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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Frank About... Scotch Eggs! with Carol Parker

One of my favorite foods to make around St. Patrick's Day, or anytime really, is Scotch eggs! They are the British and Irish pub fare of sausage encased hard boiled eggs, breaded and baked or fried. At one point a couple of decades ago, they fell out off vogue and were banished to mainly petrol stations in the U.K. However, recently they have been surging in popularity.

The origins of the eggs seemingly have very little to do with Scotland. There are actually three accepted stories of how they came to exist:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Frank About Food Flashback -- St. Patrick's Day Dessert: Irish Stout Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

I posted this originally in March of 2014, for my appearance on Living Well's "Cooking With Carol." I will warn you, this may be my worst television appearance, yet. My younger son was up sick all night before, and I was home with him, all day before going to the studio. I was a bit out of sorts.

I totally stole this photo from the internet, since I cannot find the image I have.
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When you think of St. Patrick's Day, what comes to mind? Corned beef? Cabbage? Boiled Potatoes? BEER?? Well, yes, those are all good associations to the holiday, but have you ever thought about dessert? Better yet... dessert with BEER in it? And how about topping that decadence off with Irish cream? 

Well, I have just the recipe for you to try, that gets you away from the doldrums of boiling cabbage and potatoes for this year's St. Patty's Party. I'm talking about Irish Stout Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Frosting! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Frank About Food Flashback -- Traditional Irish Fare: Corned Beef... or is it?

The following is a re-post from March 2012 with a brief history of St. Patrick's Day and recipes for corned beef & cabbage, Scotch eggs, and Irish soda bread. I thought it would be appropriate to share these recipes, again. Enjoy! 

In the late 5th Century, St. Patrick was a missionary to Ireland, where he was integral in spreading Christianity to the Pagan culture. Many tools used by him are trademarks of Irish culture, today, such as the shamrocks he used to teach the Trinity, and the Celtic cross he originated to incorporate the Sun Cross of the Pagans into a Christian cross to which they could relate. The Romano-Briton was destined for sainthood. St. Patrick appealed widely, to both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions in Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day, the cultural and religious holiday, was begun by The Knights of St. Patrick, an Irish Protestant organization. The first parade marking the holiday took place on March 17, 1783, in Dublin, Ireland. This day is significant in that it is the anniversary of St. Patrick's death. The holiday is recognized in several religions, and is even cause for lifting of Lenten restrictions on food and drink for the day.

Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated as a celebration of Irish culture in many countries around the world. Parades, "wearing of the green", and shamrocks are common symbols of this day. Along with this celebration, drinking takes a center stage. And with that drinking, Irish food!

When many think of St. Patrick's Day, they think of corned beef and cabbage! I mean, after all, it's traditional Irish food, right?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Gettin' Foxy in Joplin: Polka Dot Fox Coffee and Micro-Bakery

Last Monday morning, I noticed a friend on Facebook posted a picture of some goodies from somewhere called Polka Dot Fox Coffee & Micro-Bakery. I clicked to see what city she was visiting. I was completely surprised to find that it was Joplin! I had not heard even the tiniest bit of news about this place opening. And that's sort of how Aaron Blaine wanted it to be...