Weekend Special – Saint Paddy’s Day Celebration

shamrocksSaint Paddy’s Day is Sunday! Will you be bringing friends and family together for an evening of good food and stories? Drag out that old green sweater, chill the Guinness (but not too cold) and practice your toasts. It’s time to celebrate!

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:

Think green to start! Although it has nothing to do with Ireland or Saint Patrick, Artichoke Leaves with Shrimp but they’ll add a touch of green to your party so give them a try. Artichokes are in the market and they make a delicious spring appetizer. To complete the scene, set out small bowls of bring green Castelvetrano olives and pistachios and relax.

Guinness_01The Main Event: It’s personal I know but, boiled and dinner just doesn’t make it with me. On the other hand, I love lamb and it’s a popular dish on the Emerald Isle. My Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks are a great choice for a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner. Serve them with a slice of warm Soda Bread and Roasted Carrots and Pearl Onions.

Something Sweet: Top off your feast with something homey. Try my Blueberry Crisp or Apple Bread Pudding.

          May you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead.

Sláinte 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.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2013

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