St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread

This particular St. Patrick's Day recipe has become an annual re-post because it's so popular.  A few years ago I had readers write in for a Soda Bread recipe.  This Jewish girl had nothing in the family archives so I was forced to reached out for help from my local Irish gal, Claire, for some culinary inspiration. Here's what Claire has to say: What happens when an Irish girl marries an Italian guy? That Italian guy gets the short end of the stick when it comes to home-cooked meals. From the stories I’ve heard, my mother-in-law was an … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day- Irish Hash

I wanted to share a St. Patrick’s Day recipe created by Pure Organic founder and author of Pure Food, Veronica Bosgraaf. Perfect as a festive meal with friends and family, this recipe is the epitome of comfort food Irish-style. As a mother, Veronica believes in only using the highest-quality yet affordable ingredients to make easy meals at home for her kids. On St. Patrick’s Day, who doesn't want festive comfort food? This vegan, gluten-free dish works perfectly, and it is so hearty, Veronica promises you won’t miss the corned beef. She … [Read more...]

Roasted Eggplant

I’ve enjoyed eggplant slices roasted on the grill, as the “meat” of a vegetarian sandwich, pureed into a silky, smooth dip and as the main course in Eggplant Parmesan. Admittedly, I’ve only been served these dishes. However, much like my recent love affair with avocados, I never actually prepared eggplants for myself or my family—I was completely intimidated and merely courted them in the aisles of the supermarket. It was finally time for me to take this egg-shaped glossy purple fruit into my own hands. So, last night I … [Read more...]

Banana Honey Bran Bread

For years I automatically (naively) assumed that because of its syrupy consistency and supreme sweetness, that honey was not nutritious and had no real benefits.  In fact, I’d default to sugar whenever and wherever I could.  However, the more time I’ve spent in the kitchen, working through various recipes and educating myself on their ingredients, the wiser I’ve become. First and foremost, honey is a natural sweetener that contains minerals and vitamins. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that aren’t present in sugar and has a … [Read more...]