This variation of a traditional English rarebit toast is an easy to make appetizer or snack. Kids especially love the cheesy gooeyness of it, and it will keep them busy for a bit while you sneak off to read a few more pages of your book.
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Irish Cheddar Rarebit Toast
1 cup shredded Dubliner or other Irish cheddar cheese – I like Dubliner because it has a little tang like American sharp cheddar but with a richer flavor. I buy it at Trader Joe’s but I’ve also seen it at Costco and Fresh & Easy.
½ cup finely chopped chives or scallions, depending on your onion preference.
8 slices of English toast bread or thick white bread. I’ve found toast bread at Fresh & Easy.
1 tsp. mustard, yellow or Dijon. I prefer yellow, but some people like the Dijon kick.
1 egg, beaten.
Preheat broiler to 325 degrees or you can use a toaster oven. Place the bread slices on a non-stick or foil lined cookie sheet and toast one side while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
In a wide, shallow bowl, mix the beaten egg, chives, mustard and Irish cheddar cheese.
Remove the toasted bread from the broiler and pour equal measures of the cheese mixture on the untoasted sides and return them to the tray. Toast bread, mixture side up until the cheese is melted. Pour yourself a thick Irish beer like Harp or Guinness and enjoy!
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Devon, the Earl of Malton, is a hero for his deeds at the Battle of Waterloo. But he suffers terrible nightmares, and drinks himself to sleep most nights. A habit he vows to break when he awakes one morning to find a woman sharing his bed, no memory of how she got there, and her angry brother at his door.
Cathleen is mortified when her wastrel brother and his greedy wife propose a blackmail scheme involving the earl, but as a penniless war widow she's at their mercy. She goes along with the plan and sneaks into Devon's bed one night, and ends up comforting him through a night terror.
Charmed by her beauty and kindness, Devon determines that rather than pay the blackmail, he will offer his hand in marriage to Cathleen. Although she is deeply attracted to the stoic earl, Cathleen cannot understand why Devon would want to marry her. What she doesn't know is that Devon owes her a debt that can never fully be repaid…
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