Red Goddess Marinade and Sauce Recipe

Red Goddess Marinade and Sauce| cookingontheweekends.com

I know you've very likely heard of Green Goddess dressings, sauces, etc. -- but, have you ever heard of Red Goddess?I thought I was brilliant when this idea popped into my head, though after googling it, turns out I'm not the first person to think of it -- in fact seems I might the two millionth or so.  ;-)I … [Read more...]

Quick Spicy Pickled Cabbage Recipe

Quick Spicy PIckled Cabbage Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

This is just the beginning.  The beginning of the best fish tacos I've ever had, that is.I'm in the process of trying to recreate the amazing fish tacos I had at the Hale I'A Fish House in Kawaihae, Hawaii.  I'm certain that it's this pickled cabbage combined with the spices on the fish, that make the taco a truly … [Read more...]

Shaved Melon-Avocado Salad Recipe

Shaved Avocado-Melon Salad Melon | cookingontheweekends.com

Some days I have more to say than others, and today is one of those days.  If you're not in the mood or you're rushed, please skip to the bottom for the recipe.  Otherwise, take your time and hang out with me for a bit.In the La Tourangelle brochure, it says: "La Tourangelle artisan nut oils are handcrafted in our … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Grilled Pork Chop Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Grilled Pork Chop Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

We're going on a family vacation to a tropical beach very soon -- so naturally, I have pineapple on my mind.  (And I'm beyond excited about the vacation!)  When I've been cooking lately, I've found myself thinking of how to add tropical twists to my recipes. … [Read more...]

Eight Awesome Grilled Side Dish Recipes

Eight Awesome Grilled Side Dish Recipes | cookingontheweekends.com #memorialdayrecipes

It's Memorial Day weekend and we're firing up the grill, and inviting friends over to enjoy this summer kick-off with a delicious BBQ. … [Read more...]

Grilled Jalapeño Pepper Jack Turkey Burger Recipe

Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Turkey Burger Recipe

True story. . .I'd told my parents we'd be there for my Dad's birthday dinner at 5:30 PM, with dinner in tow.At 5:05 PM, I heard noises in the kitchen.  I walked in to find my (usually perfect, and always adorable) dog licking up the last bite of the dinner I'd just finished cooking.  The LAST bite!After … [Read more...]

Smoky Grilled Red Onions (and introducing Not Ketchup)

Smoky Grilled Red Onions | Cooking On The Weekends

My mom seems to be a common theme in my posts lately.  Last week she starred in my Ginger-Citrus Pie post, and then over the weekend, it was her favorite burrito that inspired the Chocolate Chipotle Chili."Double the onions."  That's a famous quote from my mom.  Whether she's ordering pizza, Chicken Tikka, steak, … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: California Poppies and Creamy Avocado Gazpacho Recipe

Photo taken by Jim Kenney, during the peak of California Poppy season (March-May)

I'll never forget the first time my Spanish "sister," Pilar, came to visit and made gazpacho in my mom's kitchen. Pilar literally added "a little of this and a little of that."  At the time I didn't know what the "this" or the "that" was, but the kitchen smelled amazing -- like a ripe vegetable garden -- and what she … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche

¿Cuál es yo?

Do you have a friend who -- no matter how much time goes by without talking -- you still feel totally connected?My dear friend Pilar lives in Madrid, Spain.  I lived there for a year and -- just by chance  my study abroad program placed me in her apartment.  We became close friends instantly and we felt like … [Read more...]