All Blog Posts Tagged 'Cooking' (67)

Hot Off the Grill

Move over hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks; make room for a whiskey-enhanced grilled lamb and delicious grilled tomatoes to go with it. With tomatoes coming into season in a big way, I think you’ll enjoy these new recipes to add to your grilling agenda for August and beyond.…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 26, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Very Berry Scones

Strawberry season has just arrived where I live in the Northeast. The season is over almost as quickly as it arrives, so I grab as many as possible and eat, bake, or freeze them as fast as I can. As the Fourth of July approaches, they’re especially colorful in red, white and blue scones, treats you…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 20, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Potatoes -- The Stuff of Greatness

I’m writing this post from Dublin, where I’m finishing up another great visit to Ireland. You know what that means? I’ve had potatoes [nearly] for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in as many shapes and textures as one can imagine: fried potatoes for breakfast, chips to go with fish at lunch, and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 24, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

'Eaton Mess' An Easy Springtime Dessert

While locally grown berries are not quite in-season yet in most parts of the U.S., their wide availability makes them popular year-round. For a quick and delicious Easter dessert, you might want to serve this easy-to-assemble berries-and-cream dish known as Eton Mess. Despite its rather inelegant…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 16, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Baking With Guinness

If it’s March, then it’s time to start thinking of soda bread, one of Ireland’s most iconic foods. It's safe to say that every Irish cook has a recipe for it that's been personalized by families either by name, ingredients, or method of baking. A few decades ago, I judged an Irish cooking contest and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 5, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Make Your Own Brotchán Foltchep (Leek and Potato Soup)

Leek and potato soup, also known as brotchán foltchep (from the Irish words meaning “broth” and “leeks”), is one of Ireland’s most popular soups. Once thickened with oatmeal, today’s leek broth is thickened with potatoes and then buttermilk or…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 24, 2019 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Soup's On: Add Guinness

Onion soup is a surefire hit on anyone’s winter menu. Instead of using only yellow onions, this soup uses three — yellow, red, and shallots — adds Guinness to flavor the broth, and tops it with hearty, thick-cut croutons with melted blue cheese — Cashel Blue preferred! You can make the croutons…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'What's Up, Doc!': National Carrot Cake Day Is February 3

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I sure do, and when I learned there was actually a day devoted to celebrating it, I couldn’t wait to make one in its honor. For the record, food historians suggest modern carrot cake probably descended from carrot puddings popular during the Middle Ages when sugar and other sweeteners…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 30, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Irish Stew To Warm You

Here is an article I wrote for my blog, IrishAmericanJournal.com, about Irish Stew. I thought you all might like to see this and maybe make some now that the weather is cold. Good Irish Stew will warm you up.…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on December 28, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Love That Mincemeat!

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is a favorite holiday ingredient most often found in pies and tarts. It was developed more than 500 years ago as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking, and gradually cooks sweetened it by adding ingredients like apples, oranges, and red…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 11, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Biscuits for Breakfast and Beyond

If you’ve already run out of ideas for what to serve at your holiday drinks party, think “biscuits” — not your average breakfast biscuits, but these yummy bites from Kerrygold. Laden with sage and walnuts, these buttery bites are a sophisticated alternative to crackers and cheese. The recipe suggests cutting them…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 4, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

That Time of Year Again

I haven’t posted for a few weeks and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business as “that time of year,” aka “the holidays,” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties of fruitcake that I make, but not for this one because the fruit is boiled! I’ve had the recipe…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

More Ideas for the Great Pumpkin!

As promised in my last post, here’s another interesting recipe using one of fall’s most popular ingredients---pumpkin. Since most cooks find it more efficient to purchase canned pumpkin rather than to cut and scrape the flesh from a fresh one, this recipe uses pumpkin purée. You’ll find more like these in my newest…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

'Nobby Apple Cake' -- Reminiscing with Fall Fruit

My family always called this not-too-sweet apple cake “nobby” because my mother roughly chopped the apples, a method that left the top distinctly rough and, well, nobby! While she usually made it…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 11, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Fruit Compote Reprised for Autumn Palates

The combination of chocolate and fruit is one that few can resist, so when I decided to offer this recipe for warm fruit compote, I realized I posted it back in February as a suggested topping for chocolate mousse cake to serve on Valentine’s Day.

Some things simply bear repeating, and with the wealth of late…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 28, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Too Many Tomatoes? A Recipe For These 'Heroes of the Season'

It’s August, after all, so the problem of too many tomatoes is, well, a problem, especially if you grow your own. Even if you don’t, with so many varieties available —and you know you want…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 14, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Figs and Cheese, Yum!

I’ve seen a lot of fresh figs in markets lately and know how delicious they are with blue cheese, usually mixed in salads. But then I remembered this recipe from Peter Ward, proprietor of the legendary Country Choice market in Nenagh, Tipperary, and thought it’s worth sharing if you find figs locally. Ward is a champion…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 31, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Take On Summer Seafood

I found this summery dish of cod and tomatoes at Encore Brasserie in Derry’s Millennium Forum. I love the simplicity of roasted fish combined with the sophistication of Spanish ham and two kinds of tomatoes.

PAN-SEARED COD WITH SERRANO HAM, TOMATO TAPENADE, AND ROASTED TOMATOES

SERVES 4

For…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 11, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Strawberry Season Nears Finish

Once June rolls into July, the strawberry season in most parts of the country comes to a halt. I can never get enough of them though, and I love this tasty combination of sliced fresh berries topped with strawberry purée. The elderflower mousse and brown sugar crumble can be used on other seasonal fruits, so keep the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 28, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Favorite for Father’s Day

 

When it comes to cooking up something special on Sunday for your favorite father, a juicy steak and a fresh salad are just the ticket. For a special touch, add an Irish-inspired sauce to the steak and some yummy buttermilk dressing to the salad. A full-bodied red wine or a cold beer completes the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 5, 2017 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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