Winter has dog days too. In the South, you often get the promise of a coming spring with a warm day and high, bright clouds, but then, in just the shortest time, the forecast can promise a wintry mix. And that can make it feel colder than ever.
For those days when it feels as if winter might never end, embrace the present and forgo hope of a balmy night for dockside dining under the stars—cook like it’s winter. The Irish know how to do this, and Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Washington, DC (and Irish chef extraordinaire) suggests a comfort food classic, the Shepherd’s Pie. Topped with mashed potatoes and filled with hearty fare, it’s good for what ails you, even if that is just a weather forecast.
reprinted from My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve by Cathal Armstrong and David Hagedorn
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