Adopting a Goat or Two

This article was published in the June 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. When you discover what you love to do at a young age, career changes can be difficult. However, it is possible to go from horseback riding to goat rearing, just ask Nicky Haynes. Haynes was an international…

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A Soda Bread Contest and a Passionate Baker

This article was published in the May 2014 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Early this spring, I was invited to judge a soda bread contest in Oak Park, Ill. The contest, a long-running tradition started by Jim and Anne August at their Irish Shop in 2008, brings in anywhere…