Spicy Caesar Little Gems Recipe

Spicy Caesar Little Gems Recipe -- Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top.

Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top. It’s a mixed rustic salad in a large serving bowl to share with friends.It’s a lovely, elegant plated appetizer at a small dinner party.It’s a beautiful platter of hors d’oeuvres … [Read more...]

Spicy Eggplant-Almond Cakes with Cilantro-Lemon Yogurt

Spicy Eggplant-Almond Cakes Recipe with Cilantro-Lemon Yogurt - Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, these super flavorful, spicy and earthy eggplant cakes are an incredibly delicious, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.

Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, these super flavorful, spicy and earthy eggplant cakes are an incredibly delicious, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre or appetizer. I had the pleasure of attending a delightful presentation by Faye Levy at Melissa's Produce a couple of weeks ago.  Faye, an authority on Middle … [Read more...]

Fresh Lemon-Pepper Grilled Corn Recipe

Fresh Lemon-Pepper Grilled Corn Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

This super simple recipe screams summer fresh deliciousness!   And in this case, by "recipe," I mean throwing a few lovely flavors together on the grill.  I promise you, if you serve this at a summer BBQ, you'll be a star. … [Read more...]

Whipped Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Butter Recipe

Whipped Lemon Vanilla Butter | cookingontheweekends.com

This, my friends, is simply luscious.  It's subtly sweet, lemony, and scented with the beautiful fragrance of vanilla.If I were you I'd serve this at a casual brunch with warm scones, pastries or brioche.  Or I might even serve it at fun BBQ, melted over corn on the cob hot off the grill.  That's just me, though.  … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

You know that restaurant you'd frequent with your friends when you were in high school?  Ours was Vittorio, and a group of us would go after school, during school (don't tell my parents!), on the weekends, and we'd pick up take-out if we wanted to hang out at home.All of us would order the greasy, herbed garlic … [Read more...]

Tangy Lemon-Dill White Asparagus Recipe

Tangy Lemon-Dill White Asparagus Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

You know what I think is so bizarre?White asparagus!I know, your thinking, "fascinating, Valentina."  (And in a bored tone, no less.)  Well let me tell you, it is fascinating -- or interesting, at the very least. ;-)You see white asparagus is grown while covered with mulch and dark plastic so that it never … [Read more...]

Creamy Lemon-Lime Avocado Salad Dressing Recipe

Creamy Lemon-Lime Avocado Salad Dressing Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

You know when you have so much to do that you don't know where to begin?  And you just want to do nothing, which isn't really an option?  So maybe you make a "to do" list?  (And if you're me, you also review and/or add to a "recipe idea" list.)  Then you procrastinate more by making a perfect cup of coffee?  And so … [Read more...]

Kotosoupa Recipe {Greek Chicken-Lemon Soup}

Kotosoupa Recipe-Greek Chicken Lemon Soup | cookingontheweekends.com

Move over Chicken Noodle, here comes something a little more interesting, and perhaps even more comforting.After I ate every last bit of the Skorthalia that I loved so much at The Greek Authentic Cuisine, I had a bowl of an incredibly delicious, traditional Greek soup called Kotosoupa.  Whether you want to soothe a … [Read more...]

How to Cut Citrus Segments and Slices: A Photographic Guide

How to Cut Citrus Segments and Slices | Cooking On The Weekends

As much as I love stone fruit and avocados in the summer, I might just love citrus in the winter even more.  And when I eat citrus fruits any way other than straight from the peel, I like to it be cut perfectly -- removed from its skin, pith (the white portion that's just inside the skin), and membranes.  This part of … [Read more...]

Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe

Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

I don't know about you, but this time of year is so incredibly busy for me, I feel like I'm just going, going, going -- and then going some more!I have to make an effort to slow down, and take time out to enjoy a meal with friends and family.  And there's no better time then in the heart of comfort food … [Read more...]