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    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    I have a great way for you to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: make your own Irish cream! More commonly known as Baileys, this rich, smooth, and delicious liquor can easily be made in the comforts of your kitchen. The recipe, which requires a blender, is similar to eggnog in that it combines a potent spirit, Irish whiskey, with eggs, cream, and seasonings such as vanilla and coconut extracts.

    How to bake a great Grandmother's Irish soda bread. This is one of the easist bread recipes out there. Baking soda leavens the bread, so there's no waiting for the bread to rise. The caraway and raisins add sweetness and flavor, but they can be left out or substituted for other dried fruit and herbs. Once the bread is baked, serve it up with a generous mound of Kerrygold butter!

    Like a cross between a classic affogato and an Irish coffee, this whiskey, coffee, and gelato dessert is ridiculously tempting. via Emily Caruso {Jelly Toast}

    Boxty, an Irish potato pancake that translates to "poor-house bread," is like a cross between an American pancake and hashed browns. While it can be served at any meal, including dinner, I think American palates will appreciate it most for weekend brunch. Try topping it with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and dill fronds to make it a complete meal.

    In America, we'd probably call it an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, but across the Atlantic in the British Isles, it's known as Welsh rarebit (also called Welsh rabbit). The dish consists of a beer and cheese sauce that is poured over a slice of toast. Dating back to 300 years ago, rarebit first made its appearance in taverns across Ireland and England. Who wouldn't want to pair their ale with a cheese toasty?

    Looking for a less traditional — that is, compared to corned beef and cabbage — way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year? These hearty but daintily portioned Guinness-braised beef stew pot pies are just the ticket. Paired with an Irish brew or whiskey (or both) and a side of roasted vegetables, these pies make for an appropriately celebratory meal perfect for a casual dinner party.

    No, there are no insects involved in grasshopper pie. We're not sure why this mint-chocolate pie obtained the name it did, but we do know that these mint-green miniature pies are a festive way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The mason jars make it easy to transport the pie; simply screw on the tops and garnish the pies with whipped cream when you're ready to serve.

    Colcannon is an authentic Irish dish made of kale, potatoes, Irish bacon, and butter, of course! It's no wonder why there are songs written about it. It's basically a loaded mashed potato!

    ook, who admittedly loves the oat cereal in Lucky Charms? I'll aim to bet that most just dig out the crunchy, colorful marbits. But since we're adults and have learned the importance of not being wasteful, it's time to use up the whole box of Lucky Charms cereal . . . and the only way to do that is to coat the cereal in gobs of marshmallow (as seen in these treats!)

    The brilliance of this recipe is that it both layers and melds the flavors of each liquor, just like the drink that it's based on. The whiskey in the ganache is sharp and bracing, the Baileys soothes as buttercream frosting, and the Guinness gives a moist, malty texture to the chocolate cake.

    Put the green beer aside on St. Patrick's Day for this Irish whiskey cocktail dubbed O'Boyle's Wager. It takes Irish whiskey, Irish red ale, honey, orange, and nutmeg!

    After Guinness, the Irish coffee is quite possibly Ireland's most famous drink. This hot cocktail is a mixture of coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream. It's famous thanks to the Buena Vista Cafe, a San Francisco establishment that perfected the recipe in 1952 and has since served countless glasses to thirsty bar-goers. I headed to the cafe to learn its signature technique for making this iconic drink.

    Not only are these shamrock macarons adorable (that's a given), but they're also filled with Baileys chocolate ganache. via Steph M - raspberri cupcakes

    Reinvent the classic French onion soup with Irish onion soup, which showcases two Irish flavors: Guinness and cheddar. Use a flame torch to caramelize the cheese OR simply use the broil setting in your oven.

    Many St. Patrick's Days ago, my colleagues brought in this Irish soda bread, courtesy of their mother, along with a huge tub of Kerrygold butter. Never in my life had I ever experienced either, so I toasted a slice of the raisiny bread and slapped a generous pat of butter over the top. The butter seeped through the bottom of the warm toast, and the instant I took a bite, I became a Kerrygold convert and a soda bread supporter for life. I distinctly remember returning for seconds and thirds of the comforting bread, soaked in the liquid gold. The memory of that bread lingered for years, and I knew I had to get my hands on the recipe. I reached out to the sisters, and their mother shared the lovely tale of the bread along with the recipe.

    Leprechaun s'mores hats made from Thin Mints, marshmallows, chocolate, and green candy melts! This project only takes an hour.

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