Chopped Chicken-Apple Salad Recipe with Creamy Roasted Jalapeno-Lime Vinaigrette

Chopped Chicken-Apple Salad Recipe with Creamy Roasted Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette -- This main course, chopped salad is full of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that you will definitely keep coming back for more of.

This main course, chopped salad is full of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that will keep you coming back for more. The Jalapeño Vinaigrette puts it over-the-top!Don’t think that just because this recipe doesn’t include sautéed onions, that they didn’t go in something else I made for dinner last night.  (A steak and … [Read more...]

Best Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever

Best Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe Ever

This is truly the best avocado grilled cheese sandwich of all time!  It's full of delicious, creamy avocado, chorizo, quick-pickled onions and roasted red peppers -- all snug between golden, crisp buttery slices of bread, and melting Manchego cheese.  I'm feeling scattered and emotional today.  With the horrible … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party Recipes – 2013

Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre Party Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends with Valentina

With just a few more days before Christmas, and  about a week before New Year's Eve, we're starting to write shopping lists and plan the cooking!I love a delicious Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre party!  One to two bites, pretty colors, easy to handle and a burst of flavor.  A perfect hors d'oeuvre should have these four … [Read more...]

Sugar Kiss Melon and Chorizo-Manchego Grilled Cheese Recipe

Sugar Kiss Melon and Chorizo-Manchego Grilled Cheese | Cooking On The Weekends

I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- if you haven't tried a Kiss melon, you must!I connected with Sandstone Melons just after I fell in love with the unbelievable flavor and sweetness of the Sugar Kiss.  Last year I wrote a dozen Kiss melon recipes, and this year I'm writing a whopping four and a half … [Read more...]

Honey Broiled Angelcot and Prosciutto Spinach Salad Recipe


I'm clearly having a thing with stone fruits this week.  And can you blame me?!  After all, this is their season!  I hope you loved the Grilled Peach and Chorizo Pizza we made on Tuesday.   Today I created a super yummy summer salad with another delicious stone fruit! Have you ever heard of an Angelcot?!  I hadn't … [Read more...]

Grilled Peach and Chorizo Pizza Recipe


My parents have an incredible garden -- full of food!  I am so fortunate to live just 5 minutes from all of that fresh produce! Depending on the time of year, one might find tomatoes, lettuces, peppers of all sorts, apples, lemons, tangerines, garlic, onions, basil plums, and peaches! And it's this time every year … [Read more...]

Mango-Manchego Basil Salad Recipe

Mango-Manchego Basil Salad Recipe

Mango-Manchego! It sounds like a Spanish dance, doesn't it?  I love that!That's really what this salad is.  Well, I suppose it's more of a worldly dance -- a dance with a few wonderful flavors from different areas of the world.Since hanging out with the lovely folks from the National Mango Board, I've been … [Read more...]

Mexican Chopped Salad Recipe with Spiced Pepitas and Honey-Chipotle Lime Dressing

Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Lime Dressing | Cooking On The Weekends

Our Mexican food fest continues.  This Mexican Chopped Salad will be the perfect light accompaniment to the Smoky Chipotle Nachos and other richer dishes we'll be serving at my husband's little birthday soirée this weekend.With food, little details can make a big difference.For example, I think ice-cream tastes … [Read more...]