Gin and Tonic Cake

Recipe: Gin and Tonic Cake We first served this cake during our artist residency How to Flatten a Mountain. The weather had been more reliably fine during this program, and Caitriona wanted to create something festive and a bit lighter for the artist’s last night on the farm. Her first thought was to create a […]

Shannon’s Lane

Shannon’s Lane hike in County Carlow near the village of Kiltealy. Since we were unable to travel long distances during this autumn’s gap year program, we took the opportunity to explore our locality in more depth, revealing local treasurers a stone’s throw from Cow House. One of our favorite places, Shannon’s Lane, is only 20 […]

Knockroe Passage Tomb

Knockroe Passage Tomb

Winter Solstice at Knockroe Passage Tomb in Kilkenny Today is the winter solstice and celebrations on the shortest day of the year are particularly associated with the Celtic tradition when druids would cut the mistletoe that grew on oak trees and offer it as a blessing each year. In Celtic mythology, there is a Dark […]

Hoagie & Cheesesteak Rolls

Recipe: Hoagie & Cheesesteak Rolls As a native Philadelphian, Cow House Co-Director Frank Abruzzese has a particular affinity for the Hoagie and Cheesesteak sandwiches of his childhood. To this day, his first stop on any visit home begins with a cheesesteak from the iconic John’s Roast Pork. Anyone familiar with these delicious sandwiches from Philly […]

Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Fire Station Artists’ Studios, located in Dublin’s northeast inner city, is a vital institution within the Irish art world. For many emerging and mid-career artists, an extended residency in one of their twelve studios provides support to embark on ambitious projects. Having opened its doors more than 25 years ago, it has gained due recognition […]

Lamb Barbacoa Tacos & Elote

Recipe: Lamb Barbacoa Tacos & Elote We started making this recipe at Cow House after Frank received a phone call from our dear friend and curator Karla Sanchez. Karla, originally from Mexico City, asked Frank to give a cooking demonstration during her then annual Zorro Festival in Wexford Town. Frank loves cooking and had been […]

Materials Matter

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting artists Clare Breen, Mary Conroy, and Laura Ní Fhlaibhín for three consecutive days. This short residency was our first time hosting anyone after an extended closure, and it was great to see the studio once again brimming with activity. We are particularly fond of this collaboration as their […]

Caramelized Orange Upside-Down Cake

Recipe: Caramelized Orange Upside-Down Cake We started to make our caramelized orange upside-down cake at Cow House last year during Art on the Farm, our summer art program for high school students. Caitriona noticed the students weren’t eating as many oranges, and we had a few extra in the fruit basked about to go off. […]

Dún Aonghasa

One of our absolute favorite places to visit is the prehistoric hill fort of Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands just off the coast of Galway. Perched in a stunning location at the edge of a 300ft high cliff, Dún Aonghasa is a breathtaking place for its natural beauty […]

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Recipe: Hainanese Chicken Rice We have been making this dish at Cow House since the very beginning. Frank loves food and cooking for people, but when the studios first opened, he didn’t have much expertise in preparing dishes from the Asian continent. His background is Italian American, and he spent some time in New Mexico […]

Sourdough Bread

Recipe: Sourdough Bread One of the most remarkable things about sourdough bread is that just three ingredients, time, and technique, can yield such a satisfying combination of textures and flavors. Making sourdough bread is a process. There is no real way to sugarcoat it, but since we all have a bit more time on our hands […]

Fermented Hot Sauce & Peanut Rayu

Recipe: Fermented Hot Sauce & Peanut Rayu Two things we nearly always have in our fridge at Cow House are a fermented hot sauce and peanut rayu. These two condiments are seriously addictive and seem to work on just about everything. During our residencies and our summer program, we’ve noticed that some people pull them […]

Cow House Granola

Recipe: Cow House Granola For a majority of our programming during the year, our breakfasts are self-catering. Our residency artists and gap year students don’t like to make a fuss early in the morning and usually go for something simple. As a way to make things more interesting for them, Caitriona started making granola from scratch. […]

Mary’s Christmas Mince Pies

Recipe: Mary’s Christmas Mince Pies At this time of year, in just about every grocery store, cafe, and bakery here in Ireland, you’ll see stacks of mince pies for sale. These are nice if you can get them, but nothing compares to Mary’s homemade version. Her mince pies are something special, and one among many […]

The Library Project

The Library Project

In Temple Bar, the heart of Dublin’s city center, you can find The Library Project, run by PhotoIreland Foundation since 2013. This exciting space combining a library, bookshop, and gallery, is somewhere we always recommend to our residency artists, especially those with a primary interest in lens-based media. We regularly pop in for a visit […]

Traditional Irish Batch Bread

Traditional Irish Batch Bread

 Recipe: Traditional Irish Batch Bread It’s hard to beat freshly baked bread. There’s something so comforting about breaking into a fresh loaf still warm from the oven. Since Caitriona joined us full time back in 2017, she has been treating our guests to her fantastic creations. A highlight has certainly been her bread, whether it […]

Donburi Rice Bowl

Recipe: Donburi Rice Bowl In an effort to cook more vegetarian food and provide a bit more variety during our lunchtime meals we started serving all sorts of meals in bowls. This started with a few simple rice bowl experiments but we quickly realized the combinations were endless. Quinoa, barley, pearl couscous, or any small pasta […]

Shakshuka

Recipe: Shakshuka We first came across Shakshuka back in 2012 when it was prepared for us by visiting artist Devra Fox. It was one of the days in-between our summer program sessions and the moment we tried it, we knew it just had to become one of our regular mealtime offerings. Shakshuka is an Israeli […]