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March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Irish Soda Bread Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day.  March 17th has been a national holiday for me since I was old enough to know anything (which my mother claims was two minutes after birth, but I digress).

My mother, Sheila, was from a seaside harbor town in County Dublin, Ireland, called Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Done Leary).  After her father died she left Ireland and went to London, England to find work to help support her family and survived a world war.  In due course she traveled to America where she met my father, Bill; became an American citizen and had me.

America was her home, but Ireland was where she came from and every year on St. Patrick’s Day we celebrated that fact.  It was fun!  We would go to church; we would have lamb stew or corned beef and cabbage or potato soup; soda bread and scones warm from the oven slathered with butter or clotted cream and jam and always lots and lots of hot tea poured from a china teapot into delicate china cups on saucers laced with milk and sugar.  Mommy would sing, I would dance (yes, I am a medal-winning Irish step-dancer), family and friends would join in with their own songs and stories and my Pop – well, he would preside over all the festivities and try and look like as if it was all a big fuss about nothing, but his eyes – his bright blue eyes would be smiling.  And you know that saying “when Irish eyes are smiling …”  :-)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!

P.S. Need an easy recipe for Irish soda bread?  Check out one of our family recipes:


February 1st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

A heart-healthy way to start the day!

A heart-healthy way to start the day!

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley,

Photographed by Richard B. Riley,

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine


¼ c raisins

1 tsp finely shredded orange peel

2 TBS orange juice

1 tsp vanilla

½ an 8-ounce package of reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

1 TBS sugar

2 c fresh raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and/or cut-up peaches

½ c  low-fat granola

Honey (optional)

Shredded orange peel (optional)


  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl combine raisins and orange juice.  Cover and microwave on 100% power (high) for 30 to 45 seconds; let stand 1 minute to plump raisins.  Stir in vanilla; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and sugar; beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth.  Stir in raisin mixture and the 1 tsp orange peel.
  3. In four tall glasses layer half the cream cheese mixture, half the fruit, and half the granola.  Repeat layers.  Drizzle with honey and top with additional orange peel.

Makes 4 servings.

Each serving:  209 cal, 8 g fat (4 g sat. fat), 22mg chol, 149 mg sodium, 32 g carbo, 4 g fiber, 5 g pro.  Daily Values:  10% vit. A, 28% vit. C, 5% calcium, 6% iron.