Stove-Top Spiced Turkey Meatball Stew Recipe

Stove-Top Spiced Turkey Meatball Stew - yellow - bowl- red - casserole pan - striped red tablecloth - basil leaves | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

As you may know, when my husband started eating meat again after being a vegetarian for twenty-one years, I had a celebration of sorts. Remember, my Blackberry-Thyme Roasted Chicken?Well, now he can't get enough.  Any time I ask him if he wants anything from the market, his response is always, "meat, chicken, … [Read more...]

Smoky Chipotle Pumpkin-Sage Risotto Recipe

Smoky Chipotle Pumpkin-Sage Risotto Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

It finally feels like fall where I live.  It's a little bit grey outside, I've dusted off my UGGS and the couch is adorned with cozy blankets. All of this is an invitation for comfort foods.  I know we all have our own ideas of what comfort foods are, and this risotto recipe epitomizes mine.  Imagine if you will, a … [Read more...]

Cuban-Style Chicken Stew Recipe

Cuban-Style Chicken Stew Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

New culinary word or the day: alcaparrado.  Ever heard of it?  I hadn't either, until a few days ago when I read a Cuban recipe in the March issue of Savuer Magazine. Alcaparrado is a mix of pimento-stuffed olives, capers and raisins.  This blend of deliciousness is typically found in a rich, hearty cuban stew called … [Read more...]

Curried Corn Stew with Lentils and Sweet Potato

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Have you ever seen an ingredient in the market and wondered what it was? And how to use it?I know I have and I am a culinary school graduate!But that's the wonderful thing about cooking and food -- there's always a new discovery to be made.  By stepping a little outside our comfort zones, we can find amazing, … [Read more...]

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

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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 these … [Read more...]

Root Vegetable Skillet Baked Lasagna Recipe

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I'm kicking off my Veggie Week Challenge today with this delicious Root Vegetable Skillet-Baked Lasagna recipe. This dish is incredibly rich, flavorful, and hearty -- oh-so-hearty! You'll be just as satisfied as if you'd had braised short ribs! Really!Have you ever noticed when you cook something in the oven, the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple-Sweet Potato Soup with Shallot “Croutons”

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I was thrilled when my friend Cathy of What Would Cathy Eat invited me to participate in her Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge! Cathy's challenge is all about making an amazingly delicious Thanksgiving feast, without a lot of fat and salt.I did it!  Well, not the whole feast, but a delicious first course of Apple Yam … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Lantana Flowers and Sweet Potato Shiitake Sausage Soup with Udon Noodles

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My cooking is all about the combination of true comfort foods and farm-fresh ingredients.  I love slow cooking: spending time in the kitchen with the food, learning about each ingredient, getting to the essence of flavor to make it shine. (And incidentally, helping my whole house to smell good for hours on end.)  I … [Read more...]