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

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

Mason Jar Greek Salad | Swirls and Spice | #grainfree

Jane’s Mason Jar Greek Salad

Brace yourself for the most satisfying salad ever, featuring chickpeas and Greek-seasoned chicken.  Feta and Kalamata olives add a punch of flavor that ascends to Mount Olympus and back.  When all ten layers meet in your entree-sized bowl, the result is no less than extraordinary. I never knew how beloved a Mason jar salad could be until my friend  Jane sent me this recipe out of the blue.  After making and devouring it, … Continue reading Jane’s Mason Jar Greek Salad