American-Irish Guinness Stew

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 lb beef stew meat (chuck or roast)  3 garlic cloves , minced 1 sweet onion, chopped 6 oz bacon, diced 3 tbsp cornstarch 2  11 oz bottles of Guinness Stout (not GF) 4 tbsp  Worcestershire (not NSF) 3 cups beef broth  2 medium carrots , peeled and sliced on a bias 1 inch thick 2 large celery stalks , sliced on a bias 1…

Baileys Goat Cheese Cheesecake

St. Patrick’s Baileys Cheesecake This recipe is both gluten free and cow dairy free.  The use of the creamy rich goat cheese is nothing short of sublime.   This basic recipe can be used for any flavor of cheese cake.  Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 12 ounces mild fresh goat cheese, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 4 Tablespoons of…

White Soda Bread

Ok, not gluten free… but a staple for St. Pats! INGREDIENTS: 3 1/2 Cups of all purpose flour 1 Teaspoon baking soda 1 Teaspoon salt 12 oz of buttermilk   INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees.  Lightly grease and flour a cake pan. In a large bowl  and combine all the dry ingredients….

Shepherd’s Pie

This is a long time family favorite and a new favorite of our German foreign exchange students, Annalena and Alina.  This dish is hearty, rustic, comfort food at it’s finest. The first time I ever had this, it was made by my best friend’s Mom.   Kathy was an amazing cook.  Over the years, I have…

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.  No Irish feast is complete without this dish.  As the product of Irish ancestors, the smell of this dish in my kitchen makes my heart glad.  It smells like a proper Irish home I suppose and it puts a smile on my face.  There is some debate over the authenticity of…