St. Patty’s Day Recipes

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Even if you aren’t Irish, this time of year is never short on some good eats! Usually geared toward lots of cheddar, beef, whiskey, and butter, Irish cuisine is pure comfort. With winter coming to a close, why not indulge a little for one last hoorah? Just don’t forget to wear your green while doing it 🙂


 01. Irish Mac & Cheese
02. Iced Irish Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes
03. Irish Soda Bread
04. Scones with Pear, Irish Cheddar, & Honey


Almond & Raisin Soda Bread

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I found out about soda bread through my roommate Sarah who’s an avid baker. Traditionally an Irish bread, she usually only makes it around St. Patricks day and thinks I’m strange for making it any time besides in March. However, I basically see soda bread as a gigantic biscuit, and in my eyes, biscuits are a year-round weekend treat. This easy-to-make bread (or biscuit) is wonderful sliced and toasted with some butter smeared on it.

Ingredients:

– 2 cups of all purpose flour (you can also do 1 cup all purpose, 1 cup white whole wheat)

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp salt

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 egg, whisked

– 1 cup buttermilk *if you don’t have buttermilk, see notes below for an easy how-to*

– 1/4 cup raisins (I used both golden and California)

– 1/4 cup slivered almonds

To make:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a baking sheet or cover it with parchment paper

2. Set raisins aside in a bowl of warm water to plump while prepping the dough

3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon

4. Combine buttermilk and egg in a separate bowl with whisk

5. Make a well with the dry ingredients, and slowly add in buttermilk mixture.

6. Once dough is mostly mixed, add the almonds and drained raisins. Because this dough is extremely sticky, I find this last step easiest to mix with my hand. Only use one hand, so the other is free to grab the baking sheet.

7. Place the dough in the center of the baking sheet. It’s going to look a little funny because it’s a giant lump, but that’s normal.

8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until completely golden. Stick the center with a knife all the way through, it should come out clean.

Slice, smear, and enjoy.

* To make buttermilk – simply add 1 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of regular milk. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before using to bake.

Orange Honey Butter

The Thanksgiving holidays are upon us! With tons of delicious, traditional food to compete with, I never know what to bring. I’ve been using this amazingly delicious and EASY recipe for a few years now at dinner parties and it never occurred to me how it would be a perfect addition to Thanksgiving. I cannot stress enough how easy this is. Seriously, just some butter, honey and an orange. I got my original recipe here, but it’s all about taste, so add or subtract as you go.gm_orangehoneybutter1gm_orangehoneybutter2I was a tad impatient with letting my butter come to room temp, and I don’t have a food processor, so I am embarrassed to admit I used a fork to mash up my butter a bit (oops). I would recommend to either let it sit out so it’s soft enough to mix with a utencil, or whip it up in the food processor to get that fluffy feel. As you can tell, since I did neither of those, mine is a little lumpy. I don’t mind, but for better presentation at a party I might pretty-it-up. Next up is the honey. gm_orangehoneybutter3gm_orangehoneybutter4Knowing me, I added a little more than was in the recipe because I like things sweet. So at this point, it’s a good time to mix it together, to see how it tastes. It should still taste like butter, but a little sweeter. Then zest away!gm_orangehoneybutter5gm_orangehoneybutter6At this point, zest your orange and mix it in – you should have some orange taste in every spread. I then added a little more on top for a garnish (this is totally optional).

Now you’re ready to spread on bread, muffins, biscuits, toast, crescent rolls- whatever!

I hope you find this as tasty and easy as I always have, it really is a fan favorite in our house. I will be whipping up some more on Wednesday to share with family at Thanksgiving, and if you’re blanking on a quick app, bring this with a baguette and you’re good to go!