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Friday Feast | My Love for Guinness and Sale

Have I mentioned that I love Guinness? If you've been a longtime follower of my blog, then you know this fact about me. My appreciation for this dark, strong stout started several decades ago on a hot summer afternoon. I seriously fell in love with the first sip. However, it wasn't until my trip to Ireland that I truly sampled a great pint. After spending hours crossing the sea from Pembroke, Wales, we arrived in Rosslare, Ireland. After we managed to get settled into our hotel, our tour group went to dinner. Though it was late, all I wanted was a pint of Guinness. Oh, my, goodness! It tastes vastly different in the country of its birth! Simply magical!

The recipe below has been adapted over the years and a huge favorite of my husband's. I hope you'll add it to your menu, along with a pint of Guinness.





2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 large yellow (quartered and sliced)

2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Leaves from 2 thyme sprigs

1 cup draught Guinness

4 cups vegetable stock

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


Melt the butter with the oil in a heavy saucepan, add the onions, garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes, if using. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over a low heat for 40 minutes until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the Guinness, vegetable stock, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cheddar cheese. Serve with warm sourdough bread.


Here's a great giveaway that I'm proud to be part of this month! Want to find a new writer, learn what novels some of your favorite authors are reading, or find new book recommendations? Visit to enter this new multi-author giveaway. All genres are included whether it’s novels from debuting authors to award-winning/bestselling authors with multiple books and/or series. The best part -- it's all free for readers to enter, as authors are generously donating copies of their books as well as other prizes each month in the hopes of finding new fans and to build up their reading communities. I’m excited to participate in this month’s giveaway and can’t wait to share with you all that will be offered this month and moving forward. You never know what surprising authors might just show up on the list this year! It might be your favorite.

Are Ye Feeling a Wee Bit Lucky Giveaway:


For a limited time, Quest of a Warrior is on sale for 99¢! Grab your digital copy today or gift one to a friend.

Sale dates: 3/12 - 3/26

Available at AMAZON


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