Cooking Up a St. Patty’s Day Feast

Happy Saturday to anyone who might be reading this blog!

Hope you all survived the week and are well into your weekends. It’s gorgeous here, and I’m about ready to embark on a ton of errands and then celebrate a friend’s bday tonight.  But first, some news from the week. 🙂

Though I am not going to type everything in green, I thought it only fitting to include a few Irish-themed pieces. My Dad is 100 percent Irish, so I’m a fan of the holiday. My sister and I both have Irish names — Kathleen Courtney and Sarah Margaret — and my sister has bright red hair. There is no mistaking when you meet us that we have some Irish blood.

When I was little, my mom would make clam chowder and we would watch The Quiet Man afterward. We’d also have some Irish coffee. Well, my parents had Irish coffee. My sister and I had some very weak coffee with chocolate shavings and whipped cream on top.

So, with that, the cooking news and notes from this week.

* A pretty lengthy piece from the Philly Inquirer featuring an Irish cookbook and a corned beef with cabbage recipe. Despite my Irishness, I confess I’ve never had that before and it really doesn’t sound all that appetizing to be honest. Another take on corned beef from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

* Soda bread — Andrew McCarthy of the Brat Pack fame also doubles as a travel writer. His piece in Bon Appetit this month takes him to Dublin in search of the perfect soda bread.

* On the Today Show, an Irish chef suggested lamb rather than corned beef. Sounds like a good choice to me.
And on the non Irish cooking side of things…

* Bobby Flay joins NBC’s new show “America’s Next Great Restaurant.”

* Healthy cooking tips from the folks at the New York Times.

* And, last but not least, a piece in Self about taxes on pop. (Yes, I say pop) Would you drink it less if it were taxed?


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