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Mmmm…what’s one thing associated with holidays? Food. Eating is something that is always a popular activity during holidays. Family and friends gather together to have meals and socialize. St. Patrick’s Day may not be considered a major holiday, but the food part is no different.

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday so many Irish foods are popular on this day. The most common St. Patrick’s Day meal is corned beef and cabbage. Although I’m not a huge fan of corned beef, it’s a traditional food. Click here for Alton Brown’s recipe for corned beef and cabbage that was given 5 stars (how bad could it be?). It takes awhile to make, so make sure you start early! 

Irish Soda Bread is a great option to serve as a side dish with your corned beef. Bread is good no matter what kind it is, so this is a must-try. Click here for a recipe. 

Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is a must for St. Patrick’s Day. Its great mixed with coffee or hot chocolate. It does contain alcohol so make sure you don’t give it to your kids!

Dessert is a must-have on holidays. It’s the one day you can justify having a little something sweet. Irish Pound Cake is a good choice for St. Patty’s Day. It is made in a bundt cake pan and is a very simple, delicious cake that everyone will love! Click here for the recipe! 

Another dessert option that isn’t so much Irish as it is festive is Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Bars. These mini treats are great for St. Patrick’s Day because of their green color, plus anyone who likes mint will love this recipe! 

If cooking crazy food isn’t really your thing, you can always do what my mom did when we were younger: dye our food green. We would have green milk, green mashed potatoes, some sort of already green vegetable and anything else she could think of. I have to say now it seems a little disgusting but when I was younger, I loved it!

If you have any special St. Patrick’s Day recipes, submit them to contests@360wichita.com! We would love to hear them! We will randomly select a name and the winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Jose Peppers! 

by Hannah Kern

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