Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Pluot Sauce and Crispy Potatoes

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Pluot Sauce and Crispy Potatoes

What is your perfect bite of food?A few chocolate chips in a spoonful of creamy, salted peanut butter?Chopsticks holding the freshest Yellow Tail sashimi imaginable with jalapeño and citrus?A forkful of medium-rare steak topped garlic-gorgonzola mashed potato and a caramelized shallot?That's a yes, yes … [Read more...]

Spicy Garlic-Ginger Grilled Flank Steak

Garlic-Ginger Grilled Flank Steak |

I'm keeping it simple today and I have a fantastic idea!  (Ideas, really.)Prep this recipe at some point today. It'll only take 10 minutes.Pull it out of the fridge tomorrow and within about 8 minutes the most amazingly scrumptious dinner will be ready!Of course you'll likely want a delightful and delicious … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Grilled Pork Chop Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Grilled Pork Chop Recipe |

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...]

Spicy Cabbage-Potato Pancake Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Spicy Cabbage-Potato Pancake Recipe for St. Patrick's Day |

Want to know how happy I am when I see a Melissa's Produce box at my door?  So happy, that it's as if I'm one of my sons seeing an Amazon box that contains a new Skylander.  (Trust me -- that's happy!) … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Daikon “French Fry” Recipe

Spicy Roasted Daikon "French Fry" Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Look, I'm just going to be totally honest with you.  While they may look like potato fries, they're not -- nor are they trying to be potato fries.  They're Daikon fries, and proud of it. … [Read more...]

Miso Gai Lan Egg Soup Recipe

Miso Gai Lan and Egg Soup Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

It's almost Chinese New Year -- it's this Friday, the 31st and I suggest serving this super delicious soup after the Crispy Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Chips that we made on Monday.Gai Lan.  Ever heard of it?Well if you haven't, you'll start to more and more because a little birdie told me it's going to be "the new … [Read more...]

Chile-Lime Grilled Watermelon Recipe

Chile-Lime Grilled Watermelon Recipe

Add the tangy flavor of a lime, and the spicy flavor of a hot chile, to sweet, juicy watermelon and see what happens.I think it's an explosion of refreshing deliciousness!It makes this already cooling snack, all the more perfect for a hot summer day.  I served that a casual BBQ along side Grilled Flank Steak … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Jasmine and Spicy Marinated Yellowtail and Mandarin Sashimi Recipe

Spicy Marinated Yellowtail and Mandarin Sashimi Recipe

My 7-year-old son once asked me what would happen when his "sweet tooth" fell out.  (l o v e !)  It was hard to explain to him that a "sweet tooth" isn't exactly a tooth.  In the end I said, "let's just say you take after your mommy, and you will forever love all things sweet!"Fortunately there's a whole lot of … [Read more...]

Spicy Pickled Cucumbers Recipe (and a bonus, quick “Chinese Food Tour!”)


Do you know anyone who makes a home cooked meal from scratch that's elaborate and incredibly delicious, almost every night?  For a family of five no less?! When I met my friend Rebecca a couple of years ago, I learned almost immediately that she was an excellent cook.  I could never run into her without her saying she … [Read more...]

Spicy Grilled Sriracha Burgers with Crispy Shallots and Ginger-Chile Aioli


Do you remember the delicious Miso Marianted Black Cod I made for my dad's birthday last year?  You might also recall the Creamy Miso Noodle Soup we made recently that was inspired by his love of Japan.  (And no, we're not having a quiz! ;-))As you can tell, my dad quite likes foods with an Asian vibe.  (Me too!) … [Read more...]