Baking has been a love of mine since I was a teenager...actually, much younger than that as one my favorite toys as a child was my Easy Bake Oven (for which I never had enough baking mixes!). The first recipe I recall mastering was for chocolate chip cookies.
Although the renaissance in Irish cooking had yet to begin back then, I've watched it evolve over the past twenty-odd years. I've been fortunate enough to have visited more than thirty times - ok, so maybe I have a significant other there as well! If you've never been, I highly recommend a visit - it's a stunning place.
Each time I return to the United States from Ireland, I try to bring a bit of it with me. Once I went as far as to smuggle in a plant that my cousin, Seamus, had given me from his garden. Needless to say, I was unsuccessful in growing it here. Nowadays I bring back inspiration for baking, photographs, stories, and other bits and pieces as the saying goes.
Have a look around - I'm glad you're here!
You can reach me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.