St. Patrick’s Day at Home

St. Patrick's Day at HomeMay the luck of the Irish be with you!
It is clear that this is not a good week for a pub crawl or Irish dancing. So, we have a few ideas about how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home and still have a great time.

It is no surprise that we start with what to eat. Here are some
of our staff’s favorite recipes for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day:

Champ (Irish Potatoes)
No matter where you eat in Ireland, a bowl of champ is on the menu. And, it is delicious! Plus, there are so many variations on the dish. Here is the basic recipe for you to start with.

Beef and Guinness Stew
Nowadays the Guinness is used increasingly in cooking. It is a tasty addition to stews and casseroles, helping to tenderize the meat and imparting its distinctive malty flavor to any dish. This recipe makes a wonderful gutsy stew which tastes even better a day or two after it is made.

Sticky Fingers Irish Soda Bread
Sure, you can whip up a batch of Soda Bread from scratch, but this mix borders on effortless. All you need to do is add water and spoon it into a prepared pan. After 40 minutes in the oven, your soda bread will have a deep golden crust, and an intoxicating sweet oaty scent will fill the kitchen.

The Emerald Cocktail
A great way to escape the green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. This version of The Emerald is quite enjoyable. It’s smooth, mellow, and improves with the quality of the whiskey.

Irish Coffee
A warm glass of Irish Coffee…it is such a simple recipe, but so satisfying to drink. We recommend freshly-brewed coffee and some decent whiskey.

Hot Chocolate with Guinness, Whiskey, and Baileys
Begin your weekend with this warming spiked Hot Chocolate with Guinness, Whiskey, and Baileys. So, this recipe has a couple more steps, but they are well worth the effort.

Listen to some Irish Music
And, while you are eating, Play an Irish Pub Playlist on Spotify

Stream an Irish Movie
In the Name of the Father on Amazon Based is on Gerry Conlon’s autobiography, a drama about an Irishman and his fight to overturn his wrongful conviction of an IRA bombing.

The Commitments on Amazon is based on Roddy Doyle’s buoyant debut novel, Alan Parker’s exuberant The Commitments follows a cobbled-together band whose vision is to bring soul music to Dublin.

The Crying Game on both Netflix and Amazon. An unpredictable, unconventional, multi-Oscar-nominated movie about an IRA terrorist bonds and his hostage.

In America on Amazon. An Irish immigrant and his family move into a tenement building east of Harlem so he can pursue his dream of making it as an actor.

And, one for the kids The Secret of Kells on Amazon where magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times.

Now, all you need is a crackling fire, your pipe, a book of poetry by Yeats, and two Irish Wolfhounds lying at your feet.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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