Monday, March 17, 2008

Top o' the evening to ya!

May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead. Irish Toast

Happy St. Patty's Day! I know, bummer it's on a Monday this year...but hey, any excuse to grab a pint of Guiness - regardless of the day of the week - is fine by me. Growing up in Chicago, St. Pat's was right up there with the Fourth of July when it came to citywide celebrations. We're talking parades on both the North side and South side of the city - drawing hundreds of thousands of people apiece - along with the dying of the river and all sorts of other crazy traditions. According to many of my native Irish friends, Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day even more than the Irish do...and let me tell ya, having worked in a popular Irish bar on St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, I don't doubt that at all. It's sheer insanity!
This past weekend, I went to a party at a friend's house and it was all sorts of awesome. All of the food was green - celery, edamame, guacamole, green grapes, green M&Ms, green cupcakes - along with Irish beer (DUH!), green Jello shots and martinis and a fabulous boozy beverage made with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Wowza. I was impressed. While I'm not nearly motivated enough to put together that kind of an array, I did want to give all of you faithful readers a few Irish food and drink recipes should you decide to honor old St. Patrick tonight.

Irish Coffee
2/3 cup freshly brewed coffee
1/3 cup Irish whiskey
2 tsp Splenda brown sugar blend
Top with whipped cream

Irish Eyes
1 oz. Irish whiskey
1/4 oz. green creme de menthe
2 oz. heavy cream
Shake well with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and top with cherry.

Nutty Irishman
1/2 shot Irish cream liqueur
1/2 shot Frangelico

Pistachio Cake

I also suggest getting some Dreyer's Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream made with sucralose. It's dee-lish!

Finally, for any of you who grew up watching classic Disney flicks, here's a blast from the past. Does Darby O'Gill and the Little People ring any bells? I HEART this movie. After all, it features a very young - very handsome - Sean Connery. Hoorah!

Everyone have a fabulous - and safe - night.

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