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Yummy Yogurt Breads With Irish Oats, Flour

On a recent visit to Ireland I discovered two delicious breads made with yogurt: one from Flahavan’s, the well-known company that’s been milling oats in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, for 200 years, and another from Catherine Leyden, the chef who presents lovely recipes on RTE using Odlum’s flours. You’ll find more…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 11, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Time for Summer Herbs

Whether you cultivate an herb garden, grow a few in pots, or simply find them irresistible at your market or farm stand, the thought of cooking with fresh herbs is, frankly, irresistible! Our Italian friends can take credit for caprese, that great summer salad of tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil, but I’ve found the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 4, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Celebrate Summer with Red, White, and Blue Dessert

Eton Mess is an easy-to-assemble classic summer dish with a rather inelegant name. Said to have originated at Eton College during its annual cricket game against the students of Harrow School, it was first…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 27, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Go Green for Summer

Now that it’s officially summer, access to fresh vegetables is limitless. Zucchini, peas, and carrots are some of the most popular and, coincidentally, some of the best ingredients for summer soups, both hot and cold. This zucchini soup is not only colorful and delicious, it’s also very trendy served chilled in…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 21, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hot Off the Grill for Dad’s Day

Grilling season is officially here, and when it comes to cooking up something special for Dad, a juicy steak, some delicious potato cakes, and an Irish-inspired steak sauce are just the ticket. A full-bodied red wine or a glass of cold beer complete the picture! You’ll find more delicious recipes like this in my “Flavors of…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 13, 2016 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Here Come the Strawberries -- Shortcake In a Jar!

While I traveled through Ireland a few weeks ago, I noticed the first signs of strawberry season emerge, with roadside stands popping up in places like Kilkenny and east Cork (transported, no doubt, from Wexford, where strawberries grow in great abundance). The “season” is officially here in the U.S., too, with the…

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

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Five

It’s not too late to make this delicious dessert, a riff on steamed pudding and gingerbread. Similar to a one served at the Meyrick Hotel (Eyre Square, Galway), this pudding starts with deliciously gooey pears on the bottom and finishes when the cake is turned upside down to reveal them as a deliciously gooey top! In…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 22, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Four

There’s the turkey, of course, but oh those sides! Roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, boiled onions — the list goes on and on for favorite dishes to serve at Christmas. Without relinquishing any family favorites, you might want to try this recipe from my new cookbook “Favorite Flavors of…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Three

After my last post, I received a request for old-fashioned potato stuffing for turkey. You’ll find this recipe for roast goose with potato-bacon stuffing in my “Christmas Flavors of Ireland” cookbook, easy enough to use in your Christmas turkey as well.  For some other classics, order my newest book “Favorite…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Cooking Your Way To Christmas: Day Two

With the holiday season in full swing, there’s always room for a few new or revised recipes for tasty nibbles to serve at a drinks party, family gatherings, or cozy get-togethers. If you’re hosting this year, try this classic dip-with-a-twist. You’ll find the recipe in my “Christmas Flavors of Ireland”…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 10, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

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…

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

Bread Pudding with Winter Fruits

SERVES 8

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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