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

How to Make Tamales

How to Make Tamales

Hi, I’m Emily! I’ve been inspired by Foodwhirl’s recipes so far, and am excited to contribute to it! My husband and I made tamales for Memorial Day, so I thought it would be a great recipe to share. We make tamales about once a year. They’re certainly time consuming, but making 6 dozen is as easy as making 12, so it’s a great meal to make and then freeze. Tamales are also a great p…

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Mains & Sides

Kale Adai

Kale Adai

I was intrigued by this nutritious green leafy vegetable with multiple benefits – Kale! My challenge was to incorporate it into south Indian traditional cuisine. After much thought I came up with 3 such recipes. This ‘Kale Adai’, a healthy traditional lentil pancake, with addition of Kale becomes even more nutritious. Ingredients: split pigeon peas – 1/4 cup (tuvar dal) spl…

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Sweet Treats

Creamy Avocado Smoothie - Perfectly Paleo & Vegan

Creamy Avocado Smoothie – Perfectly Paleo & Vegan

I’ve never really been a big smoothie fan. It just seemed like a quick way to drink a whole bunch of calories, and i’m not really into sweet drinks. But I’m doing a Fall fitness challenge this month at FitWit, and I’m trying to eat healthy and get all my fruits and veggies in. So I figured why not come up with a good smoothie that gets your veggies in, with minimal fruit and extra sugar, a…

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Spotlight

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

Thick and creamy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie loaded with creamy peanut butter, old fashioned oats, bananas and vanilla soy milk. Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

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Techniques

How to peel ginger root

How to peel ginger root

If you ever cook with ginger, you know how much of a difference it can make to use fresh ginger root instead of that dried powder stuff. The tricky part about using fresh ginger, though, is peeling it. It’s so bumpy and irregular that if you try to use a knife to cut away the skin and knobs, you’ll end up left with a small rectangle of gingery goodness and a lot of waste on the cutting board. That is, of c…

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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

Warm French Onion Dip

Warm French Onion Dip

Creamy Warm French Onion Dip made with caramelized onions, beef consomme, cream cheese and Swiss cheese! Get the Recipe: Warm French Onion Dip

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Holiday!

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Fall is in the air and around here that means pumpkins. Here’s a paleo version of pumpkin bread, featured at WellATL, to get you in the spirit. From the original site: The challenge with pumpkin bread is to make sure it’s somewhat dense. With almond or nut flours, you’ll often end up with a version that is a little lighter and fluffier than the original. To get the texture (and taste) just right, I used co…

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Other Recent Articles

Eggless Chocolate cupcakes

Eggless Chocolate cupcakes

Dark chocolate cupcakes- favorite in my family. Nobody needs a reason to indulge in these little pieces of joy. Melting-in-mouth chocolate ganache frosted over moist chocolate cupcakes makes for a perfect treat.This egg-less recipe has been passed by me to almost everyo

Beetroot Carpaccio with goat's cheese and candied walnuts

Beetroot Carpaccio with goat’s cheese and candied walnuts

Earthy beetroot paired with soft goat's cheese and candied walnuts makes for a great starter and salad. An instant winner!Get the Recipe: Beetroot Carpaccio with goat's cheese and candied walnuts

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