Sales, Menus and Recipes: St. Patrick's Day
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16 March 2019
 

St. Patrick’s Day food.

Is corned beef really a traditional Irish meal? What do they eat in Ireland on St Patrick’s day?  And are there really no snakes in Ireland? The answers to these and other questions today.

The truth about corned beef is that while it was known (as salt beef) in Ireland from time immemorial, it wasn’t really a part of traditional Irish cuisine. Cattle were plentiful at some times, but raised more for dairy than meat. Then in the 1700’s and 1800’s there was plenty of salt beef, but it was raised, salted in kegs and sold to the English as fuel for sailors. And it was owned by the (mostly) absentee landlords. 

The meat most eaten by the Irish was and is “bacon”, although Irish bacon can come from any part of the pig except the leg (ham).  When the Irish came to America, they found they could not obtain their sort of bacon, but there was plenty of salt beef. So they adopted that to eat with their traditional cabbage and potatoes. By the way, what we generally can buy in the produce section as cabbage is only one of numerous members of the family crucifer, eaten world wide. Kale anyone?

So most traditional Irish recipes contain cabbage and/or potatoes, and/or bacon. It sounds a little monotonous, but taken with carrots, oats and fruits, makes a nutritious diet, with plenty of vitamins C and A. Probably much healthier than the English diet of the time, which was lacking in fresh vegetables.

And did St Patrick really remove all the snakes from Ireland? No, not really. They had already died from the ice ages. Only one species of native reptile snuck back into Ireland before it was totally separated from other land masses, a small lizard. The Irish government now goes to a certain amount of trouble to keep people from bringing in snakes as pets. Some have reportedly escaped but as far as anyone can tell they have not been able to establish any feral populations.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Brings you 3 days of Digital Deals. Download beginning Wed. Mar. 13 for use Fri. Mar15 through Sun Mar 17 only. Many other digital deals available all week—check ad and store shelves.
Safeway—Has numerous Clip or Click coupons and special prices on many health and beauty products. 
Sprouts—There is a 72 hour sale, Fri Sat & Sun March 15-17. Sprouts this week features more than 100 “Grass Fed” products at special prices. Watch for special shelf tags. 

Special Days This Week

Wed. Mar 13—Coconut Torte Day AND Chicken Noodle Soup Day
Thurs. Mar 14—Pi Day AND Ag Day
Fri. Mar 15—Pears Helene Day
Sat. Mar 16—Artichoke Hearts Day
Sun. Mar 17—St Patrick’s DayCorned Beef and Cabbage Day
Mon Mar 18—Lacy Oatmeal Cookies Day AND Sloppy Joes Day
Tues Mar 19—Poultry Day (for some of us every day is Poultry Day) AND Chocolate Caramel Day

Please Note: Thursday March 14 was Ag Day, that’s Agriculture Day (Not Silver day or Attorney General Day.) To support your local agricultural producers directly, buy their products at our local Farmer’s Markets. You’ll be surprised at the range of products available at the summer markets, and even the winter markets bring you grass fed beef, free range chickens and their eggs, all sorts of vegetables, flowers (without the pesticides found on the imported kinds found in the supermarkets,) plants for your garden, and so much more. 

For dates and times check them out on line at: prescottfarmersmarket.com

Menus

Day 1

Fajitas
Quinoa and Avocado Salad
Coconut Torte

Beef and Chicken Fajitas

Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Coconut Almond Cake (almost Torte)

It is more of a sponge than a torte and does contain flour. Check below video for full instructions.

Items On Sale

Flank Steak—$5.99/lb @Fry’s. $8.99/lb @Sprouts
B/S Chicken Breast—$1.99/lb @Sprouts. $1.99/lb @Safeway, full serve counter. $1.99/lb @Fry’s
Cucumber—$.99/each @Fry’s, English. $1/3 @Sprouts
Avocado—$1.50/each @Sprouts, Jumbo. 
Greens—$3.34/each @Safeway, Fresh Express or Taylor Farms. $.99/each @Safeway, Iceberg

Day 2 (It’s PI Day)

Shepherd’s Pie
Vegetable Salad
Baked Cabbage Steaks
Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Shepherd’s Pie

A somewhat different version, from the Caribbean.

Simple Vegetable Salad

Some lettuce but not too much.

Baked Cabbage Steaks

Sounds weird but easy and very tasty.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Wicked Easy

Items On Sale

Ground Beef—$2.99/lb @Sprouts, Value pack, Grass Fed. $2.47/lb @Safeway, 3 lb or more
Potatoes—$2.49/3 lb bag @Fry’s, Russet, Red, Gold
Greens—$3.34/each @Safeway, Fresh Express or Taylor Farms. $.99/each @Safeway, Iceberg
Cucumber—$.99/each @Fry’s, English. $1/3 @Sprouts
Bell Peppers—$.99/each @Fry’s, red, yellow, orange. $1.48/each @Sprouts, red, yellow, orange (O)
Cabbage—$.34/head @Sprouts. $.49/head @Safeway. $,49/each @ Fry’s

Day 3

West Ireland Fish Chowder
Irish Soda Bread
Pears Belle Helene

West Ireland Fish Chowder

Irish Soda Bread

Pears Belle Helene

Items On Sale

Fish, fresh—$4.99/lb @Fry’s, tilapia or rockfish, $6.99/lb @Safeway, Atlantic Salmon fillet, $5.99/each, Atlantic Salmon, 6 oz portion
Fish frozen or prev frozen—$9.99/lb, Sockeye. $7.99/lb @Sprouts, Alaska cod, $9.99/lb @Safeway, Sockeye
Shell Fish frozen or prev frozen—$6.99/lb @Sprouts, Jumbo gulf shrimp. $5.99/each @Safeway, Lobster tails

Day 4

Pineapple Chicken
Steamed Rice
Spring Rolls
Chocolate Caramel Truffles

Pineapple Chicken

Even better with fresh pineapple

Spring Rolls

Chocolate Caramel Truffles

Items On Sale

B/S Chicken Breast—$1.99/lb @Sprouts. $1.99/lb @Safeway, full serve counter. $1.99/lb @Fry’s
Pineapple—$1.50/each @Sprouts
Cucumber—$.99/each @Fry’s, English. $1/3 @Sprouts
Avocado—$1.50/each @Sprouts, Jumbo.
Bell Peppers—$.99/each @Fry’s, red, yellow, orange. $1.48/each @Sprouts, red, yellow, orange (O)

Day 5

Corned Beef
Colcannon
Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Traditional Colcannon

Mashed potatoes, cabbage and leeks

Bread Pudding

A classic Irish dessert, rich and fruity.

Items On Sale

Corned Beef Brisket—$2.99/lb @Fry’s, point or flat. $3.99/lb @Sprouts. $2.47/lb @Safeway, point
Cabbage—$.34/head @Sprouts. $.49/head @Safeway. $,49/each @ Fry’s
Potatoes—$2.49/3 lb bag @Fry’s, Russet, Red, Gold
Apples—$.97/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp

Day 6

Creamy Fish Pie
Fried Cabbage with Bacon
Irish Soda Bread
Fruit Plate

Creamy Irish Fish Pie

Fried Cabbage With Bacon

An American take on an Irish favorite. Irish bacon is not the same as American bacon.

Items On Sale

Fish, fresh—$4.99/lb @Fry’s, tilapia or rockfish, $6.99/lb @Safeway, Atlantic Salmon fillet, $5.99/each, Atlantic Salmon, 6 oz portion
Fish frozen or prev frozen—$9.99/lb, Sockeye. $7.99/lb @Sprouts, Alaska cod, $9.99/lb @Safeway, Sockeye
Shell Fish frozen or prev frozen—$6.99/lb @Sprouts, Jumbo gulf shrimp. $5.99/each @Safeway, Lobster tails
Cabbage—$.34/head @Sprouts. $.49/head @Safeway. $,49/each @ Fry’s
Potatoes—$2.49/3 lb bag @Fry’s, Russet, Red, Gold
Pineapple—$1.50/each @Sprouts
Strawberries—$1.25/box @Safeway
Blueberries—$.88/box @Fry’s. $.88/box @Sprouts, 72 hr sale. 
Grapes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, red seedless
Cantaloupes—$2/each @Sprouts

Bonus Recipes, More Irish Favorites

Champ

Mashed Potatoes Irish Style

Irish Potato Bread

A flat bread

Boxty

Potato Pancakes Irish Style

 

Irish Stew

Don’t waste your chops on this, wait until you can get shoulder. It will make better stew.

Bubble and Squeak

How about with Ham and Brussels Sprouts?

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.

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