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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. Donīt worry, thereīs still plenty of brown bread!

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. This article really gets down to the roots of the Irish potato, the soul food of millions.

Irish Brown Soda Bread star
Many readers have asked for the recipe for Irish Brown Bread. Itīs 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 itīs 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 Cookery Looking Back star
Darina Allen is hailed as one of the premier architects of modern Irish cooking. Everything old is new again, as she rediscovers the whole and real foods used throughout the centuries by the Irish people.

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 itīs 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. Itīs 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 Wholemeal Health Bread star
Slainte means "to your health" in Gaelic. Usually, this is a toast. Well, with this Irish bread recipe, you can have your toast and eat it too! The healthful, delicious wholemeal bread eaten in Ireland will help your whole family enjoy eating bread that is really good for the body and the soul.

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.

Plum Pudding star
Itīs not too early to start thinking about the traditional Irish Christmas treat---Plum Pudding. Despite the name, there are no plums. Dickens would be pleased with this recipe. It is very much loved, even by those who don't eat 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 Iīd be remiss if I didnīt include this great low carb trifle for some traditional Irish-style feasting.

Weighty Issues star
For the Irish, being fat is a terrific source of shame. The descendants of the Irish famine often have complicated relationships with food. For some, the solution is clear.

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