Interview: Debbie Does Cakes - Cake Decorating Diva
Foodwhirl Interview: Debbie Does Cakes!

Welcome to Foodwhirl’s very first Interview!  As long as I’ve been blogging about food, both here at Foodwhirl and at my personal blog, Dabbled, I’ve been running across some incredibly decorated cakes.  And one name that kept appearing every time I’d look for interesting cakes to feature, was Debbie Goard of Debbie Does Cakes!  Debbie […]

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken is one of my loves, along with chocolate, mint juleps and David Tennant’s Dr. Who.  However, like most things I love, it’s something that I can only have in small amounts. Why is that?  Why do we love that which is bad for us?  Why can’t fried chicken be a HEALTHY meal? That […]

Spotlight: Potato Gnocchi Tater Tots

I ran across this recipe the other day at Deliciously Organic, and had to save it into my ‘to post’ folder! I love this updated take on that old favorite (and guilty pleasure), tater tots. I haven’t had this much fun making a recipe in a long time. I noticed these little treats in Food […]

Simple (almost) Summer Salad

As much as I really wanted to try out Dot’s frank-and-burger loaf recipe for dinner tonight (I mean, yum, right?), I opted to go a slightly simpler and (more than slightly) healthier route. I received some lovely avocados, tomatoes and corn in my produce box this week, and all of them were in need of […]

1971 Cookbook: Frank-And-Burger Loaf?

I figured we’d start scary. This is the first recipe I’m highlighting from the A Year’s Worth of Dinners (1971) book. It’s called a Frank-and-Burger Loaf. “Frankly”, one thing I’ve noticed about the 1970’s from this book is that they apparently loved their hot dogs (and liver, and tongue, and gelatin, but that’s another post!). […]

Exploring the Past – A Year’s Worth of Dinners (1971!)

At the ice cream shop down the street from our house, the walls are lined with books.  For a mere 50 cents, you can take one home with you.  Well, the other night I couldn’t resist leaving with this one.  Its name?  “Menus For a Whole Year of Dinners”  – and it’s from Good Housekeeping […]

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and you just aren’t doing your job if you’re not kickin back this afternoon with a good margarita!  (Here’s several recipes if you need some inspiration!).  Want to throw an impromptu Fiesta?  Here are some Cinco de Mayo party ideas from my other blog, Dabbled. Yeah, Cinco de Mayo is more […]

Waffled Monte Cristo Sandwich

The Monte Cristo is a legendary artery-clogging treat: it’s a breaded and deep-fried ham sandwich served with a side of raspberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Sounds amazing, but it’s not something I want to serve to my toddlers. Enter the waffle iron: I can make the sandwich fun and kid-friendly by making it […]

Braised Beef Cannelloni

This recipe came out of a desire to use the beef pot roast that was on sale without actually making POT ROAST AGAIN. I mean, I love pot roast.  But I get sick of it. See, here’s a scenario for you:  you find a great price on an inexpensive cut of beef, the kind that […]

Spotlight: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Every month, Ready Set Craft! and Mega-Crafty do 2 new recipes, one for muffins, and one for cupcakes–they call it Cup-kins!  The theme this month is strawberries, and don’t these strawberry lemonade cupcakes look delish? These cupcakes leave me longing for summertime (yup, the weather is still not quite summery here in Michigan!) and a […]

Tres Leches Cake for Cinco de Mayo

I published this over at my other blog, life, in recipes a few months ago, and I thought it might be nice to share over here for everyone’s upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Do you like cake and ice-cream?  Do you especially like it when your cake and ice-cream get all jumbled up together and […]

Spotlight – Greek Feta Parcels

I’m always on the lookout for easy and tasty recipes, and this one from Foodwhirl reader The Runaway Spoon looks delish. And I love the substitution of puff pastry for phyllo dough in this. Okay, I’ll admit. I have fear of phyllo. I love Greek food and pastries, but I am too afraid, or okay, […]

Healthier Apple Crisp

Editor’s Note: Classic recipes like this one –updated for today’s world– make a great Mother’s Day Dessert! I’ve been testing all of this organic produce for my new business, Gaia’s Greens, and had an abundance of apples that I wanted to use in a dessert.   Recently, I’ve had the heart wrenching chore of cleaning out […]

How to Make French Toast

French toast is one of my favorite weekend breakfasts.  It’s quite easy to make, requires few ingredients, and is infinitely customizable.  Following is a basic technique for making your french toast, which is quite good with just some maple syrup or powdered sugar.  But once you have the basics down, you can start making it […]

Scottish Eggs

Traditionally, a Scotch egg consists of a hard-boiled egg, peeled, wrapped in sausage, coated in bread crumbs and fried. What’s not to love. Prepare ahead of time, wrap and bring on a picnic! Ingredients: one dozen eggs 2lbs bulk breakfast sausage breadcrumbs oil Boil eggs until completely cooked.  Chill and peel shell. Rolls eggs in […]

Shrimp & Bacon, over Sour Cream Grits

I present a delightful light dinner, that works equally well for fancy or family.  This fabulous combination was born of a lack of time, and what happened to need to be used in my fridge.  It was pronounced yummy by the 4 year old, even!  And the whole thing came together in less than 30 […]

Roasted Broccoli with Feta Cheese

Things have been so overwhelmingly busy these days, I haven’t had time to even think. About anything. So meals that are simple and quick to throw together are really a must. It’s always easier to come up with a quick fix when you’ve got good ingredients on hand. Luckily, this week I received a bunch […]

Spotlight: Chocolate Chip Espresso Muffins

The Taste Traveller is a consistently yummy blog that I like to peruse, and here’s a recent post that caught my attention… Chocolate chip espresso muffins, with a nice caffeine kick! I should call these Caffeine Kick Chocolate Chip Espresso Muffins. I don’t know about you, but I often need a little extra kick in […]

Scarborough Fair Potatoes

Scarborough Fair Pototoes are flavored with (of course) Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme!  According to Wikipedia (so take this with a grain of salt!) “Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme may also refer to the pagan belief that together these four spices can be a love charm.”   So pull out the old Simon & Garfunkel records […]

Chocolate-chip Brownies

Editor’s Note: These decadent brownies were originally published for Valentines Day, but Mother’s Day is coming up, and wouldn’t Mom Just love some?? (hint hint) These decadent, rich, chocolaty treats are super simple to make, and never fail to impress anyone you make them for. My husband loves these, and requests them all the time. […]

Seafood Sausage Penne Pasta

I found this seafood sausage when I was shopping at one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, the other day and decided to combine it with some vegetables and penne pasta.   A while back, I went to a restaurant with a friend and had this great penne pasta & sausage dish, and ever since I’ve […]

Spotlight: Pear Tart Tatin

Reader Erin pointed us to her blog, Yummy Supper, and I’m really enjoying her recipes.  My parents have a pear tree, so we’re always looking for interesting things to do with pears, and this one seemed like a real winner that I can’t wait to try… Erin writes: Pears and caramel…. yummmmmmm. For Valentine’s Day, […]

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 […]

What do you do when life gets in the way of good food?

Life has been pretty hectic these days. On top of hubby’s two jobs, my part-time job and our two little ones, we’ve decided to move. Which means packing. And cleaning. And getting our house ready to go on the market. And working. And cleaning some more. So where, in the midst of all that, do […]

A Southern Girl’s Potato Salad

A big thanks to Heidi for sending us her potato salad recipe! Classic Southern-Style Potato Salad Any good southern girl will tell you that no picnic is complete without a great potato salad.  There are millions of variations of this classic side dish and I have tried most of them.  But my all time favorite […]