St Patrick’s Day

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Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

I’m pretty sure there are some shepherds that don’t eat beef or lamb. And there’s probably a whole herd of them who don’t tolerate gluten well either. This pie is made with chicken simmered in a broth flavored with lemon zest and thyme, thickened with corn starch not flour. So if you’re one of those shepherds, wandering around, looking for that kind of pie, look no further! This pie’s for you! Continue reading

O’Poupon Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

Riddle: What do you get when an Englishman walks into a kitchen and whips up an Irish American breakfast with a little Frenchie zing? Answer: A multi-cultural culinary mash-up! My husband David did just that. He offered to make breakfast, as he so often does, and presented me with his creation. When he asked what I thought, all he could make out between huge mouthfuls was, “Brilliant, just brilliant!” It was an oh-my-gosh-I-could-eat-this-for-breakfast-every-day kind of dish! So David says, “Do you want my recipe?” “Oh Yes!”, I say. “I want your recipe!” And so will you all! Continue reading

Guinness Braised Chicken with Irish Champ

When I was growing up there was always a subtle undercurrent of knowing that we had Irish in our blood. It wasn’t something we discussed a great deal. It was just something we knew and were proud of. If I was asked what my family ancestry was, I’d immediately reply, Irish. But it wasn’t until my mother started to trace our family history did some of the pieces began to fall into place and it became more real. Now, I had a yearning to visit the family roots and feel my full Irish. Continue reading

Shepherd’s Pie with Colcannon

As we wrap up the International Cooking Tour, we head into the land of my people, the British Isles. They are known for many contributions to civilization but cooking is not at the top of the list. At least it has not been for more years than one can count. One thing you can always bank on is change and that is what is happening in the culinary world, especially in Ireland. But let’s go back in time to trace how this all came to be. Continue reading

Dublin Iced Coffee – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Happy Birthday Dad! This cocktail from Soda and Swine, right here in San Diego, reminded me of my Dad immediately. He loves his coffee and he is an Irish guy! When David and I took my Mom and Dad to Ireland to visit our “Irish Roots”, we discovered that Guinness makes you handsome! Who knew? But all over town there are signs telling us just that, so it must be true. Now that couldn’t be just a load of Irish Blarney, could it? In fact, I do believe when we left the Guinness Brewery, after a pint or two, we all were just a wee bit more handsome! And that’s no Blarney! Continue reading

Dancing Leprechaun – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

tall with lemon twist

I hear the mischievous spirit from traditional Irish folklore knocking at my door. Is it really that time of year again? Thankfully yes, and I am pulling out my favorite St Patrick’s day party gear and getting ready for the corned beef, the singing and a wearing of the green.

Whether you believe in leprechauns or not, a couple of these and you’ll be dancing like one! Continue reading

Saint Patrick’s Jello Shots – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

My Irish girlfriend Laura and I always go the the St Patrick’s Day Parade and then to a local pub where a group of die hard Irish men have been playing Irish “sing-along” music for years. We both have Irish ancestry and the singing and drinking satisfies us both down to our little Irish bones! Continue reading

When In Ireland…..Now Bring It Home!


What is Traditional Irish and what is American Irish is an interesting question? A little Irish history and a tasty recipe will go a long way in helping you be more Irish on St Patrick’s Day. Ask your friends “How did the Black and Tan get its name and is it cool to order one in Ireland?”  or “What do the Irish in Ireland eat on St Patrick’s Day?” You won’t need the luck of the Irish to figure this one out, it’s all right here for you! Continue reading

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