Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner | Swirls and Spice

Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

As the weather cools a little, our family’s fall schedule is revving up.  Thank goodness for simple meals like this winner of a sheet pan dinner!  The vegetables can even be prepped and stored up to three days ahead of time, which streamlines getting dinner into the oven when every minute counts! A rich marinade keeps the chicken moist and juicy.  This means that I can take out a cooked … Continue reading Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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

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

Easy Eggplant and Bacon Frittata | Swirls and Spice

Easy Eggplant and Bacon Frittata

Eggplant and bacon go together like peas and carrots.  Once the tantalizing bacon is cooked, everything comes together quickly in the very same skillet.  Five simple ingredients (plus salt) are all you need–eggs, bacon, eggplant, onion, and a green vegetable. Eggplant and bacon frittata is my new go-t0 breakfast/brunch/lunch dish!  This easy frittata is so simple that it could also easily work for a campout.  We have yet to … Continue reading Easy Eggplant and Bacon Frittata

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart {Gluten Free Option} | Swirls and Spice

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

My college housemates will remember this tart.  It graced the cover of our exclusive cookbook; in the overhead shot you could see multiple hands and forks ready to dive in to the sweet fruity goodness.  Two decades later this strawberry tart is still going strong.  The version you see here has some frozen rhubarb added for good measure.  I can hardly wait for my fresh rhubarb to grow … Continue reading Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

Blackberry Peach Meringue Cookies | Swirls and Spice

Blackberry Peach Meringue Cookies

Light and airy meringue cookies with a dollop of peach filling in the center make my mouth want to sing.  Like fresh flowers in bloom, these cookies won’t last forever.  Yet they linger just long enough to make everything seem brighter. In appearance, these fruit-filled meringues remind me of an Easter sunrise and sunny side up eggs.  As spring kicks off and Easter weekend is upon us, now is the perfect … Continue reading Blackberry Peach Meringue Cookies