Creamy Rosemary-Dubliner Polenta with Crispy Pancetta Recipe

Creamy Rosemary Dubliner Polenta with Crispy Pancetta1

This polenta dish can be a side or main course -- it's incredibly hearty, packed with flavor and it's comforting beyond belief!Yep, it's absolutely as delicious as it sounds.I'm not kidding around here -- this is one comforting dish you won't want to miss!  Between the warmth of the rosemary and the sweet, nutty … [Read more...]

Purple Sweet Potato Rosemary Muffins Recipe

Purple Sweet Potato Rosemary Muffins Recipe - A savory muffin filled with creamy melting cheese, subtly sweet, sweet potato and fresh rosemary -- it doesn't get much better!

A savory muffin filled with creamy melting cheese, subtly sweet, sweet potato and fresh rosemary -- it doesn't get much better!Yet another thing they didn't teach me in culinary school -- baking soda will turn a purple potato into a green potato.  As you may already know, I'm a chef, not a scientist, so here's a bit … [Read more...]

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots | cookingontheweekends.com

Does anyone you live with you often buy food you already have, not having looked around (including behind things) before shopping? I'm not going to name names, but suffice it to say it's not my boys (8 & 10 years-old), and clearly not the dog, so . . . . I love you, honey. This is why I found 5 (1-pound) bags of … [Read more...]

Strawberry-Rosemary Cake Recipe

Strawberry-Rosemary Cake Recipe | cookingontheweekends.com

I know I've said this before, and I'll say it again -- just because it's made in a bread pan, doesn't necessarily mean it should be called "bread."  You could call this recipe bread, but who would you be kidding?  It's cake!  And "muffins" -- don't even get me started.Moving right along . . . it's that time of year … [Read more...]

12 Most Popular Recipes of 2013

12 most popular receips of 2013 | Cooking On The Weekends

Is there anyone who likes traffic?Where I live in Los Angeles, I-405, I-10, I-101, you name it, and it's full of traffic most of the time.  Nobody likes it!  Ever!There is one place though, where I actually LOVE traffic.  You heard me . . . LOVE!Right here, my friends -- on Cooking On The Weekends!  All of … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party Recipes – 2013

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...]

Rosemary Apple Potatoes – Pavé Style

Rosemary Apple Potatoes - Pavé Style | www.cookingontheweekends.com

I've been wanting to try a potato dish of this sort since I saw this gorgeous image on my friend Sara's site, Average Betty.Pavé is the French word for "paving stones," and it's the word that chef Thomas Keller uses to describe any such rectangular or square food preparation.Sara's Pavé (and I'm sure Thomas … [Read more...]

Rosemary Mushroom Soup Recipe

Rosemary Mushroom Soup | Cooking On The Weekends

Blankets, sweaters, hot cocoa, and soup.These are just a few of the things I love about this time of year.It always amazes me how my desires change as the seasons do.  (Human nature, I know. ;-))Just as I'm so ready for fresh fruit salsas and the hot sun when summer approaches, I'm equally ready and excited … [Read more...]

Rosemary Garlic Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

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Today I will be your "drop-off chef."   That is, I will cook a dinner at my place and then drop it off at yours.Well okay, fine, I'm a virtual drop-off chef.You see, I'm on a little holiday with my boys!I'm relaxing, and eating delicious food, I'm sure -- I'm sure it's inspiring all sorts of new culinary … [Read more...]

French Fry Frittata Recipe with Chipotle Chorizo Sauce

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Do you remember when we made Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries?I sure do!Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they kind of put me on the map!  The food blog map that is!  I'm very grateful to those tasty fries!You know by now that chipotles are one of my favorite ingredients, and I love developing … [Read more...]