Meyer Lemon-Black Quinoa Plum and Avocado Salad Recipe

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Making this salad felt a bit like painting a picture.You see, as I was cooking the black quinoa, I spotted my big bowl ripe plums out of the corner of my eye. I thought their bright reddish color would look so pretty against the beautifully textured, black quinoa. Then I imagined how lovely the soft green color of … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes: Caramelized Red Onion Asparagus Frittata, and then some. . .

Mother's Day Brunch Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends

I think the mere act of sitting down to a brunch can be as decadent as the food served.Never mind "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," I think brunch is the most important meal of the day!  However, it's the one meal that nobody has regularly.  And it's for exactly that reason that it's so … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Butterfly Flowers and Summer Tomato Gazpacho


The apple doesn't fall far from the tree . . .I've already showed off my dad's tomato garden, and today's Summer Tomato Gazpacho Recipe is inspired by my brother, who rarely eats anything that's not grown on a local farm, or in his own backyard.And just like my mom, my brother's a great cook who just throws … [Read more...]

Summer Tomatoes: Tomato, Red Onion, and Pesto Open-Faced Sandwich


For as long as I can remember, my parents have abstained from eating tomatoes unless it's summer."Oh, we'd never buy a tomato in the market," my dad says, year after year."We wait for dad's tomatoes -- they're the best," my mom always adds.My dad starts his summer tomato crop from seed -- in little, tiny … [Read more...]

Cannellini Bean-Tuna Salad Recipe with Lemon-Caper Balsamic Vinaigrette


My sons are in a Lego phase.My husband's in a rowing phase.And, my friends, I am in a Cannellini bean phase.  I know, it's sort of funny.  The rowing, that is. ;-)I'm really having fun experimenting with these super delicious beans.Cooking dried beans is the perfect weekend cooking project!  Cook a ton … [Read more...]

Roasted Grape Mascarpone Pasta Sauce


I could not be more excited to share this recipe with you! Okay, remember the grapes we marinated in wine last week?  Well, if you haven't eaten all of them, you can roast them (yup, you heard me right -- roast them), to use in this amazing pasta sauce -- along with their marinade!(If you did eat all of them, no … [Read more...]

Spicy Kale Soup with Roasted Pepper and Tomato


Yesterday when I went to buy some of my favorite chocolate bars, I was a bit distracted because of the "health food faire," the grocery store was hosting. Not exactly what I want around me when I'm buying my chocolate!I did however manage to squeeze past the throng of fitness trainers, vitamin reps, and all sorts … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Potato Pancakes with Red Onion-Apple Compote


My mom and my aunt used to spend hours in the kitchen together making potato pancakes.  And I mean hours!I loved those hours! They'd grate and grate potatoes, fry and fry the pancakes, and talk and laugh -- a lot!These cooking get-togethers usually took place around Hanukkah -- and sometimes they happened … [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...]

Friday Flowers: Thai Basil Flowers, Tomato Salad Recipe and How to Peel Tomatoes


This salad is simple blend of a few ingredients, and it's an exquisite display of vibrant color.  It's all about freshly picked heirloom tomatoes . . .I can't use a tomato without thinking of my dad's tomato garden.  In the summertime, tomatoes are all he cares about -- well, they're just below my mom and their … [Read more...]