Shopping & Planning

40 Meals in 4 Hours

40 Meals in 4 Hours

Crock Pot Freezer cooking is the way for a busy family to do it! Take an afternoon and you can put together 40 meals all ready to go into the crock pot! Get the Recipe: 40 Meals in 4 Hours

Stuff to buy: Powdered Peanut Butter makes easy, tasty Asian

Stuff to buy: Powdered Peanut Butter makes easy, tasty Asian

Here at Foodwhirl HQ, we occasionally get products to review, and one of the ones I received ages ago was Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter.  I kept meaning to try it in a smoothy or something, but I’m just not really a smoothy kind of girl.  And I kinda forgot I had it.  I mean what the heck would I need powdered peanut butter for?  Well, I pulled it out the other day when doing stir fried noo…

Review: Stonefire Naan (plus ideas for use!)

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 we really enjoyed them, so I’m sharing a quick review of them here. W…

15 Recipe Ideas: Sweet Peppers & Tomatillos

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 Green Salsa (yum!). I was almost giddy when we got a pile of sweet peppers in…

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

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 feel intimidated in the kitchen, step right in, and I’ll see if I can provide a few t…

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu, and tips for weeknight dinners

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu, and tips for weeknight dinners

Love this great post from Can You Stay For Dinner — Not only does the easy lemon chicken cordon bleu recipe look very tasty, but I really like her thoughts about how she comes up with dinners for the week… go see! “Truth: I cook all of the meals that I eat during the week on the weekend. Yes. Each Sunday morning, there’s a crumpled and crotchety old piece of notebook paper set atop my kitchen co…

Tips for Shopping on a Budget, and 5 Dinner Ideas

Tips for Shopping on a Budget, and 5 Dinner Ideas

Love this post from Can You Stay For Dinner… Not only does it have 5 yummy looking healthy dinners to add to your repertoire (like the Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers, shown) but some really great tips for staying within your budget while shopping, but not skimping on what is important to you.  Excellent advice! The bad news is that the prices will more than likely only grow higher, I will continue to b…

5 'wicked awesome' lunchbox ideas

5 ‘wicked awesome’ lunchbox ideas

I know moms/dads everywhere make kitchen discoveries; we have mini light bulb ‘a-ha!’ moments as we figure out how to make things work… better. Each little ‘helpful hint’ isn’t worth shouting about… but maybe here and there a list proves useful to another parent-making-lunches. Little dots of wisdom that speckle our kitchens—that aid our lunch-…

Ideas for packing a healthy Kids Lunch

Ideas for packing a healthy Kids Lunch

This month were going to be talking about feeding the kids, especially for Back To School.  Our school starts very early (it started this week!) and we have a new kindergartner, so this is a topic that I’ve been thinking about a great deal… So first off, here are some collected ideas that may help you! If you don’t like to send snacks and sandwiches in throwaway ziptop bags, how about makin…

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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