Irish Whiskey Salted Caramel Corn

Irish Whiskey Salted Caramel Corn

How’s about a little sweet treat to go with your St. Patrick’s Day eats?  This caramel corn is freakishly easy to make and only takes about 8 minutes to prep!!  With a hint of warm cinnamon in the boozy caramel sauce and a sprinkling of course sea salt, it’s hard to resist this salty-sweet Irishy treat!

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Vegetarian & Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins

Shepherd's Pie Potato Skins (Vegan & Vegetarian versions)

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and every year my husband and I throw a party to celebrate the awesome food, music, and jovial spirit of the Irish!  Some of our favorite musicians (Imelda May, The Tossers, The Pogues, Glen Hansard) will fill the air of our house as we join in merriment with our dear friends.  And of course, one of my favorite parts about it is the food!  I love to come up with variations on Irish dishes and this year I’ve turned the quintessential Irish dish — Shepherd’s Pie — into an appetizer.  I did a vegetarian version (topped with Irish cheddar cheese) and a vegan version (topped with mashed potatoes)…they’re both insanely delicious and will have you tapping your toes to an Irish jig!

Irish Stout Floats

Irish stout floats
Although there isn’t a drop of Irish blood in my family tree, without fail every March 17th my mom would cook up a HUGE batch of corned beef and cabbage…I say huge because I’ve got 6 brothers and sisters, so 9 of us all together–we’re pretty much our own baseball team.  We all devoured it, dressed in as much green as we could possibly find to cover us head to toe.  And woe betide the sibling who forgot…our pinchers were at the ready, and we weren’t a gentle bunch!

St. Patty’s Day Cake



Happy St. Patty’s Day!  I had a St. Patrick’s Day party last night and made this crazy cake:  chocolate espresso guinness cake with avocado coconut cream cheese frosting.  It’s weird.  In a good way.  It’s a very dark, damp cake which makes the avocado-colored frosting really stand out.  Actually, it kinda reminds me of that one 80’s tv show on Nickelodeon, You Can’t Do That On Television…what was it they used to say to get slimed?