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Luck O'The Irish and St Patty's Feasts

St. Patrick's Day.....the wearin' of the Green, a parade (a USA tradition), green beer and corned beef and cabbage. Though not an official holiday here in the USA, we are all Irish on March 17th. In Ireland, the celebration is more church based, celebrating the death of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who is credited with explaining the Holy Trinity using the shamrock. The Irish attend church, drink and eat a traditional light meal of cabbage and bacon. 

Corned beef was made popular in New York bars at lunchtime.

For the love of food.....

If you are like me, you love to eat. If you are lucky, you have someone to love in your life....a valentine of any sort to share food with. But what to share? There's chocolate and those candy hearts, a plate of spaghetti or a glass of wine....but isn't that almost cliche? Here are some ideas to break away from the expected and spice up any romantic evening. I referred to several writings on sensual foods (there were many), including one on, and an article in the Seattle Herald.

Firehouse Chili Competition

Hyannis, MA March 11, 2012
I broke my long stretch of no red meat toady in order to participate as a judge for this wonderful event. 17 firehouses competing for the best chili award. All to help MDA, mind you. My fellow judgess included a restauranteur, a cooking instructor/TV personality and a personal chef. We lined up our water, oyster crackers and plastic spoons....17 chilis? OK, let the eating begin. gulp.

Happy to seesmallplastic sample cups, the first chili arrived with a moist piece of cornbread and a jello shot.

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