Top Twenty Smoky Chipotle Recipes

Top Twenty Smoky Chipotle Recipes - From muffins and casseroles to soups and French fries, these 20 recipes are full of the utterly delicious, smoky and spicy flavor of chipotle chile peppers.

From muffins and casseroles to soups and French fries, these twenty recipes are full of the utterly delicious, smoky and spicy flavor of chipotle chile peppers.Over the past few years, I've written over two dozen recipes which are made fabulous with the use of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.  Chipotles are jalapeños … [Read more...]

Snow Pea Shoot Smoked Salmon Potato Stacks

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Have you ever seen a prettier plant on a plate?Pea shoots are definitely one of my favorite greens that appear in the spring.  They taste like peas -- only in the form of tender leaves and beautiful, delicate tendrils.  I adore them!  In salads, wraps, stir-fry recipes -- oh, and in "stacks!" ;-)I wrote this … [Read more...]

Creamy Caramelized Parsnip Soup Recipe with Baby Parsnip French Fries

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I know that life is super busy and that it's often hard to slow down, which is one of the many reasons I so appreciate you being here.  And now, if you can squeeze in just an extra moment for me -- well, for this soup -- take a good look at the image above.  Do you see the beautiful, light golden color?  The … [Read more...]

Rustic Garlic Confit Mashed Potato Recipe

Rustic Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes |

Do you ever have a bite of a delicious food, and without intentionally doing so, you close your eyes and moan a bit?  (Bet you've never been asked that before!)This has happened to me with a few times recently -- with the Whole Thai Snapper and Warm Castelvetrano Olives, and yes, these Rustic Garlic Confit Mashed … [Read more...]

Smashed Potato Pizza Crust

Smashed Potato Pizza Crust |

When it comes to cooking, I know I toot my own horn from time to time -- but, I don't often call my creations "brilliant" (even if I'm thinking it).  And while I don't want the horn to toot to loud, I'm quite certain this recipe is brilliant. There, I said it.One ingredient (plus oil, salt and pepper).  … [Read more...]

Smoky Cumin Roasted Root Vegetable Recipe

Smoky Cumin Roasted Root Vegetable Recipe |

This might just be the most comforting of all vegetarian comfort foods.I'm just going to cut to the chase today and tell you that this recipe is best described as creamy, crisp, earthy, rich, smoky, and sweet. Now imagine all of that, at once, in each bite. And there you have it.Smoky Cumin Roasted Root … [Read more...]

Kotosoupa Recipe {Greek Chicken-Lemon Soup}

Kotosoupa Recipe-Greek Chicken Lemon Soup |

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...]

Skorthalia Recipe {Greek Garlic-Potato Dip}

Skorthalia Recipe {Greek Garlic-Potato Dip} |

Last weekend, with live Greek music and plates breaking in the background, I ate one of the most delicious Greek meals ever.The Greek Authentic Cuisine restaurant is in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. … [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...]



This was the view from my cabin window when I woke up on day four. I hope you've enjoyed traveling with me through the potato fields on the Idaho Potato Harvest Tour!  And in case you missed it, you can catch up on days one, two and three, here, here and here.Day four in Idaho was mostly about getting to the … [Read more...]