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A proper Irish St. Patrick’s Day supper

A proper Irish St. Patrick’s Day supper

Irish cooking tends to be a big joke here in the US, though that is quickly passing. The bad Irish food rap though, isn’t really Ireland’s fault. In reality,  bad Irish food is more a symptom of poverty and repression suffered at the hands of the English.  Irish people do not refer to the potato famine as a famine. Instead, they call it The Great Hunger. 

A steamy cuppa Valentine Love  ♥️

A steamy cuppa Valentine Love ♥️

…if you’re still struggling for not-too-big, not-too-small DIY gift ideas, here you go – you still have time. A nice jar of homemade chocolate ganache for a steamy cup of ready-made love for your beloved.

Yinzer Red Beans and Rice

Yinzer Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and Rice PDQ. If you are a real-deal Cajun cook, sorry, but also, not sorry, because this is some really tasty, wholesome, hearty hygge for a dreary winter day.

Build a bigger table

Build a bigger table

I have been thinking, even harder than usual, about the affordability of well raised food for those who need it most, the marginalized and low income. And today finds a whole new group of hard working people struggling to put food on the table. Some of us...

DIY holidays – a perfectly thoughtful cookie gift

DIY holidays – a perfectly thoughtful cookie gift

What can I do today, before the rush is on, to be ready for last minute gifts, kind neighborly gestures, and unexpected visits? Make recipes for rolls of unbaked refrigerator cookies, portioned into gift-sized logs, wrapped in waxed paper, and stashed in the freezer...

Turkey-Day Serendipity.  A Strange Foreshadowing of 2020…

Turkey-Day Serendipity. A Strange Foreshadowing of 2020…

I would have to try really, really hard to sum up the weirdness surrounding our Thanksgiving holiday better than this essay I serendipitously found in a book about preserving seasonal harvests. All the best storylines are present: Fake News, Propaganda, Revisionist...

Phone-it-in Orange Beef

Phone-it-in Orange Beef

  Some cuts of beef just are never going to be Ruth's Chris caliber. But that doesn't mean they aren't good, they are just something else. A disappointing, tough, lean Delmonico makes a damn fine Chicken Fried Steak, or pepper steak. Ditching the supermarket has...

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Beef

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Beef

So tender, a little tangy, with a very gentle spice, this is one of the laziest meals ever, and everyone loves it!

Oinkers: pork burgers with pineapple salsa

Oinkers: pork burgers with pineapple salsa

A spin off that classic rural family favorite, ham loaf, Oinkers are made from unseasoned ground pork mixed with ground smoked & cured ham –  but less sweet, lighter and more modern.

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