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Irish stew

The Irish foods specialties are
• Soda bread. Every family in Ireland has its own recipe for soda bread
• Irish stew.
• Colcannon and champ.
• Boxty.
• Boiled bacon and cabbage.
• Smoked salmon.
• Black and white pudding.

Herb and tomato roulade  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
1 bunch washed watercress
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
3 eggs, separated
6 ounces softened cream cheese
2 tomatoes
to taste salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan 8-inch by 12-inch with parchment paper.
Brush with butter. Remove stems from watercress. Chop and combine with parsley, Parmesan cheese, and egg yolks.
Whisk the whites, and fold in herb mixture. Spread over entire surface of pan, and bake 10-12 minutes. Cool.
Peel off the lining paper. Transfer to a sheet of transparent paper. Peel, seed, and chop tomatoes.
Add to cream cheese. Season. Dissolve gelatin in water. Melt and combine with cream cheese mixture.
Spread over surface of roulade. Roll up like a jelly roll. Chill. Unwrap, and slice into 20 rolls.

Smoked salmon wrapped in cucumber sticks  Print Recipe

The smoked salmon is wrapped around cucumber sticks and served as hors d'oeuvre with a tart sherry vinegar dip, and can be assembled 2 hours before serving.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
for the sherry vinegar dip:
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and diced
3 scallions, white part only, thinly sliced across
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
to taste salt and ground black pepper

for the smoked salmon sticks:
1/2 hothouse cucumber
1/4 pound smoked salmon, sliced thin

Prepare the sherry vinegar dip:
Mix the sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, dill, heavy cream, coriander, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready for use. Wash cucumber under cold water. Cut across into 4 equal pieces. Split each piece into 6 to 8 sticks.
Cut the smoked salmon into strips, 1 inch wide and about 2 inches long. Wrap a strip of smoked salmon around the bottom of each cucumber stick and refrigerate.
Serve this hors d'oeuvre on a tray. Pour the dip in a small serving bowl and place in the center of the tray. Arrange the cucumber slices sticks on one side of the tray, and the toast fingers on the other side. Dip the cucumber-salmon sticks in the dip and enjoy with the toast.

Summer salad  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
1/2 pound green beans (1-inch length)
1 pound cooked asparagus
2 cooked artichoke bottoms
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 tablespoon minced chervil
1 tomato
1 avocado
sherry vinegar mayonnaise
Cut green beans into 1-inch lengths.
Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Drain.
Cut asparagus into 1-inch lengths.
Cut each artichoke bottom into 6 wedges.
Combine beans, asparagus, artichokes, chives, parsley and chervil with enough mayonnaise to coat.
Peel and thinly slice the tomato.
Peel, pit and thinly slice the avocado.
Arrange the salad on four lettuce lined plates and garnish with tomato and avocado.

Baked salmon in the swimming position  Print Recipe

A wonderful recipe for a whole salmon and a perfect presentation. A 6 to 8 pound salmon is ideal for this recipe. Served cold, and decorated with shrimp and cucumber scales
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
one 6 to 8 pound salmon, whole
to taste salt and pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups water
3 cups hollandaise sauce (see recipe)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. The whole salmon with the head and tail should be fresh or completely thawed, cleaned, scaled, and washed under cold water. Season the cavity of the fish with salt and pepper. Use the largest baking sheet that will fit in the oven. Line the baking sheet with heavy foil. Place the salmon on the baking pan in the 'swimming position'. Curve the tail of the fish for a more dramatic effect. Wrap the tail and the head of the salmon in buttered sheets of foil. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Pour the lemon juice, white wine, and water in the pan. Brush the surface of the salmon with melted butter.
Measure the salmon across at its thickest part.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes per inch thickness. Baste the fish occasionally. Make sure that the pan juices do not dry out. Add more water if necessary. When the salmon is done, remove from the oven, cover with foil, and keep in a warm place. A few minutes before serving, remove the foil around the head and tail of the salmon. Peel away skin on both sides of the fish. If the fish was lying flat on the tray, it would be difficult to remove the skin off the bottom fillet. Scrape away the dark fatty layer adhering to the flesh. To transfer the whole salmon on a serving tray or platter, use four wide spatulas. One person slides two spatulas under the head and below, another slides the other two spatulas under the tail end and higher.
Synchronize the transfer of the whole salmon onto a serving tray or platter. Cover the fish with foil. Pour the pan juices in a small, heavy saucepan. Reduce the juices to one half cup. Pour and strain over the salmon. Garnish the platter with lemon baskets and parsley. Serve with hollandaise, parsleyed potatoes, and spinach, or green beans.

Beer-batter cod fillets  Print Recipe

Other fish options include haddock, sea bass, orange roughy, and tilapia.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
3/4 cup beer
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
6 5-ounce boneless cod fillets
1 teaspoon fish seasoning
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying .
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and dill. Add beer, milk, and eggs; mix well. Season cod fillets.
Place fillets in batter mixture, coat well.
Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place fish in hot oil, and fry until golden brown.
Cook fish in batches to maintain oil temperature

Cabbage diet soup  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 green peppers
2 medium onions, peeled
2 cans whole crushed tomatoes
1 small head chopped cabbage
1 bunch celery
1 package dry onion soup mix
Wash peppers, cut in halves and remove seeds. Cut the vegetables into medium-sized pieces.
Combine vegetables in a large soup pot. Add onion soup mix and cover with water.
Cook on high heat for 10 minutes, then lower heat and simmer until tender.

Chicken breasts st-pierre  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
to taste salt and white pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup oil
1 cup sliced green pepper
1 cup sliced onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup white wine
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon chopped basil
2 cups cooked rice
Cut chicken breasts across in halves.
Remove skin and trim all fat. Roll chicken breasts in the flour seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika.
Heat oil in a skillet or a saute pan.
Place chicken in skillet or pan. Brown over low heat on both sides until golden brown.
Transfer chicken to a warm dish. Add peppers, onions, and mushrooms to the skillet or pan. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Place chicken breasts over vegetables. Pour wine and lemon juice over chicken. Sprinkle with garlic and basil. Cover chicken, and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Serve with steamed rice.

Chicken salad  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:None
12 ounces cooked chicken
4 ounces diced celery
20 pieces pecans
1 diced shallot
2 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and white pepper to taste
8 leaves lettuce
Dice chicken. Combine with celery, nuts, shallots,chopped hard cooked eggs, and lemon juice.
Fold in mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Serve on lettuce leaf.

Cold poached salmon steaks  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:8 minutes
6-8 ounce salmon steaks
1 gallon court bouillon
1 cup grated cucumber
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon minced scallion
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Poach salmon steaks in court bouillon. Chill salmon. Remove skin and bones.
Arrange salmon on plates or platter.
To make the sauce:
Squeeze out water from the grated cucumber.
Combine with the remaining ingredients, except dill. Spoon sauce over salmon. Sprinkle with chopped dill.

Corned beef and cabbage  Print Recipe

Serve this traditional Irish recipe for a special St. Patrick's Day dinner.
Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours
(3 to 3 1/2-pound) corned beef brisket
1 cup apple cider or apple juice
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
3 bay leaves
10 (about 1 pound) small whole white onions or small carrots
4 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into quarters
1 medium (4 cups) rutabaga, peeled, cut into 2-inch chunks (optional)
1 small head cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

Mustard Sauce:
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup horseradish mustard*
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar

Heat oven to 325°F. Place beef brisket in roaster; add juices and spices from brisket package. Combine all seasoning ingredients in small bowl; pour over brisket. Cover; bake for 2 hours.
Add vegetables. Cover; continue baking for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until brisket is fork tender and vegetables have the desired doneness.
Remove brisket and vegetables to serving platter; keep warm. Beat whipping cream in chilled small bowl at high speed until soft peaks form.
Gently stir in horseradish mustard and vinegar by hand. Serve mustard sauce with brisket and vegetables.
*Substitute 1/4 cup country-style Dijon mustard and 1/4 cup prepared horseradish.
Prepare mustard sauce as directed above. Cover; store refrigerated up to three days. This mustard sauce is also good served with roast beef and pork.

Corned beef and carrots with marmalade-whiskey glaze  Print Recipe

St. Patrick's Day in a flash: A zesty glaze makes corned beef from the supermarket deli your own. Serve with buttered cabbage.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 cup sweet orange marmalade
1/2 cup Irish whiskey
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard plus more for serving
1 2- to 2 1/4-pound piece lean fully cooked corned beef
12 small carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise
Fresh parsley sprigs
Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Boil next 3 ingredients in saucepan until reduced to generous 3/4 cup, stirring often, about 7 minutes. Mix in 1 tablespoon mustard.
Generously brush corned beef all over with glaze; place in center of prepared sheet. Toss carrots and 1/4 cup glaze in large bowl to coat; place around beef. Sprinkle carrots with salt and pepper. Roast until carrots are tender and beef is golden, brushing occasionally with more glaze, about 35 minutes. Transfer to platter, garnish with parsley, and serve with Dijon mustard.

Corned beef and slaw sandwich  Print Recipe

These reuben-type sandwiches are easy to make when ingredients are purchased at the supermarket deli.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
8 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
8 ounces thinly sliced deli corned beef
1/2 pint vinaigrette-style deli coleslaw
4 (1-ounce) Swiss Cheese

Heat oven to 350°F.
Spread each slice of bread with 2 teaspoons mustard. To assemble each sandwich, layer 1 slice bread, 2 slices corned beef, 1/4 cup coleslaw and 1 slice cheese.
Place sandwiches onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Corned beef and swiss cheese bagels  Print Recipe

Coleslaw from the deli simplifies this sandwich preparation.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
1/4 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons sweet honey mustard
4 light rye, plain or egg bagels, split
Leaf lettuce
1/4 pound thinly sliced deli corned beef
1/2 pint deli coleslaw, well drained
4 (3/4-ounce) slices Swiss Cheese
4 thin green bell pepper rings

Combine sour cream and mustard in small bowl. Spread mustard mixture onto cut-sides of bagels.
Layer bottom half of each bagel with lettuce leaf, 1/4 corned beef, 2 to 3 tablespoons coleslaw, 1 slice cheese and 1 green pepper ring.
Top each with remaining bagel half.

Crunchy battered fried fish  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
2 pounds Cod fillets or any white flaky fresh fish
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the batter:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup ice cold water plus more if needed
Peanut oil for frying
Cut fish in 1 1/2 inch strips. Place the cut fish in a plastic bag and season with 1 teaspoon of the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Close the bag and toss the fish until coated. Add in 2 tablespoons of flour and toss again.
For the batter:
Make the batter by placing the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 tsp paprika, salt, and pepper into a large bowl and stir it together. Whisk in the water until it forms a batter similar to the consistency of pancake batter. Add a little more water if you need to get the right consistency.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat until it reaches 350°F, you can also use an electric deep fryer as well.
Place the fish in the batter, mix to combine until all pieces are coated while the oil is heating.
When the oil is hot, add the fish piece by piece into the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan, you will have to do this in batches. Flipping halfway through the cooking process takes about 8-10 minutes total.
When the fish has an internal temperature of 165°F and is golden brown, take out of the oil using tongs and place them on a wire rack over a sheet tray. Sprinkle with more salt immediately out of the oil so it will stick to the fish.
Keep cooking until all the fish is done. Serve with your favorite condiments like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

Green peas soup  Print Recipe

This is a smooth, creamy start for a casual summer meal. Fresh peas give this cold soup its sweet flavor and velvety texture, but you can also use frozen. This soup is also tasty hot.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onions
1-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (2 potatoes)
2 cups (500 mL) shelled fresh peas (1-1/2 lb/750 g unshelled)
1 cup (250 mL) cream or milk
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

1/2 cup green peas,
thinly sliced Half sweet red pepper, finely chopped

In large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 minutes. Add stock, 1 cup (250 mL) water and potatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add peas; simmer, covered, until peas are tender, 5 minutes.

In batches, transfer to blender or food processor; purée until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Blend in cream; stir in salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours.
(Make-ahead: Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate for up to 1 day.)
Ladle into bowls; garnish with peas and red pepper.

Honey-garlic chicken  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken skin side down in a broiler proof dish. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over top. Bake 15 minutes.
Baste at least once with sauce. Turn chicken skin side up.
Turn on broiler and continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes, basting often with sauce until skin is crispy.

Irish stew  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours
8 medium potatoes, sliced
1/4 inch thick
5 large onions, peeled and sliced
5 pounds boneless lamb neck and shoulder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme freshly ground pepper to taste
2 pounds carrots, peeled and carve into olive shapes
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Spread potato slices in a 5 quart stew pot or Dutch oven.
Cover with one half of the onions and the meat. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper.
Arrange remaining onion on top. Half cover the ingredients with water, and bring to a boil.
Remove foamy part on surface. Cover pot. Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Add carrots and more water if necessary; cover and continue cooking for another 30 to 40 minutes or until the meat and carrots are tender. Serve hot sprinkled with chopped parsley.
Note: the stew may also be baked in a 350 degree oven.

Potato galette with wild mushrooms  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
10 ounces wild mushrooms, cleaned
1/3 cup goose fat, or olive oil
to taste salt and pepper
5 cloves garlic, chopped
3 shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 pounds potatoes, peeled

For this recipe, use 2 8-inch heavy frying pans.
Cut the mushrooms in large pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons of the fat or oil in a frying pan and add the mushrooms, salt and pepper. Sauté briskly, stirring, until mushrooms are tender, and all moisture has evaporated. Stir in garlic, shallots and parsley and taste for seasoning.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut the potatoes in 1/8- inch slices, if possible using a mandolin slicer or a food processor.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the fat or oil in the frying pans for 1 minute. Remove and arrange potato slices overlapping in circles. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and spread half of the mushrooms on top.
Cover mushrooms with another layer of potatoes, and spoon over some fat. Press a piece of foil with a weight on top.
Repeat with the other galette. Cook galette on top of the stove until underside starts to brown, 8-10 minutes.
Transfer to oven for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil and weight and flip galettes in the pans. Continue cooking until underside is brown

Rack of lamb with mushroom crust  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
2 ounces dried black trumpet or other dried mushrooms
1 egg
salt and black pepper to taste
flour for dredging
2 racks of lamb, boned and trimmed
4 medium leeks, trimmed of hard green parts, split in half, well washed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces fresh shiitake, trimmed and cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
2 sprigs thyme
In a coffee grinder or spice grinder, grind dried mushrooms to the consistency of coffee. Set aside.
Beat egg in a bowl, with salt and pepper. Dip lamb in flour, shaking off excess. Dip it into egg, and then into mushrooms.
Pat mushrooms to adhere; coat lamb heavily. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
Cook leeks in salted boiling water. Drain, and puree with butter. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve. In a medium skillet, heat half of the oil. Saute mushrooms, garlic and thyme until mushrooms are tender.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place remaining oil in an oven-proof skillet. Heat to medium-high. Add lamb.
Cook for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and place skillet in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes for rare, medium-rare, (125 degrees) or longer for medium. Let lamb rest for 5 minutes then cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices.
Place a dollop of leek purée on each plate; top with portions of mushrooms. Place lamb on top.

Roasted onion and garlic soup  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
3 large onions, sliced
8 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cups vegetable broth
3 fresh thyme sprigs or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
3/4 cup russet potato, peeled and diced
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix onions, garlic cloves and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a baking pan.
Roast until garlic and onions are tender, about 30 minutes for garlic. Cool. Squeeze garlic out of skin and mash.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté 10 minutes. Stir in garlic.
Add 5 cups vegetable broth and thyme, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
Add diced potato and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Cool mixture slightly. Discard thyme sprigs.
Puree soup in batches in a blender. Return soup to saucepan. Bring to simmer, thinning with more broth, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with croutons and serve.

Salmon burgers with cole slaw  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
See Salmon Burgers recipe
Cole slaw:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 large carrot, shredded coarse
1 small red onion, sliced thin
Make cole slaw:
In a large bowl whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and mustard.
Add remaining cole slaw ingredients and salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine well.
Cole slaw may be made 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered.

Shepherds pie  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 pounds ground lean beef
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons brown sauce mix
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup diced cooked carrots
1 cup blanched peas
8 cups freshly mashed potatoes
1 cup grated Swiss cheese, for topping
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Make mashed potatoes.
Heat oil in a heavy skillet. Add onion, ground beef, and garlic.
Stir and cook over high heat until meat is brown. Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, brown gravy mix ( such as Knorr brown sauce mix), water salt, pepper, cooked peas and cooked diced carrots. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
Spread mixture over a large buttered oven-proof casserole dish. Cover with creamy mashed potatoes.
For a nice presentation, Pipe the mashed potato over meat, using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tube.
Sprinkle with grated Swiss cheese. Spoon melted butter over cheese. Baked at 400 degrees until golden brown.

Smoked salmon omelet  Print Recipe

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
3 large eggs
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp butter
4 oz smoked salmon
2 oz cream cheese, cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon chopped dill
Heat skillet with a teaspoon vegetable oil. Cook green onion for a minute or so, until aroma is released.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs by hand with dill and green onion for about a minute.
Pour one half of the mixture into a buttered hot skillet and cook over medium heat, lifting edges with spatula several times to allow uncooked egg to run to bottom of skillet.
When bottom of omelet is firm, turn gently with spatula. Crumble 2 oz of smoked salmon on cooked eggs, and top with 1 oz strips of cream cheese.
Fold the other half-circle over the top of the half with the ingredients, cover skillet with lid, and cook for a minute or two over low heat. Serve with buttered toast or toasted bagels.
Make the second omelet.

Warm red cabbage slaw with red onion and apple  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1/2 head red cabbage
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
2 tart green apples,(Granny Smith)cut into 8 wedges
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Cut away the core from the cabbage half. Cut the cabbage into 1/2-by-2-inch pieces.
In large frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until hot. Add the cabbage, apples, caraway seeds and vinegar and stir well.
Continue to cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage softens.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a warm platter and serve immediately.
Note: Top with crumbled fresh goat cheese or blue or feta cheese.

Side Dish count Boxty potato cakes  Print Recipe

Traditional Irish boxty potato cakes use both fresh potatoes and leftover mashed potatoes.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 cup raw, grated potatoes
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup buttermilk to mix
Butter or oil for frying

Place the grated raw potatoes in a clean cloth and twist to remove excess moisture.
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Combine flour mixture into raw potatoes, mashed potatoes, and eggs. Add buttermilk to make a batter.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat and add butter or oil. Drop potato batter by the tablespoon into the hot pan. Brown on both sides (about 4 minutes per side). Butter each boxty and serve hot.

Side Dish count Colcannon cakes  Print Recipe

Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage
Serves: 2
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 1/2 pounds mealy potatoes
3 cups thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
1/4 cup light cream
salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits and softened

1 Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces. In a saucepan cover the potatoes with salted water and simmer them, covered, for 15 minutes, or until they are tender. While the potatoes are simmering, in a steamer set over boiling water steam the cabbage for 5 minutes, or until it is tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander, force them through a ricer or the medium disk of a food mill into a bowl, and stir in the cream, the cabbage, and salt and pepper to taste.

2. Fry the onion in the butter over a moderate heat until it is soft and beginning to brown.

3. Using a spatula, press half the potato and cabbage mixture in an even layer on to the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes until it is well browned and crispy underneath.

4. Cut the mixture into 4 quarters with the spatula or palette knife and turn them over carefully so that the crispy bit is uppermost. Press the remaining potato and cabbage mixture on to the first layer and after a few more minutes, cut and turn again.
5. When the bottom is again browned, you will have a crispy top, a crispy bottom, and a crispy layer in the middle.

Side Dish count Creamy cauliflower purée  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 medium head cauliflower, cut up into florets
4 cloves crushed garlic
1/3 cup 1% buttermilk or low fat sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp butter
Steam or boil cauliflower and garlic until soft. Drain, add buttermilk, light butter, salt, pepper and purée with a hand blender or regular blender.

Side Dish count Irish champ  Print Recipe

The perfect side dish served with good quality sausages.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and halved
1 cup milk
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup butter
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place potatoes into large pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well. Return to very low heat and allow the potatoes to dry out for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk and green onions gently in a saucepan, until warm. Mash the potatoes, salt and butter together until smooth. Stir in the milk and green onion until evenly mixed. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
Serve piping hot in bowls. Set out some extra butter for individuals to add to their servings.

Side Dish count Mashed butternut squash  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 (3 pound) butternut squash
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
Peel and cut squash into cubes. In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook for 20 minutes or until tender.
Drain and return to pot. Mash with butter, salt and pepper.

Side Dish count Potato crepes  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
6 medium red bliss potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Spanish onion
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
6 crépes (recipe below)
4 oz brie or camembert cheese
2 tablespoons melted butter

Crêpe batter:

makes 8 to 10 crêpes
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk (can be low-fat)
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter

Wash potatoes with the skin. Cook potatoes in salted boiling water until tender. Drain well. Peel and cut crosswise, into thin slices.
Slice onion thinly, crosswise.
In a frying pan, heat olive oil; add onion and sauté until lightly browned. Stir in potatoes and sauté for a minute. Stir in cheese to melt and add parsley. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Lay out crêpes on a working surface.
Using a pastry brush, lightly coat one side with melted butter.
Divide stuffing in 6 equal portions and place a portion in the center of each crêpe. Fold the sides of the crêpe over the filling. Starting from one open end, roll up each crêpe to make a firm but not tight cylinder. Again, brush them with melted butter.
Place on small nonstick baking sheet. Bake in a 300 degree F. oven for 10 minutes.

To make crêpes, use a 6 or 7-inch crêpe or omelet non-stick pan.
Combine egg, milk, flour and salt in a blender or food processor and whip until batter is smooth. Heat crêpe or omelet pan.
Lightly brush pan with butter, and heat pan over medium heat. Pour in about 1/4 cup batter. Tilt the pan in all directions until the pan thoroughly coats the bottom.
Pour off any excess of batter (crêpe should be thin). Cook on one side over medium heat until lightly brown (about 20 seconds) then turn over and cook to brown the other side.
Turn the crêpe out onto a plate and repeat the process until all the batter is used. Stack the finished crêpes on one another; they don't stick.
crêpes can be made several days ahead. Cover the plate tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until use.

Side Dish count Potato pancakes  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
2 lbs baking potatoes
2 eggs
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons grated onion
1/2 cup oil

Peel and wash potatoes. Grate in a food processor. Squeeze moisture out of potatoes. Place in a mixing bowl. Mix in the beaten eggs, flour, salt, pepper and grated onion.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non stick frying pan. Spoon potato mixture in oil, the equivalent of 3-inch round pancakes.
Fry to a golden brown color on both sides.
Heat in oven before serving.

Side Dish count Sautéed potatoes  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
4 pounds small potatoes, red, or yellow
1/2 cup clarified butter
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash potatoes. Boil in a pot of salted boiling water until tender. Drain potatoes in a colander. Set aside to cool.
Peel potatoes. Slice into 1/4-inch slices.
Heat butter and oil in two frying pan. Add sliced potatoes. Fry and turn potatoes over medium heat until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter.
Sprinkle with parsley.

Side Dish count Summer salad  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
1/2 pound green beans (1-inch length)
1 pound cooked asparagus
2 cooked artichoke bottoms
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 tablespoon minced chervil
1 tomato
1 avocado
sherry vinegar mayonnaise
Cut green beans into 1-inch lengths.
Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Drain.
Cut asparagus into 1-inch lengths.
Cut each artichoke bottom into 6 wedges.
Combine beans, asparagus, artichokes, chives, parsley and chervil with enough mayonnaise to coat.
Peel and thinly slice the tomato.
Peel, pit and thinly slice the avocado.
Arrange the salad on four lettuce lined plates and garnish with tomato and avocado.

Apple herbert   Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
4 large baking apples
2 teaspoons raisins
2 teaspoons soft butter
2 teaspoons sliced almonds
4 teaspoons melted red currant jelly
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dark rum
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut apples in halves horizontally, remove core.
Combine raisins, butter, sliced almonds, and melted red currant jelly.
Spoon in core of apple halves.
Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over apples.
Pour a splash of dark rum over apples.
Bake till tender.

Apple-oatmeal crisp with irish whiskey cream  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 pounds Rome Beauty or Winesap apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom Pinch salt
1/4 cup Irish oatmeal
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnut pieces

Irish Whiskey Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Lightly butter an 11 by 7-inch baking pan and set aside.
In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Add the apples, lemon juice, 1/2-cup of the brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Stir well, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the whiskey, cinnamon, cardamom and salt, stir well, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl combine the remaining flour, oatmeal and remaining 1/2-cup sugar. Add the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter, and with your fingers or a pastry blender, work the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the walnuts and mix well.
Place the apple mixture in the greased pan and sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot with the Irish Whiskey Cream.
Irish Whiskey Cream:
Whip the cream until it begins to form soft peaks. Add the sugar and whiskey and beat until stiff peaks form. Cover and chill until needed.

Blueberry-rum cobbler   Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:55 minutes
6 cups fresh mixed berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup rum
1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel

For topping:
2 1/4 cups cake and pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease an 8-inch baking dish and set aside. If using strawberries, slice in halves. Place berries in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, using a fork, stir sugar with cornstarch until blended. Add to berries along with rum and orange peel. Stir gently until mixed. Turn into prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
Using a fork, stir flour with baking powder, lime peel, salt and sugar. Cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles oatmeal.
Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in milk. Mix just until a wet dough forms. Do not overmix.
Drop spoonfuls of dough randomly on top of berry mixture. Use back of a spoon to spread a little dough just over open spaces.
Sprinkle dough evenly with brown sugar. Place baking dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips.
Bake until topping is golden and cooked through, from 50 to 55 minutes. Insert a skewer into centre of cobbler. If it comes out fairly clean except for berries, it is done.

Bread pudding with vanilla sauce  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
6 cups raisin bread, cubed
4 ounces melted butter
5 eggs
5 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Cut bread slices into one inch squares and toast in a hot oven. Place in the bottom of a casserole dish and drizzle with melted butter. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over bread. Bake at 350
degrees until custard is firm, approximately 45 minutes.

Combine cream and sugar in a two quart saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks, flour, vanilla and salt; stir in a little of the hot cream. Add this mixture to the rest of the hot cream. Cook, stirring constantly until just thickened. Remove from heat and add ice cream, stirring until melted. Strain. Serve with Bread Pudding.

Chocolate Irish whiskey cake  Print Recipe

Serves: 14
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp. Irish whiskey
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the sauce:

1/2 stick (2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup 15% light cream
1/4 cup Irish whiskey

The cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, add coffee, whiskey, butter, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Place over moderate heat and whisk until butter has melted. Remove from heat and add the sugar. Whisk until incorporated. Pour mixture into a large bowl and let cool slightly.
Whisk together eggs and vanilla extract and gradually pour into chocolate mixture. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Mixture will be very thin.
Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes.

The sauce:
In a heavy saucepan combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil for 3 to 5 minutes until thick and bubbly. Add the cream, boil while stirring about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove pan from heat and stir in Irish whiskey . Sauce keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week. Reheat sauce before serving.

Turn the cake out and poke holes all over the surface and very slowly drizzle 1 1/2 cups of the sauce over the cake . Wrap in foil and let cool completely. Store in an air-tight container.

Creme de menthe cheesecake  Print Recipe

This rich, creamy cheesecake with crème de menthe and mint candies will impress everyone. You can even make it a day ahead!
Serves: 16
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:55 minutes
Crust Ingredients:
2 cups finely crushed chocolate graham crackers
1/2 cup butter, melted

Filling Ingredients:
1 cup sugar 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1/3 cup green or white creme de menthe liqueur*
1 (4.67-ounce) package creme de menthe chocolate mint candy thins, chopped (reserve 6 for garnish)
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
Whipped Heavy Cream, if desired

Heat oven to 375°F. Stir together all crust ingredients in large bowl until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of lightly greased 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
Combine sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Continue beating, adding eggs one at a time, until well mixed. (DO NOT OVER BEAT.) Stir in liqueur by hand. Stir together 1/2 cup chopped mints and 1 teaspoon flour in small bowl; gently stir into cream cheese mixture.
Pour filling onto crust. Sprinkle with remaining chopped mints. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until firm to touch. (Cheesecake surface may be slightly cracked.) Loosen side of cheesecake by running knife around inside of pan. Cool 1 hour. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Garnish top of cheesecake with whipped cream and top with reserved mints, if desired. Store refrigerated.
*Substitute 1 teaspoon peppermint extract plus 6 drops green food color.

Irish coffee pie  Print Recipe

Bring the luck of the Irish into your home with this Irish coffee flavored pie.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

Filling Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules or
1/4 cup strong espresso coffe
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
Garnish Ingredients:
chocolate shavings or whipped cream, sweetened, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine all crust ingredients in medium bowl. Press onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
Combine marshmallows, milk, sugar and coffee granules in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted (10 to 12 minutes). Pour into large bowl; cool completely. Stir Irish whiskey into cooled marshmallow mixture; gently stir in whipped cream. Pour into cooled crust. Refrigerate until set (4 hours or overnight).
Garnish with chocolate shavings or sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Irish cream cheesecake  Print Recipe

Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
1 cup wafer crumbs
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

3 8-ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cup Irish cream
3 ounces white chocolate, melted

whipped cream
chocolate shavings
Preheat oven at 325 degrees.
Combine wafer crumbs, pecans, sugar, and butter. Press mixture onto bottom of 2 inch by 9 inch springform pan. Chill.
In an electric mixer, beat cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at the time, until just blended. Beat in liqueur and white chocolate. Pour into pan. Bake 50 min. or until center is just set. Remove from oven and run knife around sides of pan to prevent cracking. Cool.
Top cheesecake with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

Irish cream sandwiches  Print Recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:8 minutes
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 to 3 teaspoons Irish cream liqueur**

Topping ingredients:
Powdered sugar, if desired

Combine 3/4 cup butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cocoa and salt.
Beat until well mixed. Divide dough in half; shape each half on lightly floured surface into 8-inch long square log with 1 1/2-inch sides.
Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate until firm (2 hours or overnight).
Heat oven to 325°F. Cut logs into 1/4-inch square slices with sharp, serrated knife. Place squares 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until set.
Combine powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter in small bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough liqueur for desired spreading consistency.
Spread about 1 teaspoon filling on cookie, top with second cookie. Press together gently. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
**Substitute 2 to 3 teaspoons very strong brewed coffee.

TIP: Make sure not to slice the cookie dough too thick or the cookies will not be crisp.

Make Ahead: Prepare cookies as directed; cool completely. Freeze in airtight container up to 1 month. When ready to use, thaw cookies completely. Prepare filling and assemble cookie sandwiches as directed.

Irish mist brownies  Print Recipe

A fudgy brownie, layered with mint butter cream and drizzled with chocolate.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
Brownies Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs

Filling Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
5 drops green food color
2 drops yellow food color

Drizzle Ingredients:
1 (1-ounce) square unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

Heat oven to 350°F. Melt 1/2 cup butter and 2 squares chocolate in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth (4 to 6 minutes). Stir in all remaining brownie ingredients until well mixed. Spread into greased 8-inch square baking pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until brownie just begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely.
Combine all filling ingredients except chocolate in small bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Spread over cooled bars.
Drizzle with melted chocolate. Cool completely; cut into bars. Cover; store refrigerated.

Irish whiskey cake  Print Recipe

Based on a recipe from Downey's restaurant in Philadelphia. Note: Since Meg Downey shared this adaptation of the family recipe in 1982, most boxed cake mixes have been reformulated to yield moister (pudding-in-the-mix type) cakes. For that reason, the original amount of pudding mix has been reduced by half.
Serves: 16
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes
one 18.5-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 (3 5/8-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix (see note)
1/2 cup whole or low-fat milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Irish whiskey
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (4 ounces) coarsely chopped black walnuts
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon water
For the cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 10-inch tube pan, preferably nonstick, or bundt pan with nonstick cooking oil spray.

Combine the cake and pudding mixes in a small bowl.

Combine the milk, oil and whiskey in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer; beat on low speed until mixed well. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth, then add the beaten eggs in several additions until well combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until slightly thickend. Turn off the motor and add the walnuts, stirring by hand. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 75 to 90 minutes, being careful not to let it get too brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in the pan.

For the glaze: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, whiskey and water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour one-third of the glaze over the hot cake in the pan. Let cool on the wire rack for 1 hour, then remove from the pan and invert so the cake is upside down on a plate; pour one-third of the glaze over the cooled cake, then cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 days. The next day, unwrap the cake, invert onto a second plate and pour half of the remaining glaze over the cake; recover tightly with plastic wrap; this process allows the glaze to flavor the cake evenly. On the next day, repeat the process, using the remaining glaze.

Irish whiskey date cake  Print Recipe

Serves: 10
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:35 minutes
For the cake:
¾ pound dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1½ tablespoons baking powder

For the sauce:
10 oz (2½ sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup heavy cream
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 tablespoons Irish whiskey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan.

Place the dates in a deep saucepan with 1¾ cups of water. Bring to boil, stirring a little to break up the dates. Allow to simmer 1 minute. Off the heat, stir in the baking soda (it will bubble up!). Set aside.

Meanwhile, in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla, scraping down the mixing bowl. (It may look curdled.) Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer still on low, slowly add it to the batter. With the mixer on low, add the hot date mixture in two batches to the batter, scraping down the bowl. The batter will be runny but don't worry! Stir in the baking powder, which will also bubble up. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, combine the butter, brown sugar, heavy cream and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 minute. Off the heat, stir in the bourbon and vanilla and pour into a 2-cup heat-proof glass measuring cup. Set aside.

As soon as the cake is done, poke holes all over it with a toothpick. Pour one cup of the sauce evenly over the cake while still warm and allow it to soak in for 30 minutes. Turn the cake out bottom side up onto a flat serving plate and pour one more cup sauce on top. Cool completely.

Serve at room temperature with sweetened whipped cream and remaining whiskey sauce.

Key lime tart in sugar cookie crust  Print Recipe

Use key limes for traditional flavor in this refreshing dessert.
Serves: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
Crust Ingredients:
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon freshly grated key lime peel*
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Filling ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup key lime juice*
1 tablespoon freshly grated key lime peel*
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
6 tablespoons Butter

garnish ingredients:
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons freshly grated key lime peel*

Heat oven to 400°F. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, 1 tablespoon lime peel, milk and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Press onto bottom and up sides of greased 10-inch tart or quiche pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.
Meanwhile, combine 1 cup sugar, lime juice and 1 tablespoon lime peel in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved (1 to 2 minutes). Reduce heat to low.
Beat eggs and egg yolks in small bowl with wire whisk. Stir small amount of hot sugar mixture into egg mixture using wire whisk. Gradually stir egg mixture into hot sugar mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened (6 to 8 minutes).
Remove from heat. Stir in 6 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, with wire whisk. Cool 15 minutes.
Pour cooled filling into crust; smooth top. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Just before serving, beat whipping cream in small bowl at high speed, scraping bowl often, until stiff peaks form (2 to 3 minutes). Place whipped cream in pastry bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe whipped cream onto tart; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons lime peel. *Substitute regular lime peel and lime juice. TIP: To get the most juice from limes, grate limes first. Then microwave limes on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds to warm slightly before juicing. If additional Key lime juice is needed, add bottled Key lime juice.

Peach cobbler #1  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
8 cups peeled, thickly sliced peaches
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/3 cup milk
In bowl, combine peaches, sugar, juice and nutmeg.
Spoon into 11 X 7 inch baking dish.
In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in orange rind and vanilla.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir half into batter; stir in milk, then remaining flour mixture.
Spread over fruit.
Bake in 375 oven for 50 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Rhubarb compote  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
6 strips orange peel
1 cinnamon stick
8 cups cut rhubarb
In a heavy non reactive saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to boil.
Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes or until tender.
Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick and orange peel.
Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Rhubarb strawberry trifle   Print Recipe

Serves: 10
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
3 cups rhubarb, cleaned and diced
3 cups strawberries, sliced
1 cup sugar

Combine rhubarb, strawberries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until medium thick, about 15 minutes.

A 10" sponge cake or angel cake cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cups whipped cream

6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups hot milk
2 tablespoons dark rum or Grand Marnier (optional)
In mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch and whisk with a wire whisk until the mixture turns into a lemon color. Add the vanilla and blend well.
In a saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Gradually pour over egg mixture while whisking. Transfer to a saucepan, heat and whisk until thick. The custard should not boil. Pour the custard through a fine strainer into a mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to maintain smoothness. Top with wax paper to prevent skin formation and let cool completely.

Arrange one half of the sponge cake cubes into a trifle bowl. Add 1/3 of the custard. Top that with 1/3 of the rhubarb. Do this again: cake, custard, rhubarb. Finally end with custard, rhubarb. Top the whole thing with whipped cream.
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All-purpose wheat flour 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
All-purpose sifted wheat flour 110 g 80 g 70 g 55 g 35 g 27 g 13 g
White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
Corn flour 160 g 120 g 100 g 80 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Rice (not-cooked) 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Macaroni (uncooked) 140 g 100 g 90 g 70 g 45 g 35 g 17 g
Couscous (uncooked) 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 22 g
Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Table salt 300 g 230 g 200 g 150 g 100 g 75 g 40 g
Butter / Margarine 240 g 180 g 160 g 120 g 80 g 60 g 30 g
Shortening 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Fruits and légumes chopped 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
chopped walnuts 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Nuts /ground almonds 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Fresh bread crumbs (not packed) 60 g 45 g 40 g 30 g 20 g 15 g 8 g
Dry bread crumbs 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Parmesan grated 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Chocolate chips 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 38 g  19 g
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