How to Make Goat Cheese Recipe – Chèvre

How to make goat cheese at home - chèvre |

Goat Cheese or chevre, no matter what you call it; is go-o-o-o-o-o-d! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. It’s unbelievably easy to make, not to mention inexpensive compared to the cost of a store-bought portion.  Seriously, it’s about half the cost. By the way, you don’t need a goat, or even a friend with a goat. My…

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A Culinary History of Allspice |

Allspice: A Culinary History

  Contrary to its name, allspice is not a combination of spices, but an individual spice. It is the dried berry of a tree in the myrtle family. The berries are slightly larger than peppercorns. Their aroma is akin to that of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg combined. It was the British that gave the berries…

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Quick and easy Irish potato leek soup recipe |

Irish Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup is an Irish favorite. It is just what you need on these dwindling cold nights when old man winter still refuses to release you from his icy clutches. Making this soup is so easy. You only need about 30 minutes. The ingredients are simple: butter, leeks, potatoes, salt, pepper and stock (vegetable or…

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Yummly - The Ultimate Digital Foodie Kitchen Tool

Yummly – The Ultimate “Digital” Kitchen Tool

What is Yummly you ask?  Well, it’s a virtual recipe box, a recipe search engine on steroids, a smart phone app, a shopping list generator, and bar code scanner all wrapped into one cool tool!  Let’s break down some of these cool features of Yummly. Yummly is your virtual recipe box on the desktop or on…

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Irish brown soda bread |

Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread is as typical as a pint of Guinness. It is a close cousin, or stepbrother to the Irish soda bread made with white flour. Although today both are equally popular, brown bread was initially more common because white flour was more expensive. People with less resources favored brown bread since it cost…

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Irish Dublin Coddle recipe - easy and delicoius|

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle?  Aah, a most delicious hearty Irish dish that will warm your heart and your stomach all at once. A funny name? Yes, maybe. But before I go into the particulars about this post, I will share a funny Dublin story with you. You might be wondering about the colorful doors surrounding the dish….

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Turkish lamb stew with almonds, apricots and rose water |

Lamb Stew Infused with Rose Water

Lamb Stew infused with rose water is one of those dishes whose ethnicity is hard to pin down. Is it Indian, Turkish, Middle Eastern? All of these ethnic groups use rose water in their cooking. Oh well, it really doesn’t matter. For the sake of categorizing, I am saying it is Middle Eastern. It has…

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Middle Eastern pistachio rosewater shortbread cookies |

Pistachio Rosewater Cookies

Pistachios are a huge favorite of mine. I must confess , I always buy them whole because I love breaking the shell. For a long time now I had been wanting to make cookies with pistachios. I also wanted to incorporate rose water into the recipe. Yes, rosewater, an often overlooked culinary ingredient. Although hardly…

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Aunt Lou's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe |

Aunt Lou’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Aunt Lou’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake is to die for!!! A Death by Chocolate of Sorts. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Today I am happy to bring you another recipe from Aunt Lou’s Archives. She named this one “Dark Cake” as you can will see in the recipe photo…

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Rosewater lemonade recipe |

Rosewater Lemonade and History

Rosewater will be the theme in my posts during February. I will be posting interesting and delicious dishes using this great ingredient. Everybody loves roses right? Well, what better way to add more roses to your life than to add them to your food!  Although lemonade is associated with summer and picnics, who says you can’t…

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Easy (non-grilled) Chicken Shawarma Recpe |

Easy Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma is a traditional Middle Eastern favorite consisting of thinly sliced spiced lamb that has been marinated. It is cooked on a rotating spit, then served on pita bread with tomatoes and onions.This is a good time to tell you that I will not be preparing my Shawarma on a rotating spit. I don’t…

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