New Year’s Hoppin’ John Black-Eyed Pea-Spinach and Mushroom Gratin Recipe

Black-Eyed Pea-Spinach and Mushroom Gratin Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

It might be a big stretch for me to call this a form of a New Year’s Hoppin’ John dish, but I'm going to anyway.In the South, folks believe that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day will bring good luck and prosperity in the new year.  Hoppin' John is the name of a traditional Southern dish that includes … [Read more...]

Lemon-Sherry Braised Belgian-Style Leeks Recipe

Lemon-Sherry Braised Leeks Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Whether onions are red and small, golden and large, or green, white and long, we typically think of them as being an ingredient in a finished dish. Well I'm not feeling so typical today (or any day, really ;-)).  I love celebrating onions on their own -- as the star of their own dish.  This recipe would be divine … [Read more...]

Lemon Roasted Baby Artichoke and Avocado Salad Recipe with Sherry Vinaigrette

Lemon Roasted Baby Artichoke and Avocado Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette |

This weekend was highly unusual around here.The kitchen was quiet!No simmering, no braising, no chopping, and no stirring.(In fact, we even got Indian take-out one night -- yum!)You see, on Saturday morning we collected our newest family member, Maple.  It was a very busy weekend and we're all in love. … [Read more...]

How To Make Risotto: Brown Sage Butter Mushroom Risotto Recipe


Typically I try not to drone on about technical cooking terms or techniques that I find exciting -- for fear you might not. Today however, I'm going to teach you something you might not know -- and if you don't, I know you'll love the little lesson!I'll never forget when I  learned that Risotto wasn't actually the … [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...]

Savory Mushroom Polenta Cake {Gluten-Free Recipe}


This side dish or main course will absolutely satisfy you, just as a serving of steak and potatoes would! I should know because I happen to be someone who loves meat and potatoes!  This Mushroom Polenta Cake is intensely flavorful and extremely hearty.  And believe it or not, this dish is both vegetarian and … [Read more...]

Sautéed Sherry Mushrooms


While I'm all about making foods that cook all day long -- like Braised Brisket Stew -- I also appreciate a quick and easy dish . . . on one condition, that is.  It must still be full of flavor!Take these Sautéed Sherry Mushrooms for example.  You'll use essentially two ingredients, spend 25 minutes tops, and … [Read more...]

Mushroom and Bacon Savory Pie with Potato Crust


I spent this past Sunday morning brunching with the ladies in my family. It was delightful, relaxing, and delicious!Not that I didn't miss my wily, loud boys at home or anything. ;-)My mom made her Gingered Applesauce, which is coming soon to Cooking On The Weekends! My Aunt brought incredibly delicious … [Read more...]