St Patrick's Day, Saint Patrick's Day, or St. Patty's Day as it is
often called, is a day that few of us know much about, except that it is
associated with being Irish, shamrocks, wearing green, getting pinched,
luck, leprechauns, corned beef and cabbage, and March 17th, the day
Patrick died! It is also a day famous for drinking Green Beer!
This page was done with the assistance of my sister Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits,
who is one of the Truckee Travel Guide's Food & Drink Category
Sponsors. She is assisting me with the food information on this site, as
well as the Holidays in Truckee pages!
St Patrick's Day cupcakes made by my niece Amanda Smith
The History of St Patrick's Day in Video:
Some Fun Facts about St Patrick's Day:
There really is a Saint Patrick. He was British, a priest, and called
as a bishop as an early missionary to Ireland in 432. He evangelized
there for almost 30 years, until he died in 461. He is highly regarded
in the Irish church, and is known as their patron saint.
is a myth that Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the
Christian Doctrine of the Trinity, (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), to the
Saint Patrick’s feast days have
been celebrated, by the Irish, since the 9th and 10th centuries and
became part of the Catholic churches calendar in the early 1600’s. It’s a
Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on clothing since the 17th century.
first parade held to honor St Patrick's Day took place in the United
States in 1762, where Irish soldiers in the English military marched
through New York City. They played Irish music and celebrated their
Irish roots. This little known religious holiday became greatly
celebrated by Irish Americans to honor their ethnicity.
1903, Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland,
and became more secular, rather than just religious. Many visited the
local pub or bar for a pint of beer to celebrate.
In the mid 1990’s Ireland began Saint Patrick’s Day festivals to showcase their culture. Many cities hold parades and festivals.
People in Chicago actually dye a portion of the Chicago River green on this day.
the United States this holiday is not a legal one, but we have
celebrated it since the late 18th century. It is a celebration of Irish
and Irish American culture. There are celebrations, feasts, drinking
beer, parades, religious celebrations, green clothing, and shamrocks.
Interestingly enough there are 35 million Irish American immigrants,
which is almost nine times the population of Ireland. No wonder it’s a
popular holiday in America!
The corn beef and
cabbage meal associated with this day has an American twist. The
traditional Irish meal was boiled bacon and potatoes, but in America,
Irish immigrants could buy a cheap cut of beef called brisket, soak it
in brine to tenderize it, and serve it with cabbage cooked in the brine.
They made soda bread to go with it.
day 13 million pints of Guinness, Irish stout, are consumed, which is
twice the amount consumed on other days. Many of them are tinted green.
The modern celebration has little to do with the man who started it all.
A picture of a Four-leaf clover shared by my friend Dawn Mason Riazi!
Menu Planning for St Patrick's Day:
The traditional St Patrick's Day meal is Corned Beef and Cabbage, but
it’s a healthy diet habit to increase vegetables in your meals, so let’s
add root vegetables to the mix.
It’s easy to purchase already brined corned beef. You will simply need
to boil it in a 5 to 6 quart Dutch oven, covering it by an inch with
water, and then simmer it covered, on low for 4 hours. To serve, slice
the meat against the grain, or it will be tough. Serve it with
horseradish and spicy mustard.
A great combination of boiled vegetables is turnips, parsnips, carrots,
red potatoes, and cabbage. Quarter the turnips, parsnips, potatoes, and
cabbage. Cut the carrots and parsnips into thirds and then quarter
them. Cook the vegetables in the remaining beef broth. If it is too
salty, add more water. Simmer the vegetables for 15 to 30 minutes, until
they are done.
Soda Bread: This bread is an Irish staple that uses baking soda and buttermilk, rather than yeast.
option is to cook the corned beef and vegetables in a large slow cooker
for 8 to 10 hours on low, or 5 to 6 hours on high, covered with 1 cup
This meal plan is simple. The Truckee Grocery Stores
often have great deals on corned beef. A frugal tip is to grab a couple
of extra packages, and stick them into the freezer to enjoy this simple
meal more often.
Soda Bread Recipe, by my sister Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits - the link goes to her site!
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