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

Chocolate Raspberry Crepe Cake

Layers of chocolate crêpes and raspberry whipped cream make a rich and airy dessert that is perfect for sharing and celebrating.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, followed by Pancake Tuesday, so get your crêpe pan out and enjoy tucking into this sweet-but-not-too-sweet delight of a cake. Do you eat crêpes often?  My kids absolutely love them, and every once in a while I will … Continue reading Chocolate Raspberry Crepe Cake

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

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