Monthly Archive:: March 2012


The Thin Hyperlink Between Sharing and Stealing

I felt less than awesome when I woke up this morning, owing only partially to the pre-dawn rising of my toddler. I have always loved cooking and feeding my friends and family.  Over the past year I have discovered that I also love creating and sharing recipes. When a reader tells me


Whiskied Brown Bread Pudding

In my mind a traditional dessert seemed like the best way to wrap up this series of Irish travel narratives. However, when I think about sweets what stands out are chocolate treats from the corner shop. Don’t get me wrong I love to indulge in something crafted by Cadbury’s but it just


Some Whiskey to Cure Your Ailments

Last week I had grand hopes of wrapping up my Ireland travel narratives with a decadent dessert, Whiskied Brown Bread Pudding.  Unfortunately I hadn’t finalized the recipe.  However, it did come in handy that we had a bottle of whiskey in the house.  We needed it for medicinal purposes. I was first served a


TGIF It’s Happy Hour!

There is a fairly long list of things I ought to be doing at this moment but I chose option D none of the above.  I spent the day outside knocking out DIY projects that included painting new photography backgrounds, building a sieve to seperate rocks from dirt in the garden, and


The Lasagna at the End of the Trail

Healthy living is all about balance.  While I was staying in Dublin I fell happily into a balanced lifestyle.  My feet provided the majority of my transportation and anything I acquired along the way I had to carry home in my backpack.  The foods I ate were higher in fat but far


Sláinte! Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day so I hope you decked out in green just for the craic¹!  Our family dressed like we were headed to Croke Park for the All Ireland² and attended a party where nearly everything was green from the vegetables to the Rice Krispy treats.  Mr. Second Helpings


An American Sandwich in Dublin

July 4th is nothing more than a day on the calendar for the Irish.  Knowing my family and friends back in the U.S. would be celebrating Independence Day motivated me to organize a little celebration of my own.  Preparing an authentic American meal stood out as the easiest way to celebrate.  I was able


Seafood Chowder on Galway Bay

Fresh seafood is at its finest when cooked delicately with very little accompaniment. There are a few exceptions, one is when it goes into a pot with a handful of diced potatoes and becomes a chowder. The absolute, hands down, best chowder I have ever eaten was at Fat Freddy’s in Galway


Jet Lag and a Full Irish Breakfast

[Editor’s note: I have had two incredible opportunities for extended stays in Ireland: first, in 2002 with a work visa, and again from 2003-2004 as a student at University College Dublin. This week I thought it would be fun to change gears a little with a few stories from my time on


Three Bean Stew

Monday afternoon I made some bean stew.  It was going to be chili but as I began cooking the things in the pot sort of took on a life of their own. Maybe it woman’s prerogative or just a wandering mind but I often start out making one thing only to watch it


It doesn’t matter

Two months ago we changed our calendars to a new year.  Many people resolved to slim down, shape up, and become an improved version of their 2011 self.  I think it is easy to fall into the trap of looking back over the past couple of months and feel defeated by where


Sinus Clearing Soup

I hab a cood.  Boo. It is just a little cold but my sinuses are stuffed up.  My favorite stuffy nose remedy is a spicy soup.  Not a burn my mouth and beg for water kind of spice – I like one that starts out mild and builds while I eat so

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