Leavening Irish Dough
Who knew? The secret leavening agent in Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive texture from the use of baking soda rather than yeast. A classic in Irish life, soda bread is best enjoyed with corned beef and cabbage, champ (russet potato mash with serious goodness), or beef and Guinness pie (for avid meat and beer lovers), and a staple of stout. Add raisins to the mix or leave out for a traditional hearty loaf.
Irish Soda Bread
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
Who doesn’t love to sip on a good margarita in the company of spicy edibles or under an umbrella. Margaritas are stirred or blended up in all shapes with a variety of ingredients sure to please the purist, the sweet tooth, the hardliner, the vacationer, the backyard aficionado or your average lush. Whether you like yours on the rocks or whipped up, this beer-based, tutty-fruity mixture will appeal to tequila lovers alike. The secret ammo is the tequila-soaked strawberries. See recipe ...
When Ash Wednesday dawns, kick the King Cake to the curb! It’s hangover hell and time for you to get you some collards. Enough said. This is real food, best paired with creole-style coconut shrimp and cornbread. For you late-niters, a bag of beignets and coffee should get you home.
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 1 hour | Ready in: 1 hr 10 min
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ...
Blondeen Your Brownies
My mother proclaimed the adage that so-and-so blondeened her hair! Once clarified, “blondeened” referred to that 50s-style technique of frying the hairlocks with bleach, peroxide or some other home-made concoction. I searched the internet for proof of such a word to no avail. Nonetheless, mothers know best. And this quirky little verb may very well be just my mother’s own, but I’ll own it!
Now, on to the salted caramel blondie recipe in celebration of (National) Blond Brownie Day on ...
Mexican-Style Hot Cocoa
This isn’t your trusty and dusty ole hot chocolate recipe! The Latin American-infused ingredients include orange zest and an ancho chile powder kick. Prep time is 10 minutes, yielding 2 cups of mix or 24 servings. Try out this hot coco variation with family and friends at your yuletide gathering in earthen or rustic mugs, add Mexican pastries and sip (slowly)! You are sure to perk up the taste buds and cause a few folks to break a sweat. Muy picante!
Mexican-Style Hot Cocoa Mix
Easy As Pie
When in need of a pie for those “Bring a Dish” parties, for last minute holiday do-drop-ins, or when hosting the family holiday meal and overwhelmed, here’s an EASY anecdote... the beautifully adorned pumpkin pie. First, buy a pie! If pumpkin isn’t your thing, substitute with a custard or buttermilk pie. Also, pick up a box of maple leaf of leaf-shaped cookies. Follow the steps below to create a seasonal garnish that makes that store-bought pie your very own. Now get decorating… ...
In the Mood for Pasta
Well, do we have a hearty sauce with a sultry past, perfect for a chilly eve… Puttanesca. Although its origins take a wink from the Italian ladies of the night, this dish is packed with rather wholesome ingredients like a bounty of cherry tomatoes, capers, anchovies, Kalamata olives, fresh herbs and your favorite pasta! This month boasts National Pasta Day, so what are waiting for…
Prep time – 15 minutes Cook time – 30 minutes
2 pints ...
Throwing a Halloween party for your favorite ghouls? This classic Frankenstein cake may have a few stitches, but it tastes horrifyingly delicious.
First, start with your favorite cake recipe or box mix. Prepare batter and pour into a round pan. Follow baking directions on recipe or on box. Remove from oven and let cool on rack. You may need to make 2 pans, stacking the cakes to achieve a taller cake height. Next, whip up a white butter cream or sour cream icing, or if lazy and out of time, ...
A Bite Out of History
In observance of Constitution Day, let’s explore what the founding fathers ate. What’s in it? A recipe helps us understand a bit more about one’s personality and preferences. For instance, George Washington was one of the only founding fathers to run an estate with financial success. He was a general, diplomat, farmer, distiller, and much more. He enjoyed the varied tastes of his many careers, from porter made in the battlefield to cherries from his orchards at Mount Vernon. As one of the ...
A Nod to the Neapolitan Classic
Neapolitan ice cream, the beautifully layered dessert that evokes memories of childhood, takes its name from the Neapolitan immigrants who brought their frozen desserts to America during the 19th century. The term has come to refer not just to ice cream, but anything that’s flavored with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. You can find this popular flavor and color trio in cakes, cupcakes, cookies and beverages. Any off-shoot of the original ice cream inspiration, is all good!
Try this ...