Author: A Weekend Cook

lemon berry trifle

Lemon Berry Trifle for Two

Fresh Lemon Berry Trifle is an elegant and grown-up dessert, yet so easy to make. The versatile Trifle can be made with any combinations of fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream or custard.  The abundance of fresh fruit this time of year makes this a perfect summer treat. To save […]

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7 Useful Tips to Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

Last year  I started grocery shopping daily or almost daily to reduce food waste in my own kitchen.  I tried different shopping and cooking strategies including bulk freezer cooking, Blue Apron Meal Kits, weekly shopping, and none of it fit my food personality. The standard advice to save money is […]

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39 Helpful Cooking Tips for the New Cook

A few helpful cooking tips for the new cook to save a little time and money in the kitchen. One of my all-time favorite cooking tips for the new cook is to always read the recipe in full before you begin cooking.  7  Useful Kitchen Tips Unstick the cap on […]

olive chicken and red potatoes on a serving plate

Easy Sweet and Savory Olive Chicken for Two

Chicken with prunes and olives is an amazingly tasty combo, give me a loud YUM!  An easy sweet and savory olive chicken for two is a perfect weekend meal. This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s Chicken Marabella recipe.   Prunes Taste Good! Growing up, Prunes in the house meant someone […]

breakfast bread topped with cream cheese and blackberries

Breakfast Bread With Cinnamon Topping

While browsing the tasty treats at my local Trader Joe’s I came across “Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread”.  I snagged a loaf to try and shared it with my co-workers that afternoon.  The bread was a hit and I got to thinking that I wanted to try and come up with  […]

biscuits topped with strawberry rhubarb jam on white plate

How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb is in season, read on to learn how to make strawberry rhubarb jam the easy way.  For years I resisted making my own jam because I didn’t want the hassle of a canning process.  One evening while on a walk I was listening to a favorite podcast, the guest […]

triple berry cheesecake mousse

No Bake Cheesecake Mousse Dessert

Easy and  creamy this no-bake cheesecake dessert topped with  fresh berries. Serve these  in half pint wide mouth mason jars or other single serving baking dish. Perfect easy dessert for anytime of the year, if fresh fruit is not available I use frozen berries or other seasonal fruit. For an […]

maple french toast topped with raspberries

Smaller French Toast Casserole with Fresh Berries

This smaller french toast casserole recipe is incredibly easy and perfect for a  cozy weekend breakfast, or scaled up for larger group or potluck dish.  The maple streusel bread adds a little extra flavor, and recipe is also great made with a cinnamon raisin  or Brioche bread.   Use a day […]

Bowl of mac and cheese with cherry tomatoes.

Mac & Cheese made with Gruyere and Cheddar Cheeses

A chalet style  mac and cheese made with Gruyere and Cheddar Cheeses.  Variations of this recipe include adding sauteed onion, or broccoli. Also, for a meaty version toss in a few meatballs, or go minimal with just the mac and cheese.  When making a skillet style mac and cheese you […]