Irish Cookbooks and our “Thanksgiving”

March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last year we hosted an impromptu St. Patrick’s Day dinner at our house. I made a traditional Irish dinner with a roast lamb, beef and Guinness pie, colcannan and soda bread. My friend Amy brought mashed carrots and parsnips. There was, of course, Guinness and Harp a plenty to go around and soothe our thirsty selves.  My friend Ro declared this event the Murphy Family Thanksgiving and thus a tradition was born.

This year husband and I decided to do it again. This time, however, we are inviting more friends. Hey, if we’re going to have one kicking party a year it may as well be for St. Patrick’s Day, right? And who better to celebrate St. Patrick with than dear friends.

I pulled out my recipes from last year and decided I’d need to add a few more items to the menu. We have more people coming and variety is nice. I did some digging on the web and found a few things here and there. Mostly it was the same stuff I was already making, or some version thereof, or some recipe that sounded not at all appealing.

So, I headed over to and ordered a few cookbooks*. A few days later they were here.

I have to admit that I love cookbooks. Really, I do. I have quite a collection.  Researching then having to purchase a few was a task I more than happy about doing. I’ve not read nearly enough to determine the other menu items (okay, a poached salmon, but that’s about it). I was able to rule out a few things so I guess I’m making progress.

Gártha!  That means cheers in Gaelic (or so they say).

* Darina Allen’s Traditional Irish Cooking and Coleman Andrews’ The Country Cooking of Ireland. Both authors are considered experts in Irish cooking and from what I’ve seen of the cookbook’s I won’t be disappointed.


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