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…

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…

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…

January is Casserole Season!

If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy-to-prepare; Cottage Pie is one of those dishes! In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. However, this dish is equally good with ground beef or…

Game Day Dipping Sauces for Appetizers

It’s game day! You’re planning a small gathering of friends and family.  Creating a menu with lots of finger foods and appetizers ready made for dipping is the best route to go for an occasion like this. Sports and dippable finger food go hand-in-hand. So what do you use as a dipping sauce?  Here are six…

Mid-Winters Ladies Tea Scones

                                Mid-winter with its ice-cover branches and snow-capped trees, the powdery white landscape is both beautiful yet, chilling.  Playing in the snow can be fun for both old and young alike. Once you come inside though, wouldn’t you rather be cozied up in front of a fire enjoying our Midwinter tea? Come warm up…

A Mid-Winters Ladies Tea Menu

When Mid-winter has a hold and you are looking for a quite corner to curl up in, try this warm and delicious tea menu by the fire with some quite jazz in the background.  Soothing and Calming to the soul.  Jazz suggestion:  Beegie Adair’s “I’ll Take Romance”. Menu Smoked Gouda and Rosemary Scones with clotted…