The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 17, 2000


A Last Minute Plan for Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Yes, today is St. Patrick's Dayit's the day when you reach into the back of your closet for a green shirt or blouse; even a green tie or scarf will do"a time for the wearin' o' the green", as the Irish like to say. Today is that special day for playing Irish music, singing along while you pour yourself a cup of Irish Coffee or whipping up a simple Kerry Cake.

Why do I love St. Patrick's Day? I'll never know. I'm not Irish. As I have written before, the closest I come is McComb on my grandfather's side, but he was Scotch-Irish. Maybe it was having a glass of green beer on St. Patrick'sDay in a local pub when I was a college student or workingfor the State of Massachusetts in Boston for eight years andgetting the day off on "Evacuation Day", March 17.

I've never been to a St. Patrick's Day parade in SouthBoston, which I hear is quite an experience. I have heardthe Chieftains, that marvelous group of traditional Irishmusicians from Dublin, perform: once in Symphony Hall andanother time when I was in the second row of Durgin Hall, theUniversity of Massachusetts' auditorium in Lowell. There'snothing like the beauty of traditional Irish music and a bitof step-dancing to stir one's soul.

I'll miss our annual dinner of corned beef and cabbageand beer, followed by a slice of lime jello for dessert, atthe now defunct Willow Pond Kitchen on Route 2A in Concord.Still, I can't feel too disappointed since a friend invitedmy husband and me and some of our friends over for a home-cooked corned beef and cabbage supper last night.

As we sipped a cup of Irish coffee, sampled a piece ofKerry Cake, and tapped our toes to "O'Sullivan's March" and"Paddy's Jig," we welcomed in St. Patrick's Day in grandstyle. It's a celebration not to be missed.

Recipe: Kerry Cake (Apple Cake)

3/4 cup butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

grated grind of 1 lemon

3 medium apples, pared, cored

1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. double-acting baking powder

Make early in the day or 1 1/2 hour before serving

1. Start heating oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, withelectric mixer at medium speed, beat butter with sugar untilcreamy. Then beat in eggs, one at a time.

2. Stir in lemon rind and diced apples. Sift together flour,salt, and baking powder. Fold into butter mixture until wellblended.

3. Pour into greased 8" x 8"x 2" baking dish. Bake about 30minutes, or until golden, and cake tester, inserted incenter, comes out clean. Serve slightly warm, cut into ninesquares, with or without topping of vanilla ice cream. Orcool, cut and serve.

Recipe: Irish Coffee

For each person:

Into a stemmed goblet (for hot drinks) or a teacup put 1level teaspoon fine granulated sugar.

Fill the goblet or cup 3/4 full with very hot coffee. Stirquickly to dissolve sugar.

Add 1 ounce of your preferred whisky (Irish Whiskey orAmerican Bourbon) or liqueur and stir once.

Top off with heavy thick cream poured on over the top of anupside-down spoon held just over the top of the coffee so thecream floats on the surface about 1/2 inch thick. Do notstir.

The true flavor comes only by drinking the hot coffee through the thick cream.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito