Mango-Avocado Salad with Panela Croutons and Chipotle Crema Mexicana

CACIQUE-Mango-Avocado Salad with Panela "Croutons" and Chipotle Crema Mexicana-pink-green-gold-ceramic bowls |

This is a sponsored post by Cacique Inc. and Society Culinaria.  And as always, all opinions are my own.When you cut Cacique's Panela cheese and fry it over high heat in a bit of oil, you can sear it -- just as you would steak.  No joke! Rather than melt into a sauce, the surface of this delicious cheese, … [Read more...]

Purple Sweet Potato Soup with Spicy Chile Oil

Purple Sweet Potato--Soup with Spicy Chile Oil |

 This soup is really this color.  It's this purple, this bright, and this beautiful. The purple of these Stokes Sweet Potatoes only becomes deeper and more intense when they're cooked.  And the color varies slightly depending on the type of preparation.  When we made the Chile-Lemon Purple Sweet Potato Fries, for … [Read more...]

Avocado, Beet and Pixie Tangerine Salad Recipe

Avocado, Beet and Pixie Tangerine Salad Recipe |

Like this salad, I'm going to keep it simple today.This morning I took advantage of having a gorgeous avocado, a few vibrant Ojai Pixies from Melissa's Produce, and beautiful roasted beets in my kitchen.  I thought their colors would be stunning together on a bright white plate., and I knew their flavors and … [Read more...]

Tofu “Sashimi” Recipe

Tofu "Sashimi" Recipe  |

While I have an aversion to treating tofu like something it's not (i.e. the infamous Tofurky), I'm very happy to treat it like raw fish, like sashimi, if you will. Raw tofu sliced super thinly, doused in warm, spicy Asian flavors is absolutely divine!  A fresh basil leaf between each slice of tofu adds a pop of … [Read more...]

Honey Jalapeño Citrus Salad Recipe

Honey Jalapeño Citrus Salad Recipe

Okay, so maybe it's more a stack of citrus, than it is a salad.  Whatever you want to call it, it's beautiful and bursting with the fresh sweet, tangy flavors of seasonal winter citrus. Whether you serve this as a stunning first course at dinner, as a light lunch, or perhaps even as a refreshing dessert, this pretty … [Read more...]

Vegan Coconut Spiced Carrot Soup Recipe

Vegan Coconut Spiced Carrot Soup Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

People often ask me for restaurant suggestions.  And I always laugh because I have no idea where to send anybody!  (I guess people think I should know since I'm all about food and cooking.  Go figure.)I'd like to say it's my two young boys that keep me and my husband from getting out much, but the truth is, by the … [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...]

Rosemary Mushroom Soup Recipe

Rosemary Mushroom Soup | Cooking On The Weekends

Blankets, sweaters, hot cocoa, and soup.These are just a few of the things I love about this time of year.It always amazes me how my desires change as the seasons do.  (Human nature, I know. ;-))Just as I'm so ready for fresh fruit salsas and the hot sun when summer approaches, I'm equally ready and excited … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche

¿Cuál es yo?

Do you have a friend who -- no matter how much time goes by without talking -- you still feel totally connected?My dear friend Pilar lives in Madrid, Spain.  I lived there for a year and -- just by chance  my study abroad program placed me in her apartment.  We became close friends instantly and we felt like … [Read more...]

How To Make Risotto: Brown Sage Butter Mushroom Risotto Recipe


Typically I try not to drone on about technical cooking terms or techniques that I find exciting -- for fear you might not. Today however, I'm going to teach you something you might not know -- and if you don't, I know you'll love the little lesson!I'll never forget when I  learned that Risotto wasn't actually the … [Read more...]