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Maine Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Share Fast, Fun and Easy Foods to Play with on St. Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

“This St. Patrick’s Day go ahead and play with your food” advises innkeeper Pamela Byrne Riley of Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine.  Pamela, first generation American-born of Irish ancestry, loves March 17th!

Here are a few of Pamela’s quick and easy ideas to fun up mealtimes on the big day:

Shamrock Toast for St. Patrick's Day photo by Richard B.RileyShamrock cookie cutters make cute cutouts for toast, PB&Js, scones, French toast, or croutons.  You can even put little hands to work cutting the shamrocks out of slices of bread.

Shamrock toast – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler or pop in toaster.  Top with butter and cinnamon sugar or your favorite jam or honey.

Pesto toasts – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler, then top with your favorite brand of prepared pesto.  Serve on steaming bowls of potato soup.  Pesto Toasts photo by Richard B. Riley

Scones or biscuits – make your favorite recipe and cut shamrock shapes instead of the round or triangle shape.  Bake as directed.

Yum!  Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

 

 

B&B INNKEEPER NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR CELEBRATES IRISH HERITAGE

March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Irish Soda Bread Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day.  March 17th has been a national holiday for me since I was old enough to know anything (which my mother claims was two minutes after birth, but I digress).

My mother, Sheila, was from a seaside harbor town in County Dublin, Ireland, called Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Done Leary).  After her father died she left Ireland and went to London, England to find work to help support her family and survived a world war.  In due course she traveled to America where she met my father, Bill; became an American citizen and had me.

America was her home, but Ireland was where she came from and every year on St. Patrick’s Day we celebrated that fact.  It was fun!  We would go to church; we would have lamb stew or corned beef and cabbage or potato soup; soda bread and scones warm from the oven slathered with butter or clotted cream and jam and always lots and lots of hot tea poured from a china teapot into delicate china cups on saucers laced with milk and sugar.  Mommy would sing, I would dance (yes, I am a medal-winning Irish step-dancer), family and friends would join in with their own songs and stories and my Pop – well, he would preside over all the festivities and try and look like as if it was all a big fuss about nothing, but his eyes – his bright blue eyes would be smiling.  And you know that saying “when Irish eyes are smiling …”  :-)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!

P.S. Need an easy recipe for Irish soda bread?  Check out one of our family recipes:  http://boothbaybb.com/blog/page5/