Basil Lemon Verbena Pesto Recipe

Basil-Lemon Verbena Pesto Recipe -- This pesto is made with basil and lemon verbena, and it's absolutely packed with fresh, intense, delicious flavors. It's rich, smooth and its lovely fragrance unbelievably divine!

This pesto, made with basil and lemon verbena, is packed with fresh, intense, delicious flavor.  It's rich, smooth and its lovely fragrance unbelievably divine! The same sweet 12-year old who grew the tomatoes in my Avocado Soft Boiled Egg Toast Recipe, is responsible for this gorgeous basil and lemon verbena. In fact, … [Read more...]

Cinnamon-Cardamom Spiced Apple Butter Recipe

Cinnamon-Cardamom Apple Butter Recipe - Cinnamon-Cardamom Spiced Apple Butter is as buttery as can be with no butter! With the fall flavors throughout, it's rich, creamy, smooth and oh-so-delicious!

Cinnamon-Cardamom Spiced Apple Butter is as buttery as can be with no butter!  With fall flavors throughout, it's rich, creamy, smooth and oh-so-delicious! When a raw apple is cooked, the transformation is really quite incredible.  It's taken from a tart crisp bite, to one that's soft and sweet. So soft that it's … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Tahini

How to Make Homemade Tahini | cookingontheweekends.com

I love when I can make something at home that's sold packaged in stores.  It's fun, delicious, you know exactly what's going into it, and in the case of this homemade Tahini, it's super easy.Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used primarily in Greek, Middle Eastern, North African, and Turkish … [Read more...]

Whipped Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Butter Recipe

Whipped Lemon Vanilla Butter | cookingontheweekends.com

This, my friends, is simply luscious.  It's subtly sweet, lemony, and scented with the beautiful fragrance of vanilla.If I were you I'd serve this at a casual brunch with warm scones, pastries or brioche.  Or I might even serve it at fun BBQ, melted over corn on the cob hot off the grill.  That's just me, though.  … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Fresno Pepper Pesto Recipe

Roasted Red Fresno Pepper Pesto Recipe

There are a handful of foods I like to have at the ready at all times:  cooked rice, homemade salad dressing, compound butters, cookie dough, and pesto -- just to name a few.This is a thick, spicy and slightly sweet pesto that's amazingly delicious . . . on everything!  Which is exactly why it should be "at the … [Read more...]

Skorthalia Recipe {Greek Garlic-Potato Dip}

Skorthalia Recipe {Greek Garlic-Potato Dip} | cookingontheweekends.com

Last weekend, with live Greek music and plates breaking in the background, I ate one of the most delicious Greek meals ever.The Greek Authentic Cuisine restaurant is in downtown Santa Cruz, CA.Amongst a few chefs in the open kitchen, I could see the owner, a Greek man, Vasili Karagiannopoulos, overseeing the … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Lemon Blossoms and Hatch Chile-Agave Compound Butter Recipe

Hatch Chile-Agave Compound Butter Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

A lot of things in my life make me smile.  Some are big . . .When my mom says she's having a good day.When my boys feel proud of themselves.The sound of my boys laughing together.My sweet brother.And some are little . . . … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Santa Barbara Daisies and Kumquat Ginger Preserves

Kumquat Ginger Preserves | Cooking On The Weekends

It really is good to be connected.If you know someone high up at the company where you want to work, it'll likely help you get the job.If you know someone who's an alumni from the college your son or daughter wants to go to, they can put in a good word.And if you know a very sweet guy -- in this case, my … [Read more...]

Three Compound Butter Recipes + Giveaway {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Compound Butter Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends

To have great success while cooking, you must start with the best ingredients possible.  This is true whether we're talking about anything from a fresh tomato to pasta, and of course, to butter!  I've been using Kerrygold butter for the past year or so -- and don't foresee using another butter in the near future.So … [Read more...]

Vanilla Fig Preserves

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Don't you think seven AM on a Sunday is way too early to be awake?  Let alone to be cooking?  My boys' four-year-old cousin had spent the night, and at six-thirty AM she whispered in my ear, "Um, Valentina, can we make the pancakes now?" (Actually, that was her second question.  First she wanted to know if I could … [Read more...]