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Life As We Know It: Covid Pandemic

Tourism is the dominant industry in the Burren region of Western Ireland. Now the Burren has gone eerily quiet. No bright green “Paddy Wagon” tour busses whizzing along the narrow roads. No crazy German kids hiking with oversize backpacks. And no business for the pubs, restaurants, hotels, Airbnb flats and roadside attractions that are […]

The Summer’s Gone, it’s Fall in Ireland

The days are getting shorter and the temperature rarely breaks 60°F these days.

But it was quite a summer. Our 4th of July BBQ was a blow-out. Kelly’s Houston book club came to visit and we put them all to work making their favorite side dishes. I smoked a massive 10 kilo pork […]

Eire-Mex: Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is a minor holiday in Mexico, dwarfed in importance by Mexican Independence Day.

For reasons that defy logic, Texans embrace the 5th of May as the day to celebrate all things Mexican. Or is it […]

Chili, Oysters and Our Irish Cottage on Pouldoody Bay

As the fall semester begins, our Irish adventure continues. I am writing about cooking in Ireland for Taste.com and getting together with Ten Speed Press for a Chili Cookbook promotion. For 2 weeks in September, from 9/3 to 9/14, the ebook version of The Chili Cookbook will be on sale for $1.99 at […]

St. John’s Eve: An Old Irish BBQ Tradition

Looks like I got signed up to cook the barbecue at this event at Kelly’s school. I’ll be grilling Irish pork and apple sausages and serving them on buns with mustard, red cabbage and apple chutney.

St John’s Eve is an ancient Irish fire festival celebrated at sunset on June 23rd, the night before […]