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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Molly Maguires Irish Beef Stew

Molly Maguires Irish Beef Stew has always been a favorite of mine during the annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.



Ingredients

Irish Stew
  • 2 lbs. beef chuck, cubed
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 6 med. potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth                                               
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (12 oz.) can Irish stout beer
  • 1 Tbs. corn starch
  • 3 Tbs. cold water

Directions

  1. heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  2. dredge beef chunks in the all-purpose flour until they are well coated
  3. fry in the hot oil until browned
  4. put carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic in a large slow cooker
  5. layer the browned meat on top of the vegetables
  6. mix together the beef broth and tomato paste
  7. pour into the slow cooker along with the beer
  8. cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8 hours
  9. during the last hour of cooking (before serving), dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water and stir it into the broth to thicken the stew.
Makes 6 - 8 servings.

Irish Punch
Irish Whiskey Punch  (borrowed from: (World's Best Bars)

This is the genuine Irish beverage. It is generally made with one-third pure whiskey, two-thirds boiling water, in which the sugar has been dissolved. If lemon punch, the rind is rubbed on the sugar, and a small proportion of juice added before the whiskey is poured in.

69th Regiment Punch

Recipe: (In earthen mug.)

1/2 wine-glass of Irish whiskey.
1/2 do. do. Scotch do.
1 tea-spoonful of sugar.
1 piece of lemon.
2 wine-glasses of hot water.

This is a capital punch for a cold night.

In his 1863 book, Cups and their Customs, George Edwin Roberts paid a loving tribute to Whiskey Punch when he wrote: “This is said to be the most fascinating tipple ever invented; and, to quote the words of Basil Hall, ‘It brightens a man's hopes, crumbles down his difficulties, softens the hostilities of his enemies, and, in fact, induces him for the time being to think generously of all mankind, at the tiptop of which it naturally and good-naturedly places his own dear self.’”

While virtually every recipe book that mentioned Irish whiskey contained Irish Whiskey Punch, during the early 1800s variations had already cropped up. Oxford Night Caps, first published in the 1820s, and considered the first book devoted entirely to drinks, included this Leander Punch:

And, for those of us who would like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style here are a couple ways to do it: Waterford Irish Lace 10-Inch Bowl  and Godinger Dublin 6-Piece Crystal Whiskey Decanter Set.


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Who remembers the 1970 film "The Molly Maguires" starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris? Here is the movie trailer.




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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to Make Spicy-Hot Cajun Pork Sausage Links (Video)




To make a delicious and spicy homemade Cajun sausage with a hint of Italian, try this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients

  • 12 lbs. pork (net) with 20% fat content, cut into pieces small enough for grinder
  • 7 tsp. garlic salt with parsley
  • 7 tsp. fennel seeds (cracked)
  • 7 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 7 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 tsp. pickling salt (regular will do in a pinch)
  • 3 tsp. ground red pepper
  • half can cold beer (cold water is fine)
Instructions

Cut the pork meat into manageable pieces and small enough to pass through your grinder. (We should not run grinders more than 10 minutes before letting the motor cool.) Grind all of the pork one small handful at the time and include a couple pieces of cut-up jalapeno pepper between each handful of meat that you grind to get an even distribution.

Next, place all of the ground pork and peppers into a larger container. Mix all of the seasonings in about 1/2 can of cold beer or ice-cold water (enough to pour out the seasoning mix evenly over the meat).

After distributing the seasoning over the ground pork begin mixing. This is the secret. The more you mix everything together -- the better your sausage will taste. Don't skimp on mixing. Mix thoroughly for at least 10 minutes.

Finally, pass the mixture through your machine once more using the largest cutting plate and sausage attachment and start forming your links. After awhile the length of the links will come to you naturally so don't worry if you get a few of them longer or shorter than the rest. The point is to have fun while you are working knowing you will be treating your family and friends to some of the best tasting homemade sausage links they have every had.

Enjoy! Ahheee!! (It don't get no better than this.)
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    Wednesday, February 03, 2016

    Cajun Super Bowl Party Food

    A List of Favorites

    If you are looking for something different to serve your guests during the Super Bowl game, you might want to liven up the party with some Cajun foods from the following list:

    1. Lemony Fried Catfish Nuggets
    2. Boudain (Boudin) Balls
    3. Garlic Loaf Shrimp PoBoy
    4. Petite Shrimp Pies
    5. Peño Puppies
    6. Char-grilled Ribeye Steak
    7. Crab Dip
    8. Red Beans over Rice
    9. Shrimp Cocktail
    10. Zesty Cajun Onion Rings
    There are many more recipes which are not listed here that would go well with your next party -- Super Bowl or otherwise. Take a look around. You might discover something new.
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    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Gateau de Roi - The King's Cake Story

    This is an excerpt from "Mr. Lake's New Orleans Forum":

    Gateau de Roi

    Twelfth Night or King Cake

    The story of the king cake begins, like the story of Mardi Gras itself, with the pagans. They had a celebration where a young man from the village was chosen to be treated like a king for a whole year. He was not denied during his reign, but after the year was over he became a human sacrifice to the gods. To eliminate this pagan custom, the Christian Church encouraged an observance calling for the preparation of a king cake containing a bean; whoever received the slice with the bean became king for a week and was allowed to choose a queen to reign with him. This took the place of the sacrificial pagan rite.

    The King Cake tradition is believed to have been brought to New Orleans, Louisiana, from France in the 1870's. It evolved from the Twelfth Night or Epiphany pastry made by those early settlers. They added their own touches with the Spanish custom of choosing Twelfth Night royalty.

    In European countries, the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. The celebration, called Epiphany, Little Christmas on the Twelfth Night, is a time of exchanging gifts and feasting. All over the world people gather for festive Twelfth Night celebrations. One of the most popular customs is still the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings..."A King's Cake" or Gateau de Roi.

    A King Cake's ring shape, too, is significant, as some believe it symbolizes the unity of all Christians, and others believe it aptly resembles a king's crown.

    A dried bean was originally hidden inside the cake but was replaced by coins, peas, pecans, rubber dolls, porcelain dolls, and in recent years plastic dolls. Starting around the 1930s, a tiny naked baby (Frozen Charlotte) was used instead of the bean or pea. The baby can be pink, brown, or golden. Some people believe that the baby represents the baby Jesus because Twelfth Night was when the three kings found the baby in Bethlehem.

    Tradition has it that the person who finds the baby in the king cake is the next queen or king, he or she receives a year of good luck, is treated as royalty for that day and must host the next king cake party.

    King Cake season lasts throughout Mardi Gras from the feast of the Epiphany until Mardi Gras Day.

    The royal colors of purple, green and gold on the cake honors the three kings, Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, who visited the Christ child on the Epiphany. Purple represents Justice. Green stands for Faith. Gold signifies Power.

    The three colors appeared in 1872 on a Krewe of Rex carnival flag especially designed for the visiting Grand Duke of Russia. He came to New Orleans just for the carnival, and the universal colors remain his legacy.

    You can visit Mr. Lake's New Orlean's Forum for more outstanding King Cake recipes (including a Mexican King Cake). Thanks Frank!


    Special Note: I couldn't help but notice that the first of the Three Kings was named "Gaspar". Seems as though someone may have forgotten to add the letter "d" at the end of his name.

    Ahheee!! Laisser le bon temps rouller!
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