Category Archives: Pork/Beef/etc

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How to (effectively) freeze ground beef

Dot’s Note: I had to add the word ‘effectively’ to the title of this post because the nosy husband was reading over my shoulder, mocking me that freezing ground beef should just require putting it in the freezer. Sigh. Men. We’re all looking for ways to stretch our food dollar these days, and also–if you’re […]

How to pre-cook and freeze meatballs

I love the convenience of reaching into the freezer and grabbing a few handfuls of meatballs for something like a quick spaghetti dinner.  When my child was a toddler, meatballs were a great alternative to whatever meat the adults were having (like steak!), so I’d pull out a few frozen meatballs, and quickly have a […]

Quick Dinner Idea: The Bacon Dinner Salad

Brainstorming on what’s for dinner? A tasty and hearty dinner salad is a easy light dinner, perfect for a summer evening when you don’t really want to cook.  Well, I did cook Bacon for this one, but hey.. it’s BACON! Salads are great way to use up leftovers. Have 1 chicken breast left over from […]

Tamatiebredie (Tomato Stew)

This totally caught my eye at The Creative Pot.   Tamatiebredie is apparently a South African dish (I’m not sure I’ve ever cooked South African food!) and it looks really unique and tasty. So, maybe this would be an opportunity to expand those cultural horizons? Sometimes you need to be daring. That’s when you throw […]

Spotlight: Pork Ragu

Over at Talk of Tomatoes, Janelle (she’s a contributor here too!) has a tasty looking recipe for Pork Ragu!  This looks like a wonderfully simple ‘go-to’ meal… I am in love with ragu. Shall I marry it? I made this ragu recently for lunch, and my eldest son says to me: “mom, this is the […]

Bibimbap with Veggies & Flank Steak

Bibimbap is a Korean dish whose name literally means “mixed cooked rice” or “mixed meal.  I made mine with Flank Steak, baby aspargus, baby bok choy, mushrooms, snap peas, onion and water chestnuts. Topped with a fried egg and served with sides of sesame seeds and sriarcha, Bibimbap is a flavorful and filling meal. Here’s […]

Brunswick Stew for two.

The Daring Kitchen hosts two monthly challenges, The Daring Baker’s Challenge and The Daring Cook’s Challenge.  Participating in the challenges is a great way to be exposed to new recipes and techniques.  Not being quite daring enough to try the Baker’s Challenge I signed up for the Cook’s Challenge instead.  If you’re interested in the […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage: Part 3 of 3(corned beef hash with basted eggs)

Who’s sick of hearing about corned beef and cabbage?  Well, I promise, this is the end of this fascinating series.  I just want to make sure you’ve got some options for all those yummy leftovers (4 lbs of beef is a lot, and unless you’re throwing a party, I’m sure you’ve got some extra). This […]

Easy as [shepherd’s] pie!

[ed- this would be a great St. Pat’s dish tonight!] This is a recipe you could do ahead of time and freeze, or you could throw it together at the last minute for a dinner party (can be easily double or tripled for larger groups) or family dinner. It’s really versatile and easy. My family […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage (or how I got lucky): Part 2 of 3

After a week of brining, my beef brisket is finally ready to come out of its spice bath and be rinsed and cooked. It sat in the fridge all week, and I turned it two or three times to make sure all sides got equal time in the brine. It smelled pleasantly of pickles every […]

Spotlight: St Pats Day Maki!

I was out looking around for interesting things to do with corned beef and cabbage, and ran across this fabulous idea from The Cooking of Joy (one of my new fave food blogs!)..  How do you combine sushi and St. Patrick’s Day?  With St. Patty’s Day Maki, of course! Joy says: So after I blogged […]

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Filled Figs!

Foodwhirl friend Talk of Tomatoes sends us the lovely idea for Bacon Week! Grilled food is always fun, and as Janelle points out, there’s nothing wrong with grilling in the winter.. I have been told—even chastised—for not heating up the grill in the dead of winter. I am beginning to heed that advice, taking off […]

Guinness Corned Beef

Right now Niki is detailing how to actually corn a beef over in the Seasonal/Holiday category —–> How I got lucky There are still some days remaining until St. Patricks Day, so there is still time to brine your own Corned Beef.  For the first time ever I am actually considering it.  Niki is an […]

How to cook Bacon in the Oven, and More!

Foodwhirl’s lovely friend Carissa, from Good N Crazy, had a great bacon filled post last week that I wanted to include in Bacon Week. She not only shares a very successful method for cooking bacon in the oven, with less mess, but also a bunch more interesting links! I do NOT love cooking bacon. Who […]

Bacon! Bacon, Cheddar, Jalapeno Cornbread

One of my favorite meals growing up was a simple bowl of navy beans and cornbread.  Every time I would go to my grandparents’ house to visit, my grandmother would always fix this simple but flavorful meal for me the first night I was there.  I still love this combination, and make it occasionally for […]

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Welcome to Bacon Week At Foodwhirl!

Welcome to our first theme week at Foodwhirl! To celebrate our 1 month anniversary on Wednesday, we’re going all out with Bacon! Don’t worry, we’ll still have our regular food, but our spotlights will be around interesting bacon dishes, and some of our regular posts will feature bacon as well… So, vegetarians look away (look! […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage (or, how I got lucky): Part 1 of 3

Get your minds out of the gutter. Seriously! The very first meal I ever cooked for my husband when we first started dating was corned beef and cabbage. I figure it must have been lucky, because he eventually married me – right? I wanted to impress him, so I didn’t just go out and buy […]

St. Patty’s Ideas – Corned Beef & Cabbage Tacos

Now that March is here, time to start thinking Green! Well, St. Patrick’s Day food anyway… and what screams St. Patty’s more than corned beef and cabbage. Twitter reader @somethingextra send us this unusual twist… Corned beef & cabbage, in taco form! (Follow Foodwhirl on Twitter!) Mix up your cultures and try it… sounds like […]

Spotlight – How to make Sausage Rolls

Joanne, from Ready, Set, Craft! is exploring her British roots, and brings us this great tutorial for sausage rolls… These look very good.  I could definitely see them as a party appetizer. Joanne Says: Over Superbowl weekend I tackled Sausage Rolls! A long-standing party snack in my parents’ house, I’ve been eating sausage rolls since […]

Creamy Peppers & Onions With Kielbasa

Our lovely reader Carissa, of GoodNCrazy, sends us this practical and easy dinner idea — a kielbasa, pepper and onion dish, with an easy alfredo sauce. Get the recipe here! Have you got something to share with Foodwhirl? Suggest a Site to us! Have you been featured on Foodwhirl? Show your pride with a link […]

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 […]

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 […]