All Blog Posts Tagged 'Chefs' (11)

Perfect Autumn Hors D’Oeuvres

You’ll love this Irish cheese-inspired dip for the slightly Mediterranean taste it gets from the marinated artichokes, the color it gets from the spinach, and the creamy texture from Kerrygold’s Dubliner and cream cheese. Perfect for autumn get-togethers, football Sunday, or a family gathering, it’s delicious with…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 19, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Celebrating Blackberry Time!


Late August, given heavy rain and sun

For a full week, the blackberries would ripen,

At first, just one, a glossy purple clot

Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.

You ate that first one and its flesh was…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 22, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The Irish Beet Scene

In my last post, I confessed to my love of cheese and my nearly non-stop indulgence in it while traveling through Ireland in May. On quite a few occasions, I found cheese, especially goat’s cheese, paired with beets in a sweet-tangy combination that is — no pun intended — unbeatable! At Reg’s in Waterford, a…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 15, 2016 at 11:30am — 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 nations. Originally held July 31-August 1, or approximately halfway between the…


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

The Power of Choice: Salmon Two Ways

When I wrote my first cookbook more than 20 years ago, nearly half of all the recipes I received from Irish chefs contained what they called “a taste of Ireland” — a small dose of Guinness, whiskey, Irish cream, or some other variety of Irish “spirit.”

We all know better now that to be an authentic Irish…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 18, 2016 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Yummy Yogurt Breads With Irish Oats, Flour

On a recent visit to Ireland I discovered two delicious breads made with yogurt: one from Flahavan’s, the well-known company that’s been milling oats in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, for 200 years, and another from Catherine Leyden, the chef who presents lovely recipes on RTE using Odlum’s flours. You’ll find more…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 11, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Time for Summer Herbs

Whether you cultivate an herb garden, grow a few in pots, or simply find them irresistible at your market or farm stand, the thought of cooking with fresh herbs is, frankly, irresistible! Our Italian friends can take credit for caprese, that great summer salad of tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil, but I’ve found the…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 4, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Celebrate Summer with Red, White, and Blue Dessert

Eton Mess is an easy-to-assemble classic summer dish with a rather inelegant name. Said to have originated at Eton College during its annual cricket game against the students of Harrow School, it was first…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 27, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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 is turned upside down to reveal them as a deliciously gooey top! In…


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 this recipe from my new cookbook “Favorite Flavors of…


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

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Three

After my last post, I received a request for old-fashioned potato stuffing for turkey. You’ll find this recipe for roast goose with potato-bacon stuffing in my “Christmas Flavors of Ireland” cookbook, easy enough to use in your Christmas turkey as well.  For some other classics, order my newest book “Favorite…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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