It’s Not the Same…


It’s good, but not the same….as the one you could make in the middle of summer with your own arugula, basil and tomatoes. You know, the kind of tomatoes that are still warm from the sun? And basil that perfumes the whole house when you crush it? 

I had all the ingredients for a classic caprese salad. Toss the arugula with some lemon juice and olive oil, add tomato, a soft pillow of mozzarella or burrata       ( pictured)  and a “paste” of basil and olive oil.

I don’t know about you, but I’m jonesing for July!

Totally Transformative..


I read somewhere this week ( not sure where …) about what happens when you roast your everyday grocery store red radish. According to the exceedingly smart cook/writer, roasting reduces the bitterness of the radish and turns it soft and sweet.  


After the radishes hopped into a 395 degree oven and sat there for about 50 minutes, I removed them and dropped a pat of butter on them. I then proceeded to drop the box of Maldon sea salt also..butter and sea salt are the best friends of a radish and the tastes complement roasted radishes just as well as raw ones!

Roasting “totally transforms” them according to the Hubs!



I had a package of veal cutlets from Costco in the freezer that I broke up for another meal and made schnitzel over the weekend. It’s a flour, egg, bread crumb process and once it’s breaded, doesn’t take long to cook on the stovetop in a sauté pan.  


Once the cutlets were done, I made a quick cream sauce from the pan drippings and finished some mushroom ravioli in it. 


I topped the schnitzel with arugula that was tossed with lemon, olive oil and red pepper flakes and a little dollop of (voice rising with excitement) whipped burrata cheese.  Also some sautéed baby zucchini for something green!

Movie Nite…The Ambassador’s Daughter


Someone really should have told Olivia de Havilland and John Forsythe that they were more than a bit too old for the young GI and charming diplomat’s daughter, both stationed in Paris after the War. Cute enough “travelogue romance” a la “Roman Holiday”, with supporting cast of Myrna Loy and Adolphe Menjou.

Honestly, the best part was all the postwar fashions that were featured, especially the ones from Christian Dior!

Not a bad choice if you can’t sleep, otherwise it’s ok to give it a miss.

Ireland’s Favorite Poem

When all the others were away at Mass 

By Seamus Heaney

In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984

When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.
So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives –

Never closer the whole rest of our lives.

Voted this year by RTE listeners as the favorite poem of the last 100 years!

So evocative! 

Tahdy for the Pahdy….


The family was definitely late for St. Patrick’s day. We didn’t get together for the family high holiday dinner until Sunday, which of course gave me an extra week to make interactive cupcakes featuring chocolate cupcakes with Bailey’s nips, conveniently sized to uncap, invert and plunge directly into the top of the cupcake! And they’re green, so the qualify for the green color challenge during the month of March!

Bread Trials…Episode 2


I sort of abandoned my brown bread quest and in honor of HHS high holiday, recently restarted the trials. On Saturday, I tested this recipe I got from last Sunday’s Boston Globe.



The big thing is soaking steel cut or pinhead oats in buttermilk, 1.5 cups of each.

Then it’s all purpose and oat flours, baking soda, butter, a little salt.



Really have to let it cool before slicing or it will crumble, but nice mild taste with a little chewiness. 


Not perfect, but better than last batch!

What To Do With….


The end of the boiled potatoes from last nite’s salmon supper? 


Why make yourself a hearty frittata for weekend brunch!



I had leftover potatoes from supper last nite and was going to make home fries to go with scrambled eggs, and then paused to say hmmmmm, I think I’ll make frittata! Browned a 1/2 of an onion, added the potatoes and cooked till the potatoes were starting to get crispy.


Then I added the end of a bag of spinach…


Then I added 4 eggs with a 1/2 cup of heavy cream and crumbled a 1/4 cup of feta cheese on top.



Into a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes and 5 minutes under the broiler! It gets all puffy and melty. Actually Puffy and Melty were two of the dwarfs that didn’t get as much air play from Snow White…enjoy!



Fine Girl You Are….

Last nite I shared some of my favorite Irish movies and tonite, if you can’t be at the Eire Pub, then you can sing along here with some of my favorites

First up, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers. I think this recording is from Symphony Hall, but hard to tell. I think this is my second favorite song…

My mother’s favorite …The Black Velvet Band

Anything by this musician…

A favorite of my Nana’s…

Everyone’s favorite dance…( actually was looking for the Seige of Ennis, but no good videos…)

Any my absolute favorite ever! ( and Annie’s too!)

What are your favorite Irish songs?