Christmas Dinner Traditions

Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. Everyone is smiling, cities are alight with the glow of decorations and time with family and friends is the most important thing. Not to mention the abundance of food flowing at every table. Traditions and familiarity are part of the story. There are few traditions in my family as set in stone is the food that graces or dining room. I thought it might be nice to inspire you with some of our traditions. Continue reading

Chocolate Caramel Mousse

I love making desserts but I tend not to make them very often. I suppose that is how it should be, desserts are a treat. That doesn’t stop me dreaming about them however! I am one of those people who would rather a small taste of something decadent rather than an overflowing plate of sugar (which is often what arrives here in the US!) I first tasted this stunning dessert on our last night at Ballymaloe. Devised by the wonderful Rory O’Connell, who is all about refined simplicity, this dessert reflects that perfectly. The chocolate must be dark, as does the caramel, in order to ensure the flavors pop in a small portion. Since that evening, I have been dying to give it a try and finally I got around to it. Continue reading

Fall Harvest Salad

Now that the seasons are changing and the wind is picking up, light and fresh foods are making way for warmth and comfort. The clean salads of summer are shifting to heartier dishes. One challenge I always find this time of year is remaining healthy while still enjoying comfort foods.  Continue reading

Hey There Pumpkin!

I do not know why but I have long held a desire to spend autumn in New England. The colors, flavors and lifestyle portrayed in movies may have had something to do with it! Now that it is coming in to fall, those movies are coming to life all around me. I am finally experiencing the stunning light and vibrancy that seems to have crept up on us all overnight!

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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

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

Fluffy Lemon Sour Cream Pancakes

At this stage, we all know that I have a serious affinity for breakfast foods! I love brunch probably more than most meals. Savory or sweet, this is my kind of meal. Lets face it, pancakes make most people happy!

For the last few years, we have made a little tradition in our house of going to New York for Thanksgiving. Its such a fantastic way of getting into the festive spirit and do some Christmas shopping. I love watching the parade and wandering around, looking at Christmas windows. Continue reading