Margaret M. Johnson's Blog (90)

‘Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding'

Often called “plum pudding”—despite the fact that it contains no plums whatsoever steamed pudding was first recorded as “Christmas Pudding” in 1858 and later popularized in the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The name is probably derived from the substitution of raisins for…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 12, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Giving Thanks for Irish Cheese

If you’re still looking to add an Irish “touch” to your American Thanksgiving meal, look no further than this delicious starter featuring Cashel Blue, Ireland’s first (and most delicious) blue cheese. This recipe comes from award-winning chef Kevin Dundon, proprietor of Dunbrody House in County Wexford,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Almost Time To Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It’s celebrated on October 31-November 1, which is nearly halfway between…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Last Peaches of Summer (With Apologies to Tom Moore)

With peaches still available at local farm stands, you’ll love this recipe for baked peaches filled with ground almonds and amaretti cookies. Top them with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone cheese. You’ll find recipes like this in my…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bake This Delicious, Free-Form Apple Tart in Minutes

Who says making a fresh apple dessert takes hours? You can assemble this delicious free-form apple tart in minutes and pop it into the oven while you’re having dinner. Apple pie (or tart) with ice cream is a classic dessert, but you…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 9, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Just Peachy! (Peach-Blackberry Tart, That Is)

As August comes to a close, the fruits of summer show no signs of slowing down — lots of peaches, blackberries, plums, and nectarines available for snacking and baking. This tart recipe starts with a shortbread-like crust, and then it’s filled…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 20, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Chillin' With An Al Fresco Brunch: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

With the recent stretch of warm — make that HOT — weather in Ireland and elsewhere, everyone wants to dine al fresco. I know I’ve been eating three meals a day in the great outdoors, especially brunch on weekends when I’ve been serving these…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 3, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The All-American Scone -- A Star-Spangled Treat

As Independence Day approaches in the United States, out come the BBQ's, the American flags, and just about anything red, white and blue — including recipes for these fruity, berry-filled scones. You can actually eat them all day; lathered with…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 22, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Worth Repeating: Strawberry Shortcake Day

Strawberry season is finally here! In fact, the entire month of June is considered to be “strawberry month” and “National Strawberry Shortcake Day” is celebrated June 14. According to Driscoll’s, a California company celebrating over 100 years of growing…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Crumble Pots for Dessert

MIXED BERRY CRUMBLE POTS

SERVES 8

The recipe for these little pots of fruit with a crumble topping originated with a friend from Wexford, the sunny southeast corner of Ireland noted for…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 16, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lemon Bread

Lemon desserts seem to be more delicious on a spring day, but you’ll want to keep this one on a year-round basis to have with a cup of tea. Technically, it fits into the “quick bread” baking category,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 17, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Happy Easter, Happy Chocolate

Chocolate is definitely the flavor-of-the-month when Easter rolls around, so you might want to add just one more recipe — like this creamy cheesecake — to your dessert basket. You’ll find this and other springtime desserts in my cookbook,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 26, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Big Breakfast for the Big Day

If you’re looking for a delicious pre-parade dish to fortify you for the “big day,” you’ll love this hearty three-in-one casserole. The recipe originated with Peter Foynes, director of Cork Butter Museum in Cork City, and has appeared in…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Glory Be To Guinness, A Baker's Best Friend

When it comes time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, soda bread, bacon and cabbage, and Guinness probably rise to the top of the holiday menu. And why not? These iconic dishes are among the most popular for the Irish worldwide, and one more…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 2, 2018 at 9:00am — 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…

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

Recipe Worth Repeating

If you’re a loyal follower of my recipe posts (if I actually have any “followers”), this recipe might ring familiar. I posted it back in March suggesting that the soup would make a lovely “spring” dish, but since I’ve made it again recently to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 8, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Perfect Potluck for New Year’s Eve

If you’re celebrating the arrival of 2018 sensibly (that is, you’re NOT going to Times Square where the temperature will be somewhere between 10°F and 20°F) by heading off to or hosting a casual potluck supper, you might want to consider this delicious riff on traditional Colcannon. The recipe is a slight…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 29, 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…

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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…

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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…

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

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