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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Spotted dog is what the Irish Americans call “Irish Soda Bread.”  Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country. This was because it was made with only the most basic of ingredients, which included flour, baking soda, soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt. One of my favorite facts is that a cross was traditionally cut on the top with a knife to ward off the devil and protect the household. From the earliest of times in Ireland,  bread-making was an integral part of daily life in almost every home.

Made in just about 2 or 3 minutes and baked in only 30-40 minutes, this Irish Soda Bread might just be the easiest bread you will ever make . By the end of culinary school in Ireland, I probably could have made this bread with my eyes closed! This bread is also terrific canvas for experimenting with different variations and uses. Some of my favorite variations are with olives, sun dried tomatoes or caramelized onions. Read more

Valentines Day Pancakes & Eggs

Pancakes and Eggs

I don’t think it can get much better than someone bringing you breakfast in bed, especially on Valentines Day! Hint.. hint.. to all you men out there! These pancakes will keep it romantic, but not too cheesy!

As confusing and intimidating Valentines day can be, I always say the more simple the better! Sure, every girl would love to walk into a room filled with roses, but lets be realistic here! No one can get upset about breakfast in bed.

Pancakes filled with heart shaped eggs? Yeah you’ve got it, but they are way more simple to make than you would ever believe! For me, I can never decided between sweet and savory for breakfast and I must say that these always do the trick! Read more

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Baked Eggs

Stuffed Peppers 3

If you happen to have a pepper and egg in your fridge, I can guarantee you will be able to make this recipe on an almost empty pantry. Not only is this recipe fabulously simple and versatile, but your bowl is literally edible! It’s the perfect “pick me up” meal in the sense that the peppers are filled with vitamins and the egg and quinoa are packed with protein. These stuffed sweet peppers are an easy recipe that goes a long way! Read more

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies2

In honor of the Chinese New Year, I’ve decided to test out this fortune cookie recipe and to my surprise the intimidating looking cookie is actually really simple to make!

These plain cookies are the perfect canvas to get really creative! Dip them in chocolate or even add food coloring to the batter to add color as a start!  To show up to a party with these cookies, I can tell you all your friends will now pin you as the veteran baker of the group they will be so impressed!

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