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Dessert 13 March 2017

Luck of the Irish

Family Festivities for St. Patrick’s Day

(Family Features) This St. Patrick’s Day, entertain your little leprechauns with delicious treats and fun activities that will lead them to their pot of gold.

Every year in March, families celebrate the annual Irish tradition of St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of celebrations. Whether it’s attending a parade or preparing and enjoying an elaborate Irish meal, everyone has their own favorite ways to celebrate the holiday. Set your own unique traditions and rituals with some ideas below.

Pass Along the Luck
Have kids put together lucky treat bags to pass along to neighbors. These treat bags could include cut-out, decorated and customized four-leaf clovers, chocolate coins and other goodies. Then, on St. Patrick’s Day, walk around as a family and surprise neighbors with these bags.

Treasure Hunt
Set up a treasure hunt for family and friends by placing chocolate gold coins around the house. Give them a series of clues and riddles to help them figure out where to look for the coins. Equip each “hunter” with their own pot or basket for collecting the gold coins. At the end of the hunt, reward them for their hard work with some festive brownies. These delicious Chocolate Mint Brownies can be decorated with green gumdrops formed into shamrocks or other holiday candies. Use a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter to make these treats even more festive.

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Chocolate Mint Brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Start to Finish: 3 hours 25 minutes
Makes: 32 brownies

Brownie Base

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch) water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box

Filling

  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 drops green food color

Topping

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter (do not use margarine)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease only bottom of 13 x 9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box for 13 x 9-inch pan, using water, oil and eggs. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. In large bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set.
  3. Meanwhile, in 2-quart nonstick saucepan, heat topping ingredients over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Cool about 10 minutes or until lukewarm.
  4. Pour topping over filling; spread to cover. Refrigerate uncovered about 2 hours or until set. Before cutting into bars, let stand 10 minutes at room temperature. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. For easier cutting, cut brownies with a wet knife. Store covered in refrigerator.

For more delicious baking ideas, visit www.BettyCrocker.com.

Betty Crocker® is a registered trademark of General Mills.

Source: Betty Crocker

Beef 28 February 2017

Festive Fun for St. Patrick’s Day

(Family Features) Turn your St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a chance to enjoy Irish heritage with hearty foods and a lively atmosphere. When it’s the one day each year it’s acceptable to pinch non-conforming friends and family, it’d be a shame not to go all out.

These few simple tips can help you put together the perfect party to revel in all things green – and tasty.

  • Decorate with purpose. Everyone knows that green is the color of the day, but go one step further by incorporating it into different items. Banners and streamers work fine, but setting out green candles or even adorning your light fixtures with green bulbs can help you take an extra step forward.
  • Create active fun. Instead of limiting your guests to dining and conversation, plan some simple activities to help the fun flow. Games like a “treasure hunt” for gold coins, limerick-writing competitions or even just turning up Irish-themed music can help get the party started.
  • Eat festively. Turn your party’s food and drinks into true Irish dining with some delicious recipes like this American Irish Stew, which includes beef, onion, carrots and potatoes for a tasty cultural meal to fill all of your hungry guests.

For more hosting tips and the perfect themed recipes for any occasion, visit culinary.net.

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American Irish Stew

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 6

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional)
  • 3 cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 leek, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender.
  3. Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes falling apart, do not overcook.
  4. Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Source: Culinary.net

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Holiday 19 January 2017

From Irish Pastures Comes a Pot of Gold

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(Family Features) Yes, there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s found in each blade of grass growing in Ireland’s lush pastures. Small herds of cows graze freely, and the milk, rich in beta-carotene from the grass, produces butter and cheeses of an exceptionally golden hue.

Thousands of years before the Irish discovered potatoes, dairy cows, milk and butter were being woven into the fabric of Irish society, according to the Cork Butter Museum in Cork City, Ireland. The Cork Butter Exchange, a market created by the merchants of Cork City in 1769, was in its time, the largest butter market in the world, exporting as far away as Europe and America.
Today, dairy products continue to play an important role in Irish cooking. Cooperatives of farmers, creameries and cheesemakers provide delicious Irish butter and cheeses throughout the U.S. under the Kerrygold label.
Here are some iconic recipes from some stars of Irish cooking, using Kerrygold cheeses and butter. To learn more about Kerrygold, and for where-to-buy information, visit www.kerrygold.com/usa.

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Dubliner Shepherd’s Pie

Makes 4 to 6 servings
“Our family loves a hearty shepherd’s pie after a long day working on the farm. Because our cows produce milk to make Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, we like to add some shredded Dubliner to the potato crust.” — Donal Murphy, Kerrygold dairy farmer, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland

Potato Topping:

  • 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold Irish Butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold Irish Butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 small carrots, peeled and
  • sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup Guinness Stout
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly butter an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Cook potatoes in boiling water for 15 minutes or until very tender; drain well. Mash with butter and milk until smooth, then stir in cheese and salt and set aside.
  2. Crumble beef into a medium skillet and cook until no longer pink; remove from skillet and set aside. In same skillet, melt butter. Add onion and carrots; cook for 10 minutes over medium heat to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add Guinness, stock, thyme and salt; cook and stir until mixture is slightly thickened then stir in peas and cooked beef. Spoon into prepared baking dish then spread potato mixture over the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

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Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Serves 4 to 6
“You can substitute pumpkin, turnip or celeriac for the swede (rutabaga), or just use a mixture — this is a very flexible recipe.” — Neven Maguire, chef/owner of the renowned MacNean House and Restaurant in Blacklion, County Cavan, Ireland; popular TV cooking star and cookbook author

  • 1 small swede (rutabaga) cut into cubes
  • 2 carrots, cut into cubes
  • 1 parsnip, cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) Kerrygold Irish Butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup single cream (or substitute half and half)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place swede, carrots and parsnip on baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season generously and roast for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and tender, shaking baking sheet occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon olive oil and butter in large heavy-based pot, and add onion, celery, garlic and thyme. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until softened but not browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add roasted root vegetables to pan and then pour in stock. Bring gently to boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until completely tender, stirring occasionally. Purée with a hand blender until completely smooth.
  4. To serve, stir cream into soup. Gently heat through and season to taste, then ladle into warmed bowls.

Note: You don’t have to add the cream if you’re watching the calories, but you might need a little extra stock to thin the soup.

Cheese Toasties

Serves 4 to 6

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) Kerrygold Irish Butter
  • 8 slices firm, country-style white bread
  • 1 package (7 ounces) Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
  • Salt and freshly ground black Pepper
  1. Butter bread and arrange cheese over half of the slices, buttered side down. Sprinkle with chives and cover with remaining slices, buttered side up.
  2. Preheat a griddle or large non-stick frying pan and cook sandwiches two at a time 2 minutes each side until golden brown and cheese has melted. Keep hot.
  3. To serve, cut the cheese toasts into fingers.

Brown Soda Bread

Makes 2 loaves
“This is an all-purpose and relatively foolproof recipe based on several I collected while researching ‘The Country Cooking of Ireland.’” — author Colman Andrews, whose Irish cookbook won the 2010 James Beard Foundation award for Best International Cookbook and Cookbook of the Year

  • 3 1/2 cups stone-ground whole wheat flour, preferably Irish or Irish-style
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour, preferably Irish, or pastry flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon softened Kerrygold Irish Butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups room-temperature
  • Buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix wheat flour, white flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Work butter into mixture with your fingers.
  2. Form a well in the middle of flour mixture and pour buttermilk into the well. Form your hand into a rigid claw and stir dough slowly but steadily in a spiral motion, starting in the middle and working outwards. Dough should be soft but not too wet or sticky. (Start with 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, gradually adding, if necessary, to achieve the right consistency.)
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured board. Flour your hands lightly, then shape dough into a flat rectangle about 2 inches high. Cut dough in half lengthwise with a wet knife, then gently push each half into a lightly greased glass or foil loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the tops of the loaves are nicely browned.
  4. Serve this bread with plenty of Kerrygold Irish Butter.

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Rhubarb Crumble

Serves 6
“Crumbles are the ultimate comfort food. Vary the fruit according to the season.” — Darina Allen, founder of the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 pounds rhubarb, cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Crumble:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) Kerrygold Irish Butter
  • 4 ounces (scant 1 cup) white flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In bowl, mix filling ingredients; turn into a 1-quart (4 cups) capacity pie dish.
  2. Rub butter into flour just until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs, then stir in sugar.
  3. Sprinkle this mixture over rhubarb in the pie dish. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until topping is cooked and golden. Serve with whipped cream and soft brown sugar, or try stirring a little Amaretto into your cream.

Recipe adapted from the “Ballymaloe Cookery Course Book” published by Kyle Cathie.

Source: Kerrygold/Irish Dairy Board

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