Snow Pea Shoot-Cranberry Salad with Crispy Rice & Spicy Pecan Dressing

Snow Pea Shoot-Cranberry Salad with Crispy Rice & Spicy Pecan Dressing -- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and a spectacular centerpiece for a holiday table!

This beautiful salad is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free -- and it's the perfect centerpiece for a special event or holiday meal table! Last week I shared my love of baby bok choy from Jade Asian Greens, and today I'm sharing  their Snow Pea Shoots (Dau Miu), which I think are one of the most stunning and interesting … [Read more...]

Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!

Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- these Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes are all of that, and then some! Sometimes I methodically plan out what I'm going to cook for you.  Sometimes days in advance.  Sometimes weeks in advance.  Not this time.It was only after I took the sweet potatoes out of the … [Read more...]

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips - Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and absolutely packed with delicious flavors!

A most excellent vegetarian side dish or snack, these Oven Baked Zucchini Chips are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and packed with delicious flavors!If you're starving, scroll to the bottom to jump to the recipe. :-) If you've been hanging out on Cooking On The Weekends for a while, you probably know that I … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon-Thyme Spaghetti Recipe

Meyer Lemon-Thyme Spaghetti Recipe -- Lovely. There's simply no better way to describe Meyer Lemon-Thyme Spaghetti.

Lovely.  There's simply no better way to describe Meyer Lemon-Thyme Spaghetti.The little lemon tree that could.When we moved into our house almost 8 years ago we transplanted a little Meyer lemon tree, which had not yet produced any lemons.  The next year we got two lemons, and every year since we've gotten about … [Read more...]

Pecan Crusted Acorn Squash Recipe with Crispy Sage Leaves

Roasted Pecan Crusted Acorn Squash with Crispy Sage Leaves -- This warmly spiced Pecan Crusted Acorn Squash with Crispy Sage Leaves is the ideal Thanksgiving side dish! It's full of delicious, comforting fall flavors, and it will be a beautiful addition to your holiday table.

This warmly spiced Pecan Crusted Acorn Squash with Crispy Sage Leaves is the ideal Thanksgiving side dish.  It's full of comforting fall flavors, and it will be a beautiful addition to your holiday table.When people ask me to describe my site, I typically say that Cooking On The Weekends celebrates the beauty of … [Read more...]

Asian-Style Basil Slaw Recipe

Asian-Style Basil Slaw Recipe -- This sweet and spicy coleslaw is packed with incredibly delicious, super fresh flavors! Asian-Style Basil Slaw is the perfect side for grilled meat, chicken or fish.

This sweet and spicy coleslaw is packed with incredibly delicious, super fresh flavors! Asian-Style Basil Slaw is the perfect side for grilled meat, chicken or fish.Oh, and it's just so pretty!This is the slaw I whipped up for my husband's birthday, to go with the Smoky Sweet and Spicy Pork Ribs.  It was a perfect … [Read more...]

Melon Pesto Prosciutto Salad Recipe

Melon Pesto Proscuitto Salad -- A fun play on spaghetti and meatballs turns pasta and meat into melon and cheese -- it's sweet, savory and absolutely divine!

A fun play on spaghetti and meatballs turns pasta and meat into melon and cheese -- it's sweet, savory and absolutely divine!My boys (10 & 12), like to watch Food Network Star. So we all watch and it's become one of our "family shows."  :-) Do you watch?The idea for this unique, delicious recipe came to me … [Read more...]

Watermelon Pizza Recipe

Watermelon Pizza Recipe - The raw watermelon "pizza" is a beautiful, refreshing, and super delicious summer dish!

This raw watermelon "pizza" is a beautiful, refreshing, and super delicious summer dish!  The finger limes put it over the top!I grew up in a family with many artists.My grandfather was a painter and made beautiful jewelry, and my grandmother used to sew the most darling dolls and little teddy bears. My … [Read more...]

Watermelon Sorbet & The Best Summer Watermelon Recipes

Summer Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Nothing says summer more than juicy, cold watermelon!  This sorbet is a sweet, refreshing way to celebrate the warm weather, along with an array of other delightful and delicious watermelon dishes -- from salads to cake!Easiest Ever Three-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet Recipe This dessert is somewhere between ice cream … [Read more...]

Saffron Basmati Rice Recipe with Fresh Dill

Saffron Basmati Rice Recipe with Fresh Dill -- Aromatic, pretty and utterly delicious, this Saffron Basmati Rice with Fresh Dill is a fantastic compliment to almost anything . . . meats, fish, vegetables, you name it!

Aromatic, pretty and utterly delicious, this Saffron Basmati Rice with Fresh Dill is a fantastic compliment to almost anything . . . meats, fish, vegetables, you name it!Saffron.It's so beautiful.It's profoundly delicious.Its flavor can be described as floral, buttery and earthy.It's the most expensive … [Read more...]