All Blog Posts Tagged 'Cooking' (87)

Taste of the Season: Rhubarb Returns

If it hasn’t made its official appearance yet where you live, you can expect rhubarb to be showing up shortly. One of the earliest spring vegetables — yes, it’s a perennial vegetable — it’s generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams. Since rhubarb is almost too tart to be served on its own, it’s the perfect companion to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 17, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Treat Mom to Breakfast

With only a few days to go before we celebrate Mother’s Day, you might want to think about giving her a real treat — breakfast in bed!  Sure, you can take her out to brunch, but breakfast in bed creates a real Hallmark moment — “you care enough to cook the very best!” Rhubarb season is in full swing now, so these…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Loving Irish Oats

I usually try to tie my posts to seasonal recipes or ingredients — Easter chocolate, Mother’s Day, Christmas cakes, etc. — but I deviate this week with this recipe for granola. Why? Because I love it, and yesterday I made a fresh batch to keep on hand to sprinkle on fruit and yogurt or muesli, one of my new favorite foods! You can, of course, buy a bag at a supermarket…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 25, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Cream Cheese Pound Cake: An Ideal Easter Dessert

Two weeks and counting! In the event you don’t have a traditional dessert lined up for your Easter meal, you might want to think about this delicious and versatile cream cheese pound cake that’s as tasty with or without any embellishments.

The name “pound cake” comes from the rather precise recipe for a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 3, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Carrot Soup with Bacon Bread Crumbs Ushers In Spring

While carrots have a long growing season in Ireland, I generally think of them as a springtime vegetable since they’re obligatory with a St. Patrick’s Day meal of bacon and cabbage and, of course, as the favorite food of Easter bunnies! As we welcome spring today, how about a tasty recipe for Carrot Soup, one that I…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 20, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Warming Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick's Day

In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. Shepherd’s Pie, a long-time favorite, was originally created as an economical way to use leftover lamb and was always a favorite with farmers. The recipe for this meat and vegetable…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 13, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Fabulous Fish for Lent

Ash Wednesday already? A little more than two months ago all thoughts were of Christmas turkey and ham, and only a few weeks ago we were digging into Super Bowl chili and munching on Buffalo wings. But now it’s time now for fish, and with this and few other recipes I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 27, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Chocolate Treat for Valentine's Day -- and Beyond

Valentine’s Day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of poet Geoffrey Chaucer, when the tradition of courtly love was very much in vogue. The day evolved into an occasion where lovers expressed their feelings for each other by giving flowers, sending cards, and offering confectionery, especially…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 13, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Pre-Valentine's Midwinter Supper, Starring, Ahem, 'Honey' Wine

 I usually try to post a recipe that’s tied to a holiday or a seasonal ingredient but, frankly, since we’re between Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day, I’m just going to suggest a simple midwinter pork chop dish that I think you’ll enjoy. The pork is flavored with the ancient honey wine known as mead…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 6, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Try This Southwestern Accent on Coddle

Dia daoibh a chaidre! (Hello friends!) 

If you are planning a trip to Ireland, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for coddle.  Sometimes referred to as Dublin…

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Added by Katie Ginder on February 3, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Ploughman's Lunch Makes Super Meal For Super Bowl!

A ploughman’s lunch is a traditional salad made with sliced meats — most often chicken, turkey, ham, or roast beef — and cheddar cheese, coleslaw, or chutney. Popular in the United Kingdom as well as in Ireland, the salad is open to wide interpretation but always includes a good piece of cheese and sometimes even slices…

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

Sidle Up To Hot, Delicious Seafood Chowder

When the wind whips, as is often the case in January and February, a bowl of soup is a welcome offering at lunch or dinner. When it’s creamy, rich, seafood-laden chowder, it’s even better! This recipe, which originally appeared in my Irish Pub Cookbook and makes another appearance in Favorite Flavors of…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 23, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Eggs For Supper!

When I’m really stuck for a quick supper, I turn to eggs! Not fried, poached, or scrambled, but to what the French (and the Irish) call a tart or a quiche. While many use the term interchangeably, the main difference, I’m told, is the amount of egg mixture that’s poured into the pastry base: a quiche uses more eggs, while a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 9, 2017 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

It's Casserole Season -- Here's One With Irish Cider!

If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy to prepare. This dish gets a double dose of apple flavor from both tart Granny Smith apples and smooth Magners Irish Cider, produced in Ireland since 1935 from 17 varieties of apples. The sage adds a savory touch, a nice complement…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Food For The Week Between

After all the Christmas cooking — and the Christmas eating — it’s not easy to think about a recipe for the week between two major holidays. But unless you’re planning to start your diet this week, you will still need a few more meals before New Year’s Day, and this one is not only quick and easy but it’s a good way to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Eggnog, Crimson Mimosas -- These Favorites Light Up Yuletide!

From traditional to trendy, mulled wine to mimosas, ‘tis the season for all things hot, cold, and boozy. Merry Christmas to all!

BOGO: It’s not too late to buy a signed copy of my Christmas Flavors of Ireland cookbook and receive a complimentary copy of Favorite Flavors of Ireland. Order at…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 19, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Making Merry With Mincemeat

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is one of Ireland’s most popular Christmas foods. It was developed more than 500 years ago in England as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking. Some early recipes for mincemeat used suet, veal or mutton, and gradually cooks added…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

More Delicious Scents Of The Season!

For one more gingerbread-inspired holiday treat, try this rich, spicy pear and ginger cake reminiscent of an upside-down cake your mother might have made. This recipe starts with a raisin-studded pear and caramel bottom that’s topped with gingerbread. After you flip it, serve it with whipped or clotted cream and a light…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 5, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Gingerbread Helps Make Scents of the Season

Gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, even the smell of ginger signals that the Christmas season is upon us. Made from sugars and spices brought back from the Middle East by soldiers returning from the Crusades, gingerbread first appeared in central Europe in the Middle Ages. Monks baked gingerbread for religious…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 29, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Leftover Heaven!

A great way to use up leftovers from Thursday’s turkey is to make a potpie laden with potatoes, carrots, and peas. (Add mushrooms if you like.) This recipe is a popular post-Thanksgiving dish in the United States and a year-round favorite in homes and restaurants throughout Ireland. Try the Spiced Cranberry…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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