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Friday, March 14, 2003


Carolyn's Cuisine:
St. Patrick's Day Recipes

There's no requirement that you have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I think that the patron saint of Ireland would be happy to have every ethnicity celebrate the day!

Every year at our house, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with corned beef, cabbage and the other root vegetables that we like. Although I don't know that you would find corned beef on a menu in Ireland, Americans like to prepare this satisfying dish on March 17. The glaze, added at the last minute, adds a good sweet contrast to the somewhat salty meat.

Serves about 6

6 carrots, peeled
4 medium red potatoes, peeled and halved
1 small head of cabbage, cut into wedges

  1. Simmer corned beef in a covered pot for approximately 1 hour per pound. 2. During the last 45 minutes of cooking time, add prepared turnips, parsnips, potatoes and carrots to the pot. Remove vegetables as they are tender. Add wedges of cabbage for the last 15 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, remove meat to a 9x13" baking pan. Arrange vegetables around the meat.


1 1/2 t. cornstarch
3 T. brown sugar
1/4 t. dry mustard
pinch of ground cloves
1/3 c. water
  1. Mix cornstarch, brown sugar, dry mustard, ground cloves and water in a small pan. Cook and stir this mixture over medium heat until thick. Spoon the glaze over the meat (some of glaze may be drizzled over the vegetables, too) and broil for about 5 minutes, until bubbly.

I have tried various versions of Irish Soda Bread but always come back to this one. Whole wheat flour and wheat germ contribute to a chewy texture that I like. Buttermilk adds moistness.

The bread tastes wonderful fresh from the oven, but it is delicious as well toasted and served with butter and honey. Additionally, it freezes beautifully.

Irish Soda Bread


Makes one large round loaf

2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
2 T. butter, melted
1/2 c. currants or raisins (optional)

  1. Measure first seven ingredients into a bowl. With a fork, stir in buttermilk and melted butter. Mix until blended but still lumpy. Add currants or raisins.
  2. With floured hands, shape into a round loaf and put into a greased and floured round cake pan. Cut a cross on top with a large floured knife.
  3. Bake at 425 for 35 minutes.


In keeping with the shamrocks and the coming of other green spring things, a St. Patrick's Day meal calls for a green dessert. This might be as simple as pistachio or mint chocolate-chip ice cream. Or, what about vanilla ice cream drizzled with crème de menthe? However, I plan to make a Pistachio-Chocolate Marble Cake and serve it with the classic after-dinner drink, Irish Coffee.

Pistachio-Chocolate Marble Cake

1 pkg. white or yellow cake mix
1 pkg. instant pistachio pudding mix
3 eggs
1 c. water
1/3 c. oil
1/2 c. chocolate Hershey syrup
  1. In a large bowl, mix together first five ingredients. Beat well.
  2. Pour about 2/3 of the batter into a greased and floured tube or bundt cake pan. Mix chocolate syrup into the remaining batter and pour it over the top. Do not stir the two batters together; they will marble as they bake.
  3. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cake and remove from pan. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar or drizzle with chocolate glaze.
Chocolate Glaze
1 c. chocolate chips
2 T. butter
2 T. light corn syrup
3 T. milk
pinch of salt
  1. Stir chocolate chips and butter over low heat till melted and smooth.
  2. Beat in corn syrup, milk and salt.


Traditionally, Irish Coffee is served in special glass cups. It tastes almost as good when sipped from regular coffee mugs. If sugar cubes are used rather than granulated sugar, the whipped cream will float on top for a longer time!

Irish Coffee

8 sugar cubes
4 oz. (one-half cup) Irish whiskey

Serves 4

4 c. hot strong coffee (or decaf)
1/4 c. heavy cream, whipped

  1. Put 2 sugar cubes into each mug.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons whiskey to each.
  3. Fill with coffee. Float a heaping tablespoon of whipped cream on top. (Do not stir!) Serve immediately.

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