More About Whipped

Hello, my name is Caroline. I love gathering with friends and family around the table to enjoy good food, drink and conversation. Wherever you may be, thank you for pulling up a chair and welcome to my virtual table!

I live in Chicago and I am a mother, wife, business owner and blogger. In 2007, I started Whipped to learn more about blogging, explore new recipes and as an excuse to buy a fancy camera. I have continued blogging because Whipped has united me with old friends, introduced me to new friends, bettered my cooking and baking skills, picked me up on bad days and brought me new opportunities.

I like:
cheese, trees, good movie popcorn, bread pudding, chocolate, my scooter, the smell of campfires, beer, small farms, pretty glassware, cake and ice cream, new discoveries, french fries, late night bowls of cereal, reading, cozy scarves, champagne, estate sales, a good cup of coffee, different cultures, Sunday mornings, pondering inane things

I do not like:
raw tomatoes, vandalism, inconsiderate behavior, cleaning out the fridge, iceberg lettuce, hunger, ironing, wastefulness, humidity, bureaucracy, video games, corporate life, maraschino cherries, blue cheese

I love:
my family, my friends, gathering around food and drink, being underwater, color, donuts, autumn, learning new things, vanilla pastry cream, my dog, massages, a good laugh, red velvet cake, striped socks, baby animals, precocious kids, a perfect peach, life

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59 Responses to “More About Whipped”

  1. Jane Says:

    Hi. I stumbled upon your website (which by the way is great!) and am wondering if you are the daughter of Arend and Nancy who were (perhaps still are?) from Grand Rapids, MI. The photos on your “About Me” page sure look like a Caroline I once babysat for, along with her brother Andrew.

  2. Whipped » Blog Archive » Chicken Souvlaki Salad Says:

    [...] In the past six months, this blog has offered me much more than expected. It has been wonderful meeting new friends, finding kindred spirits, being welcomed by so many new people and even reconnecting with an old friend by chance. I must admit that there has been a time or two when I felt a slight obligation to the blog but in large part, it has been such a delcious, friendly, stimulating, exciting adventure. Thank you for reading! [...]

  3. Alex Says:

    Hi..I’m a friend of the HOG crew…check out my blog, tell me what you think..feel free to add my link to your page…thanks!
    The Food Diva

  4. Mike Says:

    Yah sas cuz. Like the site. It reminds me of Chania. Mom told me about your webpage, impressive. I don’t have much to add to the culinary arts, but I do know that just eating to survive isn’t much fun, alot like life, it’s always better if you enjoy what you’re doing. Glad you are. If you’re ever Peoria way, let me know.

  5. Grams Says:

    hi carrie. this is Gram.
    I’m a MOLLY’S HOUSE FOR dinner. FIRST time on this.

    I HOPE THAT YOU HADA a good time in Holland.

    I’ve been thinking about you. I’LL BE anxious to talk to you.


  6. Monica Says:

    Just wondering if there was something that you wanted to add to the “About me” section of this blog…will “cravings” be a topic of choice?

  7. maman Says:

    I’m showing Bobbi S. all about your blog…she LOVES it!

  8. annique Says:

    I read your blog whenever I can, and just saw the article about the bakery in Pella. I work in Pella and live in Des Moines, and my mother is from Holland. Did you write once that you are also 1/2 Dutch? Anyway, love the site. (My boss’ in-laws own Jaarsma :)

  9. Linda Southwell Says:

    Hi there, Caroline, Maman is out of G>R> for the next 10 days and she is a person I can have with me even though she’s gone. As you probably know we are taking golf lessons together and die laughing. I am delighted to be on your site for the first time. I love it. Do you get paid for it? Obviously you spend a lot of time writing it.
    I am so excited for you and family about your baby. I know you are uncomfortable right now and I am thinking of you. We love new babies and I cannot wait to hear your news. Love, Linda

  10. Sara Smith Says:


    I am the webmaster of
    I was just going through your blog, I like the way you write about things and I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a review for my website. I’m interested in an unbiased paid review of my site in your site blog

    Please contact me if you are interested.

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  11. Mackenzie Stratton Says:

    Hey Caroline,

    My mom told me about your blog and I wanted to check it out. All the food looks delicious!! I can only cook about three meals that are pretty easy, and that’s about it. I love to bake cookies though. =) Your daughter is so cute. She looks just like you! Anyway, just wanted to stop in and say hi. Maybe my fiance will make some of these yummy meals for me. =) Take care!

  12. Monica Says:

    Is that Vivi standing on her own eating corn?!

  13. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink Says:

    Hi Caroline: I tagged you for the 10 Favorite Food Photos meme today on my blog. I hope you play along!

  14. susan Says:

    Hi Caroline,
    I was searching for a recipe for cilantro pesto chicken. I’m so glad I was led to your blog! I thought I was the only person in the world inexplicably in love with cilantro. I can smell cilantro and immediately become happy no matter how bad a day I’m having. It is, without a doubt, my favorite aroma. I never read blogs, but I have an idea I’ll keep coming back to yours to see what you’re up to.

  15. andy lubbers Says:

    Who is that well-mannered lad feeding his baby sis corn? They’re both so very cute. I’m certain they remain uncommonly good looking.

  16. Jessica Gibb Says:

    Hi Carrie!
    I just got in touch with your brother after all these years, and he proudly (as a big brother should be) talked of your blog. Wow, it is superb! I cannot wait to explore it more. I love food, drink and living here in Vermont, I am so spoiled by the local artisan foods. There are tons of fine bakers, goat cheese makers, hard cider producers, and farms that sell fresh, local meat and eggs. I am happy to see you doing so well. Congratulations on your daughter, Vivian. Take care.

  17. Rachel Says:

    I don’t really need another blog to distract me from urgent tedious tasks, but then yours came along.
    It is a pleasure to be distracted.

  18. Connie Says:

    Found your website and would really like to access your recipes but when I try, the Title of the recipe comes up but no further text appears. Can you help?


  19. ghostphone Says:

    hi caroline,

    would you mind letting me know what the pale blue colour is that you painted your walls? i am dying to paint my bedroom that exact colour.


  20. Estelle Says:

    Just found your site last week and I’m a wee bit obsessed. In a good way. Can’t wait to go home and try out about 10 of your recipes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. The Spice Doc Says:

    I just stumbled across your blog and I see you’re in Chicago which makes me happy to see. I just moved here. I’ll be checking in…

  22. erica Says:

    ok, twice in the last week i was searching for recipes and your blog popped up…i guess that’s a sign that i should check out your blog more often…that and i’m a fellow chicagoan (guess that explains the similar midwest tastes). by the way, the bacon potato salad was a huge success at my 4th of july party, ( i left out the eggs, but was otherwise fairly true to the recipe). thanks!

  23. Josh Patel Says:

    Your blog is just a pleasure to read and your recipes are just amazing. The bacon potato salad is just excellent.Just stumbled and submitted your site to Hope you get some great traffic from it. Your blog is here

  24. Tiffany Says:

    A fellow corn fed girl!! I migrated to the south almost a decade ago, but I still remember grilling in summer… I miss that because it’s FAR TOO HOT to grill in the summer down here.
    Here being Houston. Houston being 90 degrees plus for the months of summer. lol

  25. Emily Says:

    Caroline -

    I am from Chicago as well and just started following your site. I am currently using blogger and have just purchased my own domain and site through wordpress. I love the layout, design and simplicity of your site and wonder what platform or theme you used. I’m not to familiar with web design so am looking to take a step in the right direction.

    Thanks for your input.

  26. Kristin Says:

    We love your blog and would like to add you to our blogroll. We have a personal letter we’d like to send, would you mind sharing your email address at ?
    Thank you!
    Kristin and Chris Ann

  27. Margaret Says:

    Hi from Montana, found your lovely blog while searching for a pumpkin cake recipe. linked to you from my cowgirl yoga blog:
    we are doing a yoga and chocolate retreat this winter, check it out at There are direct flights from chicago :)
    Namaste, Margaret

  28. Lauren Says:

    My mother is coming in to town (Chicago, naturally) and I thought you would know of some great food related places to take her! A cooking class or a cozy tea room maybe? We are adventurous food lovers and cooks (my mom is amaaazing!) and I can’t wait to show her a wonderful time. Last time she was here I had to work every day, I owe her! Too bad we’ll miss the farmer’s market near Lincoln Park Zoo this time, but that’s the type of thing I would love to show off. Oh! and we looove hot dogs, so Hot Doug’s is already in the books.
    I love your blog! Thanks in advance for your ideas!

  29. Mary Mo. Says:

    Hi Sis! A nice way to spend a Saturday morning is drinking my coffee and reading all the posts on Whipped! You are amazing! I am so impressed with your culinary skills and blogging. I can’t wait to try the pumpkin bread. And… by the way…do I ever have a great recipe for gingersnaps! Just in time for the holidays!

  30. tagan engel Says:

    Your blog is fabulous! I am a chef/baker and serious food lover, and have just started blogging. Whipped is such an inspiration, and makes me ponder how far there is to grow in this world of blogging. Thanks for taking the time to make such a great blog! -Tagan

  31. Billy’s Bakery, New York City Says:

    [...] IL A cornfed, Midwestern girl writing about food, drink and the things I can't get out of my head. More HOME View recent posts Subscribe Get your inbox Whipped. Subscribe to the RSS feed. Holiday Gifts [...]

  32. The Food Hound Says:

    Caroline, I just found your blog and I love it! I used to live in Naperville, so I appreciate the Chicago angle of your blog. I’m new to food blogging and I think it’s so much fun. I just added your blog to my “favorites!” Great job!

  33. Roz Bickel Says:

    Just want to say I love your blog! I have been looking at hundreds lately and yours is a keeper–I had to put it on my favorites. Beautiful images, great recipes, easy access, user-friendly. Thanks and keep up the good work. :)

  34. Amie Burl Says:

    Found your blog through Vosges and looked through some or your recipes last night. I already have several printed off that I can’t wait to try. So nice to find a semi-local blog. I grew up in West Mi and live near Detroit now. My sister lives in Chicago though and I adore that city. Thanks for all the yummy recipes. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  35. Andrea Says:

    I found your website looking for white chocolate cookies. I am not the best baker but the recipe is great. My family are so impressed with my baking. I just started looking at your blog and like the premise. My new adventure will be the Greek recipes. Although I am Italian, I have been to Greece several times and love it, the people and the food. When I taste the food I just have to close my eyes and feel the sun on my back and the smell of the sea and the fields. I was in Corfu not too long ago and now can’t wait to try the Greek salad recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Chicago Apartments Says:

    I just stumbled upon this blog and then noticed that you are from Chicago as well. Double bonus. These recipes are great and I can’t wait to try some of them. I’m a local Chicagoan too and enjoy “late night bowls of cereal” too!

  37. pasta maker Says:

    You’re awesome. Just stumbled on your blog when searching for some Pizza recipes. You rock sweetheart!


  38. Jennifer B Says:

    Found your blog when I was searching for a potato salad recipe on the Fourth. I made a version of the Bacon Potato Salad recipe from June 2009 and it was awesome! Looking forward to exploring your blog even more, love what I’ve seen so far. :)

    Thanks so much,

  39. Mary Dawson Says:

    It’s Friday evening and I am contemplating making the White Bean Chili with chicken and it is 100+ degrees in the northeast. Go figure, but it looks so yummy that I will cook it and BLAST the air conditioning while I eat it, snuggle up with a great booked called “the Secret” by Rhonda Byrne and dare anyone to ring my phone or knock on my door. Gurl gurl you and this site … it will definitely make me go up a dress size. Thanks for all the JOY!

  40. Paul Says:

    You must like working out too because something is keeping you in shape! Ahhhhhhhh the nice weather is finally here in the Chicagoland area.

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  42. Gabby McGraw Says:

    Love your site. Thanks for inspiring me :)

  43. Joan Anderson Says:

    Looks like I accidentally found something to get me past my sadness over the loss of Gourmet! I will try the white lasagna, Google’s way of hooking me up to you!

  44. Annie Says:

    Hi! I’m not quite sure how I even got to this blog…Oh WAIT! I remember now haha
    I am currently at school, Rogers State University in Oklahoma, and before I went to tutor I bought this navy bean soup. I wanted to know more about it and how to make it so, I googled it and found you! On your page about navy bean soup you talked about how your husband liked it. Well, I LOVE IT TOO! Beans are so good! Your bean soup sounds great too. I hope to make it and try it someday! As a college student, soup is the way to go, ramen noodles too!
    Also, I decided to roam your Whipped Blog and found some very yummy treats and recipes. They’re foods I also love and would like to experience. I hope to read more of your blog.
    Thank you very much for blogging your findings and passion for food, friends, and family. I enjoy it very much! I will come to visit and these recipes.
    Annie Xiong

  45. Ashley Says:

    Hi Caroline,

    I stumbled upon your website tonight and can’t wait to try a few recipes! Funny that you mention your virtual table because exploring your recipes, and reading your comments gives me the feeling that I’ve pulled up a chair to the edge!

  46. Kriss Says:

    Trying to find a way to get blog updates in the mail. Is there a form? Am I missing it? LOVE the blog!

  47. Connie the Cookie Monster Says:

    holy moly, has anyone ever told you you look like jennifer aniston?

  48. Linda @ It All Started with Paint Says:


    Just found you through the Chicago Blogger Network. I’m a two-and-a-half old Chicago-based blogger — home diy genre — and would love it if you stopped by … and perhaps consider joining in my new “Imagine the Impossibilities” blogger challenge and Jan. 31 link party.

    Here’s the link:



  49. Lisa Mooney Says:


    Our family business, Mooney Farms is the largest producer of sun dried tomatoes in the U.S. and I would like to find out if you ever try products/recipes in your kitchen and tell your viewers about them?

    If so, I would love to send you our media kit and free samples & recipes from our Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato line. Our products are simple to use and create delicious dinners in little time!

    I would also be happy to sponsor 1-2 free giveaways of the same product
    assortment I would send you. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks! Lisa Mooney

    Thank you for your time!

    Lisa Mooney
    Mooney Farms

  50. Christen from Boston Says:

    Hi Whipped,

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for the perfect carrot cake frosting! You had me at the heavy whipping cream in your recipe. I also came across your coconut cake-looks amazing. I have a lunch with friends on Sunday and am looking for just the right dessert. I think it maybe your recipe for Coconut Cake. So interesting and delicious a few of your other creations appear-the cinnamon bun with bacon & the quinoa waffle with bananas & pb. I’m excited to follow you on facebook & pintrest! Fantastic blog!!! Cheers to good food, good wine & good friends.

    Christen from Boston

  51. source Says:

    Fantastic Stuff, do you currently have a myspace account?

  52. Diane Scherle Brown Says:

    As with others, I came across this website today looking for “Pantry” type ginger bread cookies
    I used to have such a good recipe for gingersnaps but have not remembered it in years

    Seems as one gets older you think of things from the past.
    I don’t so much look at blogs and such, unless it is involving gardening
    But, this is one very interesting well written blog.
    Hope I remember it, Right?
    And thanks for the recipe

  53. Nelly Fedorczyk Says:

    Well, cats lend to be lazy. By the way it’s spelled “batteries”

  54. Wendy Allspaugh Says:

    I adore your site and all of your recipes! Every recipe I’ve made that you’ve shared has been delicious and has opened my eyes to many new ingredients I have never tried or feared using because of my inexperience with them. Thank you so much for sharing not only your recipes, other sites and books, but warm and wonderful stories. I particularly enjoyed the Barbie doll cake! You are simply superb!

  55. Lynn Fritscher Says:

    Caroline: I’ve just commented on your Emily Ansara Baines’s Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook Free Offer and am in GREAT HOPES to win the cookbook giveway. I’m the lady from New Orleans, Louisiana. I love your website and recipes !! I truly hope you pick me. I would find all the necessary resources to hold a “Downton Abbey Southern Style” themed party in New Orleans. Hoping to hear from you. Lynn

  56. Karista Says:

    So happy to have found your blog via DaVinci Wine Storytellers Experience. Congrats!! I too hope we can meet in Tuscany in the Fall. :) Best Wishes and love your blog. Karista

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  59. Meghan Says:

    Hi Caroline,

    I sent you an email and would love to chat further with you about your blog and Zomato launching in Chicago! Let’s connect soon:)


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