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The Shamrock and Peach {a recipe and a give away!}

I am super excited to share with you a newly published cookbook by our good friend and cook Judith McLoughlin!!! Richard and I had the pleasure of being in Gary and Judith’s small group a couple of years ago as they stepped out in faith to create this project. Every other Sunday, we met in their home–and we had the HONOR of sampling dishes that would grace the pages in this cookbook. (AMAZING DELISH…and what a deal we struck, huh?!) EVERY Bible study night we got to taste a new dish–and I’m forever sold to her recipes! Never will I forget when she served us the Scots-Irish Oaten Raspberry Cranachan (even the kids gobbled it up…and I have a picky crew!) What I really love about these dishes is how beautiful they all turn out making them perfect to serve at any occasion but also easy enough for busy moms to create.

So many knowing Judith’s gift encouraged Judith and Gary to step out in faith and peruse their dream of creating this cookbook–and I’m so super excited for them and that it is now a reality. Have you ever dreamed of doing something–but you just thought it’d be impossible to actually happen?? This is another reason I’m just so excited about this cookbook!!! I’ve always dreamed of writing a book–but oh my…not sure if I’ll ever do it. But Judith did–and her stories throughout this are so heart warming and refreshing (a perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves to cook in your life!) It’s beautiful too–making it even great for displaying on a coffee table.

This cookbook fuses together Irish and American dishes–starting with recipes that are traditional Ireland recipes with Judith’s touch, and they take a Southern twist halfway through…with recipes like “Queen of the south chicken salad with almonds & tarragon” and “Atlanta milk chocolate Coca-Cola cake”. (And I just spotted the well known JCT Kitchen chef Ford Fry’s coveted fried chicken recipe in the mix too! Did he really give that away in this book?!) This season, I think I’ll be whipping up her “Sweet and salty caramel squares” AND…oh my–the gingerbread scones too! Don’t they look perfect for a holiday gathering?!

Judith has graciously shared the recipe with me to share with YOU!!! (Thank you Judith!) It may not print out from my site–and if it doesn’t, you can click HERE and download and print.

Gingerbread Scone ingredients (1/2 dozen)
• 1 lb. (4 cups) self-rising flour
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 2 oz. (1⁄4 cup) dark brown sugar
• 1⁄4 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. ground powdered ginger
• 1⁄2 tsp. nutmeg
• 3⁄4 tsp. cinnamon
• 6 oz. (3⁄4 cup) butter (cut in to small pieces)
• 1 egg (beaten)
• 4 fl. oz. (1⁄2 cup) buttermilk
• 2 fl. oz. (1⁄4 cup) molasses
• egg wash (1 egg beaten with a milk )

Pie Filling ingredients:
• 3 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
• 1 Tbsp. fine granulated sugar
• zest of 1 lemon, or orange
• pinch of kosher salt
• 8 fl. oz. (1 cup) heavy whipping cream

how to make it
1. Preheat your oven to 425° F.
2. Sift the flour with the baking powder then combine
the remaining dry ingredients together in a food
processor or a large mixing bowl.
3. Cut the cold butter into the mixed dry ingredients
then rub the mixture together with your fingertips or add them slowly to a food processor to form a breadcrumb-like texture.
4. Beat the buttermilk, egg, and molasses together in a small bowl and combine with the dry ingredients,
mixing well.
Turn the resulting dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
6. Knead the dough a few times and then roll it out with a lightly floured rolling pin until it’s about 3⁄4” thick.
7. Cut the scones out of the flattened dough using a 1” biscuit cutter.
8. Brush dough scones with egg wash and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
9. Bake 12–15 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top, turning the baking tray halfway through baking time to ensure even baking.
10. Best served warm. Serve sliced in half and slathered with clotted cream.

how to make the citrus cream:
1. In an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, lemon zest, sugar, and salt.
2. On low speed, combine the heavy whipping cream into the mixture, being careful not to over-beat, until cream mixture becomes stiff.
3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

You can visit the book site and order your own copy of “The Shamrock and Peach” at

Visit their blog at and their website/store at

Judith has graciously also give us a signed copy of this cookbook to GIVE AWAY to one of my blog readers!!! All you have to do is leave a comment about something YOU have always dreamed of doing OR who you’d give this book to if you win!!! That’s it! On Friday I’ll draw a name from the comments (how fun this will be to see the dreams of others!)–and I’ll ship it out in time for Christmas. And I’d love to hear if some of you end up purchasing this cookbook to! The photography is by Gary McLoughlin, Judith’s husband, and it is extraordinary…and I love seeing all the pictures of our home town gracing the pages (and love the pictures from Ireland in the book’s beginning…I want to visit one day!)

Alright–so play my little blog game, leave your comment…and I’ll let you know who wins the give away on Friday!

Blessings to you!


P.S. Here is a gluten free recipe for self-rising flour that I found online so those of you who have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant could still make and enjoy this recipe!:

Self-Rising Flour

4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour mix (your favorite)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

Sift together all ingredients well, store in zippered storage bags.
Can be used in any recipe calling for self-rising flour.
About 4 1/4 cups

P.S.S. If you have problems leaving a comment (it’s not been working right here lately!)–just leave your comment in the CONTACT me page and I’ll publish it for you!!!

Randee J. - December 13, 2011 - 4:27 pm

I have dreamed for the past 7 years of becoming a mother. We are in the process of adopting a chid so it looks like I am getting closer to realizing this dream! If I win this book I will either give it to my sister for Christmas OR keep it!


Megan - December 13, 2011 - 4:37 pm

i was just telling my mom about this cookbook…so i would definitely give it to her!

Emily Windham - December 13, 2011 - 5:06 pm

ahh!! I would love to give this to my momma! She was actually born in the Northern Ireland but moved to the US at thirteen. She’d love it 🙂

Jocelyn Martin - December 13, 2011 - 5:11 pm

I would love to give this book to my sweet sister, a pastor’s wife on a abudget, who loves to cook for her family & mine AND she loves anything Irish.
Also, thank you for your beautiful blog of encouragement. God is working in our hearts & finding our place in the world of adoption.

Rachel N - December 13, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Would love to have this yummy cookbook. I dream of writing a book & am coming to realize… it’s going to take work and I just need to start!

Joy - December 13, 2011 - 5:26 pm

This sounds like a fantastic recipe book! I recently ate at JCT as a guest of the Fry’s and it was fabulous! I didn’t have the chicken, but I am sure it is fantastic!

Meggan McFaden - December 13, 2011 - 5:28 pm

I dream of pulling my kids from school and traveling in a RV while we explore the great USA… I love national parks and would love to visit all of the.

Kristy Filbrun - December 13, 2011 - 5:39 pm

My ultimate dream and hopefully a reality is moving my family to Ethiopia to serve at Korah. Looks like a neat cookbook!

admin - December 13, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Okay…can I add one BESIDES write a book;)?! I’m going to add–we’d sell our house and move to a farm:)

Amanda - December 13, 2011 - 6:53 pm

You are so sweet to offer this!! Being a Southern girl of Irish descent, I’m completely intrigued. I’ve always dreamed of having a party planning biz 🙂 I haven’t given up on it, but it’s not in the cards just yet. xo

Angie - December 13, 2011 - 7:01 pm

I’m living’ my dream, girl!! Having four little ones to love is more than I ever could have imagined. :). Cookbook looks fantastic!

Naomi - December 13, 2011 - 7:09 pm

What a beautiful book!!! I love to cook and bake so this would be such a blessing to win!!

I would love to open up a bakery. My Granny owned a bakery in Nottinghamshire, UK where I am from and she was the hit of the town! Everyone came for miles to buy her cakes and scones. She taught my Mum and my sister’s many of her recipes….. I am about to make her Christmas pudding this week for Christmas Day!! One day, when all our children are grown, I hope my dream becomes a reality!! II guess I need to stop adopting too first, LOL!!) Until then, I shall keep baking and passing on the recipes to my children!

Lauren Pal - December 13, 2011 - 7:44 pm

I have always dreamed of opening a health clinic in South Africa! Cookbook looks delicious!

Deborah - December 13, 2011 - 7:46 pm

I would love to write a children’s book. It’s always been a dream of mine, especially a Christmas children’s book.

I’d be tempted to keep the cookbook myself since I’m southern and from Irish descent but I’d probably give it away to one of my sisters or daughters and buy one myself. Thanks for the opportunity.

Thanks for the flour (gluten free exchange). My niece has just been diagnosed with a chronic illness and will need to be on a gluten free diet forever.

Alison - December 13, 2011 - 7:46 pm

Looks like a great cookbook! I would probably give it to my brother-in-law for Christmas! He is a great cook, and loves new cookbooks!

KIm - December 13, 2011 - 7:48 pm

I’d give this book to my new friend Sue, who befriended us when we move to PA. We’ve shared many a meal with their family and we’re doing Christmas cookies together this year. Merry Christmas Andrea!

Sarah Rockney - December 13, 2011 - 8:47 pm

I have always wanted to write a cookbook. I love to cook! What a great name for the book.


Jolene (Homespun Heritage) - December 13, 2011 - 8:49 pm

I dream of going to cooking school. I have 4 going on 6 children and I love cooking and baking. While it would be fun to do a cookbook it would be very difficult for me as I don’t measure and when I follow recipes I only take their measurements as suggestions! Either way, I would love to be properly trained. With the prospect of having many more children I’d love to head to cooking school!

Pauline Sumption - December 13, 2011 - 10:09 pm

I would give this cookbook to my dear friend, Dawn. Her husband is a “lot” Irish and they took a trip there to visit the beautiful castles and enjoy the scenery along the way. Dawn, on the other hand, is just about ALL Polish. She is an AMAZING cook and I love it when she cooks for my family and me.

Holly - December 13, 2011 - 10:34 pm

I would use this cookbook to expand my recipe repertoire. I am Scot/Irish and don’t have nearly enough experience cooking this type of food!

Christy - December 14, 2011 - 6:22 am

I have dreamed of writing a children’s book ever since I went through a writing program. And of adopting, of course! This cookbook looks so yummy!

Renae - December 14, 2011 - 10:53 am

I’m dreaming of a house FULL of sweet ones who have longed for a family. One down….many to come, I hope. Love your sweet blog Andrea- looking forward to meeting you at C4C in March.

Christine - December 14, 2011 - 11:17 am

I was once a volunteer teacher in Namibia and that experience changed my life! Africa is on my heart, and I dream of one day going back for a longer stay to love on those precious Namibian children.

Lori Denton - December 14, 2011 - 1:25 pm

I always thought it would be nice to write a children’s book 🙂

Ginger - December 14, 2011 - 4:32 pm

I always dreamed of establishing my own preschool. The whole building/location part is what seems insurmountable, but I’m not dead yet!

Kristin - December 14, 2011 - 8:13 pm

I love personal cookbooks and always delight in the honor of making other family’s tried, true, and much loved recipes! I dream of God calling our family to up and move and serve in Africa. As hard as that might be, I do dream of it.

Amanda Rose - December 14, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Hi Andrea. I’m living a life at home with children “under my skirt” and discovering that it’s one of (many) secret paths to joy. My husband and I recently picked up and moved to the Charleston area from Atlanta so we can raise our three children in the Lowcountry. The marsh trails, the sound of owls in the evening, the ocean breezes on my wide front porch are whispers of love from the Lord our God- a gracious daily reminder that there is still some peace on this Earth. On the subject of my heart’s desires I have been on a tear for the last year baking with fresh ground wheat and would like to expand my outreach. The health benefits are astounding and grounded in Scripture (plus it’s pretty fun to eat cookies that are good from us).

This cookbook would suit my beloved green-eyed, red-haired gourmet mother in law!

Pax et bonum-Amanda

Leslie - December 15, 2011 - 6:24 pm

I’d give this to my wonderful mother in law for Christmas! 🙂

bobi bobbitt - December 15, 2011 - 10:14 pm

Yummy! My dream would be to become a children/family photographer! I have always LOVED photography so it has always been one of those things I wish I would just pursue! (: