St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Friday, March 17th by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.
You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 254th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here
Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.
As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?
Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.
We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides
If you are celebrating in a restaurant or bar, please remember to drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
America loves their football and this Sunday, February 5th, 2017 is the biggest game of the year, the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will play at the NRG Stadium in Houston Texas. If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on Fox channel (see other options here) and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.
Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl 51 we have searched for the best appetizers and yummy dishes you can conger up. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…
Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.
and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…
Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy and so yummy!)
Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!
For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;
Enjoy the Super Bowl :}
Here in Florida we’ve been having light winters lately and what comes to mind when the cold air blows is to get in the kitchen and cook up a big pot of Chili. It time to throw a get the chill off of you Chili party and not a bad idea as one of your Superbowl treats to.
Have a fun casual party and follow this to do list to make it easy and organized on you..
Week Before: Pick your day of the party and put your list of guest together and send out the invites with RSVP. Hint: you may want to ask on the invitation if they want a Chili with meat or Vegetarian Style. In this case you will know how much to make of each or one big pot of Beef Chili.
2 Days Before – Once you have your RSVP’s, take inventory of your cooking pots, ladles, bowls and mugs, spoons, napkins. You will need extra bowls for the toppings. Also one to two crock pots will come in handy.
1 Days Before – Head to the grocery store or farmers market for your ingredients. (Recipes below) For Toppings, you can use Sour cream, shredded cheeses like Cheddar, Smoked Cheese, Monterrey Jack, Queso Fresco. You could also chop up a sweet onion and mix with parsley, hot sauce, hot peppers, black and green olives. Pick out what you want and you think your guest will enjoy. You may want to also serve cornbread, tortilla chips or even Fritos.
The day of: For a small group up to 5 people one pot of Chili should be enough. For 6 or more you will need two pots of Chili. Hint: Not everyone likes spicy chili, so you could make it mild and let those who want more spice pick that from the toppings, such as chopped jalepeno peppers, dried red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
Set up your Chili Bar in an area that can handle the space for the bowls, spoons, napkins, toppings and a pot of chili that is easily accessible to your guests.
Place cards with the name of the Chili you are serving in that crock pot, like Beef Chili, Chicken Chili, Vegetarian Chili or even Vegan Chili.
Need a good Chili Recipe? Check out these below.
Latkes are a popular dish that is served on the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. They are also know as potato pancakes and served with applesauce. These delightfully light pancakes go back as far as the Middle Ages and the Ashkenazi Jews have prepared them since the mid 1800′. Not all Latkes are made from potato’s. Some are made with cheese and other dairy that look more like the pancakes that are served with butter and syrup.
Today we are going to learn how to make the potato Latkes with Martha Stewart. She shows you step by step from grating the potato, putting them in the pan and then onto your plate and even has a secret ingreditent.
Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah or looking for a yummy breakfast treat, these are a must make for the holidays. Enjoy!
Betty Crocker has a great idea for serving hot chocolate to your guest this Christmas. Pull out the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot and you are on your way to easy yummy hot chocolate with treats to go in the drink and on top.
The cocoa recipe has delicious semi sweet chocolate chips, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla and more to make an amazing hot chocolate drink. Add crushed peppermint candies, marshmallows, toffee bits or whatever you prefer on the side for everyone.
Happy Holidays :}