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Preserving Summer’s End – Watermelon Rind Pickles

Preserving Summer’s End – Watermelon Rind Pickles

It has to be my upbringing that finds joy in making something out of nothing, but I confess when this happens it is a pleasure for sure! - read on. This summer, I was given the gift of sweet homegrown watermelon's from a friend, and, after enjoying the fruit's 'meat',...

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Summer’s End and Happy Lughnasa

Summer’s End and Happy Lughnasa

Today marks the first day of fall and the end of summer in the Celtic Festival calendar. On this harvest day many honor the harvest roots by baking breads and cakes.  Another alternative name for Lughnasadh is 'Lammas', and old English term meaning 'loaf mass'. ...

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Summer Salad with Peaches, Watermelon and Cucumber

Summer Salad with Peaches, Watermelon and Cucumber

Last week I got to take a road trip to leave the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, to the open space and farms of South Georgia. I got to stock up on all my favorite farm produce including Peaches, Watermelon, Cucumbers, Cream Peas, Corn, Okra, Red and Green Tomatoes and...

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Foraged Chanterelle’s with Ravioli

Foraged Chanterelle’s with Ravioli

Growing up on a farm in Ireland I discovered the pertinent joy of working for my food.  My new adopted home, in the highly populated northern suburbs of Atlanta is never the less deeply wooded.  Each year from late Spring to late summer, we have Chanterelle mushrooms...

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Cauliflower Steaks with Tomato and Basil Topping

Cauliflower Steaks with Tomato and Basil Topping

The United States Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and on July 4th, America celebrates it's birth. My husband and I moved to the United States over 20 years ago and we have always loved the casual back yard cook outs and red, white and blue...

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The power of a circle

The power of a circle

Like the ripples of time, I am renewed and drawn in towards circles.  From the spirals formed by throwing rocks into still water to the blazing sun and the silvery curves of the moon, I sense the presence of my Celtic ancestors and hope of the eternal. I have always...

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Digging Up Donegal’s past in Spain

Digging Up Donegal’s past in Spain

When you visit Donegal town you cannot miss seeing the castle close to the diamond in the town center. The castle was the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan, one of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland's history. Red Hugh O'Donnell, who was allied with Catholic...

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Fun and Easy Friday Fish Recipe

Fun and Easy Friday Fish Recipe

Friday is one of the best days to shop for fresh fish in Ireland because of the availability of the freshest fishermen catch, whether that be at the local farmer's markets or grocery stores.  Many families in the christian tradition in Ireland and all over the world...

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The Amazing Eilean Donan Castle

The Amazing Eilean Donan Castle

So yes, we all know that Scotland has some amazing castles - but Eilean Donan is really incredible, really special, but have ever wondered about it's strange name? - read on... Irish monks contributed to the spread of Christianity by leaving their homeland and...

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A wee dram to lift the… ‘spirit’

A wee dram to lift the… ‘spirit’

There's nothing like a wee dram of Scotch or Irish Whiskey for a 'pick me up' during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.  It's no surprise Whiskey sales are through the roof, and one of the highest growing spirit segments in the US.  Most of the growth has been in the...

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