Saint Patricks Day Foodies
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Friday! How are you celebrating?
We’re not die-hard Saint Patrick’s Day celebrators like my red-head Irish friend Kate, but we’ve recognized this green holiday in many different ways, especially since the kids arrived on the scene. Holidays are just more fun with kids. Unless, that is, you are headed to an all-day drink-fest/parade…that’s fun too. Just not as achievable these days. Ethan and I have ventured over to Dogtown for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade craziness a couple times, the parking is a nightmare but the people-watching is amazing. Plus there’s plenty of food to grab afterwards, like at Mac’s Local Eats inside the newly renovated Tamm Avenue Grill.
Since it’s freezing and Ethan’s in school nowadays, we will do something fun at home instead.
I told Ethan we needed to remember to wear green on Friday, to which he responded that he didn’t have a green shirt and somehow I started reminiscing about St. Patty’s days of the past and told him about the pinching…that if you don’t wear green you get pinched. Remember that whole thing in school? There was always a friend who took the “rule” REALLY seriously and left you with a bruise if you darned to go green-less? Do kids still do this?
This year, Finn and I will host a little-kid playdate in the morning, complete with green snacks and rainbow necklace crafts and green popcorn, then we’ll head to a local fish fry. We’re not church people, but darn it if Catholic churches don’t throw the best parties on Friday nights during lent! It’s so fun walking down the street to have dinner with neighbors and friends in a family-friendly atmosphere that usually includes live music. Probably Irish music this week :).
Anyway, in case you haven’t made a plan as of yet, I thought I’d share a few recipes we’ve tried in that past (plus a few we’ll be trying in the future).
These Cheesy Corned Beef Pull Apart Sliders were posted on one of my favorite food blogs, Foodness Gracious. This chef turned stay-at -home-dad-turned-blogger is always making mouth-watering dishes and this one pleased everyone in our family. Hot sandwiches? Never bad.
We’ve made this Beef and Guinness Stew at Saint Patrick’s Day gatherings and it’s delicious, especially in this icy weather we’ve been having. Really, all Irish cuisine is pretty perfect for cold weather.
If I were going to a party these would be my contribution, Guiness, Whiskey, & Irish Cream Cupcakes, and I plan to whip up some of this Green Popcorn for the kiddos tomorrow. Popcorn + kids = a big, snack-satisfying mess.
I’m tempted to try this lovely Guinness Pie, Martha sure can make comfort food look classy. Sardella, in Clayton, has started brunch service and it featured the most delectable looking Eggs Benedict (my favorite ever ever ever have got to try this) and their perfect hollandaise sauce is the most vibrant green. Can’t get much more Saint Patrick’s-y than that! In a perfect world, this dish would be served with a few of these Spicy BLT Green Bloody Mary’s.
Yet another holiday I love because it’s centered around food. Perfect.
Happy Satin Patrick’s Day!