Growing up we celebrated St. Patrick's Day in a big way. There was always wonderful food, stout, and the Chieftans on television. I have vivid memories of gathering around the television in my grandparents basement, fire blazing, cozy blanket, and the lively Chieftans performing on screen. Those memories are all happy.
As I got older I continued the tradition with my own family. Mostly I did it for my dad, as few of my children even like corned beef. What I didn't realize is that this is something they would grow to enjoy and look forward to as they got older and ventured on their own. Imagine my surprise when some of my older children were still at home, and some of them were on their own, and I started getting phone calls asking what we were doing for St. Patrick's Day. Over time our traditions have developed as such that we gather as a family twice a year; once at Christmas and once at St. Patrick's Day. Since our family is so large we now make traditional Irish Stew instead of corned beef, which is rather costly to feed 30 people. Sometimes I make Irish Soda Bread or Scones, and we keep it simple as it would have been at its origin.
Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in your family? Are you Irish by birth, or just Irish at heart? Is there a different celebration that takes place in your family based on your cultural heritage? I would absolutely love to hear about it.
Here are some of my favorite recipes and resources for making St. Patrick's Day special with family and friends: