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Heavenly Beef and Guinness Pie

Cool weather is here, and though it wasn’t a typical Texas scorcher this past summer, I’m ready for the comfort foods of autumn. (How hot was it last summer? I hear it made the Jehovah’s Witnesses take up telemarketing.) One of those foods is pot pie, and the pot pie’s close cousin, the pasty.

I recently […]

Fish 4 Friday: Mackerel and Rhubarb, Saviors of Dingle

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

When last we toured in Ireland, we found one of the most interesting parts to be the Dingle Peninsula. One aspect that’s noteworthy is that Dingle didn’t have a fishing industry until the Great Potato Famine, which largely depopulated Ireland in just four years. Dingle […]

Why Paddy's Not Going to Heaven

Yes, today’s the most important day in the Irish calendar. Rather than post Yet More Irish Recipes, we here at the Underground thought we’d share some pictures from our last trip to Ireland, and also a bit of their humor:

Father O’Toole storms angrily into a pub in Limerick. As far as the eye can […]

Book of the Month: Irish Traditional Cooking

The Grand Irish Cross-Country Expedition and Pub (Grub) Crawl is over, but not forgotten. I’ve already shared the Irish Pub Cookbook with you, and I continue to enjoy its contents (and the food it presents). There’s another side to Irish cooking, though, and I’m learning to appreciate it as well: the common or ordinary […]

The Finest Ol' Inn in Ireland: The Dunraven Arms in Adare

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

A fairy-tale trip needs an enchanting guest house as a base of operations. We had ours: The Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare, Co. Limerick. Founded in 1792, The Dunraven has everything a modern, quality hotel should have. More importantly, it has “quaint” built into its […]

John Carey, Tour Guide Extraordinaire

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

I’ve mentioned John Carey, our driver in Ireland, quite a bit the last few posts. Time to pay him his due in writing. The short version: He did a phenomenal job for us, and we’re grateful for his active assistance in forging strong memories during […]

Oh No, We're Stuck in Ireland!

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Travel is such a pain, sometimes. We got up early and skipped breakfast, as we had a fairly early flight scheduled for our return to the States. (We didn’t want any breakfast, as we were afraid it would spoil our planned beef dinner on the […]

Our Return Begins: Birr Castle, Tullamore and Dublin

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We enjoyed one last, full Irish breakfast in the Maigue Restaurant this morning, then came the hard part: Saying goodbye to everybody. We’ve only been here a bit over a week, but somehow it feels like leaving family or something. Maybe that’s because the Dunraven […]