Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks

A flavor-packed blend of garlic and fresh parsley adds punch to these chimichurri chicken drumsticks.  Keep the oven off and the kitchen cool by cooking the chicken in your slow cooker before it sizzles on the grill. Fresh parsley is an ingredient I often overlook, but I decided it was  time to let it shine and grabbed a leafy bunch to make chimichurri sauce again.   … Continue reading Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks

Flourless Mango Mini Muffin + Donuts | Swirls and Spice

Flourless Mango Mini Muffins and Donuts

The surprising thing about these flourless mini muffins (and donuts) is that they actually taste better the next day.  Is that hard to believe?  Then you had better verify my statement. What happens is that the moisture levels even out, resulting in a surface layer that is moist enough so that ginger-sugar coating clings beautifully.  Just be sure to dip them in the sugar coating shortly … Continue reading Flourless Mango Mini Muffins and Donuts

Cashew Celery Salad | Swirls and Spice

Cashew Celery Salad

Celery stalks, with the help of a chef’s knife, transform into a celebration of vegetables and crunchy cashews accented with a light sesame dressing. Though I don’t come from a tradition that celebrates Fat Tuesday, I thought it would be educational to try some sweet pàczki for dessert on Tuesday night.  I picked up a box of six pàczki at the local supermarket, and the sheer size of each … Continue reading Cashew Celery Salad

Vietnamese Sour Soup with Shrimp & Pineapple | Swirls and Spice

Vietnamese Shrimp and Pineapple Sour Soup

One doesn’t usually associate pineapple with soup, but in southern Vietnam, Canh Chua is a popular soup that incorporates fish or shrimp.  I associate it with winding bus trips down the mountains through the towns on the way to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  It’s been more than a decade since I’ve had it, but with the healthy recipe challenge to use pineapple and greens, I … Continue reading Vietnamese Shrimp and Pineapple Sour 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

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