My step dad used to always brag about being The Real McCoy. I guess technically it was true since his last name was McCoy but he took it a bit far. He was always proud of his Irish heritage and incorporated Irish tradition into any occasion possible. You can only imagine how St. Patrick’s Day went down around our house. Irish Soda Bread was always a staple on St. Patrick’s Day as was Irish Coffee on New Years. He was the only father I knew so I try to continue these traditions with my family.
I was going through one of his old recipe boxes last week trying to plan out our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and happened upon his Irish soda Bread recipe. He always took so much pride in making this traditional Irish bread so I wanted to do the same. I wanted to make something that would match his Irish Soda Bread in flavor but still be mine.
When my step dad made the Soda Bread he used a traditional recipe with only 4 ingredients. His recipe makes an amazing bread but I like a little more depth to mine. I added in a few tablespoons of sugar and some raisins to make a bread my entire family will enjoy. The sugar and raisins can be easily omitted for a more traditional Irish Soda Bread.
If you’re looking for something easy and tasty for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this Irish Soda Bread is for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
I was trying to find something to go along with my baked manicotti and happened upon this recipe from White on Rice Couple. The recipe is for Garlic Knots and they looked too good to not try. I knew I wanted some type of garlic bread without it being a plain garlic bread. With the Garlic Knots we had something to dip in the left over easy marinara sauce.
I altered the recipe a bit and only used half of the dough. I put the remaining dough in a Ziploc bag and have it in the fridge for future use. Reading through the comments on the original recipe’s post I see that the dough will keep up to a week and still be good (longer yields a sour dough type bread.) I know we’ll use the dough because these are absolutely amazing.
The main changes I made to this recipe was the garlic sauce. I used 2 sticks of unsalted butter and only a drizzle of oil (swirled around the bowl once.) I also used garlic powder instead of garlic cloves because I ran out. Good enough reason!
Ever noticed how sometimes the simplest dinner can be all the rave? Take Sloppy Joe as an example. It’s something we’ve enjoyed for generations and come on, what kid doesn’t love them?
The beauty of making your own Sloppy Joe’s is you get to choose what goes in it. Peppers, onions, mushrooms – anything and everything you desire can be added – or omitted. Go all out or keep it simple. See, beautiful! Here is a great recipe for Sloppy Joe’s that seems very customizable.
Pair them with homemade French Fries and homemade hamburger buns and you’re set. Of course you could just buy the buns from the store, but where’s the fun in that? Don’t be intimidated at the thought of homemade hamburger buns – you can do it.
Making your own hamburger buns is a great way to ensure only the best for your family. You control the size and know the ingredients. Not to mention it’s so easy to make them. No – really, super easy!
On a day when I don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, this is my go to, healthy and hearty meal; what’s your?