Irish Soda Bread

I love a good Irish Soda Bread! I’ve had it with raisins – yum!, callaway seeds – A-mazing and sunflower seeds – delicious! The best part about Irish Soda Bread is…wait for it…NO YEAST! I suppose that could a con if you’ve saved up all of your pent up frustration for punching down the dough after it has proofed.
I have read that you can add different seeds or dried fruits if you prefer.
Happy baking!

amy bakes in the 'burgh

My mom’s maiden name is O’Donnell, and she’s quite proud of her Irish heritage. I, however, identify much more with the Eastern European cultural traditions I learned from my Hungarian grandma and Slovak grandpap, who lived just five doors down from my childhood home. So while I’ve got fair skin and freckles, my Irishness has always been much more in theory than it has ever been in practice.

Until today, I’d never made Irish soda bread, and I have to admit that I felt like a total amateur. This recipe comes from my friend Ciara, a woman whose knowledge of Irish culture could certainly put mine to shame. She was Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Pittsburgh a few years back, and this recipe is one she and her mom make each year. You could add raisins if you like, but I chose to leave mine plain.


  • 3 cups bread flour*

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The Culinary Alphabet …The letter B

Here is great post written by my wonderful friend Carol! It not only teaches us some culinary terms starting with the letter B but she includes a recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks. Yummy!
Yesterday my computer almost bit the dust AND the person this hospital hired to cover the 2 people who normally work with patients who use computers to communicate – so basically their lifeline – KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT COMPUTERS! Wuhaaaaa?! Thankfully, I was able to get my lifeline working with the help of a very patient nurse!
Oh well, life continues at St. Vincent’s Hospital…
Happy cooking!

The Recipe Hunter

THE Culinary Alphabet collage letter B

Hello from sunny Thailand and welcome to my monthly post on the Recipe Hunter… I do hope that you enjoyed last months post which was the first in my culinary tour through the alphabet…This month is the letter B.

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Mexican Chicken ( or Chickpea ) Noodle Soup

I decided to try and sneak onto the Reader so I could see what the blogs that I follow were up to. After one computer crash and several looooooooong moments hoping that my computer wouldn’t crash again, I found this delicious looking soup recipe! Woohoo!
I think that I would use chicken thighs – because HELLO cheaper! – and add 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed of course. What do you think?
Happy cooking! xo



  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion- diced
  • 4 garlic cloves- rough shredded
  • 1 – 1 1/4 lbs. chicken breast diced into cubes (or 2 cans chickpeas, drained)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano (or some bay leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoons chipotle powder or cayenne, or to style
  • 1 tomato – diced
  • 1 tiny can diced green chilies (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 ounces dry linguini noodles (or pasta, or gluten-free or rice noodles)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Garnish with avocado slices, recent cilantro, scallions and lime
Read More: Gluten Free Instant Noodle Cups


  1. In a very massive heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, saute onion in 1-2 T oil over med-high heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and garlic. Saute 5-6 minutes till it begins to brown, stirring usually.
  3. Add salt and…

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Salami Frittata

This frittata looks delicious! It would be great for brunch or just a nice breakfast with the kiddos.
About my computer…the two people who are supposed to be working on setting it up for me (first they have to LEARN about the new programs, set it up for me specifically and then trouble shoot ALL of the problems that I find and try to figure out how to fix the problems) are going on vacation for 2 weeks! Soooooooo my new computer that was supposed to be ready for February is hopefully going to be ready in…April? Maybe?!
Oh well, happy cooking!

The Recipe Hunter

Salami Frittata
Want a frittata makeover? Add salami.

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Easy Apple Yogurt Pie / Obuolių pyragas su natūraliu jogurtu

This apple pie looks super easy to throw together and no crust to fuss with! I think that I would use Greek yogurt to add extra protein so I didn’t feel guilty when I ate the whole thing! hahahaha
Seriously, I think that if I woke up tomorrow morning completely healed from ALS I would go from a 5’8″ skeleton to a 5’8″ 600lbs person! lol
Happy baking!

Lithuanian in the USA

I will admit that apple pies are one of those baked goods that I like to bake the most. Although what not to like about apple pie? Preparation is always super fast, just have apples, flour, eggs, sugar, extra sour cream or yogurt, and voila – a pie is already on the table. Plus, apple pies are always delicious both hot and cold. And if you are lucky and have some remaining ice cream in your freezer, then you can get a fabulous dessert, without much effort and waiting time…

This cake will be loved especially by those who don’t like dry pies, but adore moist and juicy baked goods. You can always use Greek yogurt instead of natural yogurt, or if you want to use sweet yogurt, then add less sugar in a dough.

Enjoy your pie! 😉

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Obuoliu pyragas su naturaliu jogurtu (4) 1 Easy Apple Yogurt Pie / Obuolių pyragas su natūraliu jogurtu

{8 servings}


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Healthy Eating…Cauliflower Rice

I’ve heard about and read a number of blogs where they all insist that cauliflower rice is the best thing BUT until Carol posted this, I was not convinced. Carol, I trust YOU so I pass this on to my followers!
My computer…well, it will come when it comes. Now we are trying a different one so I don’t know what to tell you. It’s just not happening as quickly as I was told.
Happy cooking everyone!

Retired? No one told me!

My recipe tried and tested and it’s  awesome………. Cauliflower Rice.

SAM_6054…….Now does that not look like the real deal?

And all you need is a Cauliflower and an Onion.

A little Coconut oil to cook or other oil of your choice.

Sea Salt and a squeeze Lemon Juice.

Either grate or blitz in a food processor ( but not too fine) you want some texture.

Heat pan and keep pan HOT as you don’t want Cauliflower to steam and go soggy.

Use Tablespoon Coconut Oil and put in the desired amount of Cauliflower and onion mix.

Cook quickly and then season and add lemon juice.

All in all, it only takes a few minutes to cook….. a bit longer if more than one portion but keep pan hot.

If you wish to vary the taste you can add 1 tsp of Cumin seeds to oil before adding Cauliflower if you are eating…

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Cheeseburger Soup

This soup sounds like one that my Mom would have loved. Mom LOVED hamburgers! And this soup sounds like a hamburger in a bowl!
In other news, my computer, the new one that is, has been delayed. Which means that the return of me writing posts is delayed…
Happy cooking!

Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? It’s about as American as apple pie. Then there’s this soup. It’s warm, creamy, comforting and totally reminiscent of a good cheeseburger. I made this soup for dinner the other night and it was a big hit. Bill didn’t seem overly excited about it until he had a bowl…or two. Needless to say, the whole pot went quickly. I guess he liked it.


What makes this soup so good is the creamy base. It gives the soup it’s heartiness and makes for a very filling dinner. It’s a great soup to make on a cold night. It’s pretty simple to put together and the optional toppings makes it that much more tasty, letting you customize it individually. This was the first time I had made this soup for dinner and it definitely won’t be the last.

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 

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Dad’s Meatloaf

I loved me a good meatloaf! What I really like about this recipe is that they use rolled oats instead of bread or breadcrumbs. I was never a fan of ever getting a piece of soggy bread in my mouth. Ewwwwwwwwww!
On my new computer side of things, I have seen the machine twice! Woohoo! The OT’s are working to download the proper programs and then there will be a few weeks of me working with the OT’s to make sure it’s running properly and then I’ll be off and running!
Guys, that means that I will finally be able to make posts again! Though I think that I will continue to reblog posts by my blogging friends.
Happy cooking!

Adventures of a Food allergy dad

Ultimate comfort food, made safe!

Dad's Meatloaf (small)

Well, it’s here. The middle of winter in the Midwestern. For those of you not familiar with the Midwestern United States, I’ll explain. At this time of year, there are basically two different types of weather: ridiculously cold and snowy, or sort of cold with dreary, drizzly rain. We’ll have beautiful sunny skies but instant frostbite, or steel grey skies with nonstop misty rain that makes it impossible to dial in your windshield wipers and has everyone self-diagnosing as having Seasonal Affective Disorder. I love the first big snowfall of the season, but after that, winter can just go somewhere else. So in this bleak season when the skies are the color of granite and the cold unrelentingly grips your toes, I feel the need for good comfort food. And in my mind, there are few better comfort foods than meatloaf.


The only meatloaf…

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Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Stew

This recipe looks super yummy and ultra easy! You get all of the flavours of cabbage rolls without all the work. Personally, I would use rice rather than cauliflower rice because I would have enjoyed the carbs but that’s up to you.
I hope you enjoy the recipe! Happy cooking!

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Cabbage rolls tend to be a popular dish found in the Balkans, Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe and some places in Western Asia, Iran, and North Africa. Though, when we think of cabbage rolls here in the United States, most often those rolls come from Polish and Jewish Eastern European influences and they tend to be popular in many different communities.


That being said, I had received a large head of green cabbage in my locally grown, organic fruit and veggie delivery the other day. As I took the cabbage out of the box, I instantly remembered a recipe I had come across for cabbage roll stew and right then and there I decided that was what I’d make.


This is a crock pot recipe, which as a busy mom, is perfect. Who doesn’t want one and done when you have little ones at your…

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Chicken Meatballs

I think that theses chicken meatballs look really easy and delicious! You could make them with ground turkey (Alison) if you prefer.
If you don’t have any string cheese sticks, you can omit it or use other cheese. Mozzarella would be nice!
Happy cooking!

Wishing Wells Life


I’ve had an emotional day. I can’t tell you exactly why, but I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with my hashimotos disease. Sometimes I’m super grumpy and I cry or get angry for no reason at all. For whatever reason cooking makes me feel better. Why shouldn’t I go ahead and make some lunches for the little munchkin? I always like to have food that is processed as little as I possibly can. I really hate to send things that are unhealthy. I have a really hard time not giving him as much healthy food as I can. I guess this stems from my fear that my own health problems might be given to him. We live in a country where most of our residents are insulin resistant and a lot are starting to show signs of having things like hashimoto’s and grave’s disease. This isn’t something that I want for Cooper. I…

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