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Jess O'Toole is La Domestique

Hi, I’m Jess, aka La Domestique. No matter how busy or cooking-challenged you are I can help you live the good life and enjoy fresh, healthy meals at home every day. Find out more

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Grandma Bercher’s Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are a Bercher family tradition. It all started with my great grandmother, Frances Bercher. Born Frances Schuster in Germany, she immigrated to America with her family in 1908 at 13 years of age. Eventually she married my great grandfather and settled...

Duck Breasts with Pomegranate Sauce

Hello there! It's been a bit quiet here on La Domestique, but right now can find me over on Contemporary Living with a festive recipe for Duck Breasts with Pomegranate Sauce and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It's a quick seared duck breast paired with a tangy, sweet sauce...

Autumn Mushroom Soup with Thyme and Brandy

Autumn is my favorite time of year. This is my first Irish autumn, and the change in country makes the season even more interesting. It's not the fall that I grew up with in Arkansas, which was marked by warm golden-hued days with dramatic red, orange and yellow...

How -To Prepare Whole Squid

  It was a cold and drizzly Irish morning at the Cavan Farmers Market. Making my usual rounds I took a mental note of everything on offer-- must get a couple of éclairs from The Mason’s Apron to bring home for breakfast, don’t forget to grab some eggs, the kale...