Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day – probably either your favorite or least favorite day of the year. If you like rowdy parades and bar crawls, you’re already planning your best green outfit and practicing your shamrock face paint. If you’re the rest of America, you’re praying for rain so that you have an excuse to stay quietly at home until March 18th.
Yes, St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has become synonymous with Irish coffee and green beer, but the holiday actually has a deep-rooted religious origin. It recognizes St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who is considered largely responsible for spreading Catholicism in the country. St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock clover to explain Catholic concepts, and has so come to be associated with the color green.
Sipping on whiskey and Guinness is as fine a way to celebrate as any, but let’s not forget about the great tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day feast. Soda bread is a delicious Irish tradition that requires less kitchen commitment than the classic corned beef and potatoes. A form of “quick bread”, soda bread is leavened without yeast. Baking soda acts as the rising agent here, and gives the bread a unique tart flavor. Read More