Creative Cooking for Modern Life

We're here to cook & to have a little fun. And we don't want the same thing for dinner every night! Won't you join us?

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Welcome to Foodwhirl!

A little while ago, we had the idea to pull together real cooks like ourselves–who have lives and families, but still want to be creative and fun in the kitchen–and ponder the answer to that eternal question… “What’s for Dinner??” So we found some cool cooks, with different kinds of households, with different types of expertise–with the goal of pooling our inspiration & creativity, providing a resource to like minded cooks, and building a community!

This is not just another recipe site… You know, a like big bank of recipes for you to look up how to cook something (we’ve got Google for that, right?). No, this is a dynamic work in progress, where we’ll be sharing our ideas, recipes, and tips as we go along using them ourselves!

What will you find here?   Lunch and dinner ideas, fun and creative sweets, techniques to help you cook and prep more efficiently, entertaining ideas… even tips to help you shop and plan more effectively!  {Read More about our categories.}

Want to play along with us?  We’ve got lots of recipes and ideas thus far… take a look around the site to see!

Think you have a recipe that should be on Foodwhirl?  Go here to find out how to Contribute!

What's for Dinner

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

My husband and I live near Houston in Texas, and we’ve discovered a new restaurant chain, Gino’s East Chicago Deep Dish Pizzeria, that’s recently opened a couple of locations in our area. We love the pizza, but they have one of the most unusual (and delicious) dishes I’ve ever seen listed as an “Appetizer”… They call it Crispy Brussels Sprouts & Pancett…

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Mains & Sides

White bean Minestrone

White bean Minestrone

This is Spring in a bowl! Beautiful and fragrant, everything about this sweet and fresh broth makes you feel nourished. Simply grab any vegetable you find at the market- or if you’re lucky, in in your garden, and use them to make this soup. The white beans are dreaming of being a Minestrone (Minestrone would typically ask for pasta) and they help make what is a delicious, hearty and seasonal dish. Enjoy! Ingr…

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Sweet Treats

Sweets for your Sweet! (Homemade Marshmallows)

Sweets for your Sweet! (Homemade Marshmallows)

A valentines re-run, originally published 2/10/2010 One of my favorite things to make during the holidays are marshmallows.  This year, I was busy taking care of a newborn and didn’t have time to indulge my candy-making yen. I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine’s day version.  These fluffy candy hearts are a great alternative to those store-bought message candies we’ve all gro…

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Spotlight

Triple layered Panna Cotta

Triple layered Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is an Italian cream based dessert made by blending cream, milk, sugar and a setting agent flavoured with vanilla and served with fruit coulis, berries or caramel and so many other variations. The contrasting flavours of mint, strawberries and grapes was always my obsession. Hence could not resist myself from making this triple layered silky smooth panna cotta!! So……Spoil you…

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Techniques

Freezing Chicken Stock (and other ingredients too!)

Freezing Chicken Stock (and other ingredients too!)

I was so excited to get silicone muffin pans, and muffin cups… They seemed like such a good idea. Well, I use the cups for actual muffins, on occasion, but I’ve not been happy with the muffin pans at all. But I’ve found an even better use for my silicone muffin pan, rather than baking in them. They make a fabulous container for freezing small portions of liquids that I want to use later. One of…

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Shopping & Planning

Cheese: What's Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago & Romano?

Cheese: What’s Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago & Romano?

Wanna know more about Italian cheeses? I know I never can keep them straight, so I loved this article by Foodwhirl’s lovely friend Talk of Tomatoes.  It’s a very cool post detailing the differences between Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago and Romano cheeses. Interesting and informative! I was really tempted to categorize this post under ‘main course’ or entree. I love cheese so much, I could eat…

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Entertaining

Sweet Potato Mini Tarts

Sweet Potato Mini Tarts

So the Fall Entertaining Season begins!  I adapted this from my full sized sweet potato casserole with cranberry-macadamia topping .  It’s a great party dessert / appetizer.   Here’s how you make the Tartlet Shells… they were very easy and inexpensive to make, but if you’re pressed for time, you can use any type of pre-made appetizer shells for this recipe. The same ideas can o…

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Holiday!

Valentine's Day Potted Plant Ice-Cream Desserts

Valentine’s Day Potted Plant Ice-Cream Desserts

[editor note- Yeah, we're late to publishing this for V-day, but it's good any time!] Valentine’s Day is near. Say it with flowers, or how about making these fuss-free desserts to tease your the other half? Check out how easy it is to make these party treats in just 3 steps! Get the Recipe: Valentine’s Day Potted Plant Ice-Cream Desserts

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Other Recent Articles

Pineapple & Mint Juice

Pineapple & Mint Juice

Pineapple & Mint Juice is a quick and easy recipe. All you require is a good quality juicer or blender. It hardly takes 5 minutes of your time. This juice is quite refreshing in hot summers and can be consumed to keep you hydrated. Having the nutrition value of p

Sholeh Zard

Sholeh Zard

Sholeh Zard is a Persian Saffron Rice Pudding which consists and amazing aroma of rose water and cinnamon with the goodness of Almonds and richness of Saffron. Among the few authentic Persian desserts, Sholeh Zard is the classic! The name Sholeh Zard literally means 'Ye

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