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Just Spices’ Cucumber Gazpacho

Spice up your Saint Patrick’s Day Menu with a spring favorite.

This time of year isn’t only about celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. Spring will arrive in a few days, and as it approaches we begin planning our garden footprint, purchasing seeds or seedlings and setting our menu flavors to a lighter, fresher fare.

This recipe is light, refreshing,  and a perfect pairing with a bit of greens and a chilled brew.

Just Spices’ Cucumber Gazpacho

just spices_vegetablebroth_cucumbergazpacho (1)Ingredients

Serves 2

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 avocado, peeled
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon Just Spices Vegetable Broth Seasoning

 

Preparation

  1. Cut all ingredients into small pieces and combine everything in a blender.
  2. Add the Vegetable Broth Seasoning and blend until you get a smooth texture.
  1. Garnish with thin cucumber slices or chopped chili.


Spice up your St. Patrick’s Day with Just Spices’ Cucumber Gazpacho recipe featuring their Vegetable Broth Seasoning ($5.99). Just Spices is a new U.S. spice company with over 20 organic spice blends, available exclusively through its website, justspices.com. All Just Spices products are certified USDA organic, with no flavor enhancers, each a standard 100 milliliters and ranging from $5.99 – $7.99.

Cooking with Guinness: Pot Pie, Caramelized Onions and a Voguish Cream Soda

Guinness Beef Pot PieChoosing our recipe items this week has been much more difficult than we thought it would be. This past year, cooking with beer has exploded and our choices are seemingly unlimited. How could we possibly just choose a few?

Guinness Beef Pot Pie by Picture the Recipe.  This was our first visit to this site and we were captivated. The photographs take you step by step in to their culinary world and it’s a splendid one. If you are not a lover of the pot pie, this recipe makes an excellent stew.

List of Ingredients; Beef chuck, onion, cloves of garlic, celery, mushrooms, diced potatoes, frozen peas and carrots, tomato paste, thyme ~ dried or fresh sprigs, dried rosemary, bay leaf, Guinness ~ not extra stout, beef broth, brown sugar, flour, salt, pepper, olive oil, parsley, puff pastry and egg.  For full recipe and method visit: PicturetheRecipe

Carmelized Onion and Guinness DipCaramelized Onion and Guinness Dip by Toledo Blade. A Friday or Saturday evening hold’s it’s own magic when you add a couple of cold beers, some breads, crackers, chips and a great dip or two. It’s movie night with stellar snacks. This recipe made the cut simply for the Guinness and caramelized onions.

List of Ingredients; Olive oil, large sweet onions, Guinness, salt, black pepper, cayenne and extra-sharp cheddar cheese. For full recipe and method, please visit: ToledoBlade

Guinness Cream SodaGuinness Cream Soda by Chow.  Although I love my Guinness as is, changing it up and giving something new a “whirl” is what we are all about here at Your Home. On paper we found the flavor combinations a bit odd, however, in reality the beverage was quite lovely.

List of Ingredients; Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Navan vanilla liqueur, club soda, Guinness Draught. For full recipe, method and tips, please visit Chow.com

Here are a few more Cooking with Guinness ideas.  Enjoy!!

Cooking with Guinness and Irish Cream

St Patrick's DayLike many Irish Americans, I feel a deep sense of cohesiveness on the festive day of the Wearing of the Green.  The Irish began marching in New York City while fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War, to reconnect with their Irish roots.  Other parades in years and decades after were held in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and now are spread through out the entire United States creating bonds of solidarity in Irish communities.

It’s ironic then isn’t it that St. Patrick wasn’t even an Irishman.  Factual information about his life and times are vague, although it is known he was born in Britain around A.D. 390  into a Romano-British family, with both his father and grandfather Deacons in a Christian Church.  He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish raiders, sent overseas to tend sheep in the chilly mountainous countryside of Ireland where he remained for seven years.  Folklore suggests he had dreams and heard voices that told him to escape his captivity, which he then did, found passage on a ship and returned home to Britain.

St. PatrickPatrick was ordained as a Priest and guided by voices, he returned to Ireland and spent the remainder of his years traveling the isle and converting the Irish to Christianity.  His life was not an easy one, he was beaten by thugs, harassed by Irish royalty and admonished by British superiors.   There are many myths surrounding the Priest who would eventually become a Saint.  On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world and on the anniversary of his death over 13 million pints are raised in his honor.

Let’s begin with my favorite toast as we raise a glass ~ “May you be half an hour in Heaven, Before the Devil knows you’re dead.”

This is a delectable recipe that I cannot resist sharing.  The name itself conjures up stirrings of my Irish roots.   The ingredients list is basic with items that are more than likely already in your larder or pantry.

Delicious Chocolate Guinness Cake  Photo:  Lara Ferroni for Huffington Post

Delicious Chocolate Guinness Cake Photo: Lara Ferroni for Huffington Post

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Caramel Sauce 

Shopping List

  • all-purpose flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter, softened
  • dark brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extreact
  • Guinness or other stout beer
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream

For Caramel Sauce

  • sugar
  • water
  • Irish whisky such as Jameson or Bushmills
  • heavy cream
  • unsalted butter

Follow the link to the recipe here

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in America

I expected to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year in warmer temperatures.  Keeping in mind I live in the Pacific Northwest, I didn’t have my bar set too high, however waking to a snowy morn on the 13th of March wasn’t quite what I had envisioned.  So looking up hearty Irish recipes from the Emerald Isle was a warm beginning to my chilly Tuesday.

Like many Irish Americans, I feel a deep sense of cohesiveness on the festive day of the Wearing of the Green.  The Irish began marching in New York City while fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War, to reconnect with their Irish roots.  Other parades in years and decades after were held in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and now are spread throughout the entire United States creating bonds of solidarity in Irish communities.

It’s ironic then isn’t it that St. Patrick wasn’t even an Irishman.  Factual information about his life and times are vague, although it is known he was born in Britain around A.D. 390  into a Romano-British family, with both his father and grandfather Deacons in a Christian Church.  He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish raiders, sent overseas to tend sheep in the chilly mountainous countryside of Ireland where he remained for seven years.  Folklore suggests he had dreams and heard voices that told him to escape his captivity, which he then did, found passage on a ship and returned home to Britain.

Patrick was ordained as a Priest and guided by voices, he returned to Ireland and spent the remainder of his years traveling the isle and converting the Irish to Christianity.  His life was not an easy one, he was beaten by thugs, harassed by Irish royalty and admonished by British superiors.   There are many myths surrounding the Priest who would eventually become a Saint.  On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world and on the anniversary of his death over 13 million pints are raised in his honor.

Let’s begin with my favorite toast as we raise a glass ~

May you be half an hour in Heaven, Before the Devil knows you’re dead.

Irish Coffee

This recipe serves 4 and the ingredient list is a simple one.

  • irish coffee1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups strong hot coffee
  • 4 ounces Irish Whiskey

Directions: Whisk cream and sugar together in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form.  Divide coffee and whiskey among 4 coffee cups, then top each with 1/2 cup whipped cream.  Serve immediately.

Then came the most difficult portion of the recipe search.  I wanted something traditional, hearty and delicious and didn’t need to look far.

 

Irish Lamb Stew ~ this gorgeous, satisfying recipe is from MarthaStewart.com.  When you go in, browse around on the site for more tantalizing cuisine.

  • stew1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Course salt and ground pepper
  • 3 pounds boneless lamb stew (preferably shoulder), trimmed o excess fat and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups dark beer
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium new potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut 1/2 inch thick diagonally
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, season flour with salt and pepper.  Dredge lamb in flour mixture, shaking off excess.  In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.  Working in batches, brown lamb on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch.  Transfer to a plate.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup water into pot, scraping up browned bits from bottom with a wooden spoon.  Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until water has evaporated and onion is beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.  Return lamb to pot; stir in thyme, beer and 1 1/2 cups water.  Cover; simmer until lamb is tender.  1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Add potatoes, carrots and 1/2 cup water.  Cook, covered, until vegetables are tender and stew has thickened, about 20 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Let cool completely before storing.  Stir in parsley just before serving.

 


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