I love you all. You should know this. Especially after taking a look at all the tender love and care that I put into finding tasty desserts for you to try this St. Patty’s Day! I found something for everyone – cheesecake, cookies, brownies and cupcakes. AMAZING.
Last year for St. Patty’s Day I posted a recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage. Pretty typical Irish fare. That has always been the crowd pleaser, the belle of the ball, the star of the show at our house. Dessert on St. Patty’s Day is usually an afterthought (if only that were the case for the other 364 days of the year). This year, I’m giving you a smorgasbord of choices to make for the family!
In case you don’t know exactly what the origin of St. Patty’s Day is, I’ll give you the quick and dirty version. It commemorates Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Interesting fact, Saint Patrick was NOT Irish. He was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century and was kidnapped at age 16 and brought to Ireland to be a slave. He eventually escaped, became a bishop, and went back to Ireland to “Christianize” the country whose people were largely practicing polytheism (no, they did not pray to leprechauns and pots of gold were not involved either). He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (because of the three leaves) hence why it became the featured symbol. Saint Patrick is the “Champion of Irish Christianity”, therefore he was given a feast day, which over time because a cultural holiday celebrating the Irish in general. If you’re interested in more of the background of the holiday, check out it’s Wikipedia page!
I’m not one for in-your-face evangelism, so don’t get all confused and flustered and think I’m trying to turn you all into Catholics or Christians or anything! I just want you to enjoy a fun day of green clothes, corned beef and beer/liquor-laced sweets :) I think I’ll be making the Chocolate Stout Cupcakes since they’re actually WWF! Woot Woot! I’ll also be roasting my cabbage this year rather than cooking it in the crock pot since I found an awesome recipe to try.
So put on your green shirt, or even some green pants if you have them, drink a little beer, eat some corned beef and cabbage, listen to some Celtic music (or Flogging Molly), chase a leprechaun, find some gold… do whatever makes your St. Patty’s Day just a little bit more fun!