Posts Tagged ‘Irish’

Tuesday Recipe: Cheddar Potato Gratin

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Potatoes are a great food to serve on St. Patrick’s Day – it can be incorporated into many Irish dishes, as it can be prepared in a variety of ways. This Cheddar Potato Gratin is an easy recipe to follow, leaving you time to celebrate other food and customs surrounding the remembrance of St. Patrick.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margerine
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely choppedCheddar Potato Gratin
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 pounds fresh, peeled
    russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9×9 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in butter for 1 minute; stir in flour with whisk until smooth.
  3. Gradually add milk and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until sauce is slightly thick. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  4. Slice potatoes into about 1/8-inch thick slices, toss with cream sauce.
  5. Layer half of the potatoes in the baking dish and top with green onions. Sprinkle with half of each cheese, repeat until all ingredients are in the dish.
  6. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving; cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

*Recipe adapted from BettyCrocker.com

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Wednesday Spotlight: Spectacular Shamrocks

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Chair PadThe shamrock symbol can be traced back to about as early as the 5th century. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, used this symbol which is now commonly associated with the internationally celebrated March 17th Feast Day – or, as we know it, St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock Jute TrivetFor those of you wanting to decorate your home in green for this holiday, or are looking to proudly display your Irish heritage all year long, we feature some great shamrock-themed items you are sure to enjoy.

Braided Shamrocks

A customer favorite, our braided rugs, stair treads, trivets, and chair pads stand the test of time and the feat of decor coordination. This holds true for general and seasonal decorating, as we like to offer products that can be used for those special times of year, as well as for the rest of the year. Our Sheep & Shamrock selection – featuring Stair Treads, an Oval Rug, and Chair Pads – is great for St. Patrick’s Day, but is also fitting for spring decorating.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Stair Tread

Our Shamrock Jute Trivet coordinates nicely with this selection, and that’s right, all of these items are made from durable, earth-friendly braided jute. What’s better, they reverse to a non-shamrock back, so you can use them even when shamrocks are not in season.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute RugSheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Rug

Shamrock ThermometerShamrock AccessoriesIrish Lace Shortbread Pan
If you’re looking for more of a novelty item that still serves a functional purpose, check out our Shamrock Thermometer. This tin device features an Irish blessing, and you can always rely on it to give you an accurate reading. For your kitchen, we offer an Irish Lace Shortbread Pan inscribed with shamrocks that will leave a decorative imprint on your cookies. You can also choose to simply display it with other unique cookware, or with your favorite shamrock accents.

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