I had never heard of Irish Potatoes until I was a freshman in college. My good friends Bridget (yes, she is Irish) and Chelsea grew up near Philly and thought it was crazy that I had never heard of these things. They said “Irish Potatoes” I thought “the Potatoes my mom boils in with her Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day”. They kindly shook their heads and made sure we somehow got some of these delicious dessert. They are called Irish Potatoes because they look like potatoes – but they are really not Irish at all and a really more of a “Philly Thing” and have been a Philly tradition for more than 100 years. Not really sure where they got their start, but there is a little bit of information over at Wikipedia. One of the most popular places to purchase your Irish Potatoes (if you prefer that to making them) is from Philadelphia based Oh Ryans.
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One of the greatest joys in my life is making things that others enjoy eating. I think it is especially fun to make my own foods that others would normally just buy (like ranch or hummus or iced coffee). Over the past few months, I have seen more and more buzz about DIY Baileys. I first tried to make this around the holidays but the flavor just wasn’t right so I figured St. Patrick’s Day would be the perfect time to make this for you all.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner so I have a delicious green soup for you today!
This is a nice basic Cream of Broccoli Soup – it has all the flavors you would want and gets its thickness from potatoes that are cooked in the soup and then blended right in. If you are really watching your calories feel free to reduce the cheese or use reduced fat cheese.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but am pretty darn excited about The Hunger Games coming to theaters at the end of this month. I know that it is not going to be as good the book by Suzanne Collins (when are the movies ever as good as the book!?) but I am pretty excited!
In the Hunger Games the Capitol controls all food and uses food as a way to control its people. Because of that control by those in charge – food obviously plays a large part of the books. Over the next few weeks I will be featuring some recipes from The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, so I hope you tune in to enjoy cooking your way through some of the highlights of the book.
Most people who are here reading this blog have the means to be able to feed themselves. Yes, times may be hard sometimes but we can find the way to make sure we are fed. Not all people have that luxury. One of my all-time-favorite websites is called Free Rice. The purpose of Free Rice (run by the World Food Programme, part of the United Nations) is to allow you to donate rice, 10 grains at a time, just by answering questions correctly. This is a win-win… you gain knowledge and help feed people around the world who do not have the luxuries that we do!
The World Food Programme and Feeding America saw the opportunity they had with The Hunger Games Movie and all three groups joined forces. Please join in with me in supporting these great organizations and donate a few of your precious dollars to help an organization that already helps so many others – lets “Team up Against Hunger”