Mezcal cocktail

Mezcal: Getting to Know the Unknowable

This article was published in the April 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. One of my guilty pleasures is the deep-fried, cinnamon and sugar encrusted churro, but that’s not what this is about. It’s about the cocktails I drank while eating the churros. Mezcal cocktails. A Mexican spirit derived…

Yorkshire pudding

Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Puddings

This article was published in the February 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Being in Belfast over Christmas and New Year made me realize how much I miss things. Friends and family not withstanding, I found I had been longing for Michael’s Mummy’s Sunday roast. Not long after we…

Christmas Turkey

A Christmas Turkey Tradition

This article was published in the December 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Many Christmases ago in Belfast, I remember walking into my mother in-law’s kitchen to find a 30-pound turkey on the kitchen table. It stopped me in my tracks. I’d never seen a turkey that large, the aluminum-cooking…

Cleetus Friedman, executive chef at Fountainhead

It’s Cider Season

This article was published in the October 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Bulmers or Magners cider is a common find in pubs across Ireland. Less so are more unique cider varieties. The same is true for the Midwest, particularly in Irish-style pubs. All of that is about to change…

mussels

Flex Your Mussels!

This article was published in the July 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. What would it take for your “guilty pleasure” food to lose its pleasure? In CJ Callahan’s case, it was making 60 tons of mussels over a five-year period. “I don’t care for mussels anymore, but I still…