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

Friday Flowers Campanula Chocolate Almond Nougat | Cooking On The Weekends

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 […]

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! by

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

Flourless Chocolate-Espresso Caramel Brownie recipe on http://www.cookingontheweekends.com #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! by

Friday Flowers: Morning Glories and Roasted Hatch Chile Zucchini Bread

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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! by

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

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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.” by

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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.  by

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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