Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

So it's late afternoon on the 3rd of July and you might not know what to make for your 4th of July guests yet.  Do not fear!  I'm here to help. ;-)  Here's an awesome four course menu that you can easily pull off, and you will totally impress your guests!  As long as you can handle fighting the crowds at the market, … [Read more...]

Stove-Top Spiced Turkey Meatball Stew Recipe

Stove-Top Spiced Turkey Meatball Stew - yellow - bowl- red - casserole pan - striped red tablecloth - basil leaves | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

As you may know, when my husband started eating meat again after being a vegetarian for twenty-one years, I had a celebration of sorts. Remember, my Blackberry-Thyme Roasted Chicken?Well, now he can't get enough.  Any time I ask him if he wants anything from the market, his response is always, "meat, chicken, … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Sage Butter

Roasted Butternut Squash Sage Butter |

I know, it's a little bit redundant.  I could hardly call butternut squash a "nut" squash, though.I absolutely love blending delicious flavors into butter -- you can do this with almost anything, and then use it on almost anything.  (This is called a compound butter.) Imagine the flavors of earthy sage, sweet … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party Recipes

Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre Party Recipes | Cooking On The Weekends with Valentina

With just a few more days before Christmas, and  about a week before New Year's Eve, we're starting to write shopping lists and plan the cooking!I love a delicious Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre party!  One to two bites, pretty colors, easy to handle and a burst of flavor.  A perfect hors d'oeuvre should have these four … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipes: Sweet Potato Soup, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie & Everything In Between

November 10-ThanksgivingGrid

I haven't quite sorted out all of our Thanksgiving details yet, but a few things I know for sure.I know I'll be with people I love, there will be a roaring fire in the fireplace, and I know I'm making Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey and Pecan Crusted, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie.Above and below are some … [Read more...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party!

December 8-holiday hors d'oeuvre party-grid

People ask me for catering recommendations all the time.I always say the same thing -- Garrick & Miller Fine Catering (!  Always!Their food is unbelievably delicious and simply beautiful.  And they happen to be two of the loveliest people I know!While Grrick & Miller cater all types … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey - truly AMAZING!

As you know from yesterday's Cornbread Stuffing recipe, Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food memories for me -- and it happens to be my favorite holiday!  After all, it's all about food!I go nuts with the turkey, and I love the entire process.  If time permits,  I highly recommend brining your turkey.  Brining … [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...]