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

Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Graham Crackers

At least once a day I have the feeling that it’s time for something sweet. But the best everyday treats are ones that don’t come loaded with guilt.  Graham crackers are such a treat, and are ever so handy to keep around for snacking and s’more making. Did you know that chocolate graham crackers are unique to the U.S.A.?  I could not find them in … Continue reading Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Graham Crackers

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

Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie | Swirls and Spice

Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger whirl together with the cherries, cocoa and coconut to yield a deliciously satisfying smoothie that’s practically a meal on its own. Now I finally have a workout routine to go along with all the protein smoothies I’ve been enjoying!  After reading about how to raise healthy daughters, I recognized that I need to do a better job of leading by example and … Continue reading Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy | Swirls and Spice

Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy

Ready to move beyond ho-hum Asian fare?  Jap chae is one of the simplest, most authentic ways to enlighten your palate.  Transparent noodles meld with sesame oil and soy sauce for a perfect flavor balance in each chewy bite. Bonus points if you know the country of origin for this noodle dish.  Any guesses?  It’s a place that will soon be celebrating the Lunar New Year.  And sesame oil … Continue reading Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy