Hi, I’m Libby, an Irish food enthusiast, living in the United States. Try new recipes, meet passionate food makers, and learn about great Irish eateries alongside me here!
Hi, I’m Libby, an Irish food enthusiast, living in the United States. Join me as I explore modern Irish cuisine and create new takes on traditional recipes.

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Healthy banana oat bars

Healthy and easy banana oat bars

The pace in Ireland has gotten as hectic as anywhere and health conscious people are looking for an easy way to get some of the good stuff into them.

Our slightly sweet banana oat bars are made from just a few ingredients — including nuts, seeds and shredded coconut — and double up as a grab and go breakfast or a daytime fill-me-up.

Highbank Brandey

Irish food tour

I’ve started a timeline of my recent trip through Ireland. An ongoing project, it’s also an easy-to-follow trail of wonderful food.

There’s a lot to be done on the timeline, but there was a lot to take in — literally. Keep an eye on it for future foodie posts.

Overloaded Potato and Garlic Pizza

Overloaded potato and garlic pizza

This pizza is one for the books. Crispy potatoes, sweet sautéed onions and pungent garlic combine perfectly with sharp cheddar and sweet balsamic glaze to make a pizza they’ll be talking about the next day. And it’s vegetarian.

Soda bread

Brown soda bread

Perhaps the quintessential Irish staple, soda bread is hearty and filling and ready to satisfy your salty or sweet tooth.

If you’ve been limiting yourself to lackluster store bought breads, it’s time to fall in love with bread making. Prep work is a snap and the payoff is huge. Find out just how good a simple loaf of bread can be.

Cheesy Champies

Cheesy Champies

We’ve taken champ — the creamy potato and onion dish — from the sideline to the frontline. Packed with cheese, eggs, scallions and bacon, our new appetizers are sure to be a hit at your next party.

Libby and Jim Kirwan

Cúlcow ice cream

I visited with Jim Kirwan in Dublin on my recent trip through Ireland and I have a new favorite ice cream: lemon curd.

Roasted PACE Wrap

Roasted P.A.C.E. Wrap

The Irish love wraps as much as anyone and this one’s a healthy option that feels indulgent. We roasted potato and asparagus, melted cheese into it and tossed in a poached egg for good measure.

Chocolate and blackcurrant smoothie

Berries and chocolate, ’nuf said?

We combined the Irish love of chocolate with one of its most popular berries, the blackcurrant, to create a smoothie that will send you off the anti-oxidant charts.
Strawberry shrub in seltzer

Strawberry shrub

What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of a shrub? Well, get ready for an amazingly unique and refreshing drink.

There are only three ingredients: strawberries, sugar and vinegar. Yes. Vinegar. Trust me, it’s good — sweet with a bit of tart. And strawberries are only the beginning. The combination produces a syrup that can then be added to seltzer or alcohol, salad dressings or even in food recipes.

This will open up culinary doors you never knew existed.

Lobster roll

New England Lobster roll: Cork style with “healthy” blackberry crumble

This lobster roll is part Maine and part Cork, but all delicious. Celebrate the end of summer with an outdoor lunch and follow it up with a dessert you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating.

Toasties with egg, arugula and balsamic glaze

These aren’t your children’s toasties

The gooey cheese, the crunch of the toast — the ever popular grilled cheese sandwich. We’ve updated it for adults.

We used our own thick-cut brown soda bread, filled it with cheddar cheese and arugula and topped it with a sunny-side-up egg and balsamic glaze. Fried tomatoes on the side make for a perfect vegetarian breakfast or lunch companion.

Elderflower cordial

Foraging for elderflowers

Summer is here and the elderflowers are in bloom! Read about my first time foraging and making my own cordial.

Maple Cinnamon scone

Maple cinnamon scones and whipped cream

One of the staples of the Irish baking world, scones are a hands-down winner for tea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them anytime.

We’ve sweetened ours with maple syrup and cinnamon for a perfect sweet treat, then we created a matching whipped cream for that extra punch of flavor.

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What do I feed my visiting Irish relatives?

So your Irish relatives are headed over for a summer holiday and you want to give them a “slice of home.” Well, they’re probably going to prefer a hot dog or corn on the cob.

Party sandwiches

Pub sandwiches

Looking for the real deal in Irish pub grub? These sandwiches are as easy to make as they are delicious. And you probably already have everything you need.

Green Sheep pie

Staying green in Tipperary

The Green Sheep, in County Tipperary, focuses on fresh, local ingredients, but they also try to leave as clean a carbon footprint as they can… and then there’s the pie!

Fresh baked bread