Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On Saint Patrick's Day, Everyone's Irish!

We have a guest poster! This wee Lassie belongs to an organization called the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH). Members of this order must be Catholic and either Irish born or of Irish descent. Lassie informs us that one of the original purposes of the organization was to assist Irish immigrants assimilate in the USA, especially in the workforce. Today, the LAOH primarily organizes fundraisers and donates time and money to charity (and they march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!). Lassie belongs to Division 87 in Philadelphia and each year in February, the Division gathers to make and sell a delectable little delicacy called Irish Potatoes, the proceeds of which are donated to charity. For those of you who are not familiar with these little gems, they are simply delicious and we’d like to introduce you to the process of making an Irish Potato:

Step #1: Mix the “potatoes” of coconut, confectioner’s sugar and one or two other secret ingredients that Lassie won’t reveal (We feel like we're talking to Colonel Sanders). The potatoes will be a sticky, meatball consistency.
Step #2: Shape into 1” size balls

Step #3: Roll the balls in cinnamon
Step #4: Package them up!
Step #5: Enjoy!

Those of you who know us well will figure out quite quickly who Lassie is…thank you so much for the information!


Back to our Tuesday night shenanigans (what a great Irish onomatopoeia word!)… tonight, we had dinner at the architect’s house …she made vegetarian lasagna with peppers, mushrooms and a b├ęchamel sauce. After the lasagne spent the obligatory time in the oven, the architect put it under the broiler to give it a very crispy crust....very yummy. We had Irish Whiskey Cake and pistachio gelato for dessert…of course, there was wine....a cabernet, malbec, merlot blend, very interesting. We must admit, no knitting tonight, perhaps because of the wine.

As the name of this post suggests, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, even President O’Bama enjoys a bit of the blarney (not a political statement, we assure you!).
Records unearthed in Ireland reveal that President Obama can trace his ancestry back to a shoemaker in a small Irish village in County Offaly (according to a Chicago Sun-Times report).

Top 'O The morning To You all…thanks for following our whimsical little blog!

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