Smoked Tuna Stuffed Mushrooms

I love stuffed mushrooms and decided to make these for an appetizer for our Valentine’s Dinner (see Gulf Coast Grouper Dinner).   I went to the beach for Valentine’s weekend and stopped by my favorite seafood market, Buddy’s, to load up on seafood for the weekend.    I can never go there without getting Buddy’s Smoked Tuna Dip […]

Gulf Coast Grouper Dinner
Gulf Coast Grouper w/ Asparagus & Mashed Sweet Potatoes

My man and I spent Valentine’s Day at the beach this year, having narrowly escaped the snow and rain that blanketed the Southeast.  We LOVE seafood and our first stop when we arrived was the local seafood market.  I picked out some grouper filets and my favorite, Smoked Tuna Dip, and we headed to the […]

You say pray-leen, I say praw-leen

While my children are napping and a big pot of gumbo is simmering away on the stove, I’m daydreaming about the creamy dreamy pecan pralines I made earlier today. Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, and I thought we’d go ahead and celebrate a day early since my husband has to work tomorrow.  In honor […]

Spotlight: Enfrijolitas and Roasted Cabbage

Wisdom of the Moon is a great blog that I love to link to on my arts/crafts blog, and she does great recipes as well. I love this post which not only covers the main dish “Enfrijolitas”, some special ingredient techniques for chipotles in adobo.. and a quite yummy (I’ve tried it myself!) recipe for […]

Chicken & Spinach Turnovers

I’m a big fan of spanokopia, the Greek dish made with Spinach and feta in phyllo dough.  To turn it into a meal on the go, I add chicken to mine spin on this dish.  I like make these ahead of time and freeze them, all I need to do to make a meal is […]

Let the good times roll with Shrimp Creole!

I absolutely love New Orleans! I spent my 40th birthday there (among numerous other times) and had a blast! Always have a blast there! One of my favorite trips to New Orleans was a fun half-day trip to the New Orleans School of Cooking. The chef was funny and entertaining, the food was great and […]

Positively Decadent: Fondant Au Chocolat

Our spotlight this Valentines falls to a decadently yummy molten lava chocolate cake, brought to us by Culinary Musings! From Dhale: Valentine’s schmalentine’s. Personally, I don’t buy it. But for all you Lovey McLoversons out there, here is a decadent dessert that’s about as melty as your heart each time you gaze into the eyes […]

Mushroom Tomato Sauce

One of my husband’s favorite foods is spaghetti with marinara sauce.  For him that always meant popping open a can of Ragu’s mushroom tomato sauce.  Needless to say, I’m not so into the canned stuff.  Here’s my homemade version of mushroom tomato sauce.  I make a large batch about twice a month and freeze individual […]

Hi all! How are we doing thus far?

Welcome to the Foodwhirl, we hope you’re enjoying yourself here. We’ve been live for a total of 4 days now, although it seems even longer! Be sure to comment on the articles you like… our writers want to know your thoughts Thanks to everyone for your feedback thus far (here, via email, on Twitter, and […]

Roasted Kale

This is a healthy, relatively quick way to cook kale.  The kale ends up crispy and even your picky non-greens eaters may give these a try. Preheat oven to 400F Kale (2-3 bunches – I used 3 in these pictures) Salt/Pepper/Olive Oil/Minced Garlic/(optional) Cumin Wash your Kale, then trim out the center stem. Rip into […]

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes by Hello Naomi

I had to share this great detailed tutorial on making fondant topped Valentines Day cupcakes, by the super-fabulous Hello Naomi (aka Naomi Henderson). You’ve probably seen pictures of her cool pacman cupcakes, robot cupcakes, and other fun designs around the web, she’s very clever with her designs and execution. This is a great step-by-step to […]

Entertaining: Bourbon Glazed Wings!

Planning a party?  Need some munchies?  I saw these at Patricia‘s other website, Brownies for Dinner, and had to share them here, too!   These look delicious as a party appetizer… Patricia says: I’ve tried making the classic hot wings in the past using a couple of different recipes and I’ll be honest, I’d rather order […]

How Fun! Broken Glass Jello for Valentine’s Day

Valentines is almost here… want a quick and easy v-day treat?  Well, this looks like the ticket!  The Food Librarian has a lovely recipe for this Broken Glass Jello.  Really, no glass involved though, hehe. The Librarian Explains: Last year, I posted 5-layer Valentine’s Jello and it was very popular. But what happens if you […]

Pork Dumplings with Dried Shrimp and Chives

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chi fan le mei you? (Happy and prosperous new year! Have you eaten yet?) Both common greetings for the Lunar new year, commonly know in the states at the Chinese New Year.   This year Chinese New Year starts on February 14th.  The Lunar New Year celebration is 15 days long, each […]

Adorable Year of the Tiger Bento

Chinese New Year (or lunar new year) is this weekend… what an adorable way to celebrate with the Year of the Tiger Bento at Hapa Bento..  Go check out all their lovely work… I must admit that the closest I get to bento is throwing grocery store sushi and string cheese into a bento box, […]

Welcome to Foodwhirl!

Whew!  It’s been a rough couple of weeks, but it’s all pulled together beautifully! Welcome to our new site.  We’re very excited to be here, and for you to be here too! A good place to start :  Read all about us, and our mission here on our About page… Or just dive right into […]

Budget friendly romance

Whether for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just because, you can transform a routine dinner into a romantic experience with a few easy steps. Planning a special night doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive, just focus on a handful of sensual details and let the rest fade into the candlelight. http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/ / CC BY-NC […]

A flexible “roasted” dinner… Kabobs with Roasted Veggies

Shrimp and Sausage Kabobs with Roasted Vegetables There are many foods, particularly vegetables, which are excellent roasted in the oven. So if you’re going to heat the oven up to roast a veggie or two, why not make a meal out of it? This dinner idea can be pulled together relatively quickly (to the table […]

Welcome to the Beta Test!

And… We’re up! We’re ready to announce to the world in just a few days, but we’d love some friendly people to check out the site and let us know if there are any issues.  This is a soft launch, so although the world can now access foodwhirl.com, we’re waiting a few days before we […]

Not Your Mom’s Tuna Surprise

It seems that everyone has a fond (or not so fond) memory of a tuna “surprise”  from their childhood.  My version is a riff on a recipe I saw while watching Jacques Pepin on PBS.  This is a really fluid recipe- substitute what you have on hand for a quick and easy mid-week meal Here’s […]

Spotlight – Make Fortune Cookies

Did you know Valentines Day and Chinese New Year are both on Feb 14th this year? Here’s a fun way to combine the two… Make homemade fortune cookies, tucking special personalized notes in for your sweetie! We found these great instructions for making your our fortune cookies at the very cool food blog, FoodMayhem.com. Here’s […]

Party Food Basics: Appetizer Shells

So, you’re having a party, and you need appetizers… some small bites that will taste yummy and appease those hoards of guests. But also be easy to serve, easy to eat… So, you figure I’ll buy some of those little edible cups (phyllo shells, or what not) and fill them with my savory or sweet […]

Overnight roast pork: cook while you sleep!

This is a recipe I rely on a LOT.  It is so easy and versatile and it requires little or no attention once you’ve got it prepped.  I mean, it cooks while you SLEEP – who can’t work that into their schedule? The inspiration for this recipe comes straight from my Granddaddy Gene.  He was […]

30 Minute Vegetable Soup

My mother use to call this “Dump Soup” because she’d just dump whatever she had into it, but that name just didn’t stick because of all of the wisecracks from family and friends.    That said, you can literally dump whatever vegetables you like and have on hand into this soup and you’ve got a wholesome […]

Heading back to work…

…is looming over my head.  I’ve been out on maternity leave for the past three months, and while I’m looking forward to the adult interaction and intellectual stimulation that comes with doing my job, I’m not looking forward to leaving my three-month-old baby behind.  He’s just now starting to get really interesting. Having been home […]