Thursday, March 29, 2012

Google introduces Account Activity

Your Google Account now has an optional feature that enables you to view a password-protected report of your signed-in Google activities. Read the full Google announcement here.

To sign-up for Google Account Activity, click here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Consumer technology conversations

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new blog and Twitter account for its Chief Technologist, Ed Felten. As Ed says in his initial post on Tech@FTC, the goal with these new accounts is to talk about technology in a way that is sophisticated enough to be interesting to hard-core techies, but straightforward enough to be accessible to the broad public that knows something about technology but doesn’t qualify as expert.

You can find the blog online at

You can follow Ed on Twitter at

For more information on the latest FTC news, including links to subscribe to FTC blogs, press releases and more, check out the FTC social page on

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Recipes: St Patrick's Day Condiments

Céad míle fáilte romhat! ( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!) Here's some recipes to enjoy today with your corned beef and cabbage. We're re-publishing the first two recipes added to our Family Cookbook in March, 2009; it's a tradition of one family group's Saint Patrick's Day menu (sign-in and click here).

Although we do not have her recipe, late great great grandmother served an especially light (and sometimes glazed) angel food cake on a pressed glass pedestal for dessert on St Patrick's Day. She liked placing a small chalk composition leprechaun statue from her grandmother (born USA 1850s) in the center of the cake (on overturned glass for height). 

Image via Wikipedia

Recipes: Potato Chip Cookies

"This easy recipe is tasty and fun". 

Potato Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Raise your IQ (Irish Quotient) - Please Read and Pass Along

Professor Conrad Bladey (CV) Lectures in Irish Studies, Art, History, Pub Lore, and Storytelling. He is an Expert in Irish Traditional Storie, and an Experienced storyteller/performer, for all ages. 

Dia duit! With assistance of Professor Conrad Bladey, we've identified some original resources about Irish customs and history-- and you can get them for free! For instance, you might like to read Eugene O'Curry, On The Manners And Customs Of The Ancient Irish (Williams and Norgate, 1873) for free via Google Play (Volume 2 is here), or you can buy in Paperback via Professor Bladey says, "there's an excellent chapter on the foodways of the Ancient Irish."


Our writers and English majors might enjoy Douglas Hyde, A Literary History of Ireland from Earliest Times to The Present Day (Unwin, 1903).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Recipes: Irish Soda Bread and Spread

We're re-publishing this recipe added to our Family Cookbook in March, 2009; it's a tradition of one family group's Saint Patrick's Day menu (sign-in and  click here). The recipe's contributor says her family likes to add an authentic Irish spread (below, and yes, on top of the butter!).  

Serve this Irish Soda Bread with your meal, or as dessert with coffee, tea or Irish Coffee. For family access to our recipe collection, please send your full contact info and a favorite recipe to bigfamilynews-dot-info at gmail dot com.

Photo source unknown

Recipes: Irish Coffee

We're re-publishing this recipe added to our Family Cookbook in March, 2009it's a tradition of one family group's Saint Patrick's Day menu

Photo source unknown

Bartender/Chef Sheridan's Original Irish Coffee
1 serving
1 shot of Irish whiskey
3 white sugar cubes
Strong black coffee
Heavy cream

  1. Heat up a stemmed whiskey goblet.
  2. Pour in 1 shot of Irish whiskey.
  3. Drop in 3 white sugar cubes.
  4. Fill with the coffee to within 1-inch of the top of the goblet; stir gently.
  5. Pouring it over the back of a spoon, gently add heavy cream to fill the goblet, floating it on top of the coffee (this takes a bit of practice).
  6. Do not stir. The full flavor as intended is achieved by sipping this drink through the cream. 

What's your favorite Irish toast? Post a comment!