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The Season of Green Food Is Upon Us — St. Patrick’s Day Menus

Key Lime Ogre Mini Tarts

The season of green is practically upon us with the likes of green beer, minty milkshakes, and dyed green scrambled eggs. St Patrick’s Day occurs on March 17 and is a day to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States. So take this opportunity to pull out your mad green cooking skilz and have fun impressing your friends.

There are no hard and fast rules, and under no circumstances are you required to cook a ‘traditional’ meal of dry corned beef with boiled cabbage and potatoes. It can be your own take on a green themed meal. While there are a lot of ways to turn this typical menu into a delicious meal, anyone from Ireland will be quick to tell you that a typical Irish meal is boiled pork and potatoes. It is mind-blowing when you realize that this meal concept we associate with St. Patrick’s Day is really an Irish-American tradition.

Another revelation: There’s never been any actual corn in corned beef.;) Long before the word ‘corn’ referred to a vegetable, it was an Old English word for any grain still containing the seed. In the original preparation of English corned beef, cooks use coarse pieces of salt the size of grains to cure or preserve the meat.

Whether you want to host a St. Patrick’s Day brunch or a dinner with a new flair, which is always my recommendation, I’ve compiled an undeniably GREEN menu to spark your inner cooking leprechaun.

St Pat Day Brunch


Green Eggs & Ham

Leek & Potato Fritters

Green Lemonade

st pat day dinner


Chestnut Sage Pesto Bruschetta

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

Lamb Chops

Mint Tea Julep (adult version)

Key Lime Miniature Tarts


Grinch Inspired Green Food – Chestnut Sage Pesto Bruschetta

From high in his black, snowy lair on Mount Crumpit,
The Grinch, with old Max, came with bags down the summit.
In red hat, coat and shoes he came armed with a plot,
To take from the Bay every last happy thought.

Only here through next Thursday at the Golden Gate Theater,
The Grinch, Cindy Lou, and all Whoville await!

SHN‘s hot new holiday show ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ should have been called how the ‘Grinch Stole My Heart’ – Stefan Karl’s acting was captivating and wickedly funny. Suited up from head-to-toe in green fuzz, the lead actor from the kids hit TV show, Lazy Town, was as brilliant as Robbie Rotten as he is Mr. Grinch. This green hairy Icelandic heart throb moves beyond the outwardly scary facade and quickly takes command of Whoville with his unholiday small heart antics. And for those of you that are scratching your heads to remember how this Dr. Seuss story ends, don’t despair, things take a turn for the best when Little Cindy Lou helps the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes. The performance joyfully concludes with the cast adorned in shades of pink, red and white (accented by a splash of Grinch green) during a musical feast with the Grinch serving roast beast! >Hint, spoiler alert, this is the moment I share my new favorite green food.<

Chestnut Sage Pesto Bruschetta


1 cup chestnuts

1 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley (tightly packed)

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves

1 clove garlic, smashed

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup pecorino Romano, finely grated

salt and pepper to taste

1 loaf crusty bread, sliced


In a food processor combine the nuts, parsley, sage and garlic until coarsely ground. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil down the feed tube until the mixture is emulsified. Then add the cheese, salt and pepper and pulse a few times until it reaches a loose paste consistency.

Serve on bread or toast.

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