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With an Irish flavor

Wearing green is a given for St. Patrick's Day. So are finding green colored drinks and special menus with an Irish flavor being served that day at restaurants. Maybe it is time to try some of these Irish dishes in your kitchen.  Don't wait for St. Patrick's Day to try them.

Traditional Irish cooking : the fare of old Ireland and its history
Andy Gravette and Debbie Cook.
Reading, UK : Garnet, c2008.
A tantalizing taste of both Ireland and its celebrated cuisine.
     
Irish country house cooking : the blue book recipe collection
Georgina Campbell.
Dublin : Georgina Campbell's Guides, 2007.
  1. Previous ed.: Dublin: Epicure, 2005.
  2. These delicious dishes celebrate the diversity of Irish country houses, castles, special hotels and a number of top restaurants for the home cook to recreate with confidence.
  3. Includes index.
     
Irish cooking : over 70 deliciously authentic Irish recipes, beautifully illustrated with more than 275 step-by-step photographs
Biddy White-Lennon & Georgina Campbell.
London : Southwater, 2007.
A carefully selected range of more than 90 delicious step-by-step recipes captures the essence of Irish cooking. There are sections on soups and appetizers, main courses, salad and vegetable dishes, desserts, cakes, bakes, preserves and drinks: each of th
     
The Irish kitchen : ingredients, techniques and over 70 traditional and authentic recipes
Biddy White Lennon and Georgina Campbell.
London : Southwater, 2006.
     
The Irish pub cookbook
by Margaret M. Johnson ; photographs by Margaret M. Johnson ; food photographs by Leigh Beisch.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2006.
Talk about the luck of the Irish! One of the most beloved of Irish institutions (there are more than one thousand in Dublin alone), the traditional pub has served generations as the venue for local gossip, sporting news, a ceilidh or two, literary soirees, real estate deals, political debates, revolutionary plots, and, lest we forget, for knocking back a pint of Guinness or a "ball of malt." The food's not bad either-as
     
Full on Irish : creative contemporary cooking
Kevin Dundon.
Dublin : Epicure Press, c2005.
Includes index.
     
Irish traditional cooking
Darina Allen ; with a foreword by Regina Sexton.
[London?] : Kyle Books ; Lanham, MD : distributed by National Book Network, 2005.
More than 300 traditional dishes, each recipe is complemented by tips, tales, historical insights and common Irish customs, many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next through the greatest of oral traditions.
     
The best of Irish breads & baking : traditional, contemporary & festive
Georgina Campbell.
Dublin : Epicure Press, 2004.
The Best of Irish Breads and Baking covers all aspects of the baking process, from the very best of breads, bracks, scones, puddings and preserves to their storage, usage and life span. An invaluable delight to both professional and novice alike.
     

Perhaps the best known foods served on St. Patrick's Day are corned beef and cabbage. Many people prefer their cabbage crispy and firm. If you cook it quickly in boiling water, it retains its beautiful bright green color.

Corned beef brisket recipes call for it to be placed in a pot of water. Next add chopped onions, carrots, mustard powder, several stalks of parsley, and a sprig of thyme. Potatoes, boiled in their jackets, are a wonderful addition to this meal.

What's old is new

A hot new trend in Irish cookery is the return to the authentic dish of the country--Irish stew.  Cooks braise lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions and broth for a mouth-watering dish that is a change from the traditional corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. 

(recipes and more ideas)

Cabbage rolls are another favorite for this Irish occasion. If made using the traditional Irish method, corned beef's a necessary ingredient. A mixture of cooked rice, corned beef, onion, and celery is placed into a cabbage leaf. The ends of the cabbage leaves are rolled up and tucked underneath the ends. The cabbage rolls are baked with a sauce to keep them moist.

To enjoy a hearty St. Patrick's Day meal, take time to bake a classic Irish soda bread. Fresh, out-of-the-oven, Irish soda bread, is a great addition when serving corned beef and cabbage. Soda bread takes about an hour to bake. Thus, make sure it is started well before you plan to have dinner served.

Although St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, people around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The history and celebration of St. Patrick's Day can be fun for the whole family. Celebrations include not only Irish food and drink, but also parades, music, songs, and many activities such as coloring, games, and crafts for children.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff