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What's Cookin'?, February 18, 2007 - You Can Cook With Confidence & Style
February 18, 2007

You can cook with confidence and style!

Saint Pats Day Is Upon Us
For One Day - Everyone Seems To Be Irish

The Irish...
Be they kings, or poets, or farmers,
They're a people of great worth,
They keep company with the angels,
And bring a bit of heaven here to earth

Welcome everyone! Welcome to another issue of What's Cookin'?"

There really is no explaining it. On March 17th every year, much of North America adopts the green and becomes Irish, at least to have a reason for a party.

In that spirit, this newsletter contains menu ideas for Saint Patricks Day, although you'll find the suggested recipes ones you can enjoy anytime.

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Saint Patricks Day Menu Ideas

For a Saint Patricks Day Menu, Americans think of green beer and corned beef and cabbage. That food and drink was not and is not a common Irish tradition.

Originally, most people in Ireland could not afford or did not have access to beef.

Their food was most often boiled cabbage and potatoes and, if they were fortunate, a bacon joint would be added to enhance the flavor of the meal.

Green beer was unheard of then and you'd be thought a fool in Ireland if you went to a pub and asked for one today.

How and when Americans adopted the tradition of corned beef and cabbage and green beer as part of the celebration is somewhat unclear, but here is what we do know.

The St. Patrick's Day celebration began in the U.S. in 1737 when the city of Boston decided to celebrate the day of Saint Patrick's death as the Irish had been doing for many years.

The Boston celebration spread to other cities in America every year until the entire country, it seems, was celebrating the day.

It was in the late 19th century that corned beef and cabbage began to become more popular with the Irish emigrants in America and Canada, where both salt and meat were cheaper than in their native country.

They treated beef the same way they would have treated a bacon joint at home in Ireland. They soaked it to draw off the excess salt, then braised or boiled it with cabbage, and served it in its own juices with some pepper and bay leaf.

So pretend you're Irish if you are not, get out the green, put on a shamrock, and have a party with friends and family, or at least recognize the day by eating corned beef and cabbage, a Reuben Sandwich, Corned Beef Cabbage Soup, Corned Beef Hash for breakfast or another more truly traditional Irish meal such as Guinness Beef (or mutton) Stew and go ahead, toast the Saint and the Irish, not with a green beer, but with a stout beer (that's the Irish national drink and its black) or an Irish Coffee or Hot Double Irish or one of the other suggested beverages on this Saint Patricks Day Menu.

Saint Patricks Day Menu Ideas

Corned Beef & Cabbage
If it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day in your house without Corned Beef & Cabbage, here's a famous restaurant recipe for that meal.

Corned Beef Cabbage Soup
This is a fabulous alternative to a corned beef and cabbage dinner, or as another way to use left overs, provided you have leftover corned beef broth.

A Reuben Sandwich recipe is included on the Saint Patricks Day Menu just in case you actually have any corned beef left over.

Breakfast? You want to use corned beef leftovers for breakfast? GREAT! How about some Corned Beef Hash with some eggs in the morning? This is a real favorite restaurant recipe.

Guinness Beef Stew
I am told that this Guinness Beef stew is an Irish pub favorite. I can believe it since my American-style restaurant sells a lot of it when I place it on the special sheet. Cooking beef in stout is similar to cooking meat in wine. It tenderizes the beef. Cook the stew slowly and you'll have a malty, flavorful and tender stew to enjoy.

And for beverage suggestions as part of this Saint Patricks Day Menu, here’s a quick guide to some favorite drinks. Just click a link to see the recipe. And enjoy the Irish Toast, as well!

Irish Toast

Here's to a temperance supper,
With water in glasses tall,
And coffee and tea to end with--
And me not there at all!

Irish Coffee
Hot Double Irish
Irish Cream Stinger
Sour Apple Martini

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A Final Irish Toast
To You And Yours!

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

”See” you soon! Be happy and stay safe.

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