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appycamper Feb 21, 2010 10:27 AM

i'm doing a saint patrick's dinner the saturday before. good long-term friends with a few new ones mixed in. one is a pescavore, the others pretty adventurous but not fans of lamb. i don't mind doing something different for the fish eater, say a seafood appetizer with an entree-size portion for her. but...

i'm thinking of doing a diver scallop app, an onion soup, grilled salmon, boxty or colcannon, and peas and radishes or grilled asparagus. hoping to highlight some spring flavors rather than a more hearty corned beef and cabbage.

yesterday i made a mildly sweet sour cream and blueberry cake that might do for dessert sliced thin with a layer of lemon curd between.

what think ye?

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    LauraGrace RE: appycamper Feb 21, 2010 11:54 AM

    I think I'm coming to your house for dinner that day!

    My only quibble might be with the dessert -- you have such a nice light menu that you could probably get away with a richer dessert. Dark chocolate Guinness cake was the first thing that came to mind, honestly. It's not too sweet but very dense and rich.

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      appycamper RE: LauraGrace Feb 21, 2010 12:05 PM

      oooh good idea! have you made the recipe from epicurious? or do you favor another? i really love dessert to have great flavors but go easy on the sweet and that sounds super.

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        LauraGrace RE: appycamper Feb 21, 2010 12:34 PM

        I have never made it myself, just eaten it cheerfully whenever others make it! I think Saveur has a version as well and I've never gone wrong with one of their recipes.

        You could do whipped cream with a wee dram of Irish whiskey in it, too, to go on the cake and in people's coffee... :) Mmmmm...

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      cookie44 RE: appycamper Feb 21, 2010 03:22 PM

      Just chiming in here - I agree that while the rest of the menu sounds perfect, the dessert (which sounds tasty) just doesn't seem so Irish/St. Patrick's Day-ish to me. The afore-mentioned cake would be great, a whiskey cake, or even maybe a bailey's cheesecake would be nice. Sounds very good!!

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        appycamper RE: appycamper Feb 22, 2010 07:53 AM

        thanks laura and cookie! you're quite right. i think i'll go with mixing bowl's guinness cupcakes with baileys frosting. of course between now and the dinner i'll have to make them at least once ;-)

        btw, if you like to bake, the sour-cream cake was a recipe for irish soda bread from allrecipes.com it was the irish soda bread I. and far more of a cake than a bread. i switched out fresh blueberries for the raisins. it required an extra splash of milk that the recipe didn't call for. plus, next time i'll add lemon zest.

        1. ladyberd RE: appycamper Feb 23, 2010 09:55 AM

          Agree with the comments so far - you're emnu sounds great and ahs given me some new ideas - so thanks! I do agree that a rich dessert would suit - first thing that came to my mind was a bread pudding with irish cream. I did a quick search and recipes abound, there's one on epi that got good reviews too.

          enjoy your celebration,
          Ladyberd
          http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

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            appycamper RE: ladyberd Feb 24, 2010 09:09 AM

            thanks, ladyb. loved looking at your blog. it's given me some ideas too. i love bread pudding. i make one at christmas of croissants with a layer of crumbled fruitcake in the middle. with apple cinnamon sauce. the baileys sounds decadent too.

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