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…

Mini Blue Cheese Quiches

            What is a quiche? It is an unsweetened custard pie usually with a savory filling. Some, like a French quiche, consist of pastry crust filled with delicious custard and pieces of cheese, meat, seafood, or vegetables. Today, though, we are going to make yummy mini blue cheese quiches, just perfect savory bites for tea…

A Soup and Salad Supper: Creamy White Bean and Sage Soup and Apple and Cranberry Salad

                Winter is the soup season! With so many kinds out there to taste, what will you choose? I am always looking for new recipes to make. My favorite has always been good old-fashioned tomato soup. However, my aunt sent me this recipe and I am so excited to make it. Want to try with…

A Hot Chocolate Day

                You wake up. There’s a chill in the air. You look out the window to see a fresh blanket of snow had appeared overnight.  The kids have a school day. After breakfast, you send them out to play, while you start making the hot coco. There are so many different ways to make hot…

Whiskey and Ginger Carrots

This is one of my favorite veggie dishes!  I love Jameson Irish Whiskey, so using it in this dish gives me that touch of Irishness that I love to add to menus. This recipe serves 2-3 servings, but with me and my husband, it only gives only two servings.  We love our garden fresh carrots….

Pub Hopping 101

Irish pubs have become so popular these days.  They have been popping up everywhere and in all shapes and sizes.  The Irish pub is not the sports bar that is seen in many of the large cities of America.  There are a few traditional pub that are what a Irish pub is in the truest…

January warms up with homemade loaded potato chowder

  January is National Soup Month.  In Wilmington, the cold winter weather begs for homemade soups for dinner.  This Loaded Potato Chowder is thick, hearty and satisfying chowder that is sure to warm up the entire family. The chowder is not only health; but quick and easy to prepare.  Add a salad and fresh bread…