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'Nobby Apple Cake' -- Reminiscing with Fall Fruit

My family always called this not-too-sweet apple cake “nobby”…

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

Tomatoes… One More Time!

When we’re lucky, the tomato season can extend well into September. Some late bloomers barely ripen at all though, staying evergreen and not too tasty on their own. A great solution to making use of green tomatoes is to fry them for a delicious…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 4, 2017 at 1:30pm — 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…

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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…

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

Going to Kilorglin's Legendary Puck Fair!

It was thirty-three years ago this week that I made my first trip to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 8, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 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

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…

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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…

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

Welcome to Summer!

As most of you probably know, the astronomical summer season begins Wednesday, June 21. Called summer solstice, it’s the day when the North Pole is most inclined towards the sun, allowing residents of the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy the longest day of…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 19, 2017 at 11:00am — 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…

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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

Chocolate — Irresistible For Easter!

One of the most popular — and among the most decadent — chocolate desserts in Ireland and England is this no-bake biscuit cake. I have to admit that it’s one I discovered only recently, but it’s quickly become a favorite of mine and everyone else who…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 12, 2017 at 8:00am — 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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