St. Patrick's Day arrives just when the seasons are at their most ambivalent. Will it rain? Will it snow? Will the sun suddenly appear, bringing gardens and green delicious things back to life? The simple country fare on the traditional St. Patrick's Day table reflects this tipping point between winter and spring. Here are some of our favorite delicious ways to celebrate this Irish-American holiday.
Over-wintered potatoes and cabbage, and preserved beef and bacon are the classic choices — along with a pint of good Irish beer. Here are some simple ways to enjoy St. Patrick's and the Irish influence in American cooking. From a vegetarian hash and succulent roasted cabbage with bacon, to real Irish scones and a hot Irish cocktail, pick up a plate or a glass and be Irish —at least for today — and say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.
Real Irish Scones - Sara Kate went to Ireland and brought back this recipe for these moist, light little pats of joy.
Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float - One of our favorite ways to enjoy Guinness or any other proper Irish stout is with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sacrilege! say the beer purists, but really, an ice cream-stout float must be tried at least once. Bitter, sweet, cold, and delicious!