Category “Special Days”

Saturday, 21 March, 2009

Chocolate Mint Paddies

Chocolate Mint Paddies

These are the perfect chocolate cookies, made only better by the molten chocolate mint candies that nest in the center of them. I am so glad that a friend recommended this recipe to me. You can tell just by reading it that it is a true retro recipe!

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Tuesday, 17 March, 2009

May the Rain Fall Soft Upon Your Fields

Irish soda bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, dear readers! As I may have mentioned before, I come from a very strong Irish bloodline, and March 17th is a day to celebrate. Tonight we celebrated our Irish heritage a few days early with wonderful friends and delicious food. I was in charge of the soda bread. I found a great recipe in a book I found recently at a book fair. It was a major crowd pleaser and an excellent accompaniment to our corned beef and cabbage!

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Tuesday, 17 March, 2009

Beannachtaí lá Fhéile Pádraig Duit, A Sheáin Léitheoirí!

Blessings of St. Patrick’s Day to You, Dear Readers!

As I’ve mentioned a few times now, I have a mostly Irish heritage. So today is a fun and festive day in my family when we celebrate with food and friends! Here is what I put in my crock pot this morning. As opposed to a London Broil, I like to call this a Dublin Boil.

Here is what my crock pot probably looks like right now, bubbling away in my kitchen:

Corned beef dublin boil

I can’t wait to get home and enjoy this overflowing, bountiful Irish feast!

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Saturday, 14 February, 2009

Be mine, Valentine…

Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Here is a special peek, dear readers, at the romantic breakfast I cooked for my Valentine this morning.

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Wednesday, 11 February, 2009

Raspberry Shortbread Hearts

These are a special treat I made for my valentine this year. Tender, buttery shortbread hearts sandwiched with red raspberry preserves. Delish!

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Sunday, 8 February, 2009

Valentine Sweets

Whenever I have some egg whites on hand, I love to make some meringues. They are such a light and tasty cookie that you can enjoy guilt-free since they are very low in fat! The delicate texture and lightly sweet flavor is perfect for a little treat. They melt in your mouth so perfectly – yum!

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Friday, 6 February, 2009

Overnight Irish Oatmeal

I have been cozying up to my crock pot a lot lately – it’s just so nice to be able to throw stuff in there and have it come together perfectly with barely any work at all. And I’d read that you can actually make oatmeal in a crock pot by fixing it the night before and setting it on low overnight. I love oatmeal and eat it almost every morning, especially during the colder winter months. I enjoy the Irish-style steel-cut oats the most, but they take so long to cook that I rarely make make time for them in my morning routine. So I decided to try cooking them in the crock pot overnight to see if I could make it work – and it did!!
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Tuesday, 3 February, 2009

The joining of my two passions…

As most of you know, dear readers, I live in Georgia. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a little bit of a craze down here over a game called football. I grew up with two brothers, so it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that I would be a sports fan. I have a special place in my heart for one team in particular.

So on occasion I like to bring two of the great passions in my life together – football and baking – and make football cookies. So I wanted to share with my readers a collection of tips on how to make great football cookies for your next tailgate or Superbowl party.

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Sunday, 25 January, 2009

Guinness Beef Stew

My brothers and I calculated it once, and I think we came up with the figure of 85% – we’re 85% Irish. My maiden name has an apostrophe in it, and the only bad part about being married is that I miss my apostrophe. 😉

I like to put together a special Irish menu every St. Patrick’s Day, and a couple of years ago I was inspired to try to re-create the amazing bowl of Guinness Beef Stew that I enjoyed one night in a pub in Dingle, on the west coast of Ireland, when I was studying abroad there. Now it’s become one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes!

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