As a kid I used to have Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, and Lucky Charms cereal for Saturday morning breakfast. I would wake up early in the morning, pad down to the kitchen in my footed pajamas, and grab the bowl full of kiddie catnip that was set in the fridge beside the milk. I was then all set to watch weekend morning cartoons while my parents had a well-deserved sleep in. Things have changed a little. I no longer have time to watch cartoons and I certainly don't want to get up early. … [Read more...]
The perfect gift idea for St. Patrick's Day!
To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year, my husband and I have decided to throw a dinner party for some close friends. Our menu consists of traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness mustard, and Irish Soda bread. For dessert, however, we’ve decided to go the non-traditional route with homemade Shamrock Shakes. They’re green, minty, and super delicious – the perfect way to end the night. Enjoy! Homemade Shamrock Shakes Makes 2 to 3 servings. • 2 cups … [Read more...]
A St. Patty's Day Treat!
Making creative treats and gifts is one of my favorite activities and what better time to whip up something fun than to celebrate a holiday. Ever since I made my Valentine Candy Bottles, I've been obsessed with putting candy in jars. So for St. Patrick's Day this year, I made up these colorful Rainbow in a Jar gifts to hand out to my Irish friends. Rainbow in a Jar Supplies: • Rainbow colored candies (I chose Skittles. You will need one large bag for each jar you plan to make.) • … [Read more...]
What a perfect spread for a St. Patrick’s Day party, because it’s excellent on crackers and goes perfectly with the beer. Actually, the beer is in it. I confess that I have to do some soul-searching before serving this spread, because it’s so hard to stop eating. If you want to enjoy it with a little less guilt, serve it for lunch on a whole-grain bread, along with a hearty soup like French Market Soup (recipe coming soon). Triple Cheese Beer Spread • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar … [Read more...]
Every year for St. Patrick's Day, my family serves traditional corned beef for dinner. I quickly found out, much to my dismay, that my husband doesn't like it. He will however eat the leftover corned beef in a Reuben sandwich, and what's a Reuben without sauerkraut? It may not be an Irish dish but it compliments Irish American dishes with its tangy crunch. So for St. Paddy's Day this year I'm gifting all my friends with a jar of homemade sauerkraut so they can start new Irish American traditions … [Read more...]
With St. Patrick’s Day on its way, I thought it would be fun to bake miniature loaves of Irish Soda bread to give as gifts. Traditional Irish Soda bread, made with just flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt, is leavened by the reaction that occurs between the baking soda and buttermilk, and is served in Ireland as a regular accompaniment to meals. And while this particular soda bread recipe utilizes that very same chemical reaction, it includes a few more ingredients to make it extra special … [Read more...]