All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish Christmas' (24)

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…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 28, 2017 at 8:30am — 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…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 31, 2017 at 10:30am — 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Bing & Burl: Irish Americans' Pace Our Christmas Music Repertoire

For music historians, the names Bing Crosby and Burl Ives conjure up many different thoughts, yet they had some things in common. They were born six years apart in the 1900s, and both came from very modest backgrounds. Both of them were…

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Added by Barry Stapleton on December 19, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 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…

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

In Time for Christmas

'Christmas is coming; the goose is…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 15, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

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…

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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…

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


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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on December 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Well, how did Murray Heasman's interest in Celtic knotwork begin?  I used to play (well, try to play) a classical lute back mandolin (and before that, the Scottish bagpipes).  When in London, a friend and musician, Vince Millet of Secret…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 2, 2016 at 1:30am — 2 Comments


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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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…

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


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Take a Step Back -- Irish Roots Magazine

IRISH ROOTS magazine was first published in 1992 by Belgrave Publications. IRISH ROOTS Media Ltd acquired Irish Roots magazine in 2007 and the publication continues to go from strength to strength. IRISH ROOTS magazine aims to furnish readers with high quality informative content and to assist them to overcome the many hurdles so often encountered in Irish genealogy. Working with an accomplished team of experienced genealogists we pride ourselves in…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 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…

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

Countdown to the Holidays: Crazy for Cranberries

If you’ve tried every possible recipe for cranberry desserts and are looking for something new, you’ll love this one! Similar to an Italian panforte, a classic fruitcake-like confection loaded with nuts, dried fruit, and spices (the name means…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 14, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Countdown To The Holidays: More Smoked Salmon Ideas

For the festive season, serve hot- or cold-smoked salmon on mini potato pancakes or in crispy bread baskets. Top the pancakes with a dollop of sour cream or crème frâiche and a sprinkling of fresh chives; try tangy horseradish-mustard cream on…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 7, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

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