Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan Recipe

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan |

Gai Lan is Chinese Kale, commonly called Chinese Broccoli.  And the flavor reflects those names perfectly -- slightly bitter like kale and slightly sweet like broccoli.At the Katie Chin book signing at Melissa's produce, I was given a beautiful bundle of Gai Lan and immediately pictured it in a sauté pan, sizzling … [Read more...]

Grilled Chile-Lime Baby Corn Recipe


"Little" means "cute," don't' you think?Babies, puppies, doll house furniture -- even a teeny tiny pencil can be cute!You're wondering:  why is she talking about all this little stuff?  Am I right?It's because of this super cute (yes, cute!) baby corn my friend Rebecca brought me from the Farmer's Market … [Read more...]

Cannellini Bean-Tuna Salad Recipe with Lemon-Caper Balsamic Vinaigrette


My sons are in a Lego phase.My husband's in a rowing phase.And, my friends, I am in a Cannellini bean phase.  I know, it's sort of funny.  The rowing, that is. ;-)I'm really having fun experimenting with these super delicious beans.Cooking dried beans is the perfect weekend cooking project!  Cook a ton … [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...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Hazelnut Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving-Recipe-Hazelnut Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious.  Don't try to tell me otherwise!  And here, they are covered in a light hazelnut brown butter.  You don't really need to hear much more than "brown butter" to want to make this, right?Even if you think turkey, stuffing, cranberries, or Apple-Sweet Potato Soup are the best part of … [Read more...]

Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta Recipe


One of the reasons I love cool, foggy weather is that I feel like I have a free pass to "get cozy" at home.   I really love a fire in the fireplace, blankets on the sofa, and -- most of all -- cooking really delicious comfort foods!This recipe is, to the best of my memory, much like an amazing, creamy, smooth, … [Read more...]

Pommes Anna Recipe


How pretty is this?  I know!  And it's delicious!Now picture, if you will, that Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are resting right on top.  Can you imagine how good the sauce from the ribs would be, seeping into the tiny crevices of these thinly sliced potatoes?Pommes Anna, or Anna Potatoes, is a classic French dish … [Read more...]

Rosemary Honey Turkey Meatball Recipe


Good things come in small packages.  That's what I've always been told, and that's what my kids will always be told, too.  (I'm 5-feet, 1-3/4-inches on my tippy-toes.)Coincidentally, I love small plates and little bites.  I absolutely love a ton of flavor, perfect textures, and cuteness packed into one delicious … [Read more...]

Salt Potatoes Recipe With Fresh Dill and Mascarpone


I've been told I can be a tiny bit controlling in my kitchen.  It's probably true.  After all, my kitchen is my retreat. I have a bit of affection for each of my appliances and every single pot and cooking tool.Last week I had to try very hard not to steer my adorable seven-year-old son in another direction when he … [Read more...]

Vegetable Mint Stir Fry Recipe With Tofu “Noodles”

Vegetable Mint Sitr Fry with Tofu Noodles | Cooking On The Weekends

Friday night, while my two boys and I were having Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak, my vegetarian husband had this yummy stir fry.As I was about to chop the tofu into cubes for the stir fry, I saw my vegetable peeler out of the corner of my eye and got a magical idea.  Yes, I just referred to the way I was going … [Read more...]