Skillet Braised Chicken Recipe with Cognac Caramelized Lemon-Shallot-Sauce

Skillet Braised Chicken Recipe with Caramelized Lemon-Shallot-Sauce

This dish is the perfect example of what recipes on Cooking On The Weekends are all about -- it's creative and comforting food for casual entertaining.  (That's my tagline -- see it up in the top right?) :-)This recipe is the result of throwing a handful of delicious ingredients -- in a specific order -- together … [Read more...]

Lime-Shallot Purple Asparagus Recipe

Lime-Shallot Purple Asparagus Recipe

A 15-minute beautiful and delicious, spring and summer vegetarian side dish.Purple asparagus.  Did you expect it to be a vibrant green beneath it's purple-reddish exterior?  It's beautiful inside and out.One of my favorite things to do on Cooking On The Weekends is simply to celebrate the beauty of food.  I … [Read more...]

Lime Granita-Mango Salsa Bites Appetizer on POPSUGAR Food

Lime Granita-Mango Salsa Bites Recipe | POPSUGAR FOOD/ Cooking On The Weekends

A few months ago I was invited to be a part of  POPSUGAR Select, which is a top network featuring the best fashion, beauty, fitness, food, home, mom and video bloggers. I accepted the invitation in a heartbeat.Any recipes I submit to POPSUGAR will be written specifically for them, and will never have appeared on … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke Recipe |

You know that restaurant you'd frequent with your friends when you were in high school?  Ours was Vittorio, and a group of us would go after school, during school (don't tell my parents!), on the weekends, and we'd pick up take-out if we wanted to hang out at home.All of us would order the greasy, herbed garlic … [Read more...]

Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe

Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

I don't know about you, but this time of year is so incredibly busy for me, I feel like I'm just going, going, going -- and then going some more!I have to make an effort to slow down, and take time out to enjoy a meal with friends and family.  And there's no better time then in the heart of comfort food … [Read more...]

Black Garlic Pappardelle Pasta Recipe

Black Garlic | Cooking On The Weekends

I've known about black garlic for a few years, but we only met this past weekend -- and I might just be in love.Since I'm a chef and feel I should know these things, it is with some embarrassment that I admit to you, that I thought black garlic was another garlic variety that simply was black.   (Okay, this is not … [Read more...]

Pickled Beets Recipe

Pickled Beets | Cooking On The Weekends

For years I've wondered how it's possible that my sweet vegetarian husband, doesn't care for beets.I support the way he (or anyone for that matter), chooses to eat, but this I just don't get.   I mean, what's not to love about a beet?  They're a hearty, warming, deliciously sweet, beautiful root vegetable. … [Read more...]

Muscato Grape-Shallot Pork Chops


The entrée, the main course. . . . it's dinner, really. Today we're making the Muscato Grape-Shallot Pork Chops, which will be beautifully placed on top of the Mashed Okinawan Sweet Potatoes and Citrus Steamed Asparagus.  All strewn with the Crispy Asparagus Garnish.  It's really a beautiful dinner party plate!I … [Read more...]

Easy Thai Curry Paste Recipe


Let's be real.We don't wake up feeling great every single day.Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Well, actually that's not true, I woke up on my side of the bed -- just way too late.I won't bore you with the stress I felt for the following twenty-five minutes trying to make lunches, get my boys … [Read more...]

Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Garlic Orange-Sesame Sauce


Yesterday my super sweet six-year-old wasn't feeling his best so he stayed home from school. After spending an incredibly cozy morning on the couch under a blanket, reading books and watching TV, we decided to do some art. He used oil pastels to make this beautiful picture.  I love it!  Do you know what it is?  Come … [Read more...]