I’ve never really celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as an adult, but I figured this year was the perfect time to indoctrinate the Resnicks into a few new Irish traditions. After all, I’ve eaten gefilte fish for them… the least they can do is eat Lucky Charms for me : )
We transformed the kitchen into O’Neill’s Pub and had a bunch of people over to celebrate. Of course, we had to invite a couple honorary O’Neills – my mom and little sister Kieran, – plus Josh’s parents, his brother Keith & cousins Zack and Sophie. Full house!
Our St. Patty’s Day menu included absolutely nothing you would see on a traditional Irish menu, which means it actually stood a chance of being delicious. We had:
- A Build-Your-Own Burger Bar, with all kinds of fixins like bacon, caramelized onions, guacamole, three kinds of cheese & more
- Mini beef bourguignon pot pies – these are amazing, I’ll post the recipe soon
- Homemade “end of the rainbow” baked potato chips – recipe coming soon
- Shamrock Shakes
- Clover ‘Wiches
For drinks, we did two different “blind tastings” – an Irish beer tasting for the adults and a root beer tasting for the kids (and grown-ups too).
- Root Beer Tasting: We found a wide variety of root beers, including one made with agave syrup, one made with corn syrup (IBC, the shame!), and four from cane sugar sourced from different places… Hawaii, Australia, St. Louis. We provided detailed tasting notes on all the brands – would anyone be able to tell the difference? To me, they all tasted the same. I guessed 1 out of 6 correctly. However, Elan and my sister Kieran correctly guessed 3 of the 6 root beers – winning the big prize of the evening… Yogurtland gift cards! Most people’s favorite root beer was Bundaberg from Australia – not only is it delicious, it also has a super cute pull-tab cap.
- Beer Tasting: For the beers, we had 3 stouts, 2 ales and 1 lager, again with detailed tasting notes. You’d think this would be easy, but no. Josh and I were the big winners of this one, guessing 4 out of 6 correctly. Did I mention we did all the pourings? Yeah, that’s right – we poured the beers into cups and still couldn’t distinguish/remember which was which. For a couple of Belgian ale lovers, Irish beer just isn’t worth the brain space. We took another round of the root beers and moved on.
Then it was time to celebrate our guest of honor… my momma! Her birthday is March 19th, so we stuck a candle in an ice cream sandwich and gave her a taste of the horrendously-tone-deaf Resnick singing capabilities (which, to be fair, are only slightly worse than the O’Neills… I fit right in).
Since we couldn’t find a decent Irish family movie, we popped in Shawn of the Dead (same island, close enough), cuddled up, and noshed on dessert. Cheers to another fun family holiday!
P.S. You may have noticed we’ve been getting a little holiday-crazy over here and it’s true. All I can say is… just wait until Easter.