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Irish food is about a lot more than Mulligan stew! You may find there have been a culinary revolution in Ireland since the last time you looked. Don´t worry, there´s still plenty of brown bread!

Recipe For A Celtic Feast star
A recent Celtic Blessing celebrating the renewal of a couple's wedding vows included the four essential elements for making the Celtic Blessing an authentic Irish feast.

A ‘New’ Traditional Irish Food star
Seaweed is now enjoying some 'super food' status. Many people don't consider seaweed as part of traditional Irish cuisine, but in the northwest of Ireland the culinary culture persisted. Now , a Sligo woman general practitioner, has created a culinary guide to seaweed.

A New Taste of Ireland star
The recent Taste of Cavan food festival highlighted the many artisan food producers joining Ireland's agri-food sector. Also, it features the subtle change in Ireland's food culture over the past two decades.

Apple Tart Recipe star
Apple tart with custard or ice cream, a classic Irish dessert.

Are you a Tatie Hoaker? star
Which queries whether you are a potato picker. Gets down to the roots of the Irish potato, the soul food of millions.

Easter in Ireland star
The recent Taste of Cavan Food Festival highlights the interesting trend in Irish cuisine. They haven't thrown out the boxty or brown bread. But they really are doing imaginative things with locally sourced ingredients these days.

Irish Brown Soda Bread star
Many readers have asked for the recipe for Irish Brown Bread. It´s not so long ago that I would not have been able to help them, as the flour was hard to get outside of Ireland. Now it´s easily acquired in the U.S. This is the Brown Bread of the Irish Country Breakfast...appetizers, tea, anytime!

Irish Christmas Cake star
Irish Christmas Cake is a cherished tradition indeed, but it's a delicious treat to offer family and guests any time of the year. A bit of Christmas Cake at Easter will bring cheers. No time to bake? Try Tea Time Express's Handmade Irish Christmas Cake from FoodIreland.com. It's superb.

Irish Coffee star
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.

Irish Country Breakfast star
The Irish breakfast ideal is a tasty treat that is generally reserved for Sunday brunch, arriving visitors, and those times when only comfort food will satisfy.

Irish Hard Sauce star
Whether it´s called Brandy Butter or Hard Sauce, the uses are the same. This is an rich and heady sauce for a warm dessert, and especially appreciated during the winter holidays.

Irish Nachos star
Irish Nachos are a delectable, truly Irish take on that ubiquitous Mexican treat. This is perfect party food.

Irish Oatmeal Bread star
While both steel-cut and quick cooking oats are suitable for making muffins, bread, cookies and cakes, adding steel-cut oats give baked goods an extra chewy, nutty, flavor.

Irish Oatmeal Risotto star
Irish oatmeal is a wonderful and healthful food. It´s about more than breakfast and cookies. Try this wonderful risotto for a dinner treat.

Irish Potato Cakes : Boxty star
These delightful potato cakes are the ultimate Irish party food. Boxty is served on important days like Halloween (Samhain), All-Saints’ Day, Shrove Tuesday, and St. Brigid’s Day (Imbolc).

Irish Potato Pancakes star
Irish potato pancakes are wonderful as appetizers, a side dish, snack, or with a breakfast “fry-up” of rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, black pudding and white pudding, and soda or brown bread.

Irish Recipes for Christmas star
Here are a few wonderful Irish recipes for you to share during the holidays. Family visiting, children being extra especially good, friends come bringing cheer...there's nothing like the aroma of Christmas cooking to set mouths watering in anticipation of a happy holiday!

Irish Soda Bread : My Best Recipe star
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.

Irish-Style Corned Beef and Cabbage star
Corned beef and cabbage is classic St. Patrick's Day food. Come to think of it, it's a fine meal any day of the year.

Mulligan Stew star
When the weather starts to turn cold, there’s nothing like a good stew to warm body and soul. Here’s the way Mrs. O’Donnell used to make it.

Porridge star
Irish Oatmeal is distinctive in taste and texture. "Porridge" is a healthful food, naturally good and good for you. Take another look at this old-fashioned favorite.

Recipe Nevan Maguire star[offsite link]
This is the site of the month to see what is going on in contemporary Irish cookery!

Savory Pancakes star
Seasoned pancakes make a tasty side dish or snack.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes star
The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is made special in Ireland by a very unusual dish---pancakes!

St. Stephen's Day Hot Pot star
St. Stephen’s Day, December 26, is a continuation of the Christmas celebration. Here’s a good way to clear the fridge and still feed the crowd.

The Creators Book Review star
"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.

The Great Ulster Fry Breakfast Plate star
Irish food has many regional variations. Most visitors are familiar with 'the full Irish' breakfast but Northern Ireland has it's own unique variation known as the Ulster Fry. Take a tour of what appears on Northern Irish breakfast plate.

Trifle, Low-Carb Way star
Low carb living suits so many people so well that I´d be remiss if I didn´t include this great low carb trifle for some traditional Irish-style feasting.

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