How to Make Potato Salad Three Ways

Picnics are made for potato salad. But not everybody likes traditional potato salad. Learn how to make potato salad three ways, right here. These easy recipes will amaze your picnic goers! Traditional, Kicking, and Spiced Up are the three varieties of potato salad I made recently. Let me tell you, they were a hit. The crowd loved them and the recipes were totally #ConvenienceCooking – quick and easy. … Continue reading →

Colcannon Recipe

Syndicated column from week of March 11, 2013. I’ve been keeping an eye on the calendar and noticing that St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. In the spirit of Irish foods, I pulled out a traditional recipe for Colcannon. Colcannon is a combination dish of cabbage and mashed potatoes. Traditionally colcannon is served with Irish sausages, called bangers. It makes for a good side dish with roast beef or beef stew also. If you know anything about Irish history, you know the potato was a mainstay in their diet during the 1800s. A blight affected the potatoes harvested in 1845 and caused the infamous Potato Famine that resulted in so many Irish deaths and a large wave of immigration to the United States. What many people don’t realize is that the potato was a vegetable of South American origin. The early European adventurers took the potato back to their native countries with them in the 1400 and 1500s. The potato adapted to the European climate and was popular in many diets. In fact, the potato is so popular that studies show that per person consumption of potatoes in 2011 was 110 pounds. (according to Colcannon   Ingredients: 1 pound … Continue reading →

Bangers and Mash Recipe

Syndicated Column from the week of March 11, 2012. This article originally published in the Galion Inquirer on March 13, 2012.   One of my favorite Irish meals is Bangers and Mash. Besides having a really fun name to say, the food is good to eat! The proof being that my children leave empty plates and serving dishes whenever I make up this meal. Bangers are an Irish sausage. Tradition says the name comes from the occasional sausage bursting while cooking and causing a banging noise in the pan. I’ve never had a sausage explode while cooking, but I’m pretty sure that’s a mess I don’t want to clean up. As a precaution, I suggest always keeping a lid on your sausages. Mash is simply mashed potatoes. You can up the Irish quotient by chopping up some cabbage and cooking it with the potatoes. Then mash the whole thing together with a lot of butter and salt.  Colcannon is a mixture of potatoes, cabbage and leeks, boiled and mashed together then seasoned with salt, pepper and butter. A main ingredient in this recipe is potatoes. For those of you who are students of history, the Irish people ran into a … Continue reading →