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Mar 16, 2014 12:03 PM

What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

Just please don't drink green beer? That's just wrong. :-)

As I noted in the previous thread, I'm having lamb shanks, creamy polenta (I hope!) and roasted carrots and parsnips.

Are you going traditional or avant garde? Or are you "going your own way" for your St. Patrick's Day dinner? (A little nod to Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley in "Going My Way.")

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  1. LW to the rescue! I was just waiting for *someone* to start a new thread :-)

    Last night's cheeborger-bacon-patty melts didn't quite hit the spot, but were ridiculously filling. A good basis for many a lager had, and post-gig partying at home...

    I woke up with cornish game hens on my brain, and am hoping that Wegmans will have a couple. I just can't get the idea of crispy chicken skin outta my strange, strange head.

    Side might be shaved fennel, grapefruit & blue cheese salad with walnut vinaigrette, as I haven't made it in a while. Not my man's fave by far, but ya can't have blue cheese dressing every day. Seriously.

    Also, TJ's canned corn. Haven't had that in a while and for me, it's the perfect companion for crispy chicken.

    As for dessert, perhaps a few spoons of B&J's core flavor ice creams I bought in an apparent state of craziness '-)

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    1. re: linguafood

      lingua, the idea of crispy chicken is NEVER crazy. Nor is ice cream.

      You're quite sane, I assure you. ;-)

      1. re: linguafood

        As a total aside, every time I see someone write "TJ" I think they're referring to me, as folks on the Toronto board often used that nickname for me. I'm still training myself to think "Trader Joe's" here on WFD! :0)

      2. I'm not a huge corned beef and cabbage fan, so I'm thinking lamb might be more the thing tomorrow.

        1. I get 2 celebrations this week! St. Patrick's Day then on the 19th it's the Feast of St Joseph. I have to celebrate that because it was my father's namesake day. Yum. Zeppole!!

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          1. re: Gio

            Don't forget to celebrate the first day of Spring also. Then you get three celebrations. I am celebrating three occasions this week also. St. Patrick's day, first day of Spring and the best one, my birthday.

            1. re: suzigirl

              That sounds like 3 great reasons to drink! :-) Happy Birthday in advance, suzigirl.

              1. re: Fowler

                Like I need a reason to drink three times in one week. ;-0

                1. re: suzigirl

                  Which day is your bday suzi??

                  Happy almost birthday!!!

              2. re: suzigirl

                Hey Suzigirl. Happy Happy Birthday!

                      1. re: suzigirl

                        happy birthday week! hope you do as I do, and make it a birthday month...

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes.

                          1. re: suzigirl

                            It's bad luck in Germany to congratulate before the actual date, so I'll hold off a few more days '-)

                            1. re: linguafood

                              And while I'm not German, I'll hold off as well, as I don't want to age suzigirl any more quickly than is already happening. :-)

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Thank you for that. I swear I just had a birthday a month or so ago. Sheesh.

                                2. re: linguafood

                                  I appreciate that. I have enough bad luck.

                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                    Fingers crossed that the Gods of the GI tract have arranged for a happy day as well.

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Yes, that would be nice to not have my belly act up on a special occasion. Keep them crossed tight.

                          2. re: Gio

                            Here's a question for you, Gio. My father was Joseph too, so we always celebrated St. Joseph's Day. In our family, it was a tradition to pull my father's earlobe while wishing him a Happy St. Joseph's Day. Was that part of your tradition, or was it somethings unique to my family?

                            1. re: roxlet

                              Roxlet... no, we don't pull earlobes which is cute I have to say, and in fact I don't think growing up we celebrated San Guiseppe. It's just something I foisted on my own family for yet another reason to eat Italian food or celebrate something. As if I needed an excuse.

                              But in the same vein, my family growing up had a propensity for pinching chubby cheeks, saying, "Quanto sei bella". You were not supposed to flinch or see the dollar bill, in the hand of the pincher, which you would get after the pinch. My Uncle Angelo was famous for his pinches and his dollar bills. It was never taken as anything but a silly expression of affection as bizarre as that sounds. We all loved him dearly.

                              1. re: Gio

                                Not bizarre at all, that is sort of cute.

                          3. I'm sticking with my game plan of lamb stew. and colcannon, but I like to call that dish Rumbledethumps. That's the Scottish name for colcannon. Or maybe I just like saying rumbledethumps.

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                            1. re: Gio

                              Rumbledethumps? How has this scottish lass never hears it called that. What a fun word! Is the recipe essentially the same?

                              1. re: foodieX2

                                From what I've read, yes, exactly the same. I laugh whenever i say it.

                                From Wiki:
                                "Rumbledethumps is a traditional dish from the Scottish Borders. The main ingredients are potato, cabbage and onion. Similar to Irish colcannon, and English bubble and squeak, it is either served as an accompaniment to a main dish or as a main dish itself."


                                1. re: Gio

                                  Whatever it's called, that's what we'll have for dinner. I'll need to make the strictly vegetarian (NOT vegan, praise be!) version. I'll have cabbage and a deli CB sandwich for lunch, and make colcannon with the rest for dinner.

                                  My dad's fable-spinning notwithstanding, there was no Irish in the family unless some in-law brought a bit in unrecorded. His folks were mostly Welsh with a good lick of Cherokee back there; my mom's grandma was a Campbell, and HER husband was an Englishman. And no matter how sentimental Dad got about Irishness we never had CB&C or any other Irish-like dish on 3/17. I like to do it because my definition of a Real Holiday is that it has both a special activity – parades will do – and an Official Food. St. Patrick's Day thus qualifies.

                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                    Well, Will, I'm thoroughly Italian as I've said a million times in the past, but any excuse to have a party I say!

                                2. re: foodieX2

                                  Yes, pretty much the same as colcannon. Although I've only eaten it once in a not very good place on Loch Lomond -

                                  1. re: Harters

                                    The key question is... did you like it?

                                3. My men are away so I bought a couple corn beefs (really cheap!) and tucked in the freezer until they get back. I grew up eating New England Boiled DInner's which are essentially corn beef and cabbage so we don't need to use St Patricks days as an excuse but they are so cheap this time of year I stock up.

                                  Instead I am heading to a friends for dinner. I have no idea what she is making as she loves to surprise. I have yet to be disappointed and its been close to 18 years.