Weekend Special – Rain & Melting Snow – St Paddy’s Day Dinner & Irish Coffee

With all this rain you’d think we were on the Emerald Isle. Well, not exactly. If this were Ireland there wouldn’t be monster snow banks at the end of the driveway. Anyway, Saint Paddy’s Day is next week. If you are delighted to see the rain wash the snow away, it’s time to celebrate. If you are a skier like me, it’s time to commiserate.

Whether you model your get-together on an Irish wake to commiserate a too rapid end to the ski season or throw a wild and wooly spring fling, any excuse is a good excuse to bring friends together. Pull out your favorite Irish music, stock up on Guinness and Irish whiskey and grill some lamb or braise some corned beef.

If you are like me and don’t know a lot (i.e. close to nothing) about Irish cooking, you’ll need to wing it. Here are a few suggestions:

Start with a bit of green! My Asparagus Soup may not be traditional Irish fare but the bright green color will get you in the mood!

The Main Event: I love lamb and it’s a popular dish on the Emerald Isle. My
Grilled Lamb & Lemon Roasted Potatoes might not give you an authentic taste of old Ireland but it will give you a taste of spring. After all, the first day of spring is just around the corner. Add some of my delicious Roasted Green Beans.

A Sweet Finish: Top off your feast with fun and fabulous Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies or a warm and cozy Apple Bread Pudding and don’t forget the Irish Coffee.

Irish Coffee
Serves 1

6 ounces coffee or 2-3 ounce shot espresso (decaf is okay)
Very cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon (or to taste) brown sugar
1 ounce (or less if you make it with an espresso shot) Irish Whiskey

Brew the coffee using your favorite method. While the coffee is brewing, beat the cream until it thickens slightly.

Combine sugar and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Add the whiskey and then gently float the cream on top of the coffee. Do not stir.

Have a wonderful evening and bon appétit!

How will you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Special – Rain & Melting Snow – St Paddy’s Day Dinner & Irish Coffee

  1. I am definitely in the camp of those happy to see the snow washed away…God knows I love it…but it has it’s time and place…and mid March is not it! I’ve just been hunting up some Vegetarian St Patty’s Day recipes…I’m thinking of trying my hand at having the family over…even though I really don’t cook. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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