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Happy St.Patrick's Day!!March 17, 2012
St Patrick's Day is here! What a great holiday... An excuse to wear green, which we blondes look especially good in, to drink many beers...
St Patrick's Day is here! What a great holiday... An excuse to wear green, which we blondes look especially good in, to drink many beers perhaps beginning at an early hour, and to cook an Irish feast! Now I know you're all thinking, "That's just what she does every day..." but March 17th is special. The green is much more elaborate, I almost always break out the kelly green, the best shade of green. The beer-drinking is accompanied by the rest of the participating country, and the beer is often green. Of course the feast is special too. I make Irish stew many times throughout the year, yes... But I don't serve it alongside beer-braised cabbage, colcannon, and loaves upon loaves of Irish soda bread. See? Holiday.
Irish Stew... One of the most comforting soups you can make. Traditionally, it's made with lamb and is just a glorified beef stew. But since I am very untraditional, and vegan, I make some steamed seitan and simmer it inside. The broth is homemade usually, to reach the deepest darkest depths of flavor imaginable. Oh, and beer goes in too. Got to make it Irish.
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Star of the show, incredibly moist with a Jameson butterscotch filling, these cakes are vanilla base with the addition of espresso and topped with an almondy buttercream and a green sugar drizzle. I used to drink Irish coffees all the time before I was poor. They serve it to you in a big mug and top it with whipped cream and green drizzle, so if you've ever had one, you know what I'm talking about with the fluffy buttercream and green sugar drizzle.. Jameson on the inside... Get it? It's an Irish Coffee. Cupcake.
A solid favorite for sure.
Happy St Patrick's Day Everybody!