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Cooking Your Way to Christmas: Day One

Starting today, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holiday recipes as we countdown to one of the biggest days of the year. Christmas Pudding is first, since it takes a few hours prep and steaming time making it the one recipe you want to check off as “done.” The early prep will pay off though, because you can make it…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Bread Pudding with Winter Fruits


This pudding is reminiscent of an Irish “brack,” where the fruit is first soaked in either tea or whiskey. On a recent winter visit to Dublin, I discovered this version studded with rum-soaked raisins, sultanas, and holiday fruits like dried cranberries and chopped apricots. Instead of traditional white bread, it’s made with brioche. For an extra boozy…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Add a Little Irish to Thanksgiving with Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Serves 8–10

You can start making your fig and fruit-laden Christmas pudding now, but for…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 17, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Ryan O'Rourke's O'Sullivan Beare Story

I found the story quite heart-rending, especially as O'Sullivan is my maternal grandmother's name. When I first went in search of the family farm in Bounard, Rathmore, Kerry, I asked a farmer for directions and he asked: "Is that O'Sullivan Beare?" I had no idea what he meant but said "yes" anyway. After many more visits to the family farm, I found this signpost at the bottom…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 30, 2014 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

Wild Geese Membership Brings Wonderful Rewards

I have just made a wonderful connection via The Wild Geese Irish Social Network and thanks to my Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partnership that I wanted to share with…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Toasting Halloween with Traditional Irish Barmbrack

The word "Halloween" owes its origin to the ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain, which occurred on the eve of the Celtic New Year, November 1. Several foods are traditionally eaten at this time, especially Colcannon and Barmbrack, a yeast fruit…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Blue Cheese and Autumn Pears: A Winning Combination

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, with a true pear shape, followed by the elegant, egg-shaped Anjou, (also called…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 2, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Countdown to Christmas - Sale Extended

As the generous, realistic Irish woman that I am, I've decided to extend the 25% discount on the sale of my "Christmas Flavors of Ireland" cookbook to September 17, or the fabulous pseudo-holday known as "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day." With that in mind, please enjoy one of my favorite…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Fine Dining Dons 'Three Shades of Green'

Members might like to experience three takes on the Irish food experience by joining chef Noel McMeel and cookbook authors Judith McLaughlin and Margaret Johnson at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. Mark your calendars for May 29! Check the menu and make reservations at…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 28, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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