Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots. “Fah Gahds SAKE!!”

Okay, THIS is delicious.  For full instructions and shenanigans, including my list of how to live the “Irish Way” watch the vid below. This is another one of my pressure cooker recipes.  I usually make corned beef in the crockpot, but I just got a new pressure cooker and I’m dang excited about it. Instructions/recipe: Put one corned beef, plus the contents of the spice packet in your pressure cooker.  Add 5-6 whole, peeled potatoes and one whole bottle of Guinness beer.  Set to the “chicken/meat” setting and shift time selector to “medium”.  The pressure cooker will heat up for about 10 minutes, then […]

Irish Soda Bread

Easy, frugal and it comes together in a snap:  It’s Irish Soda Bread.  You know those Irish mothers didn’t have time to mess around! Like I say in my live-recorded vid below – real Irish soda bread contains only flour, salt, leavening agents and buttermilk.  Mix it with a spoon, roll the dough around enough to make a nice ball (it will be sticky on the inside), bake it at a high heat to crisp the outside, and you’ll have bread for your family in about 40 minutes total. Recipe: 4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups buttermilk Bake […]

Pressure Steamed Salmon and Veg

Why can’t our food be macaroni & cheese and chocolate cake all the time?  Why oh WHY must we spend some days eating things like fish and vegetables? Oh well.  Who knows?  All I know is that if you’re going to impose some kind of “light fare” to your menu, this is the way to do it. The vid is above. Enter: The Pressure Cooker. Look, this is not the same pressure cooker we white-knuckled through ten years ago.  The new ones are electric, they have great timing features, they have stupidity-proof locks and they work damn well. They won’t blow […]

My Son’s Decadent Birthday Cake!

Intensely decadent, over decorated, dripping with chocolate and entombed in a buttercream made of blitzed, pulverized Oreo Cookies:  It’s the perfect birthday cake for a teenager! Cake Schematics: Cake:  My Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake (recipe in video below) Icing:  Oreo Buttercream 1 lb butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups pulverized oreo cookies (Oreo Dust) 1-4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Viewer Jenny suggested using salted butter, and I agree.  That may have taken a bit of the too-sweet sting off of the icing.  You could also use unsalted butter and add a pinch or two. Chocolate Rosettes:  […]

Perfectly Gooey and Delicious Mac and Cheese

A really superb mac and cheese comes together like a symphony. There’s a technique of timing.  Each component needs to be added in at just the right moment. How else could these two ingredients combine to make something so incredible? Of course, there are other ingredients too.  But pasta and cheese are the stars. Meet the cast of characters: 2 lbs pasta (2 boxes) boiled 5  cups grated cheese (separated into a 3 cup batch and a 2 cup batch) 1/4 cup butter 1/4 olive oil 1/4 cup flour 3 cups whole milk 1 tbs salt 1 1/2 tsp mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon […]

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Thighs (Freeze Ahead Recipe)

This assemble-ahead, freeze-ahead recipe is so easy to make and SO delicious, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief.  It takes only minutes to assemble, and is a snap to bake.  It’s a light, springy, fresh-tasting addition to your recipe repertoire, and the slice of lemon a top each chicken thigh will add a bit of civility to a busy weeknight.  These chicken thighs pair well with any number of easy side dishes too, such as steamed rice, egg noodles, a crust of baguette or even angel hair pasta tossed with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese.  You can’t go […]

Split Pea and Ham Soup

This hearty, frugal soup is a mainstay at my house.  It never fails to impress, which always is a surprise to me.  How in the world can such humble ingredients combine to make something so delicious? I suppose that’s the case with every good soup.  I’m a big believer in the powers of a good soup. You can piece together the base of this soup with a few scraps of leftover ham, a humble onion, and a bit of diced carrot.  Add a bag of dried split peas, some chicken broth, water and a little salt, and you’re done! Split Pea and Ham […]