Sarah Jordan

Flying Rhubarb and Flaming Hot Cheetos

This article was published in the September 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. I admire people who sink easily into a path and follow it. The mantra these days is to “follow your passion,” as if your whole life will be revealed to you if you manage to find…

High and lowbrow at The Dearborn

This article was published in the June 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Clodagh Lawless and Amy Lawless, from the established Irish restaurant family Lawless, are working on something big, really big: an 8,000 square foot 230-seat restaurant in the heart of the Chicago theater district. The Dearborn, as…

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…

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…

Darina Allen in vegetable garden

Darina Allen on Home-Cooked Meals, Fresh Ingredients

This article was published in the May 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Darina Allen hesitated when I asked her about her guilty pleasure. “I don’t think I have one,” said Allen, the founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland. I could hear Allen pull her…