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Dot

About Dot

I'm sorta a crafty nerdy cook, who is layered... like pie.

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New “Contribute a Recipe” forms!

We had some issues with our old forms, so we have 2 new forms for submitting your recipes to Foodwhirl. These are more ‘freeform’ so you aren’t tied to a particular format for writing up a recipe. Go check them out, and be sure to let us know if you have any problems using them. […]

Loaded Roasted Chile Guacamole

I love guacamole, and I’m always looking for new twists on the classic… this one from Perry’s Plate looks worth a try! From the original site: I heart guacamole a whole bunch. I love both my classic version and my lazy version. When I tried this chunky, loaded, full of chile & lime version, I […]

Corn on the Cob: Fast, easy, & No Mess!

My sister in law turned me on to this technique a few months ago, and I’ve used it twice since then.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back to my old method of doing corn on the cob! I love corn, but I hate all the mess and hassle.  I’ve always boiled my corn, but […]

Raw Avocado and Wild Garlic Tart

…..This recipe was sent in by Anda, of La Spelonca Vegetariana. The color of this tart is just gorgeous and springy, isn’t it? From the original site: This is a fresh and nutritious raw pie, filled with spring greens such as wild garlic (ramsons) and with a crust made from soaked seeds. It’s great fur […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Sweet Sally’s

The lovely folks at Sweet Sally’s were kind enough to send us some samples of their tasty bars for review, and they passed the test with flying colors. The Boy was a big fan of the Rainy Day Fudge Brownies, as you can see! I thought they definitely had a homemade, rather than store bought […]

Review: Stonefire Naan (plus ideas for use!)

  I’ve always loved naan, the Indian flatbread.  It’s so versatile.  I’m sure there are recipes out there to make your own, but I’m not really one for making my own bread, particularly when you can get good bread at the market.  The lovely people at Stonefire flatbreads sent me some samples to try* and […]

Make Homemade Valentines Conversation Hearts

I was looking for valentine’s ideas over at One Pretty Thing and came across this how-to on how to make your own valentines hearts. Cute idea for a personalized v-day treat! Go get the instructions at Suzy’s Artsy-Crafty Sitcom: Make Homemade Conversation Hearts

Mini Pear Pies
Mini Pear Pies

Reader Celeste sends us this recipe for Mini Pear Pies… Looks like a lovely idea for these cooler fall days! http://cuckooking.blogspot.com/2011/09/mini-pear-pies.html Something about autumn makes me wish I could do nothing but bake all day.  From the moment I woke up this morning, I purposed in my mind to bake something.  I had some pears […]

Halloween Treat Roundup

A few Halloween goodies for all your partying needs! Spider Deviled Eggs from Shockingly Delicious (an easy way to Halloween up an old classic) Chocolate-Pumpkin Spice Martini at Tasty Trials (festive for any fall gathering!) Easy Skeleton Bone Pretzels from Ready Set Craft (Something similar here, using the same technique to make monster fingers.) Subtle […]

spooky-apples from mattbites.com
Impressive Halloween Treat: Red & Black Candied Apples

What an absolutely gorgeous take on a traditional halloween treat! What happened next was pure magic. I walked back into the kitchen to find the most beautiful candied apples before me.  Black glossy cinnamon-scented candied glass enveloped small apples, twigs became their handles, and a few shockingly red candied apples only made their black counterparts […]

Creepy Bubble Cocktails for Halloween

A fun twist on your cocktails for your Halloween Party:  Add some creepy bubble fun! Tapioca Pearls (like the kind used in Bubble Tea) are a fun, squishy and interesting addition to any number of drinks or shooters for your halloween party. Get the scoop on how to make them, color them, and flavor them, […]

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Chicken and Waffles Cupcake!

I heart @thenovicechef.  Check out this too funny Chicken and Waffles Cupcake! Jessica says: You know how most people see the line & stop? I run wayyy past it. I am so far gone, I can’t even see the line anymore. This cupcake is going to split all of us into two groups. People who […]

15 Recipe Ideas: Sweet Peppers & Tomatillos

Check this out at @perrysplate: I love lists of ideas to do with a particular ingredient!  Natalie shares some great ideas and recipes on what to do with a CSA haul containing bell peppers and tomatillos.  I’m loving the inspiring list of recipes featuring bell peppers, and for the tomatillos, she includes a handy recipe for […]

How to Roast Broccoli

Today’s inspiration is from @stayfordinner. I love roasted vegetables… and over at Can You Stay For Dinner, the hostess waxes poetic about the joys of broccoli, before providing a lovely tutorial on how to roast it yourself. Go see. Broccoli, all by her lonesome dove, is my favorite vegetable. She’s filling and fibrous, unfussily fancied […]

Hot Fudge Cake (Light or Rich)

#24 in Made by Nicole’s cake series, this Hot Fudge Cake looks decadent and tasty! From the original site: This is my go-to, too tired to cook dessert that I’ve been making since I was a teenager. It’s as easy as falling down stairs and I guarantee you have everything you need for it in […]

Shaved Ice Cupcakes (and more cupcake ideas)

Need some cupcake ideas?  Here are some cute ones…. I love this idea for making faux shaved ice (snow cone?) cupcakes at Just Jenn: Here’s another cute idea:  Bees & Honey cupcakes… I love how all together they make a honeycomb! Or how about these cute Star Wars cupcakes? (Photo on Flickr) For the more […]

Baba Ga-Hummus! (Roasted Eggplant Hummus)

I absolutely love baba ghanoush, that lovely middle eastern cousin of hummus, featuring eggplant as the star. So I bought an eggplant the other day intending to make some. As I pulled the roasted eggplant out of the fridge I remembered that last time I made baba ganouch with just one eggplant, it really didn’t […]

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Fritters: Veggie and Tuna recipes

I must agree with Natalie over at Perry’s Plate, I adore fritters, or any sort of savory ‘cake’. Go check out this, which has several recipes (a vegetarian Lentil-Scallion Fritters with Goat Cheese, and a homey Tuna Melt Fritter) plus tips and techniques on cooking them! Read the whole thing, and get the recipes: Fritter […]

Tuna Cakes with Scallions and Lemon

I love the addition of couscous to these simple and tasty looking tuna cakes by Can You Stay For Dinner.  Fish cakes of any sort are a great go-to summer meal for us! Fish and chips-type meals like this fella just shout summertime to me. sunshine and ocean and breeze and sand in my sandwich […]

Green Chile and Chicken Donuts

We love to spotlight really interesting food ideas here on foodwhirl, and here is one that definitely qualifies from Lara Ferroni.  Savory rather than sweet donuts, plus chicken and chile?   Awesome! Since I basically started my whole doughnut obsession around Cinco de Mayo with margarita doughnuts, what better way to jump into savory doughnuts than […]

Chili Burger Sliders

Great idea from Just Jenn — perfect for cookouts this weekend or any time you want to chill with your friends! From the original site: It’s Memorial Weekend – if you’re having a party try to make your life easy – ahem – I’m one to talk (party over-doer), but you know what I’m saying. […]

Cooking with Kids: Ricotta Bake

I love meal ideas that let the kids be involved in the process.  This Ricotta Bake by Just Jenn looks tasty and simple to put together. Jenn Says: This is one of my favorite meals. Why? Because I have the kids do most of the work. If your kids are old enough (and you have […]

Lemon Mint Julep Gelato

This gelato was inspired by our neighbors, Sara & Paul, and their wonderful mint juleps that they make for the Derby.  Their recipe is a little nontraditional, as it calls for lemon, but I like their version even better than then typical Mint Julep drink. I love to make gelato.  It’s healthier than ice cream […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking without Recipes, Part 1

I was talking to a friend the other day who is in awe of the ability to cook, without following a set recipe. She doesn’t feel confident in her ability to cook unless she’s following instructions step by step. If you’re a seasoned non-recipe, experimenting chef, this article is not for you. But if you […]

Asian Peanut Chicken with Noodles, Edamame, Zucchini
Quick & Easy: Peanut Chicken Noodles

Sooo… It started when I asked my son “What do you want for dinner tonight?”.  Immediate answer: “Macaroni & Cheese”  Translation: Bright orange and from a box of course. Confession: I do have a weakness for the boxed Mac & Cheese, and I do make it better than anyone*, but…. it’s not exactly a healthy […]