Spotlight: Oven Fried Onion Rings

I posted these a few weeks ago to our Facebook page and they were so popular I figured I’d share them here as a Spotlight! The Brown Eyed Baker shares her recipe for doing onion rings, without a big ol pan of hot oil. So clever! I adore onion rings. Love them, really. Although I […]

More St. Paddy’s Sweets…

We’ve been having fun with St. Patrick’s Day sweets here on foodwhirl… Don’t miss our Irish Car Bomb Icecream & Irish Car Bomb Bread Pudding.. (hmm, I’m sensing a theme here). But here are a few more we’ve found on the web that we think are nifty and green! Make Green Velvet cupcakes and cakeballs […]

Chicken on a Budget: Multiple meal parts for $2.78!

In these times, we’re all trying to save money.  One thing I always do is look for what’s on sale, and how I can do multiple meals with it.  This technique also helps you keep a stocked freezer, that will help you out when you need a meal in a pinch! At the grocery store […]

St. Patrick’s Day Foodwhirl Roundup

Everyone’s Irish on March 17, right?  Are you being traditional and making corned beef, or coloring your cupcakes green?  Or just enjoying a nice irish stout? I’m not remotely Irish, but it’s fun to pretend once a year! Here’s some of the cool Irish/St Pat’s recipes that we’ve had thus far at Foodwhirl! (Check out […]

Irish Car Bomb Bread Pudding

We’ve already had an Irish Car Bomb Ice-cream recipe posted on the site, but I felt like I really needed to share this yummy concoction with you guys. I love bread pudding, and I felt like the flavors in an Irish car bomb would really lend themselves to an interesting dessert combination. I began by […]

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 […]

Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes

Here’s a fun St. Paddy’s Day sweet for you… what kid wouldn’t love a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow cupcake!? Reader Meg of Mega-Crafty sends us this fun idea, incorporating everything a leprechaun needs! I love how she made the rainbow icing, too… If you can’t find actual gold at the […]

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 cups from Not Martha
Bacon Week Link Roundup

As Bacon Week nears it’s end, here are some additional bacon related eats you might enjoy! Some sound tasty, some sound clever, and some are just weird… I’ve always wanted to try these: Bacon cups by not martha Interesting…Bacon Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake at Serious Eats These bacon wrapped jalopenos from the Pioneer Woman Cooks […]

Leftover Potato Pancakes

Guestwhirl for St. Pat’s! Reader Melissa sends us another great potato recipe (Previous: Twice Baked Potatoes) I don’t know if anyone else out there is like me, but there are certain foods, whenever I cook them I inevitably make too much. Potatoes are one of these foods for me. Well, after making about twice as […]

How to Cook Greens……for St. Patricks Day!

Ok, I’m from the South, what can I say…. I love greens!   I got Kale in my Gaia’s Greens box last week, and Collards this week so it was time to cook up some greens!  And then when I realized it’s almost St. Patricks Day and Greens are, well….Green, I knew for sure that this […]

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 […]

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

You know it’s really hard to do a bacon recipe when you don’t eat bacon!   It’s not that I don’t like bacon, I really love it!  But about 5 years ago, I somehow became allergic to all pork, beef and lamb, so bacon had to be struck from my meal plans.  No BLT, no bacon […]

What, exactly is Bacon?

We’re in the middle of Bacon Week here at Foodwhirl and it’s time we had a discussion on what exactly bacon is. Bacon is a type of cured pork.  You hear of turkey bacon or lamb bacon or tofu bacon- these products are not bacon, they are simply treated in a manner to resemble bacon.  […]

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Bacon! How about Bacon Vodka?

Welcome to day 4 of Bacon Week! This is an oldie but goodie… I remember when Brownie Points posted this way back in 2008 and I was inspired to go draw up a cartoon pig bacon vodka label*, and give a friend of mine a “Bacon Vodka Kit”** for Christmas. But maybe, just maybe, you’ve […]

Happy Saint Patty’s day: just add pesto.

Sure you have to wear green so you won’t be pinched. I used to throw in a bright green hair ribbon when I was little, and I think we pinned on clovers more than once. Why not give green to your food too? Or greenify your kids’ lunches or get in the spirit during dinner? […]

About talkoftomatoes

Ciao! I sometimes guest post for Foodwhirl, so here are a few tidbits so you know who is behind all the ‘talk.’ My blog is Talk of Tomatoes (www.talkoftomatoes.com). I have been blogging for over 4 years; I live in Seattle. I blog a lot about Italian food, go-to recipes, cooking methods, make-ahead meals and […]

How to Slice a Bell Pepper

There are many ways to slice or chop up a bell pepper, but this method will give you nice, neat slices or lovely little square cubes. For a dish where neatness and presentation count, I’d use the neat slices of pepper, and save the ‘less neat’ pieces to throw into an omelet or salad later.

Here’s a quick little picture tutorial to show you what to do!

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 […]

Low Sugar Mocha Tapioca

Tapioca pudding is such a classic “comfort dessert.”  But since some members of my family have sugar-restricted diets, I developed this version. I removed the refined sugar, added some dark chocolate, and now everyone loves it – even my sugar-eaters! A touch of espresso and a bit of vanilla delivers a lovely mocha flavor. This recipe […]

Bacon! Bacon + Cupcake = Yum!

Twitter friend @rit responded to our call for Bacon Related Goodies for Bacon Week, with this lovely idea! (Well, technically he started out with the idea of French Toast Bread Pudding with Bacon… anyone want to take on that challenge?). Danae, aka The Busty Baker came up with this delish sounding recipe for French Toast […]

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 […]

Festive Potato Salad

You just can’t beat homemade potato salad with BBQ!    I had several organic potatoes from my Gaia’s Greens CSA box and needed to use them before they started growing in my kitchen, and as the Universe would have it, I also needed a side dish to take to a cookout yesterday.   This potato salad made […]

Bacon! Candied Bacon Martini

Now that Grieg is an official host on Foodwhirl, I’m updating his old posts to show they are by him. – Dot To start off Bacon Week* here at Foodwhirl, our lovely friend Grieg brings us another of his Easy Entertaining Cocktails… Per Grieg:  “My friends seem to have an obsession with bacon, so i […]