I Got on a Plane for a Cocktail & It Changed My Life — Europe on a Bite-Sized Budget

It was midweek when I found myself staring outside the plexiglass window of my landing plane, worrying my lip as the typical Dublin rain blurred the lights of the airport.

What am I doing? I asked myself as the "unbuckle seat belts" sign dinged overhead.

This is not what a rational, put-together adult would do, I lectured as I wrestled my carry-on out of the overhead bin.

I can't believe I'm doing this, I murmured as I rolled it towards Customs, a little sweaty from the spontaneity of the whole thing.


5 Reasons to Feel Good About Drinking Guinness Today — St. Patrick’s Day

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Today is St. Patrick's Day, which means it is also a day when many pints of Guinness will be consumed. And when we say many, we mean roughly 13 million pints over the course of 24 hours. Clearly no excuse is needed to drink a pint of Guinness today of all days, but there are, in fact, many reasons to feel good about raising a glass of the dark-and-creamy stout in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Here are five.


My Irish Table by Cathal Armstrong & David Hagedorn — New Cookbook

  • The Angle: Cook like a (real) Irishman. Eat like a (real) Irish family.
  • Recipes for right now: Dublin Coddle; Smoked Haddock and Shellfish Soup; Sardines Braised in Spicy Tomato Sauce; Fish and Seafood Pie; Baked Whole Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce; Roast Duck with Sherry Vinegar Gastrique; Corned Beef; Braised York Cabbage; Brown Bread; Bakewell Tart
  • Who would enjoy this book? Anyone hoping to coddle a Dubliner; St. Patty's Day revelers who don't want the party to end; displaced Irish craving a taste of home; anyone who loves the taste of home, no matter where that home is.

    What’s the Difference Between Canadian Bacon (or Irish, or English) and American? — Ingredient Intelligence


    If you actually hail from Canada, may just think of this meat as bacon. If you're from other parts of the world, you may know it as Irish bacon, English bacon, or back bacon. No matter what you call it or where you're from, I think we can all agree that thick slices of this bacon make a mighty fine addition to breakfast, especially in eggs Benedict, perhaps its most commonly use in the U.S.

    But what's the difference between this good stuff and American bacon?


    An Irish Christmas — Christmas Around the World

    One Tray Artisan Full Irish

    I grew up in Dublin, Ireland and come from a big family, and although it was only myself and my brother, there are five siblings on my dad's side and six on my mom's, which meant the house was always filled with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents around Christmas time.

    For an Irish family Christmas, the traditional dinner is key and getting it right is a real art. Roast turkey and stuffing, clove-studded baked ham, crispy goose fat potatoes, steamed Brussels sprouts, buttery sweet carrots, crispy parsnips, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, gravy, phew, there's a lot to think of!


    How To Make Classic Irish Coffee — St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

    Irish coffee is a cocktail of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream that is not only acceptable but also expected as a morning treat on holidays. Sure, St. Paddy's Day sees a lot of Irish coffees, but we also enjoy them on Black Friday (staying home, skipping shopping) and on both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Last December, assistant food editor Sheela shared her uncle's rules for making the very best Irish coffee and, being the curious cook I am, I had to give his method a try. Just a few key points made for a better Irish coffee that is perfect for celebrating the everyday.


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