Category Archives: Spotlight

Make Homemade Tomato Paste

Red Cordial Revolution has a very tasty looking how-to for making your own homemade tomato paste..  I love this idea… I’ve never tried to make my own before, but this sounds easy.  She also suggests adding additional flavorings like anchovies, eggplant, or olives! After making this oh-so-super-easy homemade tomato paste you are never going to […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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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 […]

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 + 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Crumpets and Cakes
Lemon, thyme and Sea Salt Shortbreads

Our Spotlight today shines on Crumpets & Cakes.. these shortbreads look divine!  And what an interesting combination of ingredients too, I’m a big fan of all of them. Aromatherapy session while baking??? It turns out with right ingredients even that is possible. Just mixing lemon zest, fresh thyme with flour and butter will fill your […]

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 […]

Spotlight: Basic Tomato Sauce

We are all about the Basics here at Foodwhirl…  Part of becoming a great cook is mastering the go-to recipes that you can then change up and give your own spin.  Janelle at Talk of Tomatoes has a recipe for basic tomato sauce that looks fresh and inviting! Janelle says: It’s official: I make my […]

Baby Bok Choy.. and all about Hoisin Sauce!

Over at The Perfect Pantry, I’m loving this recipe for Baby Bok Choy with Hoisin Glaze… Not only does the recipe look divine, but check out all the great facts about hoisin sauce! Did you know the name means “seafood”, though there’s no seafood in it? Me neither! STEAMED BABY BOK CHOY WITH SPICY HOISIN […]

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 […]

Spotlight: White Bean & Arugula Dip

One of the best things about doing Foodwhirl is discovering new blogs with new recipe ideas.  I love the idea of doing spicy arugula in a bean dip.. Thanks to reader Elizabeth at the Manhattan [food] Project for sharing with us! “The Big Game” has come and gone, the football season is by most definitions […]

Spotlight: Enfrijolitas and Roasted Cabbage

Wisdom of the Moon is a great blog that I love to link to on my arts/crafts blog, and she does great recipes as well. I love this post which not only covers the main dish “Enfrijolitas”, some special ingredient techniques for chipotles in adobo.. and a quite yummy (I’ve tried it myself!) recipe for […]

Positively Decadent: Fondant Au Chocolat

Our spotlight this Valentines falls to a decadently yummy molten lava chocolate cake, brought to us by Culinary Musings! From Dhale: Valentine’s schmalentine’s. Personally, I don’t buy it. But for all you Lovey McLoversons out there, here is a decadent dessert that’s about as melty as your heart each time you gaze into the eyes […]

How Fun! Broken Glass Jello for Valentine’s Day

Valentines is almost here… want a quick and easy v-day treat?  Well, this looks like the ticket!  The Food Librarian has a lovely recipe for this Broken Glass Jello.  Really, no glass involved though, hehe. The Librarian Explains: Last year, I posted 5-layer Valentine’s Jello and it was very popular. But what happens if you […]

Adorable Year of the Tiger Bento

Chinese New Year (or lunar new year) is this weekend… what an adorable way to celebrate with the Year of the Tiger Bento at Hapa Bento..  Go check out all their lovely work… I must admit that the closest I get to bento is throwing grocery store sushi and string cheese into a bento box, […]

Spotlight – Make Fortune Cookies

Did you know Valentines Day and Chinese New Year are both on Feb 14th this year? Here’s a fun way to combine the two… Make homemade fortune cookies, tucking special personalized notes in for your sweetie! We found these great instructions for making your our fortune cookies at the very cool food blog, FoodMayhem.com. Here’s […]