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Happy Saint Paddy's day to all. My girls love Saint Patrick's day because it is the one day a year I make corned beef, even thought it is not very Irish. Actually I make the same meal pretty much each year. It is what the girls want. I do a basic corned beef in the crockpot and sever it with lots of mustard on the side. We make a soda bread and the cheesey potatoes are a must. Actually my girls will eat those cheesey potatoes everyday if I would let them. I hate cabbage cooked with corned beef it is too slimy for me. Plus I tend to like my veggies raw. So I just chop up some cabbage, sometimes add some chopped apples too and make a tangy sour cream dressing. If the chives are up in my garden I add those. For my dear hubby who brews his own beer I make my easy chocolate mousse with dark stout. I actually make a plain batch for the girls and stout one for us. You will see I add a bit of sugar to the recipe to balance out the stout a bit. If you like beer but not stout you can use an ale. Just do not use a light beer it will got lost in that chocolate.


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and joy in your life


Corned beef in crockpot with spicy mustard on the side.

Cheesey Potatoes

Chopped fresh cabbage salad with Sour Cream Dressing

Irish Soda Bread
makes 2 small loafs

2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups white flour
½ cup rolled oats, chopped in a processor (Do not use instant oats)
½ cup sugar or sweetener
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
I tsp. anise seeds
½ cup currants
¼ cup molasses
1 stick of chilled butter
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 egg

Pre-heat oven 350°F. Combined dry ingredients in a bowl and cut in butter. Add wet ingredients to dry, mix and add currents. Scoop half on a buttered cookie sheets.
This is a fairly wet dough, so you just sort of plop it on the baking sheet.
Kind of like a big drop biscuit. Bake about 30-35 minutes until cooked in the center when inserted with a toothpick.


Chocolate Mousse with Dark Stout


I cup dark chocolate, chopped in small pieces or chips

(you can use any chocolate, I just like dark with the stout)

1 egg

pinch of  salt

¼ cup sugar

¾ cup heavy cream

¼ cup dark stout


In a blender put chocolate, egg, salt and sugar, do NOT blend yet.

In small sauce pan bring milk and stout to just before boiling point, pull of heat. Quickly pour milk over chocolate and blend one minute until is chocolate melted.

Pour into small cups and put in fridge till firm.


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\Dottie Chaddock

I have always loved this day and all the food that goes with it.....probably because my Dad did.After all his name was Patrick and my sons is John Patrick....


Clarice, Sounds good and I like my veggies raw too.

I used to read your blog regularly and then lost the address when my computer crashed. Luckily I have found you again! Your menu looks wonderful...that mousse...yum!


I have really enjoyed reading through your blog as I peruse it regularly! Thanks for the reference to the cheesy potatoes recipe; my dh is a big potato fan & I am always looking for variations!


Lovely postcard, Clarice! and...
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Makes me want to travel to Ireland and enjoy the beauty there!
Great recipes!


Happy St. Paddy's Day Clarice!
I don't cook my cabbage with the corned beef. I do it seperately and lightly, so that it retains a nice texture and stays sweet.
Thank you for sharing all that you do and for being so nice. It means alot.


Clarice, I am baking the Irish Soda bread right now! Thanks for so many great recipes. Have a wonderful St Patrick's Day.

charlotte lyons

Yummy! I'm having a crafty giveaway today to celebrate my 100th post. Come see. xoC


Kelli, you can use any chocolate you like. I just think dark goes with the stout and it is my fav. But use what you have and like. xoxo Clarice

Susan P.

Clarice, you always inspire me with your wonderful recipes. I always leave your blog wanting to whip something up in the kitchen! How I wish I was eating supper with you tonight!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


Hi Clarice,
Can you use regular chocolate chips for the pudding or should I make a run to the store for the dark? I don't like beer at all, but Phillip does, and he happens to have Guinneas (sp?) extra stout beer so I'm thinking about trying this recipe!
Your menu sounds yummy!!


Happy St. Patrick's Day Clarice!

Mary T.

Thanks for all the great recipe ideas! We are going to have to wait until Monday to have our Corned Beef Dinner due to crazy weekend schedules but now my menu's all planned!

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