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Happy Easter, Cupcake!

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Very American Irish Soda Bread

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 This recipe made a very generous, impressive-looking loaf of Irish Soda Bread.  It's a recipe adapted from Ina Garten and "retrieved" (whatever that means) from strudelandstreusel.com.  I have to say that I followed the recipe to the letter, except that, when I thought the dough was a bit dry, I added another splash of buttermilk, which made the dough quite wet (one of the secrets of a tender crumb).  I started with the paddle attachment to my mixer, then changed to the dough hook when the mixer motor began to strain.  Be gentle, over handling make a tough loaf.  Anyway, there wasn't a crumb left.  It's so good you may not want to wait another year.
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsps. baking powder
1 1/2 tsps salt
2 tsps. caraway seeds
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 large egg (if you use extra large egg you may not need the extra buttermilk)
Grated zest from 1 lemon (only the yellow)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

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May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Late Winter Morning

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  The beauty of winter enfolds us just for a morning,
Hemlocks bowing, robed in white icing that melts away in a day. Spring awaits.