Crème Brûlée is a classic French dessert consisting of baked cream custard with a crispy caramelized sugar top layer, that simply cracks with lusciousness once you break it with the side of your spoon. Now to give this famous French dessert an Irish flair I decided to add a little of Ireland’s favorite cream liqueur to the custard, taking this classic dessert to decadent new heights… Read more and get the complete recipe here.
Great news for all Irish traditional music lovers. The Chieftains, an iconic Irish band, are embarking on an impressive tour this year and are kicking things off with a show-stopping performance at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas on Feb. 22, 2018. Anybody who may find themselves in Nevada next week, prepare for an unforgettable night celebrating the very best of Irish music and dance…. Read more here.
Eve’s pudding was a favorite dessert in Ireland when I was growing up. A baked sponge tops deliciously sweetened and stewed apples, making it a comforting winter treat. A traditional British pudding, it was cooked in Ireland too and probably brought across the Irish sea by the many wonderful Irish cooks who worked in the kitchens of England’s aristocratic homes…. Read more and get the recipe with step-by-step photo instructions.
Sheila O’Flanagan’s most recent novel “The Missing Wife” will be released in the United States on February 6, 2018. To mark Sheila’s US publishing debut I am delighted to offer a copy of her novel for a reader to win. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sponsoring this prize. Sheila was ever so kind to answer a few questions about her novel, her writing and her inspirations…. Read my interview with Sheila O’Flanagan and enter the giveaway here.
Dolmens are megalithic monuments found dotted around the Irish landscape. Standing for millennia, they perch majestically on grassy hillsides, on craggy cliffs, on winding roadsides, and even right between modern day homes. Ireland is home to over 150 of these ancient portal tombs, and so I think it is fair to consider these historic monuments as symbols of our ancient past. And so today, I hope you’ll join me as we take a little tour of Ireland’s wondrous dolmens, both great and small….. Read more here.
Dubliners. It’s a one-pot wonder that combines potatoes, sausages, bacon and onions. Cooked slowly in water or broth the result is a filling stew loved throughout Ireland’s capital city. For real Dubs, coddle is a nostalgic dish. One that reminds them of childhood, and the tastes of home. But this isn’t just a dish from the past. It’s alive and well and continues to be made in Dublin homes to this very day… Read more and get the complete recipe here.
When the weather turns cold, a good beef stew is on the menu in our house. This very easy winter dinner is perfect for warming up when temperatures fall. This is not a spiced up, or boozed up stew, but a more traditional recipe that featured frequently on the menu of my Irish childhood. The vegetables I use are carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic and mushrooms. The herbs are simple – thyme and bay leaves. The flavors are subtle, typically Irish and definitely not hot and spicy like many stews from other countries and cuisines…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
Irish Coffee is a favorite after dinner drink all over the world and consists of sweetened coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey, topped off with a layer of lightly whipped cream. But did you ever wonder how on earth Ireland became famous for a coffee cocktail rather than a tea based tipple?… Read more and learn the history of Irish coffee here.
Pumpkin season is upon us and the perfect time for making home made pumpkin purée. I often buy canned pumpkin but love to make my own when pumpkins are available in the grocery store or at pumpkin patches all over the country. Here’s how I roast pumpkin to make a lovely, rich and smooth pumpkin purée…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
A moist spiced pumpkin cake which is easy to make and budget friendly. The ingredients start with a boxed cake mix. A simple way to create a taste of fall. You can’t get easier than that. Here’s my recipe with step-by-step photo instructions…. Read more here.
“My Ireland” is a place of love which invokes a deep sense of identity. “Mother Ireland”, as we so lovingly call her, will always influence my state of mind, no matter where I wander.
She instills in me a life-long feeling of connection. “My Ireland” is a collection of stories and memories that have shaped my life.
“Memories, converted into stories,
can become a monument of sorts
to the remembered.”
– Christy Kenneally
“My America” is a place of acceptance, which invokes a deep sense of pride. I have chosen to live in a small state in the heartland of America. In Kentucky, we live outside the limelight, and may not be considered part of “mainstream” America.
Here I present the stories and images of “My America” – Smokey Mountains, natural wonders, and great rural beauty. I have learned we are as integral a part of the ‘Real America’, as our more famous urban neighbors. Welcome to my American Dream.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom