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Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is made special in Ireland by a very unusual dish---pancakes!
Handfasting, an Ancient Irish Wedding Ceremony
Handfasting is an ancient Celtic wedding ceremony that is enjoyed by many couples. Committment by any other name...is still the same. Long life and much happiness to all loving couples.
Irish Wedding Cake
The Irish Wedding Cake is a rich cake with complex flavors of fruits, nuts, and spirits. It is made with pure, simple ingredients that are available everywhere. Like so much traditional Irish cooking, it would not generally be found in restaurants…it’s reserved for family and guests.
Stopping at Shannon Airport at 8:00 AM after a night-long flight makes the mixing of coffee, cream, and Irish whiskey a perfectly natural thing to do. Irish Coffee is made to be savored, and St. Patrick's Day is another perfectly natural time to enjoy a sip or so.
St. Brigid of Ireland
The inspiring story of St. Brigid, bishop of the early Christian church in Ireland, who shares a feast day with an ancient Celtic goddess. The beginning of February is the start of Spring, a celebration wherever you are.
The Traditional Irish Wake
Though it is a bit of an exaggeration, the stereotype of the Irish wake is that of a big party, and the only one without a hangover a week later is the deceased. Every family now has its own new traditions, but some Irish traditions don't change.
The Creators Book Review
"The Creators: Individuals of Irish Foods" by Chef Dianne Curtin rides the crest of the real food movement. Traditional methods and real ingredients from the home of Irish artisan and fresh, organic foods---southeast Ireland, Cork in this case.
Irish Charms from Tara's Diary
Tara's Diary is a collection of Celtic-themed charms bracelets. They are Pandora-style, compatible with Pandora bracelets, but with an Irish identity.
Irish Soda Bread : My Best Recipe
Homemade Irish Soda Bread is as much a part of the Irish culture as the love of a cup of tea. This recipe produces a delicious, nicely crusty and even loaf that slices beautifully. It is good enough to gift wrap and makes a nice change from all the too sweet holiday foods.
Finding Your Irish Ancestors
Are there boxes in the closet that came from the childhood home? Inside, are there old letters and photographs, some familiar and dear, and some a mystery to ponder? Wondering about who your people were? Are you Irish? A little bit? Find out by following those leads and your heart.
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