Irish Apple-Streusel Muffins

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:51
Irish Apple Streusel Muffin

Apples have grown well in Ireland for thousands of years. An apple tree was so important hundreds of years ago that it was supposedly protected by the Celtic virgin goddess, Brigit! If you had an apple tree on your land you were considered quite wealthy, if someone damaged the tree, then the fine was several head of cattle.

Irish Boxty

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:05
Irish Boxty

I’m beginning to realize that the Irish have a lot of recipes to do with the potato – go figure! Here’s another one they have with their Irish breakfast – fried raw/mashed potatoes.  It reminds me a lot of bubble and squeak (England) but without the veggies, although I’ve heard that they do add onions and the like to Boxty too.  

Viennese Hot Chocolate

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:06
Viennese Hot Chocolate

When we lived in Europe I must have tried hot chocolate in almost every country we visited and it seems that each country had its own unique taste.  One time I went to Poland for a weekend getaway with a group of friends and we had hot chocolate in the hotel we were staying in.  It was the best hot chocolate I’d ever tasted – probably my favorite so far, and these were the style of mugs it was served in.  We were actually in Poland to shop for Polish Pottery and so I just had to buy these mugs in memory of that weekend in Poland and drinking m

Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 03/07/2015 - 13:23
French Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

This dish is actually made from Red Wine Vinegar, and chicken cooked in vinegar is a popular poultry dish around Lyons, France. There are numerous variations, but the piercing flavor of vinegar makes this rustic Lyonnais dish to die for.  













This serves 4 people

French Riviera Salad

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00
French Riviera Salad

If you ever find yourself in the French Riviera, ordering a salad would look something like this. Olive oil is the key to Niçoise cuisine, there are no heavy salad dressings like you would find in Northern France. Salad niçoise is synonymous with a French Riviera summer; this classic French salad consists of boiled eggs, potatoes and tuna.

Chicken Pecan Salad

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:28
Chicken Pecan Salad

This is one of my favorite salads and I’ve been making it for years.  I tried to see if any country in Europe makes a salad like this and the nearest one I could find was in France but they use almonds not pecans and different cheese.  However, my research on French salads actually opened up a new discovery about France and their salads and I’m so excited to try out more salads from this country, so be on the lookout!


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