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Happy Easter, Cupcake!


Very American Irish Soda Bread

 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  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

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

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