porridgesThe best way to experience the bountiful food in Ireland is to hop on Aer Lingus and take a culinary tour.

But if your vacation days and dollars are limited, you can whip up the recipes on Good Food Ireland (the mashed potatoes, called champ mash, were a creamy kid-friendly hit, and the Irish seafood chowder made the best fish soup I’ve ever had).

Good Food Ireland, a food and tourism network, has a list of over 450 ‘qualified Providers’ so you can be sure you are getting the best in Irish cuisine. And the artisan food producers often export their products to the US.

In New York, Dean & DeLuca carries Kilbeggan Organic Porridge, which puts in instant oatmeal to shame. You can usually find good farmhouse cheddar and Burren Smoked Irish Salmon at specialty stores.

If not, book that family vacation as a culinary tour of Ireland; at Good Food Ireland you can even find culinary accommodations that source locally.