Do you have your day planned for St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe some kegs & eggs with green beer for breakfast, start the pub crawl at 9am, some scotch eggs around 10:30, more green beer along the way as you merrily chase for that little Leprechaun? It’s funny having lived in Pittsburgh my whole life I’ve never partaken in this. I’m not Irish (though you don’t need to be Irish to celebrate… or be kissed *wink*) and I hate beer. No seriously I hate the stuff. I love cooking with it but to me, this chick who has such a discernible palate, all beer tastes the same. Well okay there are varying degrees of blech for me. Mr. Fantabulous and countless others have tried over the years to find a single beer that I would like but there has yet to be one. It’s funny for the longest time they thought of this as a challenge. “Hey, let’s pour 17 different flavors of beer down Lori’s throat to see if she likes it yet but let’s forget the fact that we’re mixing stuff AND Lori may hurl…” Yeah, not fun. Way to really make me like the stuff there guys… force me to try this flavor, then that flavor and oh you have to try this one and before I knew it I was sick as a dog and hating the stuff even more.
Don’t feel bad beer makers like I said I LOVE LOVE LOVE cooking with you but to drink, you’re not my cup o’ tea. But don’t feel bad, I don’t like wine either. LOL Trust me I wish I did but sadly I’ll keep you guys to the kitchen. Now Mr. Fanatabulous on the other hand.. TOTAL BEER SNOB! Dear Lord that man has pristine tastes when it comes to beer. But anyway I digress, let’s get back to St. Patrick’s Day.
What I didn’t know about Pittsburgh is that we are ranked the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day per Niche. This Black ‘n Gold city turns green for the day with festivities all around the city. There is always a huge parade downtown where several hundred thousand people will attend followed by tons of music, acts, crafts and events. That’s one thing about us Pittsburghers, we love to party! For more details about the activities surrounding the event check out the details here!
To help you celebrate I put together 8 Rockin’ Recipes for St. Patrick’s day! Have a blast, drink responsibly (and try to keep your pants on this year.. yes you, I’m pointing at you *wink*) and enjoy!
♣ Guinness Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage with a Guinness Reduction Sauce
♣ Irish Coffee – Coffee with an Attitude
♣ Shamrockin’ Cheesecake Dip
♣ Drunken Cheesy Irish Soda Bread
♣ Guinness Corned Beef Sliders with Irish Cheese
♣ The Quintessential Perfect Reuben
♣ Savory Reuben Jarlsberg Tart
♣ Irish Cream Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries