Sunday, March 20, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Food

We had a few friends over last night to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We were having drinks, "heavy appetizers" and desserts. My serving goal was to serve foods that were Irish-inspired and/or orange and green. I am putting up my menu (before I forget):
Cockles & Mussels (sauteed a little garlic in butter, added white wine and parsley and steamed the mussels and cockles)
Green, White & Orange Veggies with spinach dip
Minted Peaches with Mint Ice Cream (I tossed sliced fresh peaches with some sugar and chopped mint. I mixed some chopped fresh mint into softened vanilla ice cream and served in a martini glass on top of the peaches)
And my friend Maria brought Mint Brownies (she makes her brownies, then while they are still hot she puts Andes Candies on top and spreads them as they melt. Beautiful and delicious!)
We had Guinness, Harp, Bass and others, and of course, finished with Irish Cream.
Overall, exactly the meal I was hoping for. I don't think I would omit or change one thing.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Post

We are having a few friends over to celebrate St. Patrick's Day next weekend for cocktails and drinks.
Food: I am not going to do a full corned beef and cabbage dinner, but may do some appetizer based on corned beef (my husband would be ecstatic if I did a hash). I am looking for dishes that are based in Irish Cuisine and/or that are orange and green. I WILL be making Irish soda bread and probably some brown bread, and my Potatoes with Smoked Salmon (post from last year).
I am also thinking I might do baby lamb chops with mint and some type of clam or mussel dish. Any other thoughts? I'd love to hear them!
Drinks: I think we'll be offering an assortment of drinks made with Irish beers and/or whiskeys, and, of course, Irish Cream.
Look forward to your thoughts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lent’s upon us again. This year, I’m trying to offer Meatless Crockpots on Fridays. I’ve come up with the following schedule:
Friday, March 18: Split Pea Soup with Tarragon
Friday, March 25: Maryland Day Crab Bisque
Friday, April 1: April Fools’ Day “Worms with Eyeballs” (Spaghetti with Meatless Meatballs)
Friday, April 8: Lentil Soup with Vegetables
Friday, April 15: Income Tax Clam Chowder
Friday, April 22: Good Friday Confetti Vegetable Curry

But I need a recipe for the “eyeballs” (meatless meatballs). Has anyone ever made veggie meatballs? Any ideas? I’ve put the call out to my friends who are vegetarians, or have vegetarian kids too. So far, nada.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lamb Curry

Last week, a friend and I visited Trader Joe's and I purchased a Curry Simmer Sauce. OH YUM! Made a Lamb Curry the other night, adding in lamb tips, diced onions, potatoes, carrots, raisins and light coconut milk. (I think without the coconut milk it might have been a bit too spicy for the kids, but with it, they did great!)

It was so easy, and so tasty. I love that you could add in whatever you have at home and dinner can be ready in a few minutes (just make sure to cut the potatoes into a really small dice if you are trying to cook quickly so they get soft enough). Can't wait to try it another time with chick peas, spinach and cauliflower.

Does anyone have any other favorite Trader Joe sauces or marinades?