Margaret M. Johnson's Blog – October 2016 Archive (4)

Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is celebrated October 31-November 1, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It was suggested in the late 19th century that it was the “Celtic New Year,” and over time, Samhain and All…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 25, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments

Baking Season Elicits a Hearty Bravo!

There’s something about mid-October that I love — the weather, the thought that Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is right around the corner, and baking breads like this “brack,” a fruity loaf from the Quay House, in Clifden, County Galway. Dating from about 1820, it’s the town’s oldest building, was originally a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Perfect Pears, Part II

Delicious on their own, pears are also a wonderful ingredient in recipes from sweet-tart salads to sweeter-than-sweet pies and tarts. They’re great partnered with blue cheese — Kerrygold’s Cashel Blue…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 10, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Perfect Pears, Part I

There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world, each with a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. The most popular and recognizable pears are the yellow Bartlett, egg-shaped Anjou, graceful Bosc, pudgy Comice, and tiny Forelle. Crisp, crunchy, and sweet, U.S.-grown pears are harvested from the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 3, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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