Purple Power Plum Pancakes | Swirls and Spice

Purple Power Plum Pancakes

The season for gathering up bundles of stone fruit to enjoy is here.  Peaches and plums are fruits I love to incorporate when the price per pound (or kilo) reflects their abundance.  For us it’s also the end of the summer break, and the race to outfit four kids for school is on.  Those lazy days of late mornings are being traded in for 7:00 a.m. bus departures. Getting them ready for school requires so … Continue reading Purple Power Plum Pancakes

Caramel Peach S'mores | Swirls and Spice

Caramel Peach S’mores {Gluten Free Option}

As long as I have a s’more in my hand, summer simply isn’t over.  It doesn’t matter how ridiculously early school starts.  These past months we’ve enjoyed s’mores of various kinds, along with many, many popsicles (only a few of which were homemade). It’s nice to have options.  Chocolate Mint S’mores are for when I need a rich chocolate fix.   When I want an experience … Continue reading Caramel Peach S’mores {Gluten Free Option}

Gluten-Free Strawberry S'mores | Swirls and Spice

Strawberry S’mores {Gluten Free}

Take some fresh strawberries, your favorite chocolate, and warm fluffy marshmallows.  Then add some Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle above and beneath.  The result? A swoon-worthy dessert no one will want to miss! While we were visiting friends and family this summer, I had exactly one chance to eat s’mores, but I missed out.  At Grandma’s house in Missouri, certain children roasted and consumed all the marshmallows before I had a … Continue reading Strawberry S’mores {Gluten Free}

Raspberry Watermelon Gelatin Salad Remix | Swirls and Spice

Raspberry Watermelon Gelatin Salad Remix

Refreshing watermelon and fresh raspberries offer a sweet taste of the past in this sweet and healthy remix of gelatin salad. Gelatin salads (which are essentially desserts) remind me of my childhood.  At home and at potluck events, brightly tinted gelatin with fruit was often served, to the point where no buffet table seemed complete without at least two variations.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised to … Continue reading Raspberry Watermelon Gelatin Salad Remix

One-Pot Ratatouille with Summer Squash | Swirls and Spice

One-Pot Ratatouille with Summer Squash and Okra

The fresh vegetables of summer mingle marvelously in this simple meatless supper or side dish.  While one vegetable cooks, I can chop the next one, saving time and fuss.  I tend to avoid turning on my oven whenever possible in the summer.  Ratatouille is a delicious way to taste the fresh flavors of summer and keep the kitchen cooler. Eggplant is a traditional component, but … Continue reading One-Pot Ratatouille with Summer Squash and Okra

Oatmeal Lace Cookies | Swirls and Spice #glutenfree

Oatmeal Lace Cookies {Gluten Free}

Crisp, airy and elegant are not the first words you might associate with oatmeal cookies, but these cookies are delightfully different.  And they satisfy your sweet cravings with just a teaspoon of dough, which spreads into a lovely lace design when baked.   We are hosting a family gathering over this long weekend, and oatmeal lace cookies will be a great accent for the heaping … Continue reading Oatmeal Lace Cookies {Gluten Free}