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St. Patrick’s Day is just about here making it a very good time to once again bring you another batch of Irish recipes from Darina Allen, the “Julia Child of Ireland” and noted founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School located in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland. Allen’s recipes for Cottage Pie with Garlic Butter, Buttered Cabbage and Irish Apple Cake, enhanced with Irish-made Kerrygold 100 percent natural cheeses and Pure Irish Butter – made with milk that comes from Ireland’s grass-fed cows – are about as Irish as they come. Says Allen, “In Ireland we can grow grass like nowhere else in the world. Many of our best foods, like our butter, come from this lush green grass.” Besides teaching cooking courses at Ballymaloe, Allen also finds time to work as a food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter. In addition, Allen’s website, at, is a treasure trove of Irish recipes, images – and philosophy: “Finally, we believe that cooking and eating should be enriching, enjoyable, entertaining and, in a word, fun.” For more Irish recipes (and ideas for St. Patrick’s Day), visit, or to find a store that carries hormone-free Kerrygold dairy products, go to

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at

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