St.Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.

I promise it’s not just because my name literally means Ireland.

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I started celebrating this shamrock-filled holiday this weekend at an all-day bar crawl in Boston with my best friends. Not only are my grandmother’s parents both originally from Ireland, but I had the opportunity to study there last fall at the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

As is the Irish way, I will be continuing to drink beer with my #PartyOfSix Boston College girls, who I met in Maynooth, tonight. I hope your day, like mine, was filled with treats, luck, and a kiss from someone – whether or not they are Irish!

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I am delighted to share a special recipe from my great-grandfather, James Cleary, with you today. It’s best hot out of the oven with butter and served with a pot of tea.

POP’S IRISH SODA BREAD

Grease 9 inch round pan.

Preheat over to 375 degrees.

First Bowl:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Second Bowl:

  • 1 1/2 cups of seedless raisins
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups of buttermilk (shake the cartoon to mix the buttermilk before pouring it.)

Pour bowl #2 in bowl #1.  Mix into a thick  batter.

Pour batter into greased pan.

Decrease oven to 350 degrees.

Cook for 50 – 60 minutesuntil toothpick comes out clean.

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Slainte!

ERIN ★

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