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Irish Dinner: Top o' the Mornin' to Ya
by Caroline Shaw

Irish Dinner:
Top o' the mornin' to ya.
Mix cookies first . . . then start the rest.

Potato Soup

3 tbsp. butter or magarine
1 onion chopped
1 stalk celery chopped
3 cups water
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
3 cups of milk
Melt butter in a large pot and add onion and celery. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stir. Stir in one cup of water, cover and simmer about 10 minutes more. Add potatoes and 2 more cups of water, cover and cook 10 minutes . Stir in milk, cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper; sprinkle paprika on top . . . add a sprig of parsley.

Irish Stew

2 1/2 lb stew meat (round steak)
2 tbsp. oil/butter
4 large potatoes
1 large onion
3 or 4 medium carrots
sprig of parsley
2 cups water
salt and pepper

Brown onion in oil or butter, add diced meat, then diced potatoes, sliced carrots. Brown for about 15 minutes. Add water, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover a simmer for about an hour or until meat is tender.

Green Salad

Mix any sort of salad greens you prefer . . . but add some parsley.

1 green pepper chopped
1 cucumber sliced

Dressing:

1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar or honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
1 mashed garlic clove
Mix well and pour over salad

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. of raisins
1 1/2 to 2 cups of buttermilk

Mix flour, baking soda, sugar, salt together, add milk and raisins. On floured surface pat into a round disk. Grease cookie sheet, place soda bread on sheet and cut an "x" into center of surface. Brush with buttermilk and Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees until brown . . . approximately 30 minutes . . . just make dough soft ball

Shamrock Cookies

2 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tbsp. Milk
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3 1/4 C Flour
Green sugar

Soften butter, cream sugar into butter once it is soft. Add egg, milk, juice, vannilla. Mix flour, salt, baking powder. Add to wet ingredients. Place in fridge for an hour. Take dough out and roll . . . cut out shamrock shapes Bake in 375 degree oven. Bake 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar.

Caroline Shaw holds a B.S. degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA in Secondary Education, English. She is a mom to six children. She is Editor and Publisher of the Online Magazine,"A Mom's Love." Each issue contains informative articles for WAHMs, their children, single moms, working moms, and more. She lives with her husband, three "still at home" children, a collie, an australian shepherd and two kitties in Western Pennsylvania. Her hobbies are writing, cooking, gardening, decorating and crafts. Caroline Shaw may be contacted at http://www.amomslove.com

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