Friday, March 8, 2013
My cousin just posted on Facebook "9 days till the blessed event, you should start training." My family has always in some way celebrated St. Patty's day! In grade school there were the green-dyed shoelaces and my mom's cupcakes with shamrocks for the class.
Not wearing green on March 17 was not acceptable- we may have even had to confess it.
We are getting ready to host our second annual St. Patty's Ceilidh. It was a grand gathering of family, friends and neighbors last year, and we hope for a repeat this year. Guests were greeted with this Irish Blessing card which opened to the menu for the evening.
The Blachlar (menu) included Poached Salmon, Lamb Lollipops, Baked Brie with Raspberry Hot Pepper Preserves, and Roasted Asparagus with Blueberry Vinegarette,
Three Tapanades, olive with feta, artichoke and sun-dried tomato with parmesan and pecorino-pepper cracker.
Sherried Mushroom Cups, Caramelized Onion Cups and a variety of cheeses with crackers and crostini.
For dessert - fresh berries, my sister in-law made a Bailey's Irish Cream Pie and my mom made cookies.
And of course, Guinness, Harp, Bailey's and lots of wine. I hope these selections give you some ideas for your St. Pat's celebration.