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Margaret M. Johnson

Margaret Johnson is the author of a dozen Irish cookbooks. For further details on her work, including how to order signed copies, visit www.irishcook.com.

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Let the Baking Begin! Let the Baking Begin!
Spiced, sweet desserts like this cake have been a part of Irish holiday celebrations for centuries and were highly prized because they included spices and dried fruits, once difficult and expensive to obtain. Irish cooking legend Darina Allen, founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, called it “the cake of the year”
Squash for Thanksgiving: Let Us Count the Ways Squash for Thanksgiving: Let Us Count the Ways
Chances are you’re in the home stretch of your Thanksgiving dinner shopping, and another good bet is that you’ve already grabbed one of more types ...
Worth Repeating: Fig Season is Here! Worth Repeating: Fig Season is Here!
Fresh figs are thought to have been used as early as 2000 B.C. One of the first fruits to be dried and stored, figs appear regularly in both the Ol...
Counting Down to Christmas Counting Down to Christmas
A few years ago, I gave a book talk/cooking demonstration on Irish holiday foods at a local library. One of my personal favorites is mincemeat, an ...
Autumn Leaves & Loaves Autumn Leaves & Loaves
There’s something very special about autumn, the season that officially begins on September 22 in the northern hemisphere. By definition, the autum...
Tomatoes: Grab 'Em While You Can Tomatoes: Grab 'Em While You Can
It’s safe to say, I never met a tomato I didn’t like — red, yellow, green, plum, beef stake, big boy, grape, cherry, heirloom — the list is endless...
Sojourn in the Kingdom, Part 2 Sojourn in the Kingdom, Part 2
rIreland has thirty-two counties and four ancient provinces, but only one kingdom — The Kingdom of Kerry! Renowned for its gorgeous coastline wrapp...
Sojourn in the Kingdom: Part 1 Sojourn in the Kingdom: Part 1
Ireland has thirty-two counties, four ancient provinces, but only one kingdom — The Kingdom of Kerry! Locals might suggest there are actually two (...
Cool & Colorful Soups for Summer Meals Cool & Colorful Soups for Summer Meals
When you’re planning a summer menu, make sure you consider serving soup shooters as an hors d’oeuvres or starter. Garden vegetables like zucchini a...
Christmas in July, Part 2: Sneak Peak at Holiday Recipes Christmas in July, Part 2: Sneak Peak at Holiday Recipes
Let me be the first to remind you that, depending on when you read this, there are about 156 days until Christmas! Shocking, I know, but you can ge...
Christmas in July: Sneak Peek at Holiday Recipes, Part 1 Christmas in July: Sneak Peek at Holiday Recipes, Part 1
Let me be the first to remind you that, depending on when you read this, there are fewer than 165 days until Christmas! Shocking, I know, but you c...
Add Fresh Herbs for Flavor and Beauty Add Fresh Herbs for Flavor and Beauty
Tomatoes and basil; potatoes and rosemary; salmon and dill. Perfect partners in summer dishes, of course, but seasoned cooks know that fresh herbs ...

 

 

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