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Nugget Hijack!

Yep, you read that correctly.  Your beloved @diPaolaMomma, Head Nugget in Charge around here, is not writing this post.  She’s gone off on vacation in beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and left us all high and dry.  So, rather than remain nuggetless for an entire WEEK, I’ve decide to sneak in here to share with you, her dear readers,  a juicy revelation I’ve just discovered.

This is my serious face...

(Who am I, you ask?  I’m Ri from over at Music Savvy Mom and The Music Mamas.  Lara’s a Music Mama too, and we’re tight, so it doubtful that she’ll shoot me for this.  I think.  I hope…)

So, anyway – she would have you think that she’s vacationing at the Cape because of its beauty, its history, its charm.  She’d say it’s because she’s spending a week with her family, building sandcastles and frolicking in the surf.

Yeah, well, I know better.  I’ve figured out why she’s REALLY there.  She’s a shameless fangirl.  She’s trying to find THESE guys:

Now, if you read this blog or follow her on Twitter or Facebook, then you know she’s a proud Potterhead – or whatever they call folks who would rather live in Hogsmeade than anywhere else on Earth.  Yes, she is an unapologetic fan of all things Harry Potter…therefore the information I’ve discovered about Harry and The Potters (the group you see above) explains everything.

These guys are FROM Massachusetts!  They had a gig in DC on July 19, and their next gig isn’t until July 28…IN MASSACHUSETTS!

…coincidence?  Not a chance. 😉

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Disclaimer: The preceding, in ALMOST its entirety, is a complete fabrication.  Well, except for the part about Cape Cod being in the state of Massachusetts, and some other stuff. The TRUE part is that we miss your nuggety face, Lara, and hope you’re having a wonderful time! xoxoxo

The Glory of Guinness

Don’t let the eye-talian last name fool ya, I’m a Lass o’ Erin through and through. With the annual, “Tell everyone you’re Irish so you can either a) get a kiss or b) get ya some Belgian beer dyed green in honor of your heritage” day, fast approaching I thought I might inject a little Irish into your St. Padraig’s (<–not a typo) festivities. What better way to go Gaelic than with the be-all-end-all of barley based beverages..

Guinness it’s what’s for dinner..lunch & desert too!!!

 

Guinness BBQ Glaze

1 12oz bottle of Guinness stout
1 tsp honey
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

In a medium sauce pan bring Guinness to a rolling boil. Lower heat (medium to low) and allow to reduce by 3/4. Stir in remaining ingredients and remove from heat. Baste desired protein with this delectable homage to Ireland*. Bain sult as!

Traditional Irish Soda Bread would turn it’s nose up at a raisin and never be seen in public with a caraway seed. My Gran used both. She was a rebel. In her honor I’m staging my own soda bread rebellion. It’s away with the caraway and enter the conquering currants and their cousins. Since nothing in life can not be made better by a propper beer.. you guessed it this recipe calls for GUINNESS!

Gran’s Soda Bread ala Guinness

1 2/3 cups of bread or all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (I prefer kosher)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup raisins
1 large egg (room temp)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Guinness stout
4 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)

Preheat oven to 357 degrees. Grease (or line) a large baking sheet. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix in currants and raisins. In a medium bowl whisk egg, butter and buttermilk together. Add this wet mixture into the dry until moistened, adding the Guinness in as the final step. Batter should be sticky but also stiff. If it’s too wet, add more flour by teaspoons until batter stiffens. Turn the batter out onto your greased cooking sheet and form it into a 6 inch diameter tall disk, pat down slightly. Using a sharp knife, cut an “X” into the top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean, when done. Allow to cool on a rack. (though I can’t help stealing a hot slice to slather with white butter). Ith suas!

Generally I make four to six loaves of Soda Bread each St. Pat’s. Why so much? PUDDING!!!

Chocolate Guinness SODA Bread Pudding with Jameson Sauce

2 loaves Gran’s Soda Bread
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 large egg YOLKS
12 ounces dark chocolate (I use a bar and chop it up but chips or even semi-sweet chocolate work just as good)
2 cups milk (whole not low fat.. this is not your average WW dessert.. Le Sigh)
1 tablespoon Bourbon Vanilla

Cut bread into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. In a sauce pot bring the heavy cream, sugar and salt to a boil (string constantly). Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until smooth. Whisk in eggs and yolks, adding in milk and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the bread and allow to stand for 1 to 2 hours. Occasionally give it a stir to be sure the bread soaks up the liquids. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, butter a shallow 2 quart baking dish. Prepare a water bath. Pour bread mixture into the baking dish and smooth out the top. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the center feels firm when you press it down with a spatula. Allow to cool for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Jameson IRISH Whiskey Sauce
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey

In a small sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Using a wooden (NOT METAL) spoon stir in sugar, whiskey, water nutmeg and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is well blended and the sugar dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk until frothy. Add in egg and whisk the heck out of the sucker (aka vigorously). Put back on a medium heat, string continuously until thickened, about a minute or so. Serve atop the just warm Chocolate Guinness Soda Bread Pudding. Oh chomh maith!

Irish or not, embrace the spirit of Saint Padraig’s day. Go chase a snake off some island. Or just find a table, gather round and enjoy good food, hearty drink and the telling of tales with those you care about. HÉireann i bhfad beo or Erin Go Bragh!

*Note: Corned Beef.. not-so-Irish.. more Jewish, still a great “ish” though. Now salmon, there is an Irish “meat”! This glaze is OUTSTANDING on salmon!!

Fit Pitchin’ Friday: The Snowed in Edition

I think MORE than enough attention has been paid to Mother Nature over the last week. What is it with that woman? Really? She’s such an attention hog/drama queen. Enough already! Girlfriend might I suggest that you settle down a bit, stop dumping your crap on us and maybe hang out with some new people? Try the Sun, I here he’s a hottie.

I just can’t take it anymore. No one should have to be subjected to their OWN family for this long a period of uninterrupted time. If I have to make one more stinking cup of hot coco I’m going to go POSTAL!  What does 7 days trapped in a house with 2 toddlers, a teen, a tween, 2 cats, a useless reptile and The DH look like? We’ll I’d show you but those photos might be evidence in my defense when they start the insanity proceedings after I start flouncing about singing “All work and no play makes DiPaola Momma a dull Nugget”

But I guess it COULD be worse. (here is where you say “How much worse?”) I’ll tell ya how much worse…
Top 10 ways it COULD be worse…
somebody call Paul Shaffer (<—click the link peeps is sort of creepy cool) this is gonna be EPIC 
10. The power COULD have been out for 7 days preventing ALL 6 of us from showering & ME from doing laundry for ALL 6 of us.
9. My mother-in-law COULD have been visiting.
8. I COULD have been one of those dumb asses that DESPITE the squawking of nearly every media outlet in existence, decided to go for a leisurely drive.
7. This COULD  have happened in 2 years from now when #2 would NO DOUBT have been PMSing! 
6. I COULD have actually had tickets to the Disney Social Media Moms event at Disney world this week and NOT been able to go. (my sucking FINALLY paid off for me BONUS)
5. I could have no kids and been stuck at home with only The DH for 7 days, napping, drinking wine and being all romantical and junk… wait how would THAT be worse? (note to self send kids to g-parents in the winter NOT summer from now on, maybe you’ll get lucky)
4. I could have been snowed in with John Mayer and his stupid yap (what a dirt bag, Jen.. Jess WHAT were you thinking girls?)
3. The DirectTV (<— I heart them) could have gone on the fritz causing me to miss the thrills and spills of Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains and NOBODY should have missed that action! (old farts, hos and annoying men from Boston.. oh my)
2. I could have had NO internet access (I’m curl up in a fetal position just thinking about that one)
and the #1 reason this week could have been WORSE….
1. I could have been Peyton Manning! Classic choke there babe. I love ya but DUDE even Favre MIGHT have thought twice on that one.