How to Make Perfect Crispy Oven-Roasted French Fries: A Photographic Guide

potatoes-baking sheet-paper towels-How to Make Perfect Crispy Oven Baked French Fries-red-turquoise-tiny bowls | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

Do you love French fries?  Me too. Wanna make them today?  Me too. Yet, do you want to make a big pot of oil super hot and risk making a big greasy mess?  Me neither! Not only are oven roasted French fries mess-free, they’re also very easy to make and they’re absolutely just as delicious […]

Ginger-Carrot Soba Noodles

Ginger-Carrot Soba Noodles | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

Are “spiralized” vegetables to the food world what “bedazzled” shirts are to the clothing world? The word “bedazzle” is funny.  Right?  Are you with me?   And then there’s the “bedazzler” (yes, this makes me giggle, too) — which you need if you’re to bedazzle anything! Still a little funny to me, though not quite […]

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

Skinny Cream of Mushroom Soup | cookingontheweekends.com

There’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and then there’s Creamy Mushroom Soup. Both are delicious, but the Creamy Mushroom Soup is made sans cream — though you’d never know it.  Never. The super creamy texture comes from the puréeing process, which is best achieved in a powerful blender.  This, plus the earthy flavor of the mushrooms […]

Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato Fries

Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato Fries | cookingontheweekends.com

I love strolling through a Farmer’s Market or the produce section in stores to see all of the stunning colors.  Everything from broccoli and mangoes to Dragon fruit and apples — and there are so many gorgeous shades of purple! A couple of years ago I was introduced to — and proceeded to fall in love […]

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots

Herbs de Provence Roasted Carrots | cookingontheweekends.com

Does anyone you live with you often buy food you already have, not having looked around (including behind things) before shopping? I’m not going to name names, but suffice it to say it’s not my boys (8 & 10 years-old), and clearly not the dog, so . . . . I love you, honey. This […]

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli

Spicy Quick Pickled Broccoli | cookingontheweekends

I loved family dinner parties at my grandparents’ house. My perception as a little girl, was that my grandparents were fancy. No matter what the occasion, Christmas Eve or a typical weekend evening, the table was set much like that in the upstairs dining room in Downton Abbey. Okay, so my grandparents didn’t use a […]

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan Recipe

Garlicky Coconut Gai Lan | cookingontheweekends.com

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 with a […]

Summer Hors d’Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups

Summer Hors d'Oeuvre Recipe: Minty Lime Granita Strawberry Cups | cookingontheweekends.com

Delicious, pretty, refreshing and incredibly fun!  This is quite possibly the best summer hors d’oeuvre your guests will have ever had!  (In my humble opinion, of course.) If you choose to add the vodka, it’s like a sweet, edible cocktail. So cool.

Tangy Lemon-Dill White Asparagus Recipe

Tangy Lemon-Dill White Asparagus Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

You know what I think is so bizarre? White asparagus! I know, your thinking, “fascinating, Valentina.”  (And in a bored tone, no less.)  Well let me tell you, it is fascinating — or interesting, at the very least. You see white asparagus is grown while covered with mulch and dark plastic so that it never […]

Friday Flowers: Ceanothus and Cardamom-Honey Roasted Baby Carrot Recipe

Cardamom-Honey Roasted Baby Carrot Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

How pretty would these Cardamom-Honey Roasted Baby Carrots be in the center of your Passover or Easter table? Very pretty!  Oh, and they’re very, very delicious!

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