Friday, March 15, 2013
Cooking at home this St. Patrick's Day? Try Barrington chef Erin Bailey's recipe for corned beef and root vegetables.
Corned Beef is beef that has been preserved in a salt brine and flavored with herbs and spices. While the dish of corned beef with cabbage and root vegetables is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, it is actually Irish-American (the Irish are more accustomed to bacon and cabbage). Whichever you choose to serve this year, both are simple to prepare and considered by many as an annual treat. You can find already preserved corned beef in the market, but I prefer to make my own. Take note that you will need to plan ahead for this extra step. Corned Beef with Cabbage and Root Vegetables Serves 6-8 Brine: 6 cups water 2 cups Guinness stout 1 1/2 cups coarse kosher salt 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/4 cup pickling …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Celebrate the holiday by reading with your kids! Here are some charmin' tales of leprechauns, red-headed elves and girls named Fiona.
Ah, St. Patrick’s Day, a time for everyone to claim a cousin from two or three generations back who hailed from the old sod of Erin. Don’t worry, everyone gets to be Irish for St. Patrick ’s Day--we’re generous like that. If you’re looking for a way to explain the mad fun, sure and begorrah, swing by the Niles Public Library to pick up a few picture books. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day, by Susan Wojciechowski (see, I told you everyone gets to be Irish for St. Patrick’s Day), gives center stage to a red-headed elf. However, the real star is young Fiona Riley. She lives in the town of Tralee, and helps the townspeople come up with a brilliant idea to decorate for the high holiday. You see, every year the city of Tralee tries to beat the …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Amaze your kids with these fun St. Patrick's Day recipes and activities
St. Patrick’s Day seems to get bigger every year and is definitely growing in popularity as a holiday for kids. I’m not Irish, but any excuse for having fun with my family seems like a reason to celebrate. You certainly don’t have to be Irish to have fun with the color green, shamrock shapes, hunts for gold, or tricky Leprechauns. Just like the Christmas Holiday Elf on the Shelf tradition, you can be really creative with the idea that leprechauns play tricks on kids. After all, they are tiny, green, greedy, and grumpy. Back when my daughter was in day care, her very clever teacher decided to have the kids decorate the room for St. Patrick’s Day. When they came back the next morning, the “Leprechaun” had played a trick on them and shrunken …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Going Global on St. Pat's: Part Two. Using Irish ingredients with a Greek or Asian spin.
I'm not Irish, but I love any holiday with a strong food connection. Corned beef is the cornerstone of most St. Patrick’s Day meals. The term “corned” refers to the preparation of the meat, typically beef brisket. I chose not to brine and season our own, mainly because making your own corned beef would take anywhere from six to ten days to cure. Our corned beef preparation of choice: store bought with seasoning packets, boiled as directed and in a sandwich. We like lean corned beef, sliced thin to medium, on rye bread with Thousand Island dressing. It’s a Reuben sandwich minus the sauerkraut. Earlier: Go Global Part One: Try Irish ales with Chinese BBQ and Greek Food for St. Patrick's Day A novel way to add flavor to your dishes is by …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Tell us which of these spots you'd pick to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Fancy a Harp or Guinness this St. Patrick's Day? It falls on a Saturday, which means it's just begging for a night on the town. Tell us which night spots in Niles and Morton Grove you'd pick as the best places to lift a glass to the memory of Ireland's patron. Vote in the poll below. And because the poll is not scientific, tell us your thoughts in the comments section. Patch editors will choose a winner based on the poll results and comments. Please vote before the deadline, which is Friday at 9 a.m. Choices include Tommy's, Bringer Inn, Playbook, Brick House, Chasers and Morrison Roadhouse. We did not include Crazy Jaws because it is temporarily closed.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Find Irish cheer and green beer at these festive spots.
Patch Picks: St. Patrick's Day ● Emerald Isle Pub The Scene: Irish beer, drinks, food and music from noon to 2 a.m. 6886 Northest Hwy., Chicago. ● Curragh Irish Pub The Scene: Traditional Irish food, live music by Seamus O'Kane 5 to 10 p.m., free raffles and giveaways. Two locations: 8266 Lincoln Ave., Skokie and 6705 Northwest Hwy., Chicago. ● Crazy Jaws The Scene: Corned beef and cabbage, green beer, CJ's Irish red beer, $3 draft pints, $5 Jameson shots. 9001 Waukegan Road, Morton Grove. ● Iceland St. Patrick's Skate The Scene: $1 admission to skate if you wear green. $3 skate rental. 8435 Ballard Road, Niles. ● Irish American Heritage Center St. …