Frozen Chocolate Pistachio Truffle Bars

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A couple of weeks ago, my 9-year-old son and I made a mud pie for my father-in-law's birthday celebration. Hoping nothing too bizarre would be selected, I let my son choose the flavors. (This was risky because his favorite flavors are often florescent colors of the rainbow!)I was so happy -- and relieved -- when he … [Read more...]

Apricots with Spiced Creme Fraiche and Blackberry Port Sauce

Apricots with Spiced Creme Fraiche and Blackberry Port Sauce | Cooking On The Weekends

Stone fruit and berries.They're quintessential summer treasures.  Just look at them -- soft, sparking and vibrant.This is a lovely summer fruit dessert for a warm evening on the deck with friends.  Or for a Sunday brunch with family.  What I'm saying is, it's lovely any time, any day, with anyone!  Anyone you like … [Read more...]

Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, Potatoes and Honey Glazed Pistachios


Kale has been one of the hippest, hottest, healthiest foods for a few years now.(Well, it's been one of the healthiest foods since forever.)I love kale chips. Don't most of us?I also love kale sautéed until it caramelizes.  Yum!I didn't, however, think I loved raw kale.  At least, not until … [Read more...]

Winter Persimmon Salad with Honey Glazed Pistachios and Blue Cheese


Did you know that just like a bowl of chili, a salad can also be a comfort food!?  It's so true!  And this Winter Persimmon Salad is a perfect example.This salad is rich with flavor -- both sweet and savory -- and has warming spices.  I even find a persimmon to be aesthetically comforting and warm.  Just look at … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Fresh Fruit Tartlets

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A bite of fresh fruit with Vanilla Bean Custard is the perfect finale for our dessert party!  These tartlettes are beautiful and sweet, light and refreshing!There are a few "rules" to remember when making perfect fruit tarts . . . so I learned many moons ago while apprenticing at a fine French bakery.  I was taught … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe


Welcome, everybody, to my first "Friday Flowers!"Flowers inspire me greatly -- and different flowers make me think about different foods."Friday Flowers" isn't necessarily about adding floral items to what I'm cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example … [Read more...]