Pork and Pineapple Tacos with Spinach Tortillas | Swirls and Spice

Pork and Pineapple Tacos with Spinach Tortillas

Seasoned pulled pork paired with fresh pineapple slices offer the sweet taste of a tropical getaway.  Then two kinds of healthy greens–spinach and cabbage–add a punch of color and crunch, while letting the warm spices and tangy fruit work their magic. If you were given a challenge to use pineapple and leafy greens in one recipe, what would you try first?  I love a good … Continue reading Pork and Pineapple Tacos with Spinach Tortillas

Orange Oat Muffins | Swirls and Spice #glutenfree

Gluten Free Orange Oat Muffins

Waking up to warm homemade muffins makes a chilly winter morning doable. I like a hearty bowl of oatmeal sometimes, but it doesn’t have quite the allure that a tender muffin does.  And these muffins are brimming with a bright orange flavor that complements the oats within them. Rising before dawn is not what anyone in my household likes to do, but after a leisurely winter break, that’s … Continue reading Gluten Free Orange Oat Muffins

Sesame Ginger Black Bean Soup | Swirls and Spice

Sesame Ginger Black Bean Soup

Fend off mid-winter’s chill with a steaming bowl of Sesame Ginger Black Bean Soup. Ginger adds flare, while sesame oil brings a distinctive layer of richness that blends everything together harmoniously. After tasting your first spoonful, you will need to rethink your concept of black bean soup. Because it is out with the cumin, and in with the ginger this time.  I happen to like black bean … Continue reading Sesame Ginger Black Bean Soup

Chocolate Pomegranate Crepe Bites | Swirls and Spice #glutenfree #grainfree

Chocolate Pomegranate Crepe Bites

For your next special event, try a platter of chocolate crepe bites.  Topped with dazzling pomegranate gems, these bite-sized delights look like packages and are reminsicent of petit-fours. I love crêpes.  And I think petit fours are adorable, but they are nigh impossible to make at home.  My mother and I tried making petit fours once, for a birthday party of mine.  We “nailed it,” in … Continue reading Chocolate Pomegranate Crepe Bites

Sweet Potato Spice Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins or Spice Bread

Busy mornings are better when I can grab a muffin from our homemade stash.  As the pace of life quickens, however, it can be tricky to squeeze in time for baking. That’s one reason I love to make muffins–they go in and out of the oven faster than loaves. My oldest daughter is always hankering for fresh-baked goods, and I can more easily oblige now, thanks to my … Continue reading Sweet Potato Muffins or Spice Bread

Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider | Swirls and Spice

Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider: A Side Dish for All Seasons

Cubes of butternut squash braised in apple cider and one simple spice make a very fine side dish.  It’s an easy enough side to accompany roast chicken on a weeknight or weekend.  And with so much flavor and minmal oven time, this variation of squash can easily earn a place on your holiday table as well. Instead of potatoes or rice, why not try butternut squash as a … Continue reading Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider: A Side Dish for All Seasons