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 is why I found 5 (1-pound) bags of … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Crispy Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Recipe

Crispy Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Spicy and and full of flavor, Crispy Garlic Ginger Baby Bok Choy is an addicting snack, a scrumptious side dish and would add perfectly to a menu celebrating the Chinese New Year! … [Read more...]

Lemon-Sherry Braised Belgian-Style Leeks Recipe

Lemon-Sherry Braised Leeks Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Whether onions are red and small, golden and large, or green, white and long, we typically think of them as being an ingredient in a finished dish. Well I'm not feeling so typical today (or any day, really ;-)).  I love celebrating onions on their own -- as the star of their own dish.  This recipe would be divine … [Read more...]

Chilled Cucumber-Basil Soup Recipe

Chilled Cucumber-Basil Soup Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

My husband goes through culinary phases.There was the juicing phase, then the bloody mary phase, followed by the kale phase, the hard boiled egg phase, margarita phase, salad phase, and now, making a strong comeback . . . . the juicing phase has returned.The first juicing phase involved a juicer with … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea for Foodies!

Melissa's Organic Produce Box | Cooking On The Weekends

Did you get your mom anything yet?  Did you tell your kids what you want yet?Not to worry, I have a fantastic idea!  Well a fantastic idea if you or your mom would love to have fresh, organic, beautiful produce appear at the front door from time to time. (Who wouldn't, right?) … [Read more...]

Citrus Steamed Asparagus and Crispy Asparagus Garnish


Over Rambutini cocktails yesterday, I promised we'd plan our entrée for a dinner party for this weekend.(Have you invited your guests?)And the entrée is . . . Muscato Grape-Shallot Pork Chops with Mashed Okinawan Sweet Potatoes and Citrus Steamed Asparagus.This Citrus Steamed Asparagus is going to brighten … [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...]

How to Roast and Peel a Pepper: A Photographic Guide


This red pepper is delicious.  It's fresh, sweet and crunchy.Now let's roast it and turn it into something rich, smoky, and soft.  It's also delicious -- in a different way.There are a few different ways to roast a pepper -- my technique of choice for large peppers is on a stove burner.  Off we go. Place the … [Read more...]