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Cooking Up a Great St. Paddy’s Day

Cooking Up a Great St. Paddy’s Day

It’s one of my favorite days of the year! We get pretty excited about St. Paddy’s Day in my house! My hubby’s really Irish and I’m a wee bit too! (Aren’t we all on St. Paddy’s Day? LOL!) We named our kiddos Riley and Ireland, so that probably tells you something!

It’s tradition. Bob puts on Irish music first thing in the morning on March 17th. The kids always grumble about it, but we know deep down they love it. Then, our phone starts ringing. All of our fellow Irish friends from all over the country call to say hi. It’s always a game to see how early in the morning the first call comes. It seems to get earlier and earlier every year. Oh well. Sure is fun to catch up with everybody!

Then, there’s the food! Bring on the corned beef! I was on TV in Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities this week showing my favorite way to do it. My Crockpot Corned Beef turns out perfect every time! I think it’s that little bit of Irish Beer in it that makes it extra special.

Crockpot Corned Beef

Speaking of beer, this year you gotta make my Beer Bread. Just 4 ingredients and so good! It goes great with my Irish Beef Stew. In fact, I made a batch of stew before I hit the road and my family has been eating and loving it all week!

I’m dreaming of Colcannon Potatoes. Have you ever heard of them? They are a traditional Irish dish. Mashed potatoes with sautéed cabbage and onions mixed in. I serve it in bowls piping hot. Make a well and put a tablespoon or two of butter in it. Oh my gosh, it’s just amazing! I always serve it with my corned beef and cabbage.

Colcannon Potatoes

Okay, back to corned beef, make sure you get a nice big 4 pound one. Or better yet make two. That’s what always do. You are going to want leftovers! Trust me on this! By the way, I prefer the flat cut rather than the point cut. It may cost just a wee bit more but it’s worth it. There’s less fat and it’s much easier to slice.

Use that leftover corned beef to make my baked Reuben Dip in a Bread Bowl, Reuben Soup, my Rolled Reuben Sandwich, Reuben Quiche, and yes even Reuben Egg Rolls. Served with a nice mustard or Thousand Island dressing they rock!

Reuben Egg Rolls

Don’t forget dessert! Go green and make my Chocolate Mint Trifle! Talk about looking like a rock star! You will!

Chocolate Mint Trifle

My kids love my Chocolate Mint Cupcakes! This year, I’m making both and Shamrock Shakes too!

We’re having a crowd over this year. I can’t wait! I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day too! And, hey if you have any great Irish recipes or traditions, please share!
 
Shamrock
 
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.

 

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