Next Saturday is St. Patrick's Day.
We're planning a dinner party. How about you?
To avoid being accused of perpetuating food myths, we're going to get this out of the way first: corned beef and cabbage is not authentic Irish food.
Frances Shilliday wrote a poem to remind us of this. Here's how it starts:
I just want to put something straight
About what should be on your plate,
If it's corned beef you're makin'
You're sadly mistaken,
That isn't what Irishmen ate.
The Irish traditionally served pork or lamb, not beef. But corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes and carrots is an Irish-American tradition, so -- like grandma and mom -- we're planning to serve it, in some variation, next weekend.
We do not know how to turn a keg of Brooklyn Lager green, but we do have a few St. Patrick's day suggestions, questions, and photos after the jump.