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St. Patrick's Day roundup: Inspiration from local kitchens

Baileys Irish Cream-infused Bundt cake

From leafy greens to luscious cake, St. Patrick's Day has inspired Town Crier food writers to share a multitude of recipes, stories and traditions rooted in Ireland and the Irish experience in America.

Irish soda bread has been reigning triumphant over the Town Crier's kitchens in recent years: Mountain View resident Christine Moore explains her mother's seemingly simple handmade recipe that requires a knowing knack, while staff writer Eliza Ridgeway went on a search for the immigrant bread's Irish roots.

Going beyond colcannon and corned beef, columnist Megan Rowe recommends exploring the Irish ingredients kale, barley and cabbage for a fresh-tasting spin on very traditional foods.

And once the meal is finished (or before it has even begun), the Town Crier has a roundup of locally brewed ales that can put a California spin on the classic pint of Guinness. And for dessert? Reporter Elliott Burr went on a rampage with Bailey's Irish Cream-infused dessert ideas to balance out any health benefits conferred by the kale above. 

Irish roots season dishes with memory

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef may be more Irish-American than a specialty traditionally served in Ireland, but I’m not complaining. I like everything about corned beef. Guinness is clearly a festive front-runner for a pairing, but wine works well, too. My recommendation is rosé....



Irish soda bread: Chasing memories, crumb by crumb

A quest to taste pre-American soda bread leads to an 18th-century wool mill in County Wicklow, Ireland ...








Green into gold: Modernizing the St. Patrick's Day palate

With a little work, an Irish classic can be transformed into a modern gourmet dish – and a greener one, at that...





Pass a St. Paddy's pint: Locally brewed alternatives offer take on Irish tradition

Dark, strong-flavored Irish beers such as Guinness and Murphy’s Irish Stout are the best-known brews of the “stout” style. American breweries have gotten into the game, experimenting with the style in new ways. Beginning beer drinkers, be warned – an imperial stout is not for the faint of heart and would never, ever be mistaken for a Guinness...

St. Patrick s Day treats: A bit o' the Baileys sweetens the deal

To finish off the holiday meal, think beyond Shamrock Shake and bake a Baileys-enhanced treat to accompany your Irish coffee and Blarney-filled tales...

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