Welcome to Forty Shades of Flavor

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“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”  – Dublin-born writer George Bernard Shaw.

Welcome to Forty Shades of Flavor, a blog about Irish cooking and food. When I first mentioned the title of the blog, a couple of people responded, “Oh, so you are going with the sex angle.  Good idea.”  I was bewildered until I realized that they mistakenly assumed the name was a riff on the title of a recent bestseller.  No, this is not that kind of blog.  The name was inspired by this guy

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and his classic song “Forty Shades of Green” about living in America but missing Ireland. (This is a picture of the new U.S. Postal Service Johnny Cash Forever stamp.  I was very excited to find them at my local post office.  The postal clerk advised,  “You’d better buy two sheets.”  And I did.)

I hope these recipes bring a little taste of Ireland to those of you who are missing it as well as those who are just discovering how interesting and delicious Irish food can be.

The photo of my Irish brown soda bread was taken by Chicago food photographer Grant Kessler.  See more of his beautiful food photography on his blog http://myfoodshed.com/.

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