Category Archives: Snacks

When to buy organic?

Some of us who are organic snobs would say “always”, but we all know that buying organic all the time, while honorable, is just not always feasible.    If you have one of the big organic stores near you, lucky you!   If not, consider alternatives such as seeking out an organic co-op, CSA, farmers market or local farm.  Otherwise, you […]

Pea & Herb Stuffed Indian Flatbread (Naan)

I love Indian food, but sometimes I think the thing I love the most at an Indian restaurant is the naan.  So when I spotted this at Healthy Delicious I figured this had to go on the ‘to try’ list. And she says it’s easy! Before you run away in fear from a post about […]

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 […]

Appetizer Fun: Sushi for Dessert?

April Fools is coming up, and what better way to celebrate with food that’s a little bit unexpected!?  This is a version of ‘Sweet’ Sushi that I’ve made for the past several years, and not only is it delicious & not TOO unhealthy, it’s unique and a lot of fun!  And vegetarian, too — no […]

Gorgeous Pickled Beet Eggs

I’ve never heard of these either, but my new fave food blog, Eye Candy, has yet another gorgeous egg idea!  (I might just have to try these!) These hard-boiled eggs were pickled in a beet and white vinegar solution, then sliced in half and filled with an egg yolk-mayonnaise-mustard cream. They gain their colour from […]

Birds Nest Macaroons for Easter!

I love this simple idea for an Easter or Spring themed sweet treat from Sunday Hotpants!  Something a little unusual, and tasty too…  (Sigh, I don’t like coconut… I wonder if anything else could be substituted and still get the same effect?) She writes: I’m not very good at getting things posted for the holidays, […]

Waffleizer: French Toast Waffles & Waffled Soft Pretzels

Every time I check out Waffleizer (the blog dedicated to answering the question of Will It Waffle?) I giggle a little bit. And that’s a good thing in this world of so many oh so serious food blogs. Go check it out. I couldn’t decide what to feature today, so I’m breaking my unwritten rule […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ginger & White Chocolate Granola Bars

My husband and son eat a granola bar for breakfast almost daily, and while I’m always stocked on the store bought ones, sometimes I like to make them from scratch. It’s an easy process — very kid-helping-friendly, too. And it takes an hour at most from start to finish (including 25 minutes bake time) The […]

Whole-grain carrot and cheese crackers

This was an experiment loosely based on a recipe I saw over on foodtale.com.  She drew me in with her beautiful photographs and intrigued me with her carrot and cheese snack crackers. I wanted to do something similar, but use whole wheat flour and flax-seed meal to increase the nutritional benefits.  I was afraid a […]

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 […]

Entertaining: Bourbon Glazed Wings!

Planning a party?  Need some munchies?  I saw these at Patricia‘s other website, Brownies for Dinner, and had to share them here, too!   These look delicious as a party appetizer… Patricia says: I’ve tried making the classic hot wings in the past using a couple of different recipes and I’ll be honest, I’d rather order […]

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 […]

Party Food Basics: Appetizer Shells

So, you’re having a party, and you need appetizers… some small bites that will taste yummy and appease those hoards of guests. But also be easy to serve, easy to eat… So, you figure I’ll buy some of those little edible cups (phyllo shells, or what not) and fill them with my savory or sweet […]