St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and it is a day for wearing green and celebrating other Irish traditions. But, did you know the patron saint, St. Patrick, was not born in Ireland? It is believed that he was born in the Roman province of Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family.
It is further believed that at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. As the story goes, God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.
The people of Ireland have celebrated St. Patrick, every year since his death on March 17, around 461 A.D. Over 1200 years later, the celebration of Patrick was carried across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. In 1737, the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston among its many Irish immigrants.
What better way is there to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than to celebrate with food?
A few drops of green food coloring goes into anything you might want green, even a mug of draft beer. Anything made with Irish cream or Irish whiskey has the Irish spirit, too.
Favorite Irish Recipes
What would St Patrick’s Day be without some Irish recipes? Here are two of my favorite Irish recipes.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
- 1 (3- to 4-pound) corned beef brisket (seasoning packet included)
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1-14 oz. can vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 1 green cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges
- Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of a slow cooker.
- Trim corned beef of excess fat and place on top of carrots and potatoes.
- Sprinkle with seasoning packet.
- Add apple juice, vegetable broth and water.
- Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.
- Add cabbage and continue cooking another 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until beef and cabbage are tender.
- Remove beef, potatoes, and vegetables to a platter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Don’t forget an Irish toast to bless the meal!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
Note: You can add raisins, dates or other dried fruits and even chocolate chips, if desired.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine butter and flour until crumbly.
- Add baking powder, salt and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk.
- Mix into dry ingredients to make a dough.
- Turn onto floured surface and roll to one-inch thickness.
- With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2-inch rounds.
- Place on greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.
Makes about 18 scones
Gift Baskets to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Another great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with gifts. After all, when you think of a holiday, don’t you think of gifts?
So what types of gifts do you associate with St. Patrick’s Day? Well, anything green and Irish of course!
A great gift idea might be an Irish themed gift basket filled with lots of treats. Here are a couple of great gift baskets perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. A great way to celebrate this special and fun holiday at home with your family or at the office with your co-workers.
However you decide to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, enjoy this very fun holiday!
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