Thai-Inspired Mahi Mahi Recipe

Thai Inspired Mahi Mahi Recipe |

Having spent a couple of hours with the lovely Katie Chin at a signing for her latest book, Everyday Thai Cooking, with a bag of Asian produce in hand -- Thai inspired I was!Fresh cilantro, garlic, ginger root, lemongrass, limes, mint, Thai basil, turmeric root, and more.  What's a girl to do? … [Read more...]

Summer Hors d’Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups

Summer Hors d'Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups |

Delicious, pretty, refreshing and incredibly fun!  This is quite possibly the best summer hors d'oeuvre your guests will have ever had!  (In my humble opinion, of course.)If you choose to add the vodka, it's like a sweet, edible cocktail. So cool. … [Read more...]

Tangerine Caprese Kebab Recipe

Tangerine Caprese Kebab Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Another delightful, delicious holiday hors d'oeuvre recipe!  How pretty and festive would this be along with a few of these, for a New Year's Eve cocktail party?Just look at how vibrant and beautiful the orange color of the tangerine is!  These are  Neapolitan (also called Page) Tangerines.  These are true gems!  … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party Recipes

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...]

Friday Flowers: Dandelions and Freshly Picked Satsuma Salad Recipe

Freshly Picked Satsuma Salad | Cooking On The Weekends

I'm pretty sure I'll be talking about my parents' garden forever.I can remember picking summer squash when I was 5-years old, and to this very day I'm still picking and eating delicious produce from their garden.Various greens, stunning tomatoes, sweet plums, succulent peaches, hot peppers, apple trees, and … [Read more...]

Minted Strawberry Carpaccio


Call me quirky.I prefer to eat my ice-cream right out of a pint container that I've wrapped in a paper towel.  To me, it tastes better this way.I can't drink coffee out of a glass mug.  It's just not the same.I like to eat a peach in slices.These are just a few of my food quirks!The thing is, the … [Read more...]

Citrus Avocado Salsa with Cilantro Sautéed Whitefish Recipe


Do you like avocados?Do you love avocados?I'm thinking you do -- or you wouldn't be as excited about my avocado week as I am -- and I just know you are!I hope you have friends and family that love avocados, too!  You see, we're putting together a delightfully delicious avocado menu for the weekend!  (I … [Read more...]

Spicy Miso Glazed Eggplant Recipe


Do you know how eggplants got their name?  They're not eggs, after all!Turns out that small, Thai eggplants are a whitish, yellowish color and have the shape of a goose egg.  And because of these particular fruits, in the 18th century, the name eggplant was born.  (Yes, though eaten as a vegetable, technically … [Read more...]

Minty Grapefruit Brûlée


Is this dessert? Or is it a side of fresh fruit?  Is it simply pretty on the plate? Who really cares -- it's divine tasting and absolutely stunning to look at.I'm serving this as part of brunch this weekend, but I think it'd work brilliantly after dinner, too.  (Well, as brilliantly as any dessert that doesn't … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Pad Thai with Spicy Lime-Peanut Sauce


It happened!For the first time in years, I followed through with a New Years's resolution!I had my first sofa dinner party of 2012! ;-)And this my friends, is what we had for dinner: Vegetarian Pad Thai with Spicy Lime-Peanut Sauce, Spicy Cilantro Shrimp, wine, and big bowls of M & M's!  (Yep. Dessert … [Read more...]