May Parties:  Kentucky Derby Day appetizers and drinks

May is full of opportunities to shine as a “Queen of Entertaining”.  There is Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby just to start the month of entertaining off in the right light – and on the same Saturday. If you have cooking and hosting abilities that leans towards a Latin flair, try your hand…

Cheese-topped guacamole for Cinco de Mayo appetizer

One of the best things about being a food writer and author is trying different recipes and foods from other chefs.  As a fairly decent cook, I love to sample and try to duplicate recipes and dishes.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.   The recipe I am featuring in this post was so…

Memories of Times Past and German Beef Rouladen

It has been a while and a lot has happen.  Mainly, my Mom and the greatest inspiration of my life has passed a way.  I had taken a break to care for her just after reorganizing my blog and cookbooks.  And now it is time to make her proud! She has always inspired me to…

Pub Hopping 101

Irish pubs have become so popular these days.  They have been popping up everywhere and in all shapes and sizes.  The Irish pub is not the sports bar that is seen in many of the large cities of America.  There are a few traditional pub that are what a Irish pub is in the truest…

A Home-made Haggis for a Burns’ Night Dinner!

The Haggis is a very old, traditional Scottish dish that combines meats, spices and oatmeal.  A traditional recipe for haggis would involve the boiled and minced liver, lungs and heart of a sheep mixed with chopped onions, toasted oatmeal, salt, pepper, and spices.  The mixture would then be stuffed into the cleaned sheep’s stomach, sewn…

January warms up with homemade loaded potato chowder

  January is National Soup Month.  In Wilmington, the cold winter weather begs for homemade soups for dinner.  This Loaded Potato Chowder is thick, hearty and satisfying chowder that is sure to warm up the entire family. The chowder is not only health; but quick and easy to prepare.  Add a salad and fresh bread…

Irish Immigrant clam chowder

This is a hearty soup, much associated with Irish immigrants from Newfoundland to New England.   It makes a great soup for those cold fall days when you want to chase the chill away.  Add crusty bread and a salad for a complete meal. Ingredients: 12 large Quahog clams 6 cups water 2 tbsp unsalted Irish…

A Mead Meal: Cedar plank salmon with raspberry mead sauce

Many of the residents of Wilmington, Delaware are keeping to their New Year healthy eating resolutions by eating Salmon. Salmon is a great protein source and a superb source of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. The environmentally best is canned salmon or wild salmon from Alaska, although wild salmon from Washington, Oregon and California is also…

Kilkenny’s Guinness and Irish Cheese Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a family’s comfort food for the fall and winter. Some really love meatloaf and some just can’t stand the thought of having it for dinner. This recipe can change that attitude. With the taste of Guinness, sharp Irish Cheese and Bacon, even your pickiest eater will love it. This recipe makes about 8 servings. Ingredients:…