So, what have I made lately? I think this is a good time to show you our traditional St. Patrick's Day feast.
Every year for a very, very, very, very, long time... maybe about 20 years... I have made green brownies for St. Patrick's Day. How do you make green brownies? With lots and lots and lots and lots of green food coloring... in the batter.... and in the chocolate frosting...
Sometimes they look like a beautiful emerald green... sometimes they look like goose-poop green...
And, the funniest part of this whole dessert is that food coloring doesn't break down in your system... so, in a few days you, pardon my bluntness, poop green. Probably not the healthiest thing in the world... but it's just once a year.
In fact, we kind of have a little family contest to see who poops green first every year. (It's never me... I'm not a fan of how the food coloring tastes... The Angsty Teen would like to be the winner.... but, usually, it's the Stern German... probably because he eats so many more of them than she does...)
|This year I used cream cheese frosting....|
About five years ago for Kati's college spring break her freshman year, the two of us flew to Denver for the week. We had a blast doing Denver-y things, seeing some friends, and taking a cooking class together.
The theme of the cooking class was Irish Foods. I wasn't exactly thrilled with the theme... Italian would sound so much better... or French, or... just about anything except Irish. When I think of Ireland, their cuisine isn't the first thing to come to mind... So, I was a little unsure about the class. (Potato Famine, anyone?)
The class was a lot of fun and the food was, surprisingly, tasty! A tradition was born... well, a few additional foods were added onto the previous menu of my traditional green brownies Now I make Shepherd's Pie and Irish Soda Bread, too.
Since I couldn't quickly locate the recipes from that class this week, I found other recipes online.
I made Rachael Ray's 30 minutes Shepherd's Pie recipe... I kind of followed it... and it was delicious.
|Lots of mashed potatoes to top it...|
I used an Irish Soda Bread recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.
|I used Craisins instead of currants.|
As you can see, my bread was doughy at first... I had to bake it a lot longer than the recipe said... so... it wasn't all that great. Maybe my oven temp is off. I'll have to check that. I didn't throw it away... I'm thinking that it might make pretty good French Toast...
So, that's what I've made lately... It looks like this was supposed to be for something "we" made... I haven't made much with the Angsty Teen lately... except we did make fun of some people together... Does that count?
I'm pretty sure I can still link up...