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St. Patrick's Day Recipes

I. LOVE. ST. PATRICK'S. DAY. Literally, Its one of my favorites. There's a street downtown near us called the Oregon District, that, twice a year, shuts down Mardi-Gras-on-Bourbon-street style- once on Halloween, and once on St. Patricks day. It's glorious. Here, all the delightful shenanigans take place. The bars are packed, the restaurants serve everything beer battered and fried with neon food coloring, and everyone is clad in a sea of emerald green with striped socks and orange beards. It's a pinching good time. Last year, on St. Patricks day, my fiance took the opportunity to tell literally EVERYONE we knew that he was going to propose to me the following week in California. I, completely oblivious, had no idea until later that THAT is what all the congratulations, high fives, hugs, and chaos had been about that night. It was a wonderful night.

Well, this year will be very different for us. Obviously our little fam will not be partaking in the festivities, and instead will be hosting a less crazy St. Patty's Day party at our new house. I love all of our friends that are coming and will very much enjoy it......... but I am soooo already looking forward to next year, when I'm not prego. Anyway, as self-proclaimed chefs and major foodies, my fiance and I have very festive plans. You can find them (and borrow them) below!

St. Patrick's Day Feast:


Green Vegetables with Avocado Ranch Sauce


2/3 cup mashed avocado (from about 1 - 1 1/2 avocados – see note)

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons nonfat milk

2 teaspoons dried parsley

1 1/4 teaspoons white vinegar

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (see note)

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

snipped fresh chives for garnish

Serve with an assortment of festive green vegetables .


Place all ingredients (except optional chive garnish) in a food processor and process until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Taste and adjust salt if desired (see note).

Serve immediately, alongside greeen vegetables, & whole-grain tortilla chips. 

Rainbow Fruit




orange slices

cantelope .




grannysmith apples



purple seedless grapes

banana slices


cut and layer fruit into the shape of a rainbow with banana clounds. enjoy!

Mini Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese


½ stick butter

2 tablespoons flour or more as needed

1 teaspoon chili flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 ounces light yet flavorful beer

3 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese

Serve with 1-2 Container Mini Pretzel Bites


First, make your cheese by melting the butter in a pot over medium heat. Next, add the flour and stir. Cook for 10 minutes while continually stirring, until the roux begins to brown a bit. If it does not thicken up into a good roux, add another tablespoon or 2 of flour, then continue to stir until it thickens to a paste, and until it begins to brown lightly.While the roux is cooking, preheat oven on warm and pop the pretzel bites in on a cookie sheet. You jsut want to warm them, not burn or crisp them, which is why you put your oven on the lowest setting.

Add the chili powder and salt, then stir in the beer, still stirring continually, until the mixture thickens a bit, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the cream cheese until melted and incorporated throughout.Finally, stir in most of the shredded cheddar cheese a bit at a time, continually stirring, until it melts through and becomes an AMAZING CHEESE SAUCE. Serve with warm Mini pretzel bites.

Irish Soda Bread with Kerrygold Irish Butter


3 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into pieces

1 cup buttermilk

Serve with Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter & an assortment of Kerrygold dubliner cheese


Step 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Butter or spray a baking pan; set aside.

Step 2 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk, mix with a fork until it just comes together.

Step 3 Turn out on flour surface; knead gently 3-4 times; pat into a rectangle. Divide into 8 equal piece. Gently form into rounds and transfer to prepared pan leaving at least 2-inches between each loaf. Using a sharp knife, score an X in the center of each loaf. Bake 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with Kerrygold Pure Irish butter.

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