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

7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots and Za'atar | Swirls and Spice

7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots & Za’atar

Shallot-infused olive oil and Middle Eastern spices impart sophistication to this savory salad.  The ingredients come together in under ten minutes for a healthy side dish or portable lunch entrée.One evening I discovered too late that we were out of lemons.  But I was still set on having chickpea salad with supper. Enter za’atar, distinctive because of the lemony herb sumac, plus a tangy plum tomato.  The result was a harmonious medley of taste … Continue reading 7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots & Za’atar

Triple Layer Pina Colada Rice Pudding | Swirls and Spice

Triple Layer Pina Colada Rice Pudding

Sweet side dish or dessert? Normally rice pudding can be both. With its layers of pineapple and fluffy meringue, this one is definitely angling for the dessert table at your next potluck or family gathering. Rice pudding is versatility in edible form.  As a sweet side or a comforting dessert, it complements almost any type of spice palette, from Mexican to Indian to Scandanavian dishes.  … Continue reading Triple Layer Pina Colada Rice Pudding