All Blog Posts Tagged 'cuisine' (17)

Almost Time To Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It’s celebrated on October 31-November 1, which is nearly halfway between…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Last Peaches of Summer (With Apologies to Tom Moore)

With peaches still available at local farm stands, you’ll love this recipe for baked peaches filled with ground almonds and amaretti cookies. Top them with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone cheese. You’ll find recipes like this in my…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bake This Delicious, Free-Form Apple Tart in Minutes

Who says making a fresh apple dessert takes hours? You can assemble this delicious free-form apple tart in minutes and pop it into the oven while you’re having dinner. Apple pie (or tart) with ice cream is a classic dessert, but you…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 9, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Just Peachy! (Peach-Blackberry Tart, That Is)

As August comes to a close, the fruits of summer show no signs of slowing down — lots of peaches, blackberries, plums, and nectarines available for snacking and baking. This tart recipe starts with a shortbread-like crust, and then it’s filled…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 20, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Chillin' With An Al Fresco Brunch: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

With the recent stretch of warm — make that HOT — weather in Ireland and elsewhere, everyone wants to dine al fresco. I know I’ve been eating three meals a day in the great outdoors, especially brunch on weekends when I’ve been serving these…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 3, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The All-American Scone -- A Star-Spangled Treat

As Independence Day approaches in the United States, out come the BBQ's, the American flags, and just about anything red, white and blue — including recipes for these fruity, berry-filled scones. You can actually eat them all day; lathered with…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 22, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lemon Bread

Lemon desserts seem to be more delicious on a spring day, but you’ll want to keep this one on a year-round basis to have with a cup of tea. Technically, it fits into the “quick bread” baking category, but…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 17, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Glory Be To Guinness, A Baker's Best Friend

When it comes time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, soda bread, bacon and cabbage, and Guinness probably rise to the top of the holiday menu. And why not? These iconic dishes are among the most popular for the Irish worldwide, and one more…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 2, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is celebrated October 31-November 1, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It was suggested in the late 19th…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 25, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments

Perfect Pears, Part II

Delicious on their own, pears are also a wonderful ingredient in…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 10, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Perfect Pears, Part I

There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world, each with a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. The most popular and recognizable pears are the yellow Bartlett, egg-shaped Anjou, graceful Bosc, pudgy Comice, and tiny Forelle. Crisp,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 3, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Bring on the Crisps and Crumbles

 Last week we officially welcomed the first full day of autumn, so you know what that means — crisps, crumbles, and pies made with apples, with fall’s favorite fruit. From a culinary standpoint, there’s little difference in an apple crisp and an apple…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Berries, Berries Everywhere

Why settle for a dessert with only one kind of berry when you can combine all the best the season has to offer in a dish appropriately called “Summer Pudding.” This deliciously simple sweet some attribute to the English; however, it's popular with Irish cooks as well and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Celebrating Fraughan Sunday (AKA Lughnasa)

The festival of Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced LOO-na-se) marks the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland and other Celtic…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Here Come the Strawberries -- Shortcake In a Jar!

While I traveled through Ireland a few weeks ago, I noticed the first signs of strawberry season emerge, with roadside stands popping up in places like Kilkenny and east Cork (transported, no doubt, from Wexford, where strawberries grow in great abundance).…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Five

It’s not too late to make this delicious dessert, a riff on steamed pudding and gingerbread. Similar to a one served at the Meyrick Hotel (Eyre Square, Galway), this pudding starts with deliciously gooey pears on the bottom and finishes when the cake…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 22, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Four

There’s the turkey, of course, but oh those sides! Roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, boiled onions — the list goes on and on for favorite dishes to serve at Christmas. Without relinquishing any family favorites, you might want to try…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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