Friday Flowers: Campanulas and Chocolate Almond Nougat Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Chocolate Almond Nougat Recipe

My husband is the best!He runs out to get me frozen yogurt if I'm suddenly craving it at 9 or 10 PM while we're relaxing on the couch.  He always has my back.  He's the best, most fun, dad in the world.  He allows our dog to be both on the couch and the bed (he caved after a few months of saying no.)  He's smart … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Geraniums and Chocolate Truffle Espresso Muffin Recipe

Chocolate Truffle Espresso Muffins | Cooking On The Weekends

A strong, hot, delicious shot of espresso might just be the best way to start a day.Oh, but wait . . . what if we added a creamy chocolate truffle to it!?  Even better, I know! … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pelargonium Sidoides and Flourless Chocolate-Espresso Caramel Brownies

Flourless Chocolate-Espresso Caramel Brownie recipe on #glutenfreedesserts #chocolate

Without question, this is the richest, most decadent dessert I've ever created.I can handle a lot of richness.  I can't relate when I hear someone say that something is so rich that they can only have one bite. In my world, one bite would never suffice!Not only is this rich and decadent -- it's also incredibly … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Morning Glories and Roasted Hatch Chile Zucchini Bread Recipe


My Hatch Chile Festival is coming to a close . . . though I might throw a few on the grill this Labor Day Weekend.And my final Hatch Chile recipe is a sweet one.A very sweet one!Sweet and subtly spicy!While this is truly is a dessert, it'll surely stand out as a breakfast, brunch, or side.And why, … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Jupiter’s Beard and Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Sometimes I buy a bag of trail mix specifically for any pieces of chocolate it might include.(And by "sometimes," I mean "always.")The last time I was eating trail mix, my husband said, "I don't know why you don't just eat a bag of chocolate."Well, the reason is quite simple:  I feel better about my … [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...]

Friday Flowers: Wisteria, My Mom’s Ginger Applesauce Recipe and her Kitchen


My parents have the most gorgeous Wisteria growing in their backyard. Years ago, a family of little doves lived in this pretty vine.  My mom loved going outside everyday to check on their nest and see how they were doing.  She was so sweet and nurturing, just like the mama bird. In addition to baby birdwatching, my … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Princess Flowers and Coconut Pandan Crème Brûlée Recipe with Fresh Berries


As a girl, I wasn’t really into princesses. I was more into art and baking cookies.  However, I always loved my family’s Princess tree (or shrub?)!  It always looked so sweet and beautiful at the front of our house.The purple color is so gorgeous.  Princess flowers are still one of my favorites -- and I love how … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Friday Flowers: Mexican Sage and Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe

Mexican Sage and Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

It doesn't get much better than braising and roasting in the fall and winter. (Yes, even here in Los Angeles!)  The cooking is just as comforting as the meal.How good does it sound to spend a weekend day at home cooking?  Maybe friends and family are around -- or maybe you're alone, and they'll come around to eat … [Read more...]