Monday, March 12, 2018

Irish Cream Liqueur: Homemade for St. Patrick's Day

You can make Irish Cream Liqueur at home!

And it will be fresher (and cheaper) than anything you buy in the store. It will definitely be cheaper if you have some Irish whiskey hanging around your house. 
Photo found at several sites, including

Here are two recipes; one appears to be a bit sweeter than the other.  For both recipes, in addition to the Irish whiskey, the main ingredients are cream, coffee, and chocolate.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Eggs in a Mug

Microwave scrambled eggs in a mug for quick breakfast?  I must admit I was skeptical, but I tried it this morning.. It was easy and good!

I used a bit of butter, though, vs. cooking spray, and I had some nice fresh half and half creamer so I used that instead of milk.  I didn't use any cheese.. maybe I'll add some cheese and perhaps half of a sausage tomorrow.  (I made it again with cheese.. Just plain American cheese.  It was even better!)  

I put the butter in the mug first, microwaved it for about 20 seconds, swished the melted butter around the bottom and sides of the mug.  Then I mixed in the half and half and the eggs.
Eggs in a Mug photo from Incredible Edible Egg  (Recipe at bottom.)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Irish Soda Breads (Yep, TWO recipes): Different and Fruity

So you've decided to venture into the world of baking your own Irish soda bread.  

Before you start buying, mixing, and cooking, make sure you read
this explanation of Irish soda bread.  I've always thought of Irish soda bread with raisins and other dried fruits, but that's not traditional.  The traditional part of Irish soda bread (traditional going back to the 1840's) is that baking soda was used for leavening (rising) instead of yeast.  And milk was soured or one would use buttermilk.  Traditional Irish soda bread has four ingredients that include flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.  It's baked as a round with a cross cut across the top.  That's basically it.  Now there are dozens of variations; they just really aren't "traditional"!     

So.. click away through the dozens of Irish soda bread recipes you will find, but make sure you know what you want to do. 

Soda Bread with Raisins from Recipe Girl*

Below are two great Irish soda bread variations.  There are still about 8 days until St. Patrick's Day 2018; plenty of time to try a few different recipes!

Irish Soda Bread: What's Traditional?

Can St. Patrick's Day go by without at least one loaf of Irish soda bread?  Or perhaps two or more? 

Perhaps you've always eaten store-bought Irish Soda Bread but now you are ready to bake your own Irish Soda Bread?  But you've come across dozens of recipes and you don't know which is the most "traditional"?

The big question, of course, is what exactly IS Irish soda bread?  So many thoughts and opinions; let's see if we can sort it out.
This traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe with 4 ingredients from Fine Cooking 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Green Jello Cake

Wearing O' Green Cake Recipe:  (updated for 2018)

This cake uses lime Jello to become a perfect Saint Patrick's Day cake.  It's been floating around Facebook for years.  My notes say that it was originally from Taste of Home, though people have mentioned that they have been baking Jello cakes for decades!

I have some lime Jello in the cabinet.  Maybe today?

Wearing o' the Green Jello Cake for Saint Patrick's Day

Wearing O' Green Cake Recipe (original apparently from Taste of Home): 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Quick Chocolate Cake in a Mug

A quick treat on cold winter nights: 

This recipe came across my Facebook page about two years ago, compliments of Tip Hero.  The recipe and video has over a million shares and is still circumnavigating the world of Facebook now, two + years later.

From TipHero; found on Facebook, link below.

I have everything I need for this chocolate treat except the chocolate chips right now... I'll add that to my shopping list.  I will try this and report back!      


Dry ingredients first:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

British Christmas Foods: Something different!

If it's your turn to host Christmas dinner, or perhaps you ALWAYS host Christmas dinner and are looking for something a bit different, you may wish to link over to "TheSpruce", a wonderful blog full of ideas and recipes for a BRITISH Christmas dinner. 

The Spruce talks about alternatives to turkey for Christmas, but I always think of turkey as reserved for Thanksgiving here in the USA, with another kind of roast or main dish as the star at Christmas.  Roast beef or some kind of rib roast are good choices.  But why not goose?

( also has many good British Christmas recipes, such as the roast pictured below.)
Roast beef with Thyme and Fennel Crust from  Photo and recipe by Maggie Pennell.

Irish Cream Liqueur: Homemade for St. Patrick's Day

You can make Irish Cream Liqueur at home! And it will be fresher (and cheaper) than anything you buy in the store. It will definitely be c...