Bacon! Bacon Caramel Corn

Welcome to day 1 of Bacon Week!  Where we welcome interesting and unusual dishes where bacon and/or it’s lovely flavor is the star…  Today we’re spotlighting The Cooking of Joy, and her inspiring dish, Bacon Caramel Corn! Bacon Caramel Corn It starts with the best and healthiest of intentions. When I saw that Boston Organics […]

Homemade cheese and carrot crackers
Foodwhirl on Tastespotting and Foodgawker

We’ve only been around for a few weeks, but we’ve had several of our recipes on Tastespotting.com and Foodgawker.com… Click the images below to see our galleries at both sites!

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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 […]

Tangtini
Easy Entertaining: The Tangtini

Now that Grieg is an official host on Foodwhirl, I’m updating these old posts to show they are by him. – Dot Foodwhirl’s lovely friend, Grieg (inventor of the Cheesecake Cookie Cupcakes), offered to share a few of his favorite easy entertaining drink recipes…  Here is the first one, the Tangtini! I present to you […]

Spotlight: Pear, Ham & Goat Cheese Pizza

Reader Alison of Radishes and Rhubarb sends us this great how-to on making pizza at home. I love this unusual variant, but you can always follow her steps to make a pie topped with anything you like! She even explains how to make great pizza dough. I went through a time, not long ago, when […]

Brussels Sprout

Wow – do Brussels Sprout have a bad rap.  Never has there been a vegetable so maligned without basis. Foolish person (aka my husband):  “Like, OMG Brussels Sprouts are like, so gross!” Me:  “Have you ever had one before?” Foolish person:  “No.  I don’t need to have one to know how much I hate it!” […]

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Bacon is Coming!

If you just saw that post on a neat Bacon treat, sorry to disappoint you, but that’s not supposed to run til next week!  So I guess I’ll go ahead and announce we’ll be spotlighting BACON next week… so if you have or have seen cool bacon related recipes, pass ’em along so we can […]

Making homemade pasta

Although dried pasta is quite inexpensive and extremely convenient, there is something to be said for knowing exactly what is going into the food that you’re consuming.  There is also something to be said for de-stressing while enjoying a nice glass of wine and vigorously kneading an elastic ball of pasta dough.  Not to mention […]

Spotlight – How to Make Paper Food Baskets

So this isn’t technically a recipe, but what a fabulously useful food related idea!  Zakka Life shares her tutorial and a template on how to make these lovely baskets, from colorful cardstock…  These would be fabulous for sandwiches or chips at a picnic… or at a party!  What would you do with them? The other […]

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 […]

irish car bomb guinness stout ice cream
Irish Car Bomb Ice-cream Sundae

So, you want a dessert with an Irish twist for St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe something tasty for the adults? Look no further! This ice cream dessert is fabulous. The story: A while back we had lunch at Six Feet Under across from Oakland Cemetery, and they had something similar to this for dessert. It was […]

Spotlight- Guinness Spiced Muffins

I’ve been looking around for some good St. Patrick’s inspired creations, now that we’re in March, so we’ll start off with these delicious sounding Guinness Stout muffins, from Mega*Crafty. Cooking with beer, particularly stouts, yields tasty results, so pop a cold one and try it! (Stayed tuned later this week for my Guinness Ice Cream) […]

We’re having a Fiesta! Foodwhirl’s Gone Mexican…

Maybe it’s the weather, but this week at Foodwhirl has been all about Mexican inspired dishes, that make you want to prop your feet up on the deck with a Margarita… In case you missed any of it (we know, it’s hard to keep up with everything!) here’s a roundup of some of our mexican […]

Lasagna

Everyone has their favorite lasagna recipe.  This is mine.  And while others are probably more authentic to Italy, this is pretty durn authentic to my Sicilian grandmother, my mother, and my New Jersey Italian relatives although I have made some changes over the years. I’ve tried many recipes, and many variations.  I’ve added spinach, I’ve […]

Spotlight: Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding

We’re loving this fun idea for an adult pudding… a delish looking Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding at Duh-licious! At first glance, this looks like a cup of dark chocolate hot cocoa, but take a closer look and you’ll find the ultimate after-dinner-dessert. Finally, a treat for the adults only– a simple, yet sinful take on a […]

Enchilada Dinner
Arriba! Arriba! It’s a Mexican Fiesta!

I started making this recipe right after Thanksgiving last year when some friends gave us a smoked turkey for Thanksgiving.  We had lots of leftovers and while I love turkey, a little smoked turkey goes a long way with me.   My sister-in-law told me she had made enchiladas out of hers and I started looking […]

Sangria with Fresh Fruit
Sangria with Fresh Fruit

Sometimes it’s best to have something other to drink at a Mexican Fiesta than Margaritas and Cervezas, especially when you have a bunch of wine drinkers on the guest list.   This sangria is super easy to make and goes fast, so make plenty! Sangria 2 bottles red wine (I use an inexpensive blend of Malbec & Cabernet) 3 […]

Salsa & Guacamole for the Fiesta

No Mexican Fiesta is complete without Salsa, Guacamole and chips.    I really don’t care much for the salsa that comes in a bottle or jar, and prefer pico de gallo, so I make my own.   It tastes so much fresher and doesn’t contain all those preservatives and other junk they throw into the bottled kinds. […]

A great dip or spread: Spicy Cilantro Pesto
Spicy Cilantro Pesto

I’m a huge fan of pesto, so it seemed like the perfect thing to do with my last bit of cilantro.   I had a little less than a bunch left after several rounds of ceviche, the shrimp & fish tacos, and various other uses…  so what better to do with it!  This version is has […]

Guestwhirl! Zesty Twice Baked Potatoes

A big thanks to reader Melissa (@ladyvella) for submitting this easy, tasty, and money saving idea!  These would be great as a side dish, or if cut smaller, party appetizers. About Melissa: “When I am not organizing cyber-clutter as a database administrator, I am changing diapers and taking care of my adorable daughter at our […]

A Fast Meal - Chicken, Spinach and Rice Burritos
Chicken, Spinach & Rice Burritos

By using leftover chicken I was able to whip up these chicken and rice burritos in about 20 minutes (it would be even faster if I’d had leftover rice too).  They are very tasty and filling. Here’s What You Need: 3/4 cup shredded chicken 1 large handful of fresh baby spinach 3 tablespoons salsa (use […]

How to Steam Asparagus

Asparagus is a favorite vegatable around our house, and although I love it grilled, roasted, sauteed, stirfried—you get the idea—it’s a quick and wonderfully healthy side dish when just simply steamed. The picky 4 year old is even a fan… If served without an sauce I allow him to eat it with his fingers, which […]

Spotlight: Mehndi Cookies

A fun find for you all today… Sprinkle Bakes brings us this great idea for Mehndi decorated spice cookies.  They are so pretty and unique! I wanted to make something fun and personal, yet artful and representative of good fortune.  Ann is a talented artist with an extensive background in print making.  Early in our […]

Dinner in 15 minutes: Broccoli and Cheese Frittata

So, my husband works a second job two nights a week. On these nights, when it’s just me and the little boys, I like to do quick and easy dinners that don’t take my attention away from the children for too long. It would be super simple to open a box of something and dump […]