Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I've loved St. Patrick's Day since I was a kid.  The whole holiday was just so much fun!  Everything was green and minty leading up to it (I remember my Aunt taking my cousin and I to a certain fast food restaurant for their famous green milkshakes).  It's also the day before my birthday, so the excitement was heightened because it felt like celebrating my birthday over two days instead of just one. 

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As I've gotten older, St. Patrick's Day has become a small reminder of part of my heritage- I'm descended from the Irish on my mother's side, and a few years ago had the opportunity to travel to Ireland and see where my ancestors came from.  If you've never been, it's a vacation destination that I highly recommend.  The people are lovely, the scenery is breathtaking and there's something for everyone- historic castles, trendy shopping, tons of nature, a great literary tradition, pubs- and the food is also delicious!

Image courtesy of www.pdphoto.org

Image courtesy of www.pdphoto.org



Here are some ideas for tasty, gluten free Irish dishes!

Irish Stew
Oat Cakes (with GF oats, of course!)
Shepherd's Pie
Champ (a mashed potato dish)
Cabbage Rolls
Dublin Coddle (a sausage, potato and onion soup)
Fish and Chips (made with a gluten free batter)
Parsnip and Apple Soup

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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