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The day after Saint Patrick’s Day ended with this…

Pretty good for starting off like this…

Guess she overdid it on the soda bread.  Regardless, if Lucy, my cat, were human, these whoopie pies would be the ultimate hangover cure.  A little bit sweet, a lot a bit chocolate and a little bit alcoholic to help take the edge off the splitting headache. (Okay I know they told us that wasn’t true in alcohol 101 – but I beg to differ!) 

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!  Yesterday was my first day in partial retirement.  Well, really more like part-time work!  Not only do I get to work part-time, I also get to bake…I mean work, from home!  So what did I do on my first afternoon free?  I spent a few hours reading about food – blogs, articles, cookbooks.  And I no sooner dropped it all when I read an article from last year’s Bon Appetit Magazine, A Slice of Ireland.  Andrew McCarthy, the author, talks about his trip ’round Ireland in search of the perfect brown soda bread.  He transported me to Ireland guiding you through the chewy and spongy soda breads to the dry and crumbly.  I was intrigued by his discussion of traditional soda bread becoming increasingly difficult to find in Ireland due to the invasion of caraway and raisins into the dough.  And thinking back on all of the traditional Irish food I have had during my lifetime, I had never had traditional brown soda bread.  And in an effort to not be a green beer drinking american on Saint Patrick’s Day (I’m wearing my pink UConn sweatshirt) I did it up the traditional way…

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