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Posted March 2, 2010

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Erin Go Bragh, and That's No Blarney!

Read More: Colcannon, Ireland, Leek Soup, Mashed potato, Potato, Saint Patrick's Day, Soda bread

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For a delightful St. Patrick's Day celebration at home, dress the table in green, hang shamrocks and leprechauns on the walls, and begin the event with a sip of Sean O'Reilly's Cocktail, a delightful beverage dressed for the holiday in Irish green. Though kiwis are certainly not Irish, they provide the ideal base for a delicious thirst quencher. Spiked with a touch of lemon juice and ginger, the cocktail whets the appetite for the traditional meal ahead. Play some Irish music, sing Irish songs, and, of course, tell an Irish joke or two. As the Irish say, "Be Irish for a day!"

Warm up with a flavorful Potato, Onion, and Leek Soup that boasts a creamy base of rich soymilk. The heart of the meal is a delectable vegan version of traditional Irish Stew with a robust combination of seitan, barley, carrots, and potatoes.

Accompanying the entree is a thick ragout of Peas Porridge, an historical dish that centers on simply seasoned green split peas. And, no Irish celebration would be complete without Irish Soda Bread, especially one made more wholesome with whole-wheat pastry flour to give it rugged body.

Colcannon, an Irish favorite, combines feather-light and creamy mashed potatoes with steamed cabbage, two vegetables in abundance in Ireland.

Bring the joyous celebration to a close with a scrumptious Apple Orange Bread Pudding, a dessert that features citrus zest and spices to bring out the best flavors and toothy textures of apples, walnuts, and pine nuts. Dress the pudding with a choice of Irish Whiskey Sauce or a Cinnamon Orange Sauce that just may lighten your heart and give you a touch of the Blarney!

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