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Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

In Ireland, dropping into a neighbor or friend for a chat and a cup of tea is common place and nobody is ever offended if you show up unannounced. I was always taught it is important not to arrive empty handed though, something I carry with me today! Coffee cake, for me, has a nostalgic flavor which reminds me of every coffee cake my mother brought as gifts to friends growing up. Continue reading

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Sticky Banana Bread

I like bananas, I really do. They are the perfect snack or breakfast food. In a previous job, my boss ate a banana every day at 10am, which we collectively named nana time! However, I have a major problem with them. I don’t like them enough to eat every day and so I often end up with a lot of brown bananas, begging to be used up. There is only one solution to this problem…..banana bread! Continue reading

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Fabulous Focaccia

Bread has certainly become one of my great loves – well baking bread! I find the whole process both fascinating and frustrating is equal measure. I have had many bread failures over the years and continue to do so (hello, sourdough!) but that doesn’t stop me from baking bread three or four times a week. Continue reading

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Seared Scallops and Corn Risotto

We all know at this stage about my obsession with corn and all the sweetness it can bring to a meal. It is the height of corn season in New England and those beautiful cobs are overflowing from baskets at every market. Last weekend, in the search for a new way to use it up, I gave this corn risotto a go. It was delicious as it was but when we had visitors planned for this week, I decided to up the ante. Enter scallops! Continue reading

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New England Corn Chowder

When you think of a country, chances are you have some preconception about the food there, regardless as to whether its accurate. Its pretty common to hear people declare their love for corned beef and cabbage when thinking of Irish food when, really it is an immigrant interpretation of bacon and cabbage. France has its snails, frogs legs and baguettes. England has its fish and chips, bangers and mash and Spain – tapas and paella. Sometimes though, these preconceptions are wholly on point and that is a joyous thing. Continue reading

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Grilled Peach, Goats Cheese and Blueberry Salad

This salad is one of my favourite lunches at the moment. It is full of the best of New England produce and is like summer in a bowl. It makes a great weekend lunch to eat outside or as a side dish at a BBQ. The important thing here is to use ripe juicy peaches and to grill them slowly, grilling them too quickly will make them stick to the grill. Grilling them brings out even more sweetness and the peppery rocket balances this really well. Continue reading