Happy Easter 2021!


I'm not at all sure how this happened... but it's Easter... already!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful day together, and, to help make Sunday (and the days thereafter) a bit easier, here are some of This

It's (Always) Time for Soda Bread!

Following a large number of requests... I'm going to post a recipe for soda bread today... 

Bear with me... and be prepared, I like a far more traditional recipe... no fat and no sugar or raisins... 

So... while I have…

The Salmon Are Always Running... in Ireland!

For your consideration...  A St. Patrick's Day flashback from a few years ago:  salmon three ways!

It's that time of year again!

You're either really Irish, or you wish you were!

So do yourself a favor, eschew the supposedly traditional…

St. Patrick's Day 2021 - Home Is Where The Feast Is!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

I know, I know... but the family names are McCann, Kavanagh, McCullough, Shannon, Murphy, O'Gara... 

Clearly... I have no choice.

And in these strange times, it seems we have no choice but to spend a bit…

A Crab Cake for the Ages

I'm continuing to work my way through the samples sent to me by @sitkasalmonshares, and I am thrilled every time I taste something new. 

As all of you know, I make crab cakes whenever my wallet allows.  One of…

Sweet 'n' Lemony Melting Moments!


Mother's other "famous" Christmas cookie contribution was the "Melting Moment."

I know these are seriously out of fashion... but I don't care...

The texture is sooooooooo different from most cookies... because of the cornstarch.  But it's the very, very lemony…

The Best Salmon I Ever Had

I realize this sounds like hyperbole.  It’s not.  This was stunning.  But let me rewind the clock a bit. 

Out of the blue, I received a note from Grace Parisi, an old friend from days gone by in the Food

Hooray for Snowballs! And Christmas Cookie Time!


Forgive me.

The switch from "after Thanksgiving" foods to Christmas prep can induce whiplash...

And now it's mid-December!

So let's get going, people...  Over the next few days, we'll be re-posting our greatest Christmas cookie hits.

You're welcome!

(And please…

It's Chocolate. It's Shortbread. It's Christmas!


Stop What You're Doing and Make These!!!

Seriously.  I love all the traditional Christmas cookies.  But I'm telling you:  make chocolate shortbread and bring those elves to their knees!

These come from Chef Extraordinaire Bob Chambers.  You will never, I…

Santa Will Thank You for Christmas Shortbread!



I have always been helpless when confronted with a plate of shortbread...

And these have forever replaced decorated sugar cookies in my affections.


Yield:  Approximately 50


1 lb. Unsalted butter

1 C Sugar (processed fine)

½ t…

Mashed Potato Tots

I’m incapable of making the right amount of mashed potatoes.  I love them... new, old, hot, cold... so I always make too many.  And this Thanksgiving was no exception. 

But then on Friday, I had this silly idea. 

I took…