While I love to host theme dinners and celebrate fun little “holidays” with my family, when an occasion has historical background, I prefer to go authentic. For instance, I lean more toward a Buche de Noel on Christmas and a leg of lamb on Easter. I like the feel (and taste) of age-old tradition passed on over the generations. I might give it a modern spin, but typically try to stay true to the roots of the holiday. I’m no different when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day.
Often more feted in the US than in the Emerald Isle, St Patrick’s Day pays homage to the patron saint of Ireland. Once a poor shepherd boy, he was kidnapped by Celts. While he did escape from slavery, he later returned to Ireland in order to share the good news of Christ with the people there. I love his story and how he came to love the people who once took him from his home.
So, how about a nod to some “traditional” Irish fare this year? Most folks don’t realize that Corned Beef and Cabbage are a typically American menu. And as tasty as those can be, why not try something a little more, well, authentic?
|A foodie at heart, Jessica Fisher has learned to reconcile a tight budget with her love for great food. As a busy mom of six voracious eaters, she regularly shares healthy, delicious and budget-friendly recipes at GoodCheapEats. She also writes at her parenting blog, LifeasMOM.|