St. Patrick’s Day is here, which means that about two weeks ago you probably forgot to corn the beef. But there are other parts of Irish culture we can still celebrate, without as much advanced preparation. Like James Joyce, whose masterpiece Ulysses was first published exactly 100 years ago on Feb. 2, 1922. So in honor of this centennial, and St. Patrick’s Day, I developed this recipe for Guinness stew.
With the invasion happening in real time as I write this, I have no idea how the chips will have fallen by the time you read it. But one thing is clear. President Zelenskyy, and the nation he leads, are like a hearty bowl of borscht. The Ukrainians are hearty and grounded, while Vladimir Putin by contrast is a tepid plate of Chicken Kyiv. He’s a flightless bird struggling for relevancy.
Wild game is the tastiest, cleanest, and most ecologically justifiable meat on the planet. But the ultimate reward of hunting is neither the kill or the thrill of the chase, but how you come out the other side — regardless of whether you bring meat. It requires competency on many levels, including navigation, shooting, wildlife biology, your own physical limits, and reading a landscape. I look at mountains differently now, palpating each valley and fold with my eyes hungrily.
The middle of winter can be a tough time for tomato lovers. We are about as far away from the end of last season as we are from the beginning of this summer’s harvest, and no member of the produce kingdom suffers such a noticeable lack of flavor when it’s imported, out of season, from some faraway place. So this time of year many people choose to simply forego tomatoes entirely, rather than suffer the indignity of a cardboard-flavored impostor.
February is Heart Month with the focus on preventing heart disease. Living a healthy lifestyle is an important way for us to prevent heart disease.