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St Patrick’s Day


 

Sure and begorrah, Saint Paddy’s day is upon us again. What began as a religious feast day to commemorate the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, has become a globally recognized celebration of all things Irish.

We are always ready to get into the spirit with classic recipes, attending parades, festivals, and even dancing a little jig!

 

Did you know 45 lbs of green dye is added to the Chicago River? Or that 60% of Americans plan to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day? Check out this fun info-graphic from WalletHub with facts about how much is spent on the day and how many pints of Guinness will be consumed.

Catch a parade. New York, Boston, Chicago and Savannah all host famous parades but most cities have pretty fun parades the whole family can enjoy.

Attend a Celtic festival. These occur all year in various locations and are a fun way to sample classic Irish cooking, crafts and dancing.

Include the children with these craft and activity ideas to help them learn and enjoy the rich history of the Irish.

Some of us may want to “sample” a green beer or as the Irish might say, “Have a gargle.”

Irish sayings, proverbs and toasts are prodigious and well known. They evoke great emotion as well as a hearty sense of humor. Who hasn’t raised a glass at a wedding or event and offered the classic, “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.”  Or my newest favorite, “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.”

 

Thirty percent of us intend to cook a classic Irish meal to celebrate.

Many folks naturally think to make Corned Beef and Cabbage. Irish dishes often include ingredients such as lamb, beef, potatoes (well, really anything with potatoes works). Irish foods are typically hearty foods in the form of stews and meat-based pies that are tasty all year round. And, on Saint Patrick’s Day, anything green such as asparagus or peas fit the “all things green” theme.

We hope you enjoy a fun-filled Saint Patrick’s Day. We found one more (oh so many gems) of a lovely blessing we thought appropriate from our DinnerTime family.

Bless us with good food,

the gift of gab,

and hearty laughter

May the love and joy we share

be with us ever after

 

Check out these recipes with a wee bit o’ the Irish!

Find more tasty ideas in your DinnerTime Recipe Box.  Just type in “St Patrick’s Day” in the search bar.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew

As delicious as it is beautiful!

Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage)

A hearty classic Irish dish.

Lite Grasshopper Pie

Cool and refreshing any time of year.