well, I suppose it's more of a worldly dance -- a dance with a few wonderful flavors from different areas of the world.Since hanging out with the lovely folks from the National Mango Board, I've been … [Read more...]

Creamy Cranberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette

Creamy Cranberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking On The Weekends

You know how your taste buds crave a sweet after some savory?  And something savory after a sweet?  Well, after indulging in my Thanksgiving feast, my taste buds crave . . . salad!  Lots of salad! (As it turns out, I don't then immediately crave Thanksgiving foods. Phew!)So without further ado, my taste buds and I … [Read more...]

Spinach Kale Pesto Recipe

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When I was growing up, my parents grew beautiful basil in their garden.  (And they still do.)  So naturally, my mom made a ton of beautiful basil pesto!It became a tradition to have the pesto on English muffins topped with thick slices of sweet, heirloom tomatoes (also from their garden).This yummy dinner … [Read more...]