Virginia Style Collards and Pork

Collards are one of the oldest cultivated plants in Virginia.  Ham and collards is a traditional favorite served at many of the Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast ran by Irish Americans.  Many of the Scot-Irish Americans that settle this country, the stable fare for growing in colonial gardens and cooking in the back kitchens was…

Indoor Chesapeake Bay Clambake

Not everyone can hold an old fashion beach clambake.  However, you can create the same delicious meal in your kitchen. This is great to replace to old wore out Fish Fry for Friday Lent Dinner. Equipment: Lots of damp corn husks 4 cups beer 1 or 2 lobster pots or very large kettle pots 4…

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Very much the favorite of the Irish American families for St. Patrick’s Day. The sausages are roasted until mahogany brown and served with mashed potatoes and onion gravy are a favorite in British eateries. The British sausage became known as a banger around World War I, probably because it spluttered as it fried. Along with…

Irish Fairy Cakes

 Irish America Fairy cakes are favorite just like hot cross buns in March. Fairy cakes have magical properties besides enabling you to see fairies it will also heal the sick, but only if baked on the day. In America though, you will know these as cupcakes! Ingredients 1 stick of butter 2⁄3 cup sugar To eggs,…

March Soup and Salad Supper Menu

St Patrick Irish Cheddar Soup       As March rolls in, everyone is getting ready for their St. Patrick’s Day festivities. When everyone across the country celebrates their Irish heritage. Four leaf clovers and the color green can be found everywhere you look. Keeping to the Irish theme, why not celebrate the day with an…

Irish American Cooking

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How to Make Irish Soda Bread

            Irish Soda Bread has been a tradition in the house of O’Dea every spring. It is served with a pot of hot Irish tea at teatime on St. Patrick’s Day. This brings good luck to those who eat it. Accompanied with Irish Stew or corned beef, Irish soda bread creates the traditional St. Patrick’s…

Sea Scallops with Citrus Fruit

By Lisa and Heather Skinner              I have had all kinds of seafood in my life. As a kid, we would go out on the Puget Sound, in Washington State, and catch our own crabs. Mom taught us how to thoroughly clean and eat them. One of my favorites though, would have to be scallops….

Guinness Battered Fish and Chips

            A traditional Irish dinner for a Friday is fish and chips. This recipe with a Guinness twist makes it extra special! The Irish love nothing more than heading to a “chipper” for fish and chips. Whether it is the famous Dublin shop Leo Burdocks or your local “chipper”, there’s nothing like chomping down on…

Irish Comfort Food: Irish Stew Pie

By Lisa Skinner There are Irish roots in my family and we sure celebrate them. Irish food is some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Being able to make the recipes my ancestors have made, gives me a connection to the past that I wasn’t a part of. Whether you are Irish…