Friday Flowers: Matilija Poppies and Buckwheat Banana Pancake Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Buckwheat Banana Pancake Recipe {Gluten-Free}

I've never been much of a gadget-girl, but I must say that I love my iPhone!  Sure I text, email, and get calls, but I love it the most on my early morning trail runs! I listen to Pandora (Jack Johnson Radio, if you must know), I use my Run Keeper app (which generally confirms I'm a slow as I'd thought), I can call my … [Read more...]

Strawberry Avocado Salsa Recipe

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Tomorrow is June 21st -- the first official day of summer!  Yay! My two boys are very excited that school will be out soon. They know that more playtime and a slightly later bedtime will ensue.  For me, the excitement is about a new season of culinary delights!  There are dozens of foods summer brings -- strawberries … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Granola Recipe

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Father's Day is this Sunday! And while most of us associate Father’s Day with grilling on the barbecue, I think of granola. You see, my own dad loves granola.  So much so that at dessert time, he’ll pass on cookies and ice-cream and opt for a big bowl of granola instead.  And if my dad is ever caught having a … [Read more...]

Vegetable Mint Stir Fry Recipe With Tofu “Noodles”

Vegetable Mint Sitr Fry with Tofu Noodles | Cooking On The Weekends

Friday night, while my two boys and I were having Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak, my vegetarian husband had this yummy stir fry.As I was about to chop the tofu into cubes for the stir fry, I saw my vegetable peeler out of the corner of my eye and got a magical idea.  Yes, I just referred to the way I was going … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Bougeanvilla and Grilled Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak Recipe

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Here are just a few of my many highlights this week: Today my 5-year-old son said, "Mommy, you're the kissing girl -- everyone around you has to kiss you," and then he did. My 7-year old son performed in a school concert a couple nights ago.  I could barely see his newly buzzed head and his sweet face behind his … [Read more...]

Grilled Strawberry Basil Kebab Recipe and The Farmers Market

Grilled Strawberry Basil Kebabs with Honey-Balsamic Glaze | Cooking On The Weekends

I love this strawberry dessert because it's super sweet and I add a balsamic glaze which gives it some depth -- perhaps like a chocolate sauce might.  As strawberries enter the peak of their season, they are becoming sweeter and juicier and oh-so-good!  A perfect strawberry is intoxicating!If it's convenient, buy … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Chicken Recipe with Brown Basmati Rice

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Clearly I'm having a bit of a "thing" with roasted garlic.I can't help it.  I always roast a bunch of garlic at once to have on hand to cook with for a couple of weeks (and to spread on bread)!  In this recipe, the roasted garlic transforms the chicken and rice into a delicious comfort food!  I'm telling you:  … [Read more...]

Sugar Kiss Melons

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A lot of things happened in my kitchen over the weekend.  And I'll be sharing them all at some point, but today. . . it's all about the Sugar Kiss Melon.My boys wanted sushi for lunch -- a tuna cut-roll to be exact (hold the wasabi).  With no time to make this, I quickly ran to the market.  After I grabbed the … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe

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You didn't think I'd leave my gluten-free son out of the brownie extravaganza we've been having over here, did you? Oh no, no, I wouldn't do that!  Gluten-free or not, I promise  that you will love these and -- most importantly -- you won't feel that you're missing anything.  The all-purpose flour, for … [Read more...]

Plantain-Picadillo Empenada Recipe

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This recipe is insanely delicious. Really and truly delicious! (You'll learn I don't hold back when I like something.)  I love Latin flavors and I cooked up a storm for Cinco de Mayo this year.This Picadillo recipe was the hit of the night. And I must say, the sweet plantain "dough" is brilliant!  (Wish that had … [Read more...]